Jaggers X Lines

Posted 6:46pm Thursday 20th September 2018

Jaggers X Lines are a couple of alt-pop weirdos from Dunedin who started making music together in early 2017. Made up of vocalist Eliana Gray and producer Morgan Smillie, they released their  first EP, Letters, after after just two weeks of jamming together. Following this,the band Read more...

Subtle Cake Is Dunedinís Coolest New Streetwear Label

Posted 8:18pm Thursday 30th August 2018

Growing up as the only girl in a low-income family, Caitlin Carrollhad to rework a lot of hand-me-downs from her older brothers. She wouldcut up what they had and re-vamp it in her own style. She always wanted labels but couldn’t afford them, so she took to making them herself. Once, Read more...

Aussie Musician Harry Marshall Is Your New Crush

Posted 4:53pm Thursday 16th August 2018

When I first met Indie-Rock artist Harry Marshall, he was a scruffy little blond Australian busking the streets of Paris outside the Shakespeare and Company bookshop. I kicked the Australian flag tag he had hooked to his guitar case, and we’ve been friends ever since. What drew me to him Read more...

ART: The Big Friendly Giant

Posted 7:05pm Thursday 2nd August 2018

GUEST EDITORIAL:  Art is daunting. Art is broad. Art is the big friendly giant who wakes you up in the middle of the night to give you a good fright, but turns out to be your best friend who takes you on adventures.  I am not going to go on with more ideas on what art is because Read more...

Dogs of Dunedin

Posted 12:29am Monday 30th July 2018

Tom Tremewan runs the adorable Instagram page Dogs of Dunedin NZ, chronicling the bestest boyes and gurls in Dunedin. Critic caught up with him for a hard-hitting interview.    Where did the idea for this gram come from? It started off with me sending snapchats to my friends of Read more...

The Mermaidens: Gritty, Hypnotic, Kickass.

Posted 7:15pm Thursday 19th July 2018

Despite their absolutely adorable name, the Mermaidens epitomize the gritty, hypnotic, kickass sound you always knew you needed but never had the guts to try.  They've been around for a few years, and their style is just… so fricken cool. There’s no other way to describe Read more...

Kendrick Lamar, Dunedin, 2018: An Incredibly Hungover Review

Posted 7:09pm Thursday 19th July 2018

I have seen God.  I am now zen.  Kung Fu Kenny took Dunedin by STORM on Tuesday in his huge Damn tour concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium. At 16,000, it was the largest crowd for a Pulitzer Prize winner in New Zealand history (narrowly pipping Carl Bernstein of the Washington Read more...


Posted 5:50pm Thursday 17th May 2018

We are robbed by dead people We used to be fish Now we are mermaids And I wouldn’t mind so much If they hadn’t hoisted me out  of the ocean onto dry sand And left me to flop and gasp With the hook still in my neck.   My favourite story was Pania of Read more...

Eliana Gray: Dust & Thread

Posted 5:37pm Saturday 5th May 2018

The story of Dust & Thread starts last year when I did my first illustrated chapbook, A Certain Knowledge. I’d already been writing poetry since I was old enough to write creatively, but when I was about 17 some really difficult things in my life were happening and my mental illness was Read more...

The Road By Cormac McCarthy

Posted 1:09pm Sunday 8th October 2017

This book will take you a day or two days tops to plough through. At times it’s thrilling, but the format is simple and McCarthy has dropped all quotation marks and “he said” / “she said” to make the writing have a smooth feel. A father and his son (unnamed) push Read more...

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