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Music can be live or recorded, it doesn’t matter how it finds us. What matters is if it has the ability to stir us, make us think and make us feel. We search for the different, the new, the inspiring, the upcoming and the underground. If it makes our knees tremble with excitement and our skin shiver with pleasure, we’ll share it.

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My Secret Playlist: Jack Ladder picks his favourite extended 12″ mixes

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Thursday 20 August 2015

We’ve been listening to the atmospheric tunes of Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders for a while now and we’ve become obsessed with the surrealist metaphors and soulfulness of each tune. You’ll find that each song is powerful with emotion and influenced by heartache, death and nightmarish dreams – perfect for an any-day-of-the-week playlist.

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Have you been to as many places as Johnny Cash?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 7 August 2015

You might not know this, but Johnny Cash’s classic I’ve Been Everywhere was actually written by Aussie country singer Geoff Mack back in 1959. The song originally listed Australian towns (known for their… uniqueness!) but Cash took this song and made it his own in 1996.

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LED lights visualize the movements of musicians as colourful waves

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Thursday 6 August 2015

Ontario-based photographer Stephen Orlando uses LED lights to visualize the movements of musicians, showing us that their motion is as equally beautiful and mesmerizing as their music.

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Exclusive interview with Australia’s hottest music export: Peking Duk

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Peking Duk first took Australia by storm with the release of their 2012 bootleg remix of Passion Pit’s Take A Walk. Now this Aussie duo – made up of Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde – is taking their music halfway around the world on a global tour that takes them to iconic cities such as Las Vegas, Singapore and Miami.

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1,000 musicians playing the Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly’ at the same time is epic

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Monday 3 August 2015

Your move, Dave Grohl. In Italy, a thousand musicians came together and played the Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly’ in an attempt to persuade the band to hold another concert there.

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Yes! Telafonica’s latest album has just dropped

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Wednesday 29 July 2015

We’ve been fans of Telafonica since their debut LP back in 2001, so if we seem a little excited about the release of their latest album, Tales of Loss in the Stereo Field, you’ll have to forgive us. 

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This Aussie artist lost his battle to depression but his music lives on in this beautiful debut album

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 28 July 2015

Szymon Borzestowski was a Newcastle artist who lived and breathed music. He spent hours in his bedroom performing, recording and producing his own music with a simple software program. He had almost finished his debut album when he lost his battle with depression and took his own life. His family was heartbroken but they were more then determined to not let his music pass with him.

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A beautifully haunting collaboration between humpback whales and humans

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 28 July 2015

While listening to your favourite beats is enjoyable, trying to work and concentrate at the same with those beats is pretty much impossible. In fact it’s so impossible that for a while I had to work in complete silence to get anything done. Until I found one of the most underrated musical collaborations in the history of ever: Pod Tune.

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Someone laser-etched a tortilla and converted it into a record that actually plays

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Wednesday 15 July 2015

Tortillas are usually reserved for things like tacos or burritos or even chilaquiles, but who knew the humble flour tortilla had musical qualities, too. After a video went viral of someone ‘playing’ a tortilla with some piped-in music, the guys over at Rapture Records wanted to see if they could make an actual working tortilla record. So they did.

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Sydney band The Lulu Raes have just released their latest vibey video to get you groovin’ through the day

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Every so often there’s a band that comes along that really stands out. If you don’t know them already, meet the guys from The Lulu Raes, a four-piece band out of Sydney with a unique take on the indie pop scene.

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Addictive Indie-pop tunes right out of Nashville from Young Brother

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 8 May 2015

When you think of Nashville musicians, you might think of strictly-country music artists, but Young Brother is classic indie-pop with an edge. And yes, it’s from the heart of Nashville.

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This guy kills it with his a cappella version of MJ’s ‘Thriller’

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Thursday 30 April 2015

We love a bit of Michael Jackson around here, especially Thriller. We’ve brought you a full Lego version of the song and even a step-by-step guide on how to do those Thriller moves. But now, may we present, this one-man-show, killing it with his a cappella version of MJ’s classic.

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Meet Honor: She was the #NameTheGirl sensation who gave us chills with her vocals, now she’s debuted her first single

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 24 April 2015

Most musicians have a fun backstory as to how they got their first record deal. Honor’s is probably the most unique. The story starts at the beginning of this year when YouTuber LukeIsNotSexy found a memory stick on a London train containing a collection of photos and rough demos by Honor. At the time he had no idea who Honor was but he was determined to track down the mystery singer with the help of his 500k subscribers with the hashtag #NameTheGirl.

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The Black Ryder’s self-produced album has just dropped: listen to their mesmerizing new single here

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Monday 20 April 2015

Aussie duo The Black Ryder have done what most musicians dream of: they’ve self-produced their own album and recorded music on their own terms. And you know what? It all pays off. Their second album The Door Behind The Door started to take shape after band members Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper left Australia to tour America in 2010.

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Led Zeppelin just released an interactive video for their song ‘Trampled Under Foot’

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 17 April 2015

Get ready, Led Zeppelin fans, because there’s a new video in town that’s about to get you pretty psyched about 70’s rock all over again. Led Zeppelin recently teamed up with media and tech company Interlude, as well as production company PRETTYBIRD to produce an amazing interactive video that invites fans (and soon-to-be-fans) into the facade of the iconic building found on Zeppelin’s 1975 cover, Physical Graffiti.

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