With the new look NME being announced to the world this week, we thought it was high time we spruced up the website too.
You’ll notice in the magazine that Radar has increased to four pages in total, and that there’s shedloads more bands mentioned in it overall. In total, we’re tipping roughly 30 bands per week in the section from this point onwards. So that’s 1,500 a year, pretty much.
Fuck me, I don’t know how we’re gonna do it.
Only kidding – it will be easy, because we’ve got a legion of really great writers from across the world constantly pitching stuff to me (wanna join them? Head to the NME.COM contacts page and drop us a line). What’s more, there really are that many new bands worth us writing about and you hearing.
So… we’re going to tie it all together by publishing as many playlists and blogs online at NME.COM/newmusic as is necessarily, so that we can bring the bands from the magazine to your computer screen in the easiest way possible.
There’ll be daily track premieres, videos, blogs and updates as usual, but also a weekly Band Of The Week post where we profile the main act from Radar online. This week, it’s the brilliant Jungle, who having racked up over 600,000 Vimeo plays for debut single ‘Platoon’ this summer are about to start their first UK tour… despite no one knowing anything about who they are, what they’re about or where the hell they’ve sprung up from. Click here to get the lowdown on the band, and check out the magazine to read their most revealing interview yet. Enjoy them if you see them live this week too.
Next up, each Thursday will see us publish the Buzz playlist, featuring all the most essential music from that weeks Radar section in one handy playlist. In short, it’s all the stuff people are banging on about on blogs, in music industry meetings and sweatbox clubs across the country (and beyond) that week, and is – obviously – essential listening if you’re a new music aficionado.
And then, every Friday we’ll be uploading that week’s guest Radar columnist’s playlist. Basically, every week in the magazine we get the cream of the music industry crop to write us a column about which unsigned – or just signed acts – they’re into right now. This is a long tradition that’s stretched back years in NME’s history, and we’ve had everyone from Tim Westwood to Andrew Weatherall and The Horrors write regular columns in the past.
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In 2013, we’ve got Dave Sitek, the Maccabees, Alt-J, Friendly Fires and a whole host more on board, while this week it’s the turn of Huw Stephens from Radio 1. He’s just moved house and is into ‘Royal Blood’, who every label in the country are looking at right now (indeed, they are well worth seeing live if you can).
Keep checking back.