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What the Sirens Taught Us: An Elegy for Mermaidens

There's something not-quite-right, something distinctly off-kilter, about the Mermaidens' feminine voice in New Zealand's music scene.

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The Clean: Anthology

If you love crisp, jangly, guitar rock, the Clean's Anthology is quite the collection.

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'The Luminaries' Is One of the Best Books of 2013

Outside the likes of Zadie Smith, we may never see such a young novelist perform such a great highwire act, and largely succeed, as Eleanor Catton has done here.

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Liam Finn: 4 March 2014 - Union Pool, New York (Photos)

Liam Finn began his March residency at Union Pool with an excellent set that teased new material from The Nihilist.

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Bailter Space: Trinine

Flat, lifeless and repetitive, the only atmosphere created by Bailter Space's new album is one of tedium and frustration.

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CMJ 2013 Night 1: New Zealand + Iceland Airwaves Showcases

For the first day of CMJ, I wandered between New Zealand and Iceland, or at least pretended to by visiting showcases from those countries, and have the photos and videos to prove it.

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Dying of the Light - "Monolithium" (video)

The end of days are drawing nearer, and New Zealand industrial duo Dying of the Light look and sound enthused about soundtracking their arrival.

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Popstrangers - 'Antipodes' (album stream) (Premiere)

PopMatters premieres Antipodes, the debut album by promising Auckland, New Zealand power trio Popstrangers.

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New Zealand Metal 101: Filth, Squalor and Noise from the Antipodes

New Zealand has some very pretty scenery, but don't let that fool you, the nation is replete with filth and squalor. In this month's Ragnarök we look at the best of that corruption, with New Zealand Metal 101.

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Crooked Sounds from Aotearoa 'Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand'

This is a source book of ingredients both complex and simple, and a hugely important first step in honoring the innovation to be found in 'nowhere that is somewhere's' experimental music scene.

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Beastwars: Beastwars

The sonic-bluster that Beastwars summon on their debut—smashing together sludge, doom, and AmRep noise rock—finally sees a global release, courtesy of Destroy/EMI Records.

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The Black Seeds: Dust and Dirt

The Black Seeds' Dust and Dirt is admirable, if average.

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Simon Spire: No Solid Ground

New Zealand-born songwriter has a firm foothold on the pop world.

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CMJ 2011 Day 1: Street Chant + Cairo Knife Fight

The tail end of the New Zealand Showcase.

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'Bride Flight' Is Beautiful but Predictable

Despite its serviceable storyline, Bride Flight is visually sumptuous and the characters are truly endearing.

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Amanda Palmer: Goes Down Under

Pandering is not always a bad thing. Pimping one’s self and music as a way of entertainment is a form of performance art with a long-honored tradition.

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Fat Freddy's Drop: Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW

New Zealand soul band gracefully blends soul with elements as diverse as jazz, prog rock, Jamaican dub and even African hi-life.

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CMJ 2009: Day 1 - Kingston + Die!Die!Die! + Kidz in Space

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat.

Vijith Assar
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Ladyhawke: Ladyhawke (Special Edition)

Does Ladyhawke hold up now that the Nu-new wave revival is almost at its end?

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