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  • Fraser A Gorman Interview: ‘I Look A Fair Bit Like Dylan – The Hair, The Harmonica, The Guitar…’

    Meet the Melbourne singer-songwriter crafting eloquent pop on Courtney Barnett’s label. Interview by Kevin EG Perry Fraser A Gorman has a distinct memory of the very first time he ever met his now-label boss, Courtney Barnett, after moving to Melbourne as an 18-year-old. “I met her in a bar and tried to pick her up,” he laughs. “Which is kinda funny because she likes girls!” The pair have now become good friends, and as singer-songwriters they share an aesthetic as well as a certain lyrical wit and ability to convey their lives, hopes and fears openly. Read More

  • Is J Fernandez America's Next Great Singer-Songwriter?

    Justin (J) Fernandez might just be the real sound of America right now. With not an ounce of icey NYC ‘cool’ or hipster LA wankery about him, the Little Rock-born, Chicago-based songwriter’s music taps into that same sense of prevailing sincerity as Elliott Smith and Evan Dando. You could never call him brash or OTT, and that’s kind of the point. A map-maker by day, he made most of new album ‘Many Levels Of Laughter’ at his apartment in the Windy City’s Humboldt Park area. Read More

  • The Magic Gang Interview: The Brighton Newcomers On Taking Over The World One Rumbling Geek-Rock Anthem At A Time

    Few musicians are as prolific as the four members of The Magic Gang. Soundcloud is littered with solo material and songs by other bands they once played in – or still do – like Home School, Yrrs and Echochamp, a collective of Brighton groups that includes the likes of Sulky Boy and Our Girl. And they’ve also produced songs for their friends Manuka Honeys and Abattoir Blues. Despite all that, the quartet describe those endeavours as “things we do in our spare time” and have been busy harvesting over 50 Magic Gang songs that the world is yet to hear. Read More

  • Ho99o9 Interview: Meet The Freak-Rap Duo Who Sound Like Your Goriest Nightmares

    Not content with merely inspiring moshpits, Ho99o9 (it’s pronounced ‘Horror’) are the sort of band who want to be down there in them. During their Great Escape set at Patterns it doesn’t take long before co-vocalist Eaddy is off the stage and in the pit, shirtless and screaming into his mic. Read More

  • Rat Boy Interview: British Indie's Cheekiest New Upstart Is Busy Making A Riot Of Life’s Tribulations

    "I had a nightmare last night that I went on stage at The Great Escape and it was like a primary school assembly and everyone hated us," tweeted Rat Boy, aka 19-year-old Essex newcomer Jordan Cardy, on the morning of his Brighton show. “I’m really nervous for some reason,” he explains hours later, walking along the seafront. “I think it’s ’cos its 18-plus and I think the older people might not get it.” It’s a logical fear to have. Read More

  • Premiere: Sunflower Bean Get Psychotic On Zep-esque New Track ‘I Hear Voices’

    “Oh, it's a very short, ridiculous story. Me versus the rest of the band.” You might think that statement, made by Sunflower Bean vocalist/guitarist Nick Kivlen about their new single ‘I Hear Voices’ could be the kind of thing that would annoy the rest of the band. Not so. Julia Cumming (vocals/bass): “He’s right. It’s about a fight we have in the car all the time.” Jacob Faber (drums): “What will happen is we'll quote a really straightforward fact, something that cannot be disputed in any way. 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

  • Inside The Vaccines' Secret Show For NME At The Great Escape

    A surprise set from The Vaccines last night (May 15) topped a bonkers bill at the NME Radar stage of The Great Escape. Set at the Brighton festival’s The Haunt venue, the night saw rare UK shows from stateside newbies everyone will be shouting about come Autumn (The Garden, Bully, Wand) along with NME faves Yung, The Big Moon and Rat Boy, before Justin Young and his West London crew took over to defend the throne. Proceedings burst into action with California duo The Garden, who played an electrifying set of nonstop strobes and battering beats with the manic intensity of the Prodigy. Read More

  • 10 New Bands Everyone's Going To Be Talking About After The Great Escape 2015

    The Great Escape takes over Brighton for three days from Thursday (May 14), with hundreds of bands descending on the south coast seaside town to get wrecked and play a few shows by the famous pier. Celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year, TGE has become known as the UK’s answer to SXSW, and rightly so – if you want an early chance to see which bands are likely to own the upcoming festival season, this is it. With that in mind, we’ve combed through the line-up to bring you the 10 new(ish) bands you can’t afford to miss. Read More

  • Georgia Interview: UK Pop's Fiercest New Innovator On Swapping A Football Career For Dark Synths And Tribal Rhythms

    Before becoming the UK’s most promising pop innovator, 21-year-old Georgia Barnes from Kensal Rise in north London was gunning for an England cap. “Between 13 and 16, I played for QPR and Arsenal’s youth teams,” she says. “I probably shouldn’t say this because of where I’m from, but I support Man United...” Football’s loss is music’s gain: last year Georgia released ‘Come In’, one of 2014’s most original EPs. Read More

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  • 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

  • Exclusive - Stream Curtis Harding's Genius Debut Album 'Soul Power'

    Atlanta, Georgia singer Curtis Harding seems to have been bubbling around the underground forever now. He's involved with practically everything great Black Lips are up to (including numerous side projects) back home, and - via Hedi Slimane - he's also become something of a staple on magazine back covers of late too. 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

  • Watch Bad Breeding Get Wrapped Up In Cling-Film For New Single 'Chains'

    Stevenage punks Bad Breeding are easily one of the most abrasive bands to have emerged from the UK over the past 12 months, which is why we've made them our Radar Band Of The Week in this Wednesday's issue of NME. Helpfully, the video to new single 'Chains' more than lives up to their left-of-centre image. Read More

  • Listen: Yak's Debut Song 'Plastic People' Justifies The Hype

    Oli Burslem from London-based trio Yak might just be the best interviewee in new music right now. 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

  • 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

  • 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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