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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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This guy’s making a music video in his mum’s car… mum doesn’t care, mum needs cigarettes

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music, Video on Thursday 2 April 2015

Parents can be sooo embarrassing. Like when you’re making music videos in your front yard – complete with your mum’s floor fan – and she comes out in a huff wanting you to get out of the car so she can go buy cigarettes. Yeah, that’s embarrassing.

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A secretly recorded tape of a guy’s parents nagging him to clean his room back in 1985… now animated!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music, Video on Thursday 2 April 2015

Mike Cohen was like any other college kid in the 1980s. He loved music, he collected posters and of course, he had a messy room. But his parents wouldn’t stop nagging him – even when he was home for a break – about his messy room, his future, and everything else parents love to nag about.

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Wear this ring to control music, play games and even send tweets

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Sunday 29 March 2015

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Always wanted to control your beats in the simplest way possible? Put a ring on it! Prepare to be blown away. It doesn’t look like much but Ring is about to change the way we live. How? Well, this tiny piece of technology has been created to be used in almost any situation that requires a click of the finger. But instead of reaching out, by wearing Ring, all you have to do is draw your own gestures in the air.

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Iconic Live at the Chapel series returns, via Samsung’s Milk Music

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By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Friday 20 March 2015

Live at the Chapel was an Australian favourite, held dear in our hearts as a gig series that offered true intimacy and connection. And, after years in the wilderness, it’s back.

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Maggie the dog gets autotuned to sound just like Kanye West

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music, Video on Thursday 19 March 2015

Nothing against Kanye West, but you’ve got to give autotune a rest. The fad died with T-Pain’s career. One artist who is quite welcome to use autotune as much as she wants is Maggie. Maggie the dog.

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Swedish sign language interpreter makes it hard to tell who’s actually competing in this singing contest

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Thursday 19 March 2015

You know what? Girls might just wanna have fun, but sign language interpreters just wanna get down and boogie! The world was amused when Lydia Callis gave an Oscar-worthy performance of signing while New York City Mayor Bloomberg gave a speech on Hurricane Sandy.

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Lenka’s new single Blue Skies has dropped and we LOVE the official music video

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Talented Aussie musician Lenka has just released the official music video for her new single Blue Skies. If you haven’t heard her music before, now is the time to become a fan.

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McDonald’s asked a band to play for free during SXSW and they’ve got 100% beef with it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Saturday 7 March 2015

The SXSW music festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world, so when you’re invited to perform, it’s a dream come true. But when you’re asked by fast food giant McDonald’s to perform without pay, then we’ve got problems.

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Swedish metal head gets disability payments because he’s addicted to heavy metal music

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 27 February 2015

It sounds like something The Onion would write about, but it’s actually a true story out of Sweden. Roger Tullgren, a 40-something, heavily tattooed metalhead has consulted three separate psychologists to receive statements testifying about the extend of his heavy metal music dependency. Yes, it’s actually a thing. In Sweden anyway.

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The origins of Spinal Tap: check out the 20 minute short film that spawned the mockumentary

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Thursday 29 January 2015

Thirty years ago, this mockumentary on fake band Spinal Tap didn’t catch on immediately. According to the director Rob Reiner, ‘Everybody thought it was a real band. Everybody said, ‘Why would you make a movie about a band that no one has heard of?’

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Cookie Monster covers Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade into you’ and makes us all feel a little uncomfortable

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Saturday 24 January 2015

With his shaggy blue coat and his undying love of cookies, it’s hard not to love Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster. But when he decides to make his own music video for a popular mid-90s song, things get a little weird. Take a look at the video and watch as our beloved cookie-obsessed critter gets stuck into Mazzy Star’s song, Fade Into You.

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My Secret Playlist: Càbãnå write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 12 January 2015

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Càbãnå are a 3 piece indie rock band made up of 18 year olds Avi and Nate and their best friend, 17-year-old Gab Strum. Hailing from Melbourne, the trio have been working on their debut EP and recording demo’s in Chet Faker’s studio for the past year. The result is their first release, Done As Dinner. It’s a great introduction to Càbãnå’s sound and will make a brilliant summer song. Check out the band’s musical inspiration.

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My Secret Playlist: Tora write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 12 January 2015

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TORA are one of the local stars of an increasingly internationally-acclaimed electronic music scene in Australia. The boys from Byron Bay have earned their place as one of Australia’s most promising young acts. In October, they returned with Admire, the new single that also heralded the imminent release of their sophomore EP, Eat The Sun. They’ve gained a lot of praise here (winning JJJ unearthed Splendour in the Grass competition for 2014) and abroad for their uniquely luscious electronic soul. Check out the music that has inspired their sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Niko Javan writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Saturday 10 January 2015

Niko Javan is known for his experimental rhythms. Recently making a complete turnaround from his initial old sound, Niko was on the come up in the hip-hop mixtape, trap and bass club scene when he decided to change it up. According to VICE, Niko says about his new songs, ‘They’re kinda loungey. I’m loungey.’ Here’s the songs that influenced Niko’s new ‘loungey’ sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Mid Ayr write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Thursday 8 January 2015

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Mid Ayer, aka Hugh Middleton a 24-year-old Brisbane-based musician, was born out of Middleton’s bedroom. Thanks to the Internet, his songs became instantly popular, reaching thousands of listeners. Since then, Mid Ayr has taken off with a sound best described as somewhere between ethereal and new wave pop. You can listen and download his first single My Mayhem. We asked him to tell us the diverse musical influences that help created Mid Ayr’s unique sound.

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