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Governors Ball 2014 rocks New York City [Photos]

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Thursday 12 June 2014

Lost At E Minor headed to one of the headline popular festivals of New York City’s summer: Governors Ball, on Randall’s Island, just off Manhattan. With headliners including Outkast, Jack White, Skrillex, The Stokes, Vampire Weekend, and a long, long line-up of acts across the three full days of performances, it’s a huge event on a beautiful island, with an outlook across to the uptown Manhattan skyline.

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Contemporary art mixes with incredible sound in Mille Plateaux

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 10 June 2014

When you combine cover art from controversial painter Steven Johnson Leyba and the sounds of Georgio “The Dove Valentino”, you’re bound to have an album that’s a cut above the rest. Valentino operates in the space between several forms (song-and-dance, performance art, belles lettres and institutional critique) and several genres (torch song, soundtrack, Kraut-rock, country-and-western, surf, lo-fi and high-concept […]

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It’s official! Axl Rose tops the chart as the artist with the largest vocal range

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 30 May 2014

And here I was thinking Axl Rose couldn’t get any cooler. But it’s a fact, people. This guy tops the chart for the largest vocal range. Followed by Mariah Carey (obviously), Prince, Steven Tyler, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye. The information was compiled by Concert Hotels, a website that dedicates its time finding hotels near concert venues around the world.

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Who knew human hair could be used as violin strings?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Wednesday 14 May 2014

If you have long flowing, silky-smooth hair that would rival the likes of Rapunzel and Thor, you can now become part-man, part-violin. At the Street Musician’s Day in Lithuania, artist Tadas Maskimovas demonstrated that anyone – or anything, rather – can be used to make good music. Even hair! To make hair playable, they clumped […]

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The most famous music video of the past decade just had its music stripped away, and it’s still awesome!

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Music on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Everyone knows the routine by now – some of us better than others. But seeing Ok Go perform this viral video monster (20 million views and counting) without the music is way more entertaining than the original ever was. Don’t believe us? Feast your eyes on this action and prepare yourself for more grunts and groans than, really, you ever wanted to hear.

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Worldwide video premiere of Hollow Days, the new single from North Arm

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Monday 12 May 2014

North Arm is the project of Novocastrian, Rod Smith, a founding member of Aussie indie band Firekites who released the exceptional album, The Bowery, in 2008. Now performing under the North Arm name, Smith has stepped up the pop chops and revisited his childhood memories for his new single, Hollow Days, which Lost At E Minor is showing the video for exclusively for the first time above. [Read an exclusive interview with Rod Smith below]

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David Bowie undergoes Daft-Punk makeover for ‘Heroes’ album art update

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Monday 5 May 2014

Here be two of our favorite things: David Bowie and Daft Punk, combined to become even greater. To congratulate Columbia’s Rob Stringer on winning a recent award, David Bowie reworked his Heroes album art by donning Daft Punk’s characteristic bot helmet and metal-armored gloves. What an absolutely elegant goofball.

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Hi-Steppin’: the new single from Terry McDermott and The Bonfires

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in New Music on Tuesday 29 April 2014

I’m always on the look-out for new music and this awesome new track, Hi-Steppin’ by Terry McDermott & The Bonfires, certainly piqued my interest. An up-tempo pop-rock hybrid featuring vocals from Terry McDermott – runner-up from Season 3 of The Voice in the US – it follows on from Pictures, his number one in the US iTunes Rock Chart last year.

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This pipe organ is made out of 250 Pringles cans

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 25 April 2014

This is either the most ridiculous or most genius creation ever. I still can’t decide! Here is a fully-functioning pipe organ made out of nothing but Pringles cans. Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist collective Fall On Your Sword is behind this musical instrument, which was inspired by the organ in The Goonies. Co-founder of Fall On Your […]

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My Creative World: video series profiling talented young Australians (ep 3)

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Saturday 5 April 2014

In partnership with our friends at Optus, we present the third in a three part Lost At E Minor video series that puts the spotlight on some young, handpicked Australian creatives, doing inspirational things within their chosen fields. We follow them through a typical day in their life, capturing magical moments of artistic expression and getting an inside perspective on what inspires and motivates them. [Watch the second video in the series here]

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Interview with Julian Hamilton from The Presets

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in New Music on Saturday 5 April 2014

Ahead of Groovin The Moo 2014, the ‘musical odyssey’ that kicks off around regional Australia on April 25, we were lucky enough to be able to catch up with Julian Hamilton, one half of Australian electro-pop duo The Presets, who are amongst this year’s headliners.

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Finally, a dummy’s guide to understanding rap for us all rap amatuers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Saturday 5 April 2014

Understand Rap, a drive of sorts set up by Seattle-based writer WIlliam Buckholz to help us all rap amateurs navigate the bewildering world rap lyrics, is great. Some of these explanations are deliberately unhelpful, which makes our education in rap lyrics all the more fun. Buckholz has even published a book for it too.

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NOW+ 4EVA: majestic pop from Architecture in Helsinki

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Music on Monday 31 March 2014

I can’t believe it’s been 14 years since Aussie music legends (and I don’t use that term lightly), Architecture in Helsinki, first graced the stages of inner-city Melbourne and Sydney. I was playing in bands myself back then, keeping one eye on my ever-growing Marshall stack and the other on the local band scene. And while I’ve long since moved behind the keypad and left my guitar to gather dust, these guys keep going. And going. And going. Phew!

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Lost for 45 years, full 1970 Miles Davis recording now assaults our ears

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Monday 24 March 2014

Sure, Miles Davis may have an extensive discography of really good stuff, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about 135 minutes of previously unreleased tracks from his full set at Fillmore 45 long years ago. One of these tracks, Footprints, is now being floated by Legacy Recordings online prior to the boxset hitting […]

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Back 2 Basics: the new album from Ben Askins’ Genlevel

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Music on Monday 24 March 2014

After just two minutes of listening to Genlevel’s new album Back 2 Basics, you’re transported back to the carefree spirit of summer and (thankfully) the rest of the album leaves you there, happily ensconced in its electric warmth. Back in 2011, Ben Askins’ was a Bandcamp superstar, his Genlevel one-man-show banging its way to the top of the charts for downloads.

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