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New Music - Drop Out Venus, 'Death Is Screaming'
Drop Out Venus have been creating wired and wonderful music for a while now (like last year's magnificent 'Love In Vein'), and here they return sounding drastically different to before. This isn't too surprising ‚Äď they've always been prone to turning their heads and hands to a myriad of different styles and making it work. Read More
Track Exclusive - Waxahatchee, 'Swan Dive'
Waxahatchee is Kate Crutchfield, an Alabama-born, Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter who spent her teenage years touring with feminist punk bands and honing her guitar skills. Read More
Radar Band Of The Week - The Weeks
If you really want to know where The Weeks are at, you need to hear about the insane bar where they cut their swamp-punk teeth in their hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. Legendary √ľber-dive WC Dons not only let these county-rock rabble-rousers in from the age of 12, it also used to be a brothel. Oh, and rumour has it the place was once run by a convicted murderer (‚ÄúHe was a nice dude!‚ÄĚ the band say unconvincingly when Radar meets them in a dusty Austin alleyway). Soon enough, this mini-mob became the de facto house band. Read More
Festival Guide: Sounds From The Other City 2013
Salford's premier new music festival, Sounds From The Other City, takes place this Sunday (May 5). Here, local writer Samuel Breen gives his top picks and explains why the bash is so worthwhile. Sam: "This centreless city and former borough of Manchester has always been the underdog. Its houses are packed that little bit tighter, its factories that little bit more rundown. But between the torched pubs and hollow structures of Chapel Street there's a wealth of activity from this event that's hosted Manchester firsts from the likes of Alt-J , Lapalux and Dutch Uncles. Read More
Track exclusive ‚Äď Kult Country, 'Amongst The Dead Forever'
More gloriously dishevelled stuff from Salford's Sways Records here. Kult Country have been knocking around for a while now ‚Äď they played a few packed out, reverb-heavy (x 1 billion) shows in London at the tail end of 2012 which garnered much excitement - and now their debut seven-inch proper, 'Slowburn'/'Amongst the Dead Forever', has been released. Read More
Radar Band Of The Week - Childhood
Lounging about backstage at Brixton Electric, Childhood guitarist Leo Dobsen and singer Ben Romans-Hopcraft are feeling good, sipping beers and looking forward to supporting Palma Violets. Declaring the vibe in the camp as ‚Äúwavy‚ÄĚ, Ben is happy that his life is a whirl of recording sessions with producer and former Test Icicles man Rory Atwell. Hanging with his mates beats the lectures and essays he was used to this time last year. Both Ben and Leo were finishing degrees (American Studies and History Of Art respectively) at university in Nottingham. Read More
New Music - Vacation, 'Pyro Hippies'
New on one of our favourite US labels Don Giovanni is this, from Cincinnati trio Vacation. If you like FIDLAR but can't quite fully stomach their punk pop leanings (covering Blink 182? Hmm...), then 'Pyro Hippies' all-out Dead Kennedy's style ballsiness might just do the trick instead. It's taken from new album Candy Waves, which is out on June 18. Read More
Track Exclusive - The Wytches, 'Beehive Queen'
We saw The Wytches supporting the mighty Metz earlier in the year and were so blown away we've been keeping a keen ear out for whatever they were going to come up with next. Our reward is this, their new single 'Beehive Queen'. It'll be coming out on Hate Hate Hate on June 3rd as a limited 7" and digital download, along with the AA-side 'Crying Clown'. The track was recorded at Toe Rag and produced by Liam Watson. Read More
Radar Band Of The Week - Half Moon Run
"Have you heard this new band? They‚Äôre great. They‚Äôre from Montreal‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs a¬†familiar sentence, but, given the Canadian city‚Äôs musical pedigree over the past few years, one that still carries weight. Arcade Fire, Wainwrights Rufus and Martha, The Besnard Lakes, The Dears, Grimes, Purity Ring and Mac DeMarco all come from the Quebec metropolis. Now you can add Half Moon Run to that illustrious list. Read More
New Music - Hookworms, 'Radio Tokyo'
'Radio Tokyo', the new single from Leeds five-piece Hookworms, is a swirling joint of delirious psychedelia, jittering feedback and a rattling farfisa organs. Described in their NME Radar feature as "The new psych sound of Yorkshire... bored, pissed off and full of angry punk ideals", they're one of the most exciting new bands around. Read More