14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams

New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde. Think The Naked and the Famous, Broods, Gin Wigmore, Ladyhawke and Kimbra (oh, and don't forget Flight of the Conchords). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced overnight for the 49th New Zealand Music Awards, the spotlight is back on the Kiwis. Earlier this year, Billboard presented “10 NZ Artists Who Could Make A Lorde-Like Leap”. As 2014 nears its completion, here’s another 14 Kiwi artists to track for the months and years ahead. 

Marlon Williams

Jol Mulholland 

Connan Mockasin

Princess Chelsea

Streets of Laredo 

Tiny Ruins 

Brooke Fraser 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra



Janine & The Mixtape



Yumi Zouma 

Anthonie Tonnon


Wellington sludge metal four-piece Beastwars has earned respect in their homeland as a type of "mongrel mix of Kyuss, Neurosis, and the mighty Godflesh,”. Both of the band’s albums (2011’s Beastwars and 2013’s Blood Becomes Fire) were shortlisted for NZ’s Taite Music Prize, modeled on the U.K.’s Mercury Music Prize. Like all good heavy-edged bands, they have their own custom-brewed beer, Hallertau Beastwars India Pale Ale. The band's PR is handled via Cardiff-based Sheltered Life PR and they’re signed to U.S. indie label Granite House Records, Denver CO.