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  • Watch Scotland's Neon Waltz Play New Song 'Sundial' Live In A Castle

    There are some bands who come bursting out of the traps – no holds barred, everything online, straight into the press/radio conveyor belt. Neon Waltz are not one of those bands. I love how slowly they're taking things. It's refreshing, and you can see it paying off already. Here is a band who you can still catch playing incredible sets to clubs that are only two-thirds full, meaning you can tell your mates you were onto them before anyone else. Read More

  • SXSW Breakout Star Curtis Harding Is Coming To The UK

    Anyone who has even a vague interest in Burger Records will probably be aware of Curtis Harding. The Black Lips-affiliated singer was one of the hits at this year's SXSW, where he was part of the Burgermania crew - to put that into context, they book upwards of 50 acts to play across four stages in a run down bar for the final, most chaotic day of the festival. Read More

  • Pavement's 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' Recreated In Full By DIY Artists From Art Is Hard Records - Listen

    Stephen Malkmus was in a hamburger restaurant at the end of last year when Parquet Courts came on the restaurant stereo. “I thought it was Pavement,” he told Rolling Stone, confusing the New York upstarts’ slacker-rock scrawl for his own. For the record, it wasn’t meant as a dig at Andrew Savage’s band - “those guys are cool,” the 48-year-old insisted elsewhere in the interview. But it does go to show how influential Pavement remain, some 20 years after the release of their (in my opinion) greatest work. Read More

  • Watch Heat's Debut Video For 'Rooms'

    Equal parts The Radio Dept., Jesus & Mary Chain and The Strokes, Montreal's Heat understand the power of delivery – that little things like a split-second burst of meticulously planned and raggedly executed guitar can make a good song suddenly become great. They're also pretty handy when it comes to Lou Reed-style vocal slurs and nagging melodies, marking them out as one of 2014's most promising new bands in my book. Here, we've got their debut video, for 'Rooms', which originally came out on their EP earlier this year. Stream the whole thing after the jump. Read More

  • Watch The First Live Footage Of Hyped Canadian Newcomer Tobias Jesso Jr

    I've been keeping tabs on Canadian songsmith Tobias Jesso Jr ever since I first heard his amazing debut track 'Just A Dream' some 12 months ago. I'm a sucker for all those John Lennon Dakota piano demos from the late 70s, which is probably why I connected with it so heartily from the off. Since then, we've had a couple of further tracks to contend with, and a few rumours about the record he's been making. Read More

  • Deers Return With 'Castigadas En El Granero' ('Grounded In The Barn') - Exclusive

    Deers mini tour last week caused a fair stir in London - the Spanish fourpiece packed out Corsica Studios with eager industry folk, as well as a sizable number of already-converted fans. Not half bad for a band who've only played in London once before, and who didn't even really exist until a few months ago. Read More

  • Stream Gengahr's Amazing Debut Single 'Powder' - Exclusive

    How long has it been since we've had a genuinely thrilling guitarist to contend with? Yeah, you can certainly get into what Royal Blood, Peace and The Orwells are doing, but there's always that nagging feeling that they wouldn't be able to come up with something Graham Coxon, for instance, would be too proud of. As anyone who's seen Gengahr will attest, their guitarist John Victor is something of a virtuoso at his instrument. Read More

  • Premiere - Irish Trio Cloud Castle Lake's Dark, Elegant 'A Wolf Howling'

    It takes most bands three or four albums to pluck up the sort of courage and experimentalism Cloud Castle Lake's debut EP 'Dandelion' seeps from every pore. One for fans of Atoms For Peace, Max Richter and Wild Beasts, the Dublin trio's first release is a heart-bruising ballet of monochrome guitars and sophisticated electronic fizz that marks Daniel McAuley, Brendan Jenkinson and Rory O'Connor as future trail-blazers. Don't believe us? Try the brilliant 'A Wolf Howling' on for size. Read More

  • Protomartyr Q&A: 'The Only Reason I Threw Myself Into A Band At 37 Was Because I Made Terrible Life Decisions'

    Protomartyr's second record 'Under Color of Official Right' was released earlier this year, and is already a strong contender for the title of album of the year. On it, the Detroit punk band tell tales of dodgy low-life's and the inner city turmoil that's rife in their poverty-stricken home, all with reference points that range from The Fall to James Joyce. I caught up with frontman Joe Casey recently, as he arrived in Baltimore for a live show on the band's last US tour. Read More

  • Demob Happy, 'Suffer You' - Video Exclusive

    Brighton-based boys Demob Happy have been making their case for being crowned the city's most exciting band for a while now with increasingly sweaty and raucous gigs both in their adopted hometown and further afield. They're backing that up with new single 'Suffer You', which has been rattling around our speakers for a while, and now comes backed with a slick new video. 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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