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Seven Aotearoa Artists to Watch

If you're a fan of live music and want to support local talent, there's no better time than now to discover the talented artists right here in Aotearoa. From up-and-coming indie bands to seasoned jazz performers, the Kiwi music scene is bursting with creativity and energy. In this blog post, we'll be showcasing some of the best local artists to listen to.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara based trio Big Pharma combine elements of Industrial Rock, Post-Punk and a whole lot of chaos on their recently released debut album "Gone Phishing". Known for their eccentric and hilarious live performances, aggressive songwriting and gargantuan guitar tones, Big Pharma are a band you don't want to miss!

Milk Tooth have been making their presence felt among the Te Whanganui-a-Tara scene for a while now, and for good reason. The five piece play an ethereal fusion of jazz, ambient, electronic, noise and rock, creating a truly one of a kind sound.

Tāmaki Makaurau quartet, Ringlets have been producing some of the best post punk Aotearoa has seen in recent years. They recently unleashed their debut self-titled album, which is sure to become an instant classic for Kiwi music fans, packed with some seriously engaging songwriting, lyricism and performances.

If you've been to a local music festival in the past few years, you've likely seen and loved every minute of Revulva's live show. Boasting some of the funkiest tracks to come out of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the neo-soul group showcase some absolutely stellar instrumentation in every department. Check out their debut EP here!

Bursting onto the Aotearoa music scene in 2018, Indie Rock outfit Macho Macho have made a name for themselves with high energy live shows and recently released their new single "Blink", one of the danciest rock anthems in recent years.

Heavy Psychedelic Rock Duo Earth Tongue released their debut album in 2019 and are considered one of the seminal bands in Aotearoa's psych scene. Combining elements of doom metal, funk and more, Earth Tongue are one of the most respected names in NZ music.

Recitals are one of the standout bands in recent years, with a sound unlike any other in the kiwi scene. The seven piece introduce a variety of new tones, ideas and instrumentation to the post-rock genre on their recently released debut "Orbit I".


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