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  • 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

  • The Buzz - This Week's Hottest New Bands (January 24, 2015)

    Here we are with the 17 buzziest bands of the week, as taken form NME's Radar section in current issue of the mag (January 24, 2015). Pick of the bunch for me are new London fourpiece The Moon (pictured above). I was lucky enough to be invited to a rehearsal with them late last year, and was sufficiently impressed. Some of their tunes (not the one below, admittedly) had a kind of Slits-esque groove to them, while others, like the brilliant 'Eureka Moment' remind me of Britpop's more sultry moments. Read More

  • Stream The Beautiful New 'Southern Grammar' EP From Hiss Golden Messenger

    Hiss Golden Messenger's fifth album, 'Lateness Of Dancers', was one of 2014's most under the radar gems: "an Americana record of immense spiritual and musical grace", according to NME's 9/10 review. It was also MC Taylor's first for fabled North Carolina indie label, Merge. Read More

  • Track Exclusive: Hear Charles Howl's 'Going Down With A Hi'

    Londoners Charles Howl – headed up by Proper Ornaments’ bassist Charles, and drummer Danny – are an act we’ve been keeping our eye on for a while now. Read More

  • Fat White Family Interviewed: 'There Are Deep-Set Psychological Issues In This Band That Are A Bigger Problem For Us Than Drugs'

    In just 12 months, Fat White Family have gone from radical underdogs to a band at the tip of the cultural clusterfuck they once railed against. NME’s Barry Nicolson meets them in NYC, and finds out what exactly they’ve been doing with John Lennon’s old mellotron... Some bands crave success like a drug. Others place their stock in the bankrupt notion of cool. Some are in it for the girls, or the parties, or the doors that fame might open for them. Some have noble intentions and are unwilling to compromise, while most bend over and bite the pillow. Read More

  • The Debut Album From Boxed In Will Enhance Your Life - Exclusive Stream

    The cascade of exciting music kicking off 2015 continues apace with the self-titled debut album from Boxed In. Oli Bayston, the main guy behind the project, is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds. Can, Neu! and Theo Parrish are some of his influences and he’s written for 2 Bears as well as producing for The Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas. You can listen to the first solo album exclusively below. Read More

  • The Districts Interviewed: 'We Don't Want To Be Known As 'That Young Band''

    More than 2,200 bands play Austin’s SXSW festival each year, so it takes something pretty special to cut through the margarita fuzz and stand out from the melee. Last year, four unassuming teenagers from the tiny town of Lititz, Pennsylvania managed it. Anyone who witnessed The Districts’ incendiary live show came away raving about their fully formed rock’n’roll epics, and in particular fresh-faced lead singer Rob Grote, whose voice sounded like it belonged to a man who’d been headlining festivals since Woodstock. 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

  • Neon Waltz Interviewed: 'Coming From Where We Do, We Have To Think About Things Differently'

    I just thought, ‘You have got to be kidding me!’” Neon Waltz’s manager, Howie, is at full pelt in the enthusiasm stakes, telling me about the first time he ever laid eyes on the band. “I’d travelled on the plane up to Inverness, then driven all this way to the absolute middle of nowhere. At one point there were deer on the road, stood there looking at me! I’d heard the songs, but never seen them, and I suddenly thought, what if they’re a bunch of horrendous, fat old blokes?Anyway, the first thing I see when I meet them is this huge mop of hair getting out of the van. Read More

  • Slaves Interviewed: 'Music Is Like Pure Passion - Sex And Music Are Linked'

    If Slaves frontman Isaac Holman hadn’t warned me he was impatient, it would have been difficult not to notice. Over an hour in an organic café in Dalston, east London, his eyes dart around the middle distance through the window. When an oldish man walks past wearing red shoes, red trousers, a red shirt and a red leather jacket, he’s almost overcome with childlike delight. “Look at that!” he gasps, thumping the table. Read More

More from NME Radar

  • 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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