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  • Exclusive: Stream Lo-Fi Soul Heroes Silk Rhodes' Playlist Of Influences Including Prince And David Lynch

    Meet Baltimore's finest odd couple. Sasha Desree is a suave, handsome and trained opera singer, hailing from New York; Mike Collins is a rambunctious, funky and trippy producer from Boston. Together, they're Silk Rhodes: the duo who got together in Baltimore and started to create weird, lo-fi takes on classic soul music. Their self-titled debut is tinged by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Delfonics and Sly & The Family Stone, but given a minimal twist. "We were having an identity crisis of sorts, but we got around it by allowing it to be fun," Collins told NME. Read More

  • Exclusive: Stream Martha's DIY Punk Mixtape Featuring Radiator Hospital, Trust Fund And Twisted

    It sometimes seems that we (as British music fans and writers) romanticise America's DIY scene without realising the strength of what we have right here at home. As our DIY issue at the end of October highlighted, the UK has great homegrown indie scenes from Penzance to Eigg. Read More

  • Track Premiere - Russian Shoegazers Pinkshinyultrablast's Spectral, Shimmering 'Holy Forest'

    Pinkshinyultrablast hail from St Petersberg but owe their sound to the Home Counties circa 1990, cribbing smartly from the snarling, spectral guitars and poppy melodies of cult Brit fuzz summoners Slowdive and Ride. Their debut album ‘Everything Else Matters’ arrives on January 26 via Club AC30. Till then, new single ‘Holy Forest’ is a woozy wonder: a shimmery shoegaze snatch-and-grab whose looped guitars soon spill into a huge wash of euphoric noise, singer Lyubov Soloveva's soft vocals bobbing delicately at its surface. Read More

  • Watch All We Are play a mesmerising cover of Caribou's 'Can't Do Without You'

    Liverpool-based trio All We Are have been ones to watch ever since 'Utmost Good' went viral earlier last year. Since then, they've played a load of festivals, hooked up with Warpaint for shows and unveiled a cover of Caribou's 'Can't Do Without You' in the process. Here, we've got a video of them performing that track live for us at Jack Rocks The Macbeth. 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

  • NME Radar's Guest Blogger: 11 Top New Band Tips From BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens

    Each week in NME Radar, we feature a guest columnist tipping us their favourite new acts. This issue (Nov 29) sees BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens fall for Fort Worth's Leon Bridges, and take a trip to Iceland. 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

  • Stream Alex G's New Track 'Soaker' - NME Exclusive

    In this week's NME, Alex G tells Radar that he developed his knobbly, homespun indie sound "in a self-taught bubble". Unreleased track 'Soaker' is a perfect example of what the 21-year-old Philadelphian songwriter – whose full name is Alex Giannascoli – means. Recorded in the bedroom in which he made 'DSU', his recently released UK debut, 'Soaker' is pulled along by a soft guitar riff and Alex's conversational lyrics. He says that its "All I ever do is soak through you" line is inspired by frustration: "It's about a relationship where I just couldn't connect with something. 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

  • Premiere - Stream Hannah Lou Clark's Snarly-But-Sweet Debut EP, 'Silent Type'

    "Wait until we find our feet," promises Hannah Lou Clark on 'Kids In Heat', slurring over a lonely guitar grind that teeters between sweetness and something more sinister. It certainly sounds like she's found hers on new EP 'Silent Type', spinning a Bukowskian tale of numb suburban ennui ("you can see the doldrums in our faces," she growls on its mesmerising title track) around gently crunching chords and breathy, lilting vocals, like a punch-drunk Polly Harvey. Read More

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  • 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

  • Buzz Playlist - Eyedress, Rejjie Snow, Indiana & More

    Regular readers of NME will no doubt already be aware of Radar's Buzz column – featuring the top five bands breaking forth from the underground each week. Well, the good news is that we've re-designed the entire magazine, and as a result it's now quadrupled in size – with my writers tipping 20 brand new bands we love every single week. Read More

 
 
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