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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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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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Top 20 Belle & Sebastian songs about troubled young people

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 4 March 2014

‘Belle & Sebastian’, the 90s indie pop band who came up with hit songs like ‘Legal Man’, ‘She’s Losing It’, and ‘The Boy with the Arab Strap’, is reportedly working on a new album. No one’s more excited about this piece of news than writer Shane Ryan of Paste Magazine. In the following article, he […]

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Must-read books, according to David Bowie

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Monday 3 March 2014

If you’re in the market for a new book, here’s some sage advice from one of literature’s most influential book reading list advisors, Oprah David Bowie. At the exhibition of ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Art Gallery of Ontario, curators revealed his top 100 must-read book list.

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PREVIEW: Australia’s 2014 Groovin’ The Moo

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Sunday 2 March 2014

The countdown is on. Yes, very soon the spectacle that is Groovin’ The Moo will once again be hitting Australia’s regional centers in an attempt to bring good music to those who don’t regularly have access to it. Remember all the fun we had last year?

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Oh, just two cellists ripping up AC/DC’s Thunderstruck

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Thursday 27 February 2014

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are brilliant cellists. But wanting to go one step further, they’ve created 2Cellos and ripped into some old classics with amazing style. These two Croatian masters first rose to fame in 2011 while covering the Michael Jackson classic ‘Smooth Criminal’. Since then, they’ve performed with Elton John on his world […]

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The Super Mario Bros. theme sounds great on a 1000 year old Chinese instrument

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Wednesday 26 February 2014

Nope, that’s not a miniaturized evil fortress she’s holding. It’s actually a Chinese musical instrument called a ‘Sheng’. And though it was invented thousands of years ago – and we only learned of its existence a few minutes ago – it can dish out beats straight from the 80s, specifically the ‘Super Mario Brothers’ theme. […]

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My Secret Playlist by Hamish Rosser, ex-The Vines and Wolfmother

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Tuesday 25 February 2014

Not many grungy musicians have a past as both a chemical engineer and a rugby player, but former Vines and Wolfmother drummer Hamish Rosser does. Before joining the enigmatic buzzsaw three-piece The Vines, Rosser was also the skinman in a cover band, Sixties Mania. These are the songs that have most inspired him, in his own words.

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Photographer puts paint on a speaker, blasts loud music, and snaps the results

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 18 February 2014

What does music look like? Certainly not a bunch of notes and lines like we previously believed. Actually it looks more like a 3D Jackson Pollock painting. The images of multi-coloured globs of paint are from the man they call the ‘3D Jackson Pollock’, artist Martin Klimas. To find out what sound looks like, he placed a transparent scrim over the diaphragm of a speaker.

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They put bands on Melbourne trams for people’s commuting pleasure

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Sunday 16 February 2014

We’ve all heard of La Blogothéque’s Take Away Shows and NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts. These are just a couple of many websites known for offering informal videos of musicians playing live in unlikely places. Tram Sessions are Melbourne’s answer to this latest rage in the music business. Tram Sessions was created by Nick Wallberg […]

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REVIEW: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, 2014

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Tuesday 11 February 2014

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is the hipster festival in Australia each year, and the 2014 version of this great indie band experience was drenched in sun, and, well, ladies – both in the big crowd liberally making use of sunscreen (and, later, after-sun soothing aloe vera) and enjoying the performances onstage.

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Think he’s cute now? How about a 6-year-old Elvis-impersonating Bruno Mars

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Monday 10 February 2014

Sure, he had millions of people watching him during the Super Bowl half-time show. Sure, he’s won a Grammy. But take a look back to when Bruno Mars was a six-year-old Elvis impersonator. This was back in 1992 and boy, he could dance! And while Bruno Mars was the youngest professional Elvis impersonator in the […]

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Snoop Dogg is a Pokemon trainer in his new music video

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Sunday 2 February 2014

Snoop Dogg, or rather, Snoop Lion as he calls himself nowadays, has released a music video for his song Get Away. Now, many of you might not like the Snoop Doggy Dog’s new brand of music, but here’s one thing were definitely digging. The video games! The video features Snoop as a Pokemon trainer making […]

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A music video shot entirely from an iPhone

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 14 January 2014

Roderick Smith, or better known as North Arm, is an Australian musician who has found an economic way to creating simple but artistic music videos: he used his iPhone. Locked Gate is the most recent single and music video from the Thought Lines EP. Watching the home made video makes you feel you’re looking at […]

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New music and poetry by Brighton’s Session Leopard

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By Nini Baseema in New Music on Sunday 12 January 2014

Joss Albért is a composer and writer from Brighton who creates electronic art-pop under the name Session Leopard. Recently he published Naive Devices, his first collection of poetry where his tiny, loaded thoughts hide in poems about feeling human, unrequited love and more profane subjects, such as House music. Unlike others who simply pick a […]

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Review: Grizzly Bear at the Sydney Opera House

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 11 January 2014

I can assure you that Grizzly Bear are not running short on either creativity and originality. As they walked onto the stage at the Sydney Opera House’s beautiful Concert Hall, a hush washed over the crowd.

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