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    After releasing a cult-classic debut album in 2011, Royal Headache disappeared completely. Read More

  • DMA'S Are Sydney's Defiant Britpop Obsessives

    Kevin EG Perry meets the Sydney Britpop revivalists causing a stir who were reared on undiluted Oasis DMA’s are a band who aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves – or anywhere else, in fact. From their Kappa hats to their baggy tracksuit bottoms, the Aussie trio of singer Tommy O’Dell and songwriters Matt Mason and Johnny Took (plus three additional live members) make no bones about being in thrall to the Madchester and Britpop sounds that circled the globe when they were growing up down under. Read More

  • New Band Of The Week - Oscar Is Gunning For Rihanna's Attention

    London's bedroom-pop songsmith tells Rhian Daly why he's aiming to attract the attention of music's big guns - plus stream new track 'Stay' below There’s been a strong lineage in British music of bands and artists coming out of art school: from Pete Townshend to PJ Harvey, Blur to MIA. Latest in that long line is 23-year-old north Londoner Oscar Scheller, a former student at famed London art college Central St Martins and creator of infectious lo-fi bedroom-pop, such as single ‘Daffodil Days’. Read More

  • Algiers Interview: Politicised, Genre-Mashing Trio Who Want To Break Down Barriers And Readjust The Social Status Quo

    People say bands aren’t politicised any more. Then again, they say you shouldn’t fuse punk with gospel, so what do they know? Just ask Algiers, a three-piece that combines these disparate genres to rally against consumerism and political conservatism. Vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher, bassist Ryan Mahan and guitarist Lee Tesche hail from Atlanta, a home city for which they shared mutual disdain. “People act as if the South’s history of exploitation and slavery happened so long ago that it’s no longer relevant,” Fisher says. “In fact, its violent history is still quite recent. Read More

  • New Band Of The Week Sunflower Bean: 'Bands Remembered For Being Buzzy Are The Ones Who Never Made The Jump'

    Psych, punk and arguing in the car: Why Sunflower Bean aced it at The Great Escape. Interview by Matt Wilkinson In the recent past, The Great Escape has been the festival that’s put Warpaint, Parquet Courts, Mac DeMarco and practically anybody from across the pond who genuinely means it (maaaaan) on the map; the place where ‘could be legendary’ newcomers get one chance to go from being merely buzz-worthy to outright contenders. Mess it up and you're done for, basically. Here's the skinny: Sunflower Bean made that leap this past weekend. Read More

  • New Band Of The Week - How Hooton Tennis Club Got A Helping Hand From Robbie Williams

    Wirral newcomers Hooton Tennis Club are carving out a niche all of their own – with a little help from an unlikely source, finds Gary Ryan In his day job, Hooton Tennis Club bassist Callum McFadden is a hydrographic surveyor, whose tasks involve mapping the riverbed along the Mersey. Today, the band are on his boat, filming a potential video for their single ‘Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair’, as Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ blares out of the speakers. But rather than power ballads, the fast-rising quartet are purveyors of lo-fi slacker brilliance. Read More

  • New Band Of The Week - Kid Wave Sound Like Lush On Diazepam

    Stream brand new track 'Best Friend' by our New Band Of The Week, Kid Wave - and read their debut NME feature below. Disillusioned Swede comes to London, assembles dream gaze’n’grunge band. Read More

  • New Band Of The Week - Stream The Big Moon’s Debut Single ‘Sucker’ And Read Their First Ever Interview

    Meet the wide-eyed Londoners channelling the spirit of indie’s finest. 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

  • 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

  • Happyness' Jonny Allan On His Favourite New Bands You Need To Hear

    London slacker-rock trio Happyness have encountered their fair share of new bands on the road in the months since their debut album 'Weird Little Birthday', spent touring on both sides of the Atlantic. We asked the group's Jonny Allan to fill us in on some of the best he's encountered... Monterey Jackson Everything we know about Monterey Jackson is based on a 25-minute encounter in a pet shop in Luxembourg and a lot of (probably pretty inaccurate) extrapolation. Read More

  • Radar Guest Column: Felix White of The Maccabees On The UK’s Best New Bands, From The Big Moon To Crows

    In the latest of NME's regular new music columns, The Maccabess’ Felix White bigs up the new breed of British bands. Read why and listen to the lot below. I was glad to be able to see Wolf Alice headline O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire recently. I came away thinking how good it was to see a band who’ve been playing venues all the way up achieve something really tangible. It felt reassuring. Special mention to The Magic Gang, too, who were supporting. They have the un-teachable knack of looking like they genuinely love playing with each other. Read More

  • Radar Guest Column: The Vaccines' Arni Arnason's New Music Playlist

    In one of NME's regular new music columns, The Vaccines bassist Arni Arnason singles out his favourite new acts right now. Read why and listen to the lot below. It might be the laziest comparison I’ve ever made, but Ho99o9’s homage to Bad Brains is just too blatant to overlook. The New Jersey duo’s first single ‘Casey Jones’/‘Cum Rag’ feels like a reference to BB’s ‘Pay To Cum’, and no, not only because of the shared usage of porn terminology, but rather because of its ludicrous B-side. Read More

  • Radar Guest Column: Girl Band's Dara Kiely's New Music Playlist

    In one of NME's regular new music columns, Girl Band frontman Dara Kiely singles out his favourite new acts right now. Read why and listen to the lot below. We’ve been a part of the Irish independent music scene in some shape or form since we were about 15 years old, and I think I can relate to it more so now than ever before. Small indie labels are popping up everywhere. From the pretty pop-tastical Popical Island collective to the jazz-indie-inspired Trout Records, it’s a lovely thing to witness. 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

  • Guest Columnist - Thom Green from Alt-J Picks His Favourite Mixes, From Diplo to Clams Casino

    In this week's NME, Alt-J drummer Thom Green talks us through his love for mix culture, singling out recent mixes from cloud rap pioneer Clams Casino, Kanye collaborator Arca and American-Chilean noise-mangler Nicolas Jaar for praise. "I like the fact there's total freedom for the producer to use the tracks together to create something new, and I like the personality in them," says the Mercury Prize winner. Read More

  • Guest Columnist - Royal Blood, Afrikan Boy & More New Music Tips From Huw Stephens

    You may have noticed NME's had a bit of a makeover. Each week you'll find a different columnist from the music industry - and we've got some exciting surprises for you - repping the music they're into. Read More

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