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  • Shunkan, 'Dust in Your Eyes' - Track Exclusive

    Shunkan was an eleventh century Kyoto monk who, according to Japanese mythology, was exiled to remote island Kikai-ga-shima after taking part in a failed uprising against the rule of military leader Taira no Kiyomori. He later committed suicide by refusing food till he starved to death, having sunk into a deep despair alone on the island. 20-year-old New Zealand newcomer Marina Sakimoto, who takes her stage name from the fabled holyman, sounds like she can identify on debut EP 'Honey, Milk and Blood'. Read More

  • Gäy, 'Blue Blue Heart' - Video Exclusive

    The punk scene in and around Copenhagen is one of the most vibrant on the planet, and now we've got a new band to join the likes of Iceage, Communions et al. Gäy are a bunch of stupidly young kids based in Denmark's countryside, and while they're not on Posh Isolation (the label at the center of all things great there) they definitely share an affinity with those acts mentioned above. 'Blue Blue Heart' is a gloriously caustic slice of lo-fi brilliance, recalling Television Personalities' late 70s work. Read More

  • The Magic Gang, 'She Won't Ghost' - Track Exclusive

    Brighton's Magic Gang seem to be everywhere at the minute – various members of the band popped up on the Beech Coma compilation we put live earlier this week, and now we've got another new track from them, 'She Won't Ghost'. There's no release date for it, no official word on what it's even for: just a new tune they're putting out there to tie in with their UK tour. Read More

  • Happyness, 'Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same' - Track Exclusive

    Happyness formed in South London, but there's something about their sun-bleached slacker rock that makes you feel strangely like you're sitting in the college dorm of a character from a 90s American teen drama, flicking through a vinyl collection accrued at trendy Santa Monica flea markets. Maybe it's something to do with the long list of US indie-pop favourites the rising trio's sound cribs from. Read More

  • Les Big Byrd, 'Tinnitus Ætérnum' - Video Exclusive

    We featured Stockholm's Les Big Byrd in the Radar section a couple of weeks ago, and now we've got their latest video for 'Tinnitus Ætérnum'. It's taken from the 'Back To Bagarmossen' EP, which was released via PNKSLM earlier this year, and will also appear on their upcoming full-length 'They Worshipped Cats', due on May 12 from Read More

  • Baby Strange, 'Distance Yourself' - Track Exclusive

    Glasgow trio Baby Strange first popped up on our radars with a handful of gloriously scuzzy demos back in 2012. They've been playing the long game since, sporadically dropping singles like debut 'Pure Evil' and follow-up 'Never Enough'. 'Distance Yourself' is next in line and it's sparser than anything the three have done before, relying on creeping, wire-thin guitar lines for the most part before it erupts in a burst of fuzz, adding more fury to frontman Johnny Madden's laments about people "trying to take our fun". Read More

  • Exclusive Album Stream – Beech Coma, Volume 1

    One of the UK's most promising new labels Beech Coma release their first compilation album today, featuring a host of acts from Brighton's thriving Echo Champ scene as well as bands from further a-field. Read More

  • The John Steel Singers, 'Happy Before' - Track Exclusive

    Brisbane fivepiece The John Steel Singers return on July 28 with new album 'Everything's A Thread', out on Full Time Hobby. Read More

  • The Sound Of Young Liverpool – Hear 13 New Acts Giving The City A Good Name

    Last Friday (April 11), much of Liverpool's burgeoning new music scene united as the winner of the third annual Get Into This Award was announced. Here, event organiser Peter Guy explains what's so special about the city right now. Read More

  • NME Radar at The Great Escape, Brighton - listen to the bands playing our shows

    It's less than a month until The Great Escape - one of the UK's best new band festivals - opens its gates again, and here at Radar we're chuffed to be hosting our own stage over three nights at The Haunt. We've got 15 of our favourite new bands playing in total, including one already well-established act we're not allowed to announce yet, who'll be gracing the stage at the intimate seaside venue as part of our mammoth seven-band late licence bill on Friday, May 9. Read More

More from NME Radar

  • 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

  • Buzz Playlist - Holy Milk, Kelela, Lxury & 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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