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  • Premiere - Check Out Jimmy Whispers' Beaten Down New Single 'Keeping Me High'

    In February 2013, Jimmy Whispers was badly beaten up in his Chicago hometown. The organ player and sometime graffiti artist was walking home drunk from a party when he was jumped and kicked in the mouth, losing a tooth and chipping half off another. Shocked and upset, he retreated into himself, only leaving his house to go to work and drinking heavily in the evenings. Two years on, Whispers is preparing for the release of his debut album 'Summer In Pain' (released in Europe via Field Mates Records and via Moniker in America). Read More

  • Premiere - Watch Ava Luna's Video For Slinking New Single 'Coat Of Shellac'

    "It feels so good to fix something, even if it's temporary," says Ava Luna’s Felicia Douglass about the emotions underpinning new single ‘Coat of Shellac’. “As a dancer I used to put coats of shellac on my pointe shoes to increase their longevity. But I knew it was only a quick fix." After the kaleidoscopic funk-punk triumph that was their second album 'Electric Balloon', released barely a year ago, you'd have forgiven the New Yorkers for adopting an ‘if it ain’t broke…’ approach to upcoming third album ‘Infinite House’. Read More

  • Listen: 14 New Bands To Round Off February

    This week's New Act Of The Week are Pretty Vicious (pictured above), who last month were at the centre of the biggest record label scrum in ages. Read More

  • Check Out Wand's Prodigy And Korn Inspired New Track ‘Reaper Invert’

    Ever since Wand’s track ‘Flying Golem’ pretty much knocked me over last year I’ve been keeping an eye on the Los Angeles four piece. Read More

  • Hear Black Gold Buffalo's Summery 'Penkenna': Exclusive Premiere

    Magical London band Black Gold Buffalo - Keziah Stilwell, Hannah Holland and Joy Josephs - have a new track out and it's a a summery slice of calypso joy. Just the ticket for a rainy February day. You can hear it exclusively below. The single's released on March 24 with two remixes from Dan Beaumont and Lauren Flax. Read More

  • Stream Tony Volker's Beguiling 'Kingdom Of The Beasts': Exclusive Premiere

    'Kingdom Of The Beasts' is the first cut off a new EP from Peckham-based songwriter Tony Volker. It's a beguiling kick-off track that showcases Volker's creative elan: sampling acoustic instruments and his own warm, haunting vocals to create something both very human and experimental. "I've learned to bare my teeth," he sings while expressing ideas around independence and survival amid sonic pulses and phases that augment each lyric. Read More

  • Hear A New Side To Danish Punk On Yung’s EP ‘Alter’

    “Forget everything you thought you knew about Denmark's music scene.” I started my review of Yung’s ‘Alter’ EP by saying that last week, and I still stand by it now. While I’ve got nothing against Iceage, Lower, Lust For Youth et al, it feels like many of Copenhagen’s best acts have taken things as far as they can. Read More

  • Watch Minneapolis Hopefuls Hippo Campus’ Eerie Video For ‘Souls’

    Hippo Campus’ debut EP ‘Bashful Creatures’ might not have done a great deal over here upon its release last year, but it did win the Minneapolis band a fair bit of praise Stateside. Now signed to NYC start-up Grand Jury (who also count Twin Peaks among their roster), their big track ‘Souls’ is getting a fresh push, complete with video directed by Ethan A. Read More

  • Exclusive - Listen To A New Track From Boston's Pile, 'The World Is Your Motel'

    Boston's Pile's new album ‘You’re Better Than This’ finds the four-piece once again joining the dots between Fugazi's DIY punk, the down-tuned sludge of Shellac and arty otherworldliness of Slint. It’s an alchemy that made their last release, 2012’s ‘Dripping’, a masterpiece in blunt force trauma post-hardcore, and is honed to moody perfection on this fourth full-length. Guitars clank like junkyard wrecking machines, drums are pummelled mercilessly while frontman Rick Maguire howls angrily into the ether. Read More

  • Electro-Pop Agitator Clarence Clarity's New Track 'Will To Believe' Is A Twisted Marvel - Listen

    There's few more beguiling sounds around at the minute than the shape-shifting glitch-pop of Bella Union producer Clarence Clarity. His upcoming debut album 'No Now', due for release on March 2, is a snaking electro-soul odyssey that sounds like what you imagine cult San Fran sonic experimenter Holly Herndon might make if she was a 1990s Top of the Pops mainstay, colliding twitching beats and contorted cut-and-splice vocals with Ashanti pop hooks and grooves so sleazy they'd make Prince blush. 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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