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Bastille: The Hints They Unveiled About Their Next Album's New Sound At Reading Festival 2015

Has Reading Festival changed? Back in the hardcore days it may have bottled the likes of Bastille with enough piss, mud and deckchairs to bury the entire stage; today it sings along. They're a much nicer bunch in 2015, and the group's Radio 1 playlist-friendly brand of rock finds them in a third-on-the-Main-Stage breakout slot in front of one of the biggest crowds of the day. They are undeniably massive.

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Premiere: Toronto’s HSY Step Out Of The Shadows On New Single ‘Feeder’

Unlike some of their more melodic Toronto peers – I’m thinking Waives, Dilly Dally – HSY are all about the loudness. The self-proclaimed sludge rockers, who’ve expanded to a fourpiece since their 2011 start, are gearing up to release debut album ‘Bask’ next month (September 11). Out via Buzz Records, the second single ‘Feeder’ premieres below, featuring the lead vocals of Anna Mayberry – a witchy, evocative singer who you might also know from the reverb-drenched Anamai.

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Premiere: Soft Lit’s Video For ‘Ocean King’ Signals Godmode Records’ Coming Of Age

If the stomping drums of Shamir’s early material got you going, then fellow Godmode Records act Soft Lit should be right up your street. Early track ‘I Can’t Help It’ has been on my radar for some time now, it’s storming chorus supplemented by a Stax-esque groove that’s little short of sounding like something Rick Ruben might keep in his back pocket.

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Guest Columnist: Jagwar Ma Pick Their Favourite New Bands

Australia is a strange place at the moment. While the economy booms and property prices soar, political and cultural progress seems to retreat. At a local level our hometown of Sydney becomes more and more conservative, seeing the closure of many great establishments as property developers use their clout to influence council restrictions that have pushed and pressed the artistic nightlife almost completely out of town.

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The Maccabees – Their 10 Best Songs So Far

Do you remember when the naysayers said that The Maccabees were just another indie landfill band with a short shelf life? Eleven years later, The Maccabees have clearly had the last laugh, graduating to one of Britain’s premier indie bands across four albums, each one more evolved than the last. Melvin Benn, the organiser of festivals such as Reading & Leeds, recently said that he’d like to see the group headline in the future – no longer a preposterous suggestion. With their new album ‘Marks To Prove It’ out now, here’s a look back at their best tunes to date…

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