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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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Of Monsters and Men – Sydney

Tristan Rayner Contributor

By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Monday 12 August 2013

The Icelandic indie folk band that have captured the hearts of Australia had originally set out to rock the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney after they had played at Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay. How things change!

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Interview with Danny Choi from Ghost Loft

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By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Friday 9 August 2013

After the underground success of their track Seconds, we checked in with LA-based Danny Choi of the electronic project Ghost Loft to ask him a few questions, and then a few more again.

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Promiseland: new music from hip hop group Ground Up

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By Brian Jerome in New Music on Thursday 8 August 2013

Ground Up has become a driving force in Philadelphia’s rising hip-hop community. The group is made up of New Hope, Pennsylvania’s Azar and Baltimore, Maryland’s Malakai. Ground Up has released several mix-tapes over the past half decade, including Supernatural (2012) and the DJ Cannon produced Up Late (2011). The group has notably also worked with […]

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Champion Sound: reggae dancehall and hyper-roots-rock by UZIMON

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By William Vale in New Music on Thursday 8 August 2013

UZIMON has been blazing a trail since 2009 with his original blend of Reggae Dancehall and Hyper-Roots-Rock style. Straight out of Bermuda, and known for his wild stage antics, outrageous lyrics, and inexorable dedication to the true sound of reggae, UZIMON has been labeled “the Anti-Matisyahu. An outsider, yet a dogged practitioner of the true […]

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Shiny Machines: New music by Happy Music Radio Hour

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By Laurence Rosier Staines in New Music on Wednesday 7 August 2013

The second video from Happy Music Radio Hour’s EP, The Chicago Manual of Style, features mechanized robot arms, gameboys, nuclear explosions, clones and spaceships, which is entirely appropriate given the subject matter of the song. Set to a relentless Kraftwerkian beat, is it an indictment of technology? A celebration? A portent of the approaching singularity? Whatever […]

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REVIEW: Splendour In The Grass 2013

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Friday 2 August 2013

Splendour in the Grass 2013 was something of a homecoming; the first time the festival had been held at the new location of Byron Bay Parklands. Of course, with this change came a few major teething problems (none of which directly affected me) but the music made up for it all.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Kelpe

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 1 August 2013

With influences ranging from the bleeps and bass of classic Warp artists to the spectral folk of John Renbourn, and the minimalism of Steve Reich to the percussive space-scapes of Do Make Say Think, the diversity of the music that inspires Kelpe finds reflection in his own sonic adventures, informing his ever evolving sound, combining […]

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Ursula 1000

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 31 July 2013

Ursula 1000 has established himself as one of the top international DJs. After relocating to NYC from Miami in 1998, Gimeno has become synonymous with New York music and lifestyle culture. His remix skills are constantly in demand, reworking tracks from Quincy Jones to Felix da Housecat to The Faint, as well as being asked […]

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New music by Sealion

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By Adam Cramb in New Music on Tuesday 30 July 2013

I had the pleasure of catching Sealion at a local basement show last weekend. He is one of the founding fathers of the coastal Noise scene. Most of his equipment and ideas come from using basic micro-chip boards contected to frequencey nobs to create ‘noise’. This technologival equipment has been sought after by groups such […]

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The Red Wing: new music by Fuck Buttons

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By Travis Lawrence in New Music on Friday 26 July 2013

Fuck Buttons have a new album out called Slow Focus. It is their first new album in four years and well worth the wait. Check out the first video off the album, The Red Wing, then go grab the album for the rest of the electronic tripiness inside.

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Eclipse Blue: new music video by Nosaj Thing

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By Travis Lawrence in New Music on Friday 26 July 2013

Words can not express the choreographed magic in this performance set to the song Eclipse Blue by Jason Chung, aka Nosaj Thing. It was created by Daito Manabe, takcom, Satoru Higa, and MIKIKO, with support from The Creators Project.

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Invisible Man: new music by Leftfield’s Ruu Campbell

Nini Baseema Contributor

By Nini Baseema in New Music on Thursday 25 July 2013

He’s handsome, sounds a bit like a mixture between Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow, and his recent single, Invisible Man, comes with a dreamy video produced by the artist himself. Former Leftfield vocalist Ruu Campbell has everything it takes to be a singer-songwriting star. And it’s great to see him switch genres with such […]

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Josh Diamond, Gang Gang Dance

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 25 July 2013

Named after the patron saint of outsiders, taboo subject matter, and general disorder, Gang Gang Dance’s 2009 album, Saint Dymphna, is our favourite of their recordings to date. It was a stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed, God’s Money, with cinematic production characterised by 1970s Brian Eno intricacy and 2000s Timbaland immediacy. These are the songs that have inspired Gang Gang Dance’s Josh Diamond.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by The B52s

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 25 July 2013

Our favourite retro-hipsters — and the only band to make Hawaiian shirts look at least kinda fashionable — The B52s have been doing it for more than thirty years, and they’re still writing great pop music. And we’re not surprised given the rather old-school Secret Playlist that Kate Pierson [first six songs] and Keith Strickland have assembled below.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Matt Maust, Cold War Kids

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Californian quartet Cold War Kids not only have the best band name around, but they pack about as much indie cred as a pair of dirty Cons and a lazy side part. Bassist Matt Maust stepped up for a Secret Playlist that takes in everything from Cat Power to Billy Childish.

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