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  • The Buzz - Five New Bands You Need To Hear this Week

    1. Let’s Eat Grandma - a couple of frighteningly eclectic teens

    Norwich duo Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth played Latitude a couple of weeks ago and had people walking out of their set open-mouthed. Friends since the age of four and both aged 16 now, their track above, filmed for BBC Introducing Norfolk at the end of last year, is a total thriller, like Lorde meets Kate Bush meets those evil twins from The Simpsons. Read More

  • Hear Rat Boy's Furious Tyler, The Creator Cover, 'Tyler, The Cover'

    Go down to a RAT BOY gig and you're in serious danger of breaking bones, as a number of teenagers on Twitter have recently attested. This cover of the Essex newcomer's brother-in-riotous arms Tyler, The Creator's 'Cherry Bomb' could easily be the soundtrack to that limb-smashing carnage: all blistering, distorted noise as Jordan Cardy delivers fast and hard raps beneath. And then, as suddenly as they entered, the breakbeats disappear, leaving just a soothing guitar line to ease the pain, borrowed from 'WOLF' track 'Answer'. Read More

  • New Artist Of The Week: Novelist Is The Grime Prodigy Giving A Voice To UK Teens

    On the week he plays three mystery back-to-back gigs in London, David Renshaw speaks to XL's hottest prospect, Novelist, about making it in New York, David Cameron and why he's shirking all offers to collaborate When grime MC Novelist was 15 he ran to be young mayor of Lewisham, his south London hometown. Read More

  • Tigercub Get Raw And Forlorn On New Song 'You' - Listen

    Earlier this month, newcomers Tigercub shared the first half of their forthcoming AA-side single, 'Destroy', a stalking piece straight from the QOTSA book of songwriting. 'You' is its other half, and takes things on a completely different tangent. Prettily chiming guitar lines open before things lift into something more fleshed out and fuller, but still raw and gently searing. "There's a hole in my head and it makes me forget about you," sings Jamie Hall at one point, driving the song's forlorn undercurrent home. Read More

  • Swim Deep's Austin Williams: Three New Bands I'm Loving Right Now

    Swim Deep frontman Ozzy tells us all about the new acts draining his iPod battery this summer Austin Williams: "Inspirational producer Oliver Horton – aka Dreamtrak – makes titanic music. He produced our future smash LP ‘Mothers’ and I think his production is jumbo. He’s also an imaginative songwriter; I imagine he must exhale melodies. Recently, I’ve been in his Hobbit hole studio (where ‘King City’ was recorded on one of our first trips to London), and I’ve heard some of his new songs which are soon to drop. They’re mind-warping! Read More

  • Cherry Glazerr Are The Teen Tearaways Taking LA By Storm

    “People are like, ‘What the fuck kind of band are they?!’” laughs Cherry Glazerr singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy when trying to describe the band’s gleefully schizophrenic sound down the phone from their Los Angeles base. “I think we try and steer clear of genre, we’re a hodge-podge of sounds and feelings, but we like having that confusion,” she concludes. Read More

  • You Need To Hear Manuka Honeys' Swooning And Soul-Searching New Track 'Below The Belt'

    Recently, Brighton has given us the swaying guitar-pop of The Magic Gang, Abattoir Blues' gravelly post-punk and the grunge riffs of Tigercub. But that's not all the city has to offer up. Step forward Manuka Honeys, aka George Boorman, and latest track 'Below The Belt' (produced by The Magic Gang's Kristian Smith). Read More

  • You Need To Hear The Spidery Love Songs Of Norwegian Newcomer Okay Kaya

    Kaya Wilkins coughs violently and blows her nose into a tissue. “I didn’t know how hard ballet dancers party! They’ve ruined me,” says the 23-year-old Norwegian, who writes spidery love songs as Okay Kaya. In London preparing for her debut headline show, Kaya blames her cold on the cast of Tree Of Codes, the ballet for which her friend Jamie xx composed the score. The singer recorded vocals and guitar for the soundtrack and recently celebrated the show’s premiere in Manchester with its cast. “The dancers were smoking like chimneys and drinking mad lagers,” she explains. Read More

  • Menace Beach's Juggernaut New Track Is Like A Comet On Collision With Earth

    Fuzzy Leeds crew Menace Beach only released their debut album 'Ratworld' - "gritty" and "low-slung" according to NME's review - in January, but they're already moving onwards and upwards. A new EP 'Super Transporterreum' will be released on September 25 via Memphis Industries, and if its title track in anything to go by, could be the best thing the group have done so far. Read More

  • Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge On His Favourite New Bands

    In his latest NME Radar column, Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge takes us through the out-there sounds he's had on his stereo recently... Ashworth has crammed a lot into his career in music, comprising half of Joe and WillAsk? and engineering for dozens of budding techno doyens (myself among them) from his gear-crammed bunker in Stoke Newington. After a brace of well-received 12”s on Arkhive and a spell of artistic bridge-pinching, he’s ready to proudly announce the commencement of Album Time. Read More

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  • New Artist Of The Week: Novelist Is The Grime Prodigy Giving A Voice To UK Teens

    On the week he plays three mystery back-to-back gigs in London, David Renshaw speaks to XL's hottest prospect, Novelist, about making it in New York, David Cameron and why he's shirking all offers to collaborate When grime MC Novelist was 15 he ran to be young mayor of Lewisham, his south London hometown. Read More

  • Cherry Glazerr Are The Teen Tearaways Taking LA By Storm

    “People are like, ‘What the fuck kind of band are they?!’” laughs Cherry Glazerr singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy when trying to describe the band’s gleefully schizophrenic sound down the phone from their Los Angeles base. “I think we try and steer clear of genre, we’re a hodge-podge of sounds and feelings, but we like having that confusion,” she concludes. Read More

  • Royal Headache: 'People Were Trying To Sign Us But We Were Being Dissociative About It'

    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

  • The Buzz - Five New Bands You Need To Hear this Week

    1. Let’s Eat Grandma - a couple of frighteningly eclectic teens

    Norwich duo Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth played Latitude a couple of weeks ago and had people walking out of their set open-mouthed. Friends since the age of four and both aged 16 now, their track above, filmed for BBC Introducing Norfolk at the end of last year, is a total thriller, like Lorde meets Kate Bush meets those evil twins from The Simpsons. Read More

  • Cult Australian Heroes Royal Headache Return - Plus Hear 17 Brand New Bands

    One of my all-time favourite Australian bands announced a surprise return today, Royal Headache. It’s been four long, boring years since their last album came out – the now cult garage classic self-titled LP. I can remember all manner of people going quietly crazy over that record, from Hookworms’ MJ to industry vet James Endeacott and even pop acts like The Preatures. Read More

  • Buzz Playlist: 19 Brand New Bands Including Man Of Moon, Alessia And Honduras

    Buzz Band Of The Week this time round are Edinburgh’s Man Of Moon. They’re still a bit of an industry secret right now, but probably not for long. They’ve been playing loads of supposedly “legendary” shows in Scotland for nigh on six months (or so I’m told), but recently made it a bit further south for the first time. Read More

  • 19 Brand New Bands You Need To Hear (May 1, 2015) - Playlist

    Kicking off this week’s Buzz playlist of breaking/unknown bands we love are the great Coneheads, from north-west Indiana. Last year’s ‘Canadian Cone’ tape is an absolute gem, and certainly one of the best lowkey north American releases I’ve heard in years, right up there with the early stuff from Merchandise, Sheer Mag and Milk Music. Much like that last band, they’re pretty press shy. 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

  • Swim Deep's Austin Williams: Three New Bands I'm Loving Right Now

    Swim Deep frontman Ozzy tells us all about the new acts draining his iPod battery this summer Austin Williams: "Inspirational producer Oliver Horton – aka Dreamtrak – makes titanic music. He produced our future smash LP ‘Mothers’ and I think his production is jumbo. He’s also an imaginative songwriter; I imagine he must exhale melodies. Recently, I’ve been in his Hobbit hole studio (where ‘King City’ was recorded on one of our first trips to London), and I’ve heard some of his new songs which are soon to drop. They’re mind-warping! Read More

  • Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge On His Favourite New Bands

    In his latest NME Radar column, Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge takes us through the out-there sounds he's had on his stereo recently... Ashworth has crammed a lot into his career in music, comprising half of Joe and WillAsk? and engineering for dozens of budding techno doyens (myself among them) from his gear-crammed bunker in Stoke Newington. After a brace of well-received 12”s on Arkhive and a spell of artistic bridge-pinching, he’s ready to proudly announce the commencement of Album Time. 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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