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  • The Buzz – Listen To 20 Breaking Bands

    This week's selection of new bands includes the first new material from former Bos Angeles man Richard Board, going under his new guise of Husband Material, as well as a pick from Tim Burgess (Chastity Belt, who "look like they don't take any shit," according to The Charlatans singer). Elsewhere there's rising London indie kids Inheaven and New Zealand's answer to FKA Twigs, Imugi. Read More

  • London Newcomers Riddles Tear Through Another Slice Of Twisted Stoner Rock, 'Wizards Of War' - Listen

    If Lemmy dabbled in acid, Mötorhead might have sounded a bit like London stoner-metal maestros Riddles, whose new double A-side 7'' single 'Psychedelic Power Engine Iron Claw Thunder Mistress' (Metal much? Now THAT's a title) offers a diesel-spitting hog-ride straight through the doors of perception (man!), hurtling through punk, doom and flamboyant NWOBHM influences at 180mph. Read More

  • Manchester Newcomers Spring King's 'They're Coming After You' EP Is A Fun, Frenetic Indie Rush - Listen Now

    Manchester's Spring King release a new EP - the follow-up to last year's 'Demons' - next week and it shows a new side to the group. Though 'They're Coming After You' opens with two tracks that race through fun and frenetic indie, it's what follows that shows new layers to singing drummer Tarek Musa's gang. 'Early Bird' is a sweet, swooning cut that offers to take the object of Musa's affections "on the run", while 'In All This Murk And Dirt' is a lot more chipper than its title suggests, bouncing pianos leading echoing, infectious vocals. Listen to the EP in full below. Read More

  • La Priest Interviewed: 'I Hope My Music Encourages People To Get Carried Away With Their Imagination'

    The artist formerly known as Sam Dust, frontman of Late Of The Pier, now lives in Wales, where he makes escapist, experimental pop as La Priest. Lisa Wright joins his congregation In the middle of an isolated field just outside Welshpool, in a village he calls Fairy Canary, lives Samuel Eastgate – the genre-melding electronic fantasist behind La Priest. Eastgate moved to Llanfair Caereinion (as it’s actually called) around six months ago, because having two-legged, non-feathered streetmates was limiting his creativity. Read More

  • Premiere - Gengahr Deliver A Silky, Romantic Rush On 'Heroine'

    They've been teasing us with their blend of beautifully tender lyrics and sultry guitars since uploading a handful of demos late in 2013 but now comes the real thing. North London quartet Gengahr are readying their debut album, 'A Dream Outside', and it promises to be one of 2015's most quixotic releases. Read More

  • Listen As Cornwall’s Lost Dawn Channel Marc Bolan And Ex Hex On Their Debut Album

    It’s been almost a year since Falmouth band The Black Tambourines ushered in a new wave of acts based in and around Cornwall’s artsy, dilapidated warehouse scene. Alongside them were The Red Cords and Lost Dawn, whose self-titled glam-heavy album we’re premiering below. As an album it’s got as much in common with the last Ex Hex record as Marc Bolan et al, with riffs coming left, right and centre. Key track ‘Count On Me’, meanwhile, playfully recalls early, pre-fame Supergrass. Read More

  • New Band Hyena Are Putting Telford On The Map And This Is Why

    Telford newcomers Hyena have known each other since they were babies. In this week’s NME, they explain how they bonded - aged 10 no less - over Nirvana, and how they spent their teenage years throwing up over each other at crap houseparties (sometimes even “black sick,” according to frontman Jake Ball). They are a gang in the truest sense, which is why anyone who’s ever seen their chaotic and gut-wrenchingly ace live shows will have fallen for their togetherness. Read More

  • Premiere - Racing Glaciers Do Post-Rock Grandeur On The Epic And Emotional 'What I Saw'

    They might hail from Macclesfield but the first track taken from writing sessions for Racing Glaciers' debut album was written when they were shacked up in a barn in Glastonbury. Fittingly, 'What I Saw' is a sprawling, sparse track - much like the Somerset countryside - that builds and lifts with a grandiose grace. "We've been experimenting with that expansive, post-rock-influenced sound for a while now and everything feels a bit bigger each time," say the band. Read More

  • Premiere - Stream Neon Waltz's Shimmering 'First Light' Collection Of Demos And Live Recordings

    "What have you seen through your square eyes, with your storm gaze?" asks Neon Waltz singer Jordan Shearer as 'Sombre Fayre (demo)', the Walkmensy stomper that opens their new vinyl release, whirrs into gear. Read More

  • Premiere - Check Out London Trio Yak's Seductive Menace On Scorching New Track 'Smile'

    A lot has been said, written, gushed about London-based trio Yak of late. Debut single ‘Hungry Heart’ had a lot to do with that; furious and visceral, celebrating the art of repetition on just two notes. Their enthralling, hypnotic live shows, too, have played their part, an element of danger added since the band started hurling organs in the direction of their audiences. On May 25, they’ll release their debut EP, ‘Plastic People’, and it’ll blow everyone else out of the water when it drops. Don’t believe us? Listen to one of its three tracks, ‘Smile’, below. Read More

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  • New Band Hyena Are Putting Telford On The Map And This Is Why

    Telford newcomers Hyena have known each other since they were babies. In this week’s NME, they explain how they bonded - aged 10 no less - over Nirvana, and how they spent their teenage years throwing up over each other at crap houseparties (sometimes even “black sick,” according to frontman Jake Ball). They are a gang in the truest sense, which is why anyone who’s ever seen their chaotic and gut-wrenchingly ace live shows will have fallen for their togetherness. Read More

  • Stream H Hawkline's 'In The Pink Of Condition'

    LA via Cardiff songwriter H Hawkline has been making underground waves with his self-described "strange pop" for a few years now, but it's with latest album 'In The Pink Of Condition' that he's set to make a big splash. His first as a signed artist, the record is out on February 2 via Heavenly. Read More

  • Exclusive - Stream Curtis Harding's Genius Debut Album 'Soul Power'

    Atlanta, Georgia singer Curtis Harding seems to have been bubbling around the underground forever now. He's involved with practically everything great Black Lips are up to (including numerous side projects) back home, and - via Hedi Slimane - he's also become something of a staple on magazine back covers of late too. Read More

  • Radar Band Of The Week Spectres Get Cryptic

    This week’s NME features one of the best lead Radar interviews of the year, courtesy of Bristol newcomers Spectres. Aside from having our writer Hazel Sheffield expertly explain just why it is they’re so exciting (they should come with a health warning on account of their loudness, she reasons), the band also orchestrated the concept of the shot above. And there is a concept there. There’s a secret, cryptic message in the images above the band's heads and in their hands, in fact. But what is it? We’re giving away a load of Spectres gear to anyone who can correctly decipher it. Read More

  • Watch Bad Breeding Get Wrapped Up In Cling-Film For New Single 'Chains'

    Stevenage punks Bad Breeding are easily one of the most abrasive bands to have emerged from the UK over the past 12 months, which is why we've made them our Radar Band Of The Week in this Wednesday's issue of NME. Helpfully, the video to new single 'Chains' more than lives up to their left-of-centre image. Read More

  • Listen: Yak's Debut Song 'Plastic People' Justifies The Hype

    Oli Burslem from London-based trio Yak might just be the best interviewee in new music right now. Read More

  • Radar New Act Of The Week: Stream Kiran Leonard's 'DMF/GP'

    Open this week's issue of NME and you'll find a full page dedicated to boy-wonder Kiran Leonard. The Oldham-based teen has been named our New Act Of The Week on account of his genius way with instruments (from the guitar to, er, radiators - Kiran can play 'em all) and rising status as one of the UK's most promising, prodigious talents. Read More

  • Circa Waves - Garage fuzz and a West Coast spirit inform Liverpool's best new band

    Circa Waves take Radar's coveted title of New Band Of The Week in the latest NME. The Liverpool four-piece are still unsigned as I type, but are being courted by practically every label interested in guitar music, and tipped for greatness by many who've heard the tunes or seen them live. Led by Kieran Shuddall - a man who clearly knows his way around writing classic-sounding indie pop - they've apparently got 20-30 songs already written and ready to go. Read More

  • Darlia - Snotty nosed Blackpool grunge enthusiasts with eardrum-gnawing riffs

    We've got a meaty interview with the north's most ambivalent new oiks Darlia this week in NME (just check the glazed expressions and spliff they're rock in the picture in the mag). Read More

  • San Fermin – The big-idea Brooklynites who are fusing classical, jazz, pop and indie

    This week's issue of NME sees writer Lucy Jones speaking to Ellis Ludwig-Leonie, leader of San Fermin about how his background in classical composition has informed the amazing pop songs that fill their self-titled album. Want proof? Have a listen to 'Sonsick'… In Brief: 24-year-old Ludwig-Leonie was something of a child prodigy, studying classical music at Yale. Read More

  • The Buzz – Listen To 20 Breaking Bands

    This week's selection of new bands includes the first new material from former Bos Angeles man Richard Board, going under his new guise of Husband Material, as well as a pick from Tim Burgess (Chastity Belt, who "look like they don't take any shit," according to The Charlatans singer). Elsewhere there's rising London indie kids Inheaven and New Zealand's answer to FKA Twigs, Imugi. Read More

  • The Buzz - Hear 19 New Bands From NME (Plus One From Honeyblood)

    If you've read Courtney Barnett's tip columns for Radar you'll already know she's better at being an A&R scout than most actual A&R scouts. Fraser A. Gorman (above) is a fine case in point. He's been part of Courtney's crew for a while now, releasing bits and bobs on her Milk! Records label and appearing in her videos. Now he's getting a proper push outside of Australia, with a debut album due here in the UK early next year. Read More

  • The Buzz - Hear 11 New Bands Tipped By NME (Plus One From Real Estate)

    This week's Buzz section in Radar sees us big up The Symposium, who've risen from the same Chicago scene as The Orwells and Twin Peaks. Read More

  • The Buzz - Hear 19 New Bands From NME

    This week's buzz playlist features cuts from our Radar Band Of The Week, Bad Breeding (above), as well as Aussie rockers Doctopus, who've been touring the States with mates Pond to wild acclaim recently. Elsewhere there's a live cut from Sheer Mag, who are one of my favourite new bands to have emerged over the past year. Their recent Bandcamp seven inch is 10/10 in my book (stream it here). From closer to home we've got Peluche, who are on London's RIP Records, and Captured Tracks latest signing Mourn. Read More

  • Buzz Playlist Of The Week - Hear 20 Brand New Tracks

    I've already written a little about why I think rising Scottish outfit Neon Waltz are so special on our Month In Music blog, so it makes sense to me to include them in this week's buzz playlist too. Read More

  • Buzz Playlist Of The Week - Hear 15 Brand New Tracks

    You might have heard New Yorkers' Public Access TV's tune 'Monaco' from our 40 New Bands For 2014 blog, which went up last week. Well, they're in this week's magazine and buzz playlist too, alongside this fresh quote from singer John that seems to firmly imply they won't be hanging out with any other downtown NYC bands any time soon: "Manhattan's gone stale. Read More

  • Listen - The 40 New Bands You Need To Know In 2014

    You really should buy this week's issue of NME. Read More

  • NME Radar - Top 50 New Band Songs Of 2013

    NME's albums and tracks of the year are something of an institution, and you can read all about who the staff here voted for in 2013 here and here. What we didn't include in that list, however, was the really new music that's pricked our ears over the past 12 months. The 50 songs below all fall into that category. Read More

  • Buzz Playlist - Spies, Rosie Lowe, Radiator Hospital & more

    Check out this week's playlist of breaking new music, featuring Dublin newcomers Spies (who have a penchant for Merchandise-sized anthems), Birmingham punks Babypink, Manchester disco-obsessives Menage A Trois & the woman people are saying might just be 2014's answer to Jessie Ware (hello Rosie Lowe). Headed up by our current New Band Of The Week, San Fermin, pick up the magazine to read excellent words to accompany the music. Read More

  • Buzz Playlist - Spires, Tor Miller, Wet, Pup, ASTR & more

    This week's playlist is a CMJ special, featuring the best acts we saw while at New York's new music showcase festival last week. Thousands of bands played across the city, and I (along with fellow writers Leonie Cooper and Mischa Pearlman and a load of NME photographers) spent five days trawling the Big Apple's greatest, sweatiest and dodgiest venues. Read More

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