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Listen To The Tracks That Influenced Hip-Hop's Brightest Rising Star Dej Loaf
In this week's NME, 23-year-old Detroit rapper Dej Loaf talks about her rise to stardom and getting co-signs from her heroes like Nicki Minaj, DMX, Eminem and more. She's due to head out on tour with Nicki Minaj soon while she's also been busy recording her debut album, which promises to be just as vital as her new single 'Try Me'. To give an even greater insight into her music, she's put together a playlist of some of the songs that have had the biggest influence on her. Listen below and read on for her comments on why five of the tracks have had such an effect on her. Read More
Exclusive - Check Out Dive In's Gloriously Poppy New EP Title Track 'Eighteen'
Perhaps itâ€™s easiest to start with what Dive In are not. They are not the latest in a long line of professionally disheveled, Velvet Underground-cribbing bands here to save rock nâ€™ roll. They are, at first blush, the very antithesis: a band unafraid of big pop choruses, soaring falsetto, and bright, gleaming production. And yet, Dive Inâ€™s inherent uncoolness has a strangely paradoxical effect in 2015. Itâ€™s refreshing to hear a band so willing to stand alone and apart from the rest, to compete on a completely separate plane. Read More
SXSW 2015 In Review - NME Writers Have Their Say On The Best New Bands
SXSW festival has been taking place in hundreds of venues throughout Austin, Texas over the past week. Below, NME's writers on the ground there offer their best new discoveries. Pick up this week's issue of NME to read our full review of the new music mecca. Matt Wilkinson, New Music Editor US newcomers Seratones are still so small that they're only able to play the places everybody else shuns here at SXSW. Read More
Trip Out To The Balletic New Video From All Tvvins For 'Thank You'
"We can be seven hours into some tune and realise we've written a Christina Aguilera song," All Tvvins singer Conor Adams tells NME in this week's mag, shortly before becoming the first and last musician to cite Pearl Jam, Wild Beasts and disco don Todd Terje as influences in the same breath. Read More
Hear Sheffield Punks Nai Harvest's Vital, Urgent 'All The Time' - Track Premiere
Nai Harvest are a Sheffield two-piece so full of joyous give-a-fuck abandon and pop-punk glee that Iâ€™d liquidise their music and have it plugged directly into my veins via intravenous drip, if only that were scientifically possible. Read More
30 Bands Everyone's Likely To Be Talking About After SXSW This Week
Unless you're living under a rock right now you'll have probably heard that SXSW is upon us again this week. What's it all about? Read More
Stream Tandem Felix's Dreamy New Single, 'Nothing I Do Will Ever Be Good Enough'
Ever felt like a constant disappointment to someone, only to realise after months of sweating for their approval that maybe itâ€™s not you â€“ itâ€™s them? Itâ€™s a pretty liberating feeling - the moment you realise that you'll never not fall short of their expectations. Suddenly it dawns on you that you're not the total fuck-up that certain someone - a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a boss, whoever - has made you feel for so long. A weight lifts, that knot in your stomach loosens and you stop giving a shit, because that person will probably never be happy. Never content. Read More
Hear Sydney Newcomers The Preatures Get Remixed By Prides
Australian newcomers The Preatures specialise in the kind of three minute gems new wave was invented for. Chief of these is their new single (and the track that first got them noticed) 'Is This How You Feel?'. That song sounds like Warpaint if they succeeded in writing a Radio 1 anthem, and is the staple of the band's live set. Read More
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 Lunaâ€™s Felicia Douglass about the emotions underpinning new single â€˜Coat of Shellacâ€™. â€œAs 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 â€˜if it ainâ€™t brokeâ€¦â€™ approach to upcoming third album â€˜Infinite Houseâ€™. 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 weekâ€™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 theyâ€™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. Thereâ€™s a secret, cryptic message in the images above the band's heads and in their hands, in fact. But what is it? Weâ€™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
Radar New Act Of The Week: Stream Kiran Leonard's 'DMF/GP'
Open this week's issue of NME and you'll find a full page dedicated to boy-wonder Kiran Leonard. The Oldham-based teen has been named our New Act Of The Week on account of his genius way with instruments (from the guitar to, er, radiators - Kiran can play 'em all) and rising status as one of the UK's most promising, prodigious talents. Read More
Circa Waves - Garage fuzz and a West Coast spirit inform Liverpool's best new band
Circa Waves take Radar's coveted title of New Band Of The Week in the latest NME. The Liverpool four-piece are still unsigned as I type, but are being courted by practically every label interested in guitar music, and tipped for greatness by many who've heard the tunes or seen them live. Led by Kieran Shuddall - a man who clearly knows his way around writing classic-sounding indie pop - they've apparently got 20-30 songs already written and ready to go. Read More
Darlia - Snotty nosed Blackpool grunge enthusiasts with eardrum-gnawing riffs
We've got a meaty interview with the north's most ambivalent new oiks Darlia this week in NME (just check the glazed expressions and spliff they're rock in the picture in the mag). Read More
San Fermin â€“ The big-idea Brooklynites who are fusing classical, jazz, pop and indie
This week's issue of NME sees writer Lucy Jones speaking to Ellis Ludwig-Leonie, leader of San Fermin about how his background in classical composition has informed the amazing pop songs that fill their self-titled album. Want proof? Have a listen to 'Sonsick'â€¦ In Brief: 24-year-old Ludwig-Leonie was something of a child prodigy, studying classical music at Yale. Read More
- Jungle - The UK's Most Mysterious Act Finally Come Out Of The Shadows
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
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 â€“ 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 â€“ with my writers tipping 20 brand new bands we love every single week. 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