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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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New music by electronic artist Murcof

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Friday 30 August 2013

Murcof (aka Fernando Corona) had been around for quite some time in various electronic multimedia groups before emerging with his own debut album, Martes, in 2002. He’s signed to UK label Leaf, home of Four Tet, Susumu Yokota and Caribou, among others. I was lucky enough to meet him in a town called Sligo on […]

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Arcade Fire gets covered by Tears for Fears

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Friday 30 August 2013

Though typically the one’s being covered and sampled by artists such as Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kimbra, Nas, and others, the boys of Tears for Fears decided that some ‘reciprocal cross-generational love was in order’. The resulting cover of Arcade Fire’s Ready to Start is absolutely lovely.

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The Third Eye: Stream Belle and Sebastian’s new album

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Friday 30 August 2013

Belle and Sebastian’s latest album, The Third Eye, is a compilation of rarities and remixes from over the years. It’s an upbeat, eclectic romp through top-fan-picks from their last decade of music. So have a listen right here, courtesy of Rough Trade.

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Bounce, Bounce, Bounce with Breaking Bad (R. Kelly remix)

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By Erin Emocling in New Music on Thursday 29 August 2013

Everybody’s breaking badly as Breaking Bad’s final season approaches its end. Here’s something unexpected: a Breaking Bad x Ignition by R. Kelly remix. A butt-load of thanks to whoever made this because you’ve totally broken us to our worst.

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96-year-old writes a beautiful love song for his late wife of 73 years

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Thursday 29 August 2013

Fred Stobaugh didn’t know the first thing about how to write a song or upload a video to YouTube. But his raw emotion took control as he began to pen lyrics to a love song for his late wife, Lorraine. ‘After she passed away, I was just sitting in the front room one evening by myself, and it just came right to me almost. I just kept humming it and singing it. It just fit her’, Fred explained. [watch this moving video here]

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Kitar: a customizable open source instrument

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Wednesday 28 August 2013

Meet the Kitar. It’s a brilliant new invention in the world of electronic instruments which lets you change out necks with bodies on the fly. And with built-in effects, the Kitar evolves and changes as you switch it up. This new open source musical instrument is a great idea for those of you who just can’t sit still when […]

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Sugarsweet electronic beats from AlunaGeorge

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By Mareike Muller in New Music on Friday 23 August 2013

AlunaGeorge is Aluna Francis and George Reid, an English electronic music duo from London. Their innovative mix of R&B and so called ‘futuristic pop’ makes their debut album, Body Music’, released in July 2013, great summer listening. George Reid has also done a lot of remixing, on tracks such as Mirrors’ Into the Heart and […]

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Dolly Parton’s Jolene slowed down sounds better than the original

Stuart McBratney Contributor

By Stuart McBratney in New Music on Friday 23 August 2013

Dolly Parton’s slowed-down rendition of Jolene has been doing the rounds, and for good reason. It has a hypnotic quality missing from the original uptempo rendition, with the vocals sounding like a mellifluous male. And with its first-person narrative seemingly now from a male perspective, the love-triangle storyline takes a modern twist.

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Your Life is a Lie: new music video from MGMT

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By Kayla Pongrac in New Music on Thursday 22 August 2013

Fans of MGMT know that these guys are quirky and fun, and they surely bring those qualities to their new music video, Your Life is a Lie. Be prepared to see some very odd chorus ensembles, a dead teddy bear, a crying rock, and a scary-looking baby doll that may or may not give you […]

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Falling: new music video by Haim

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By Christopher Gideon in New Music on Wednesday 21 August 2013

I have to admit, the tunes these three sisters make are my pleasure (notice I didn’t say “guilty”). In fact, I’m proud to say that I’m falling, falling, falling in love with this band. Check out their cover of Hazy Shade of Winter here.

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Mesmerizing new music by Ghost Loft

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By Vivian Shih in New Music on Tuesday 20 August 2013

A friend of mine introduced me to Ghost Loft and I got hooked immediately. The soft electric sounds and beautiful beats are mesmerizing and irresistible. It’s the perfect music to make artwork to.

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New music by Melbourne-based Kirkis

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By Andrey Varela in New Music on Tuesday 20 August 2013

I met Kirkis about a year ago through mutual friends, and we got talking a bit at the café he was working at. At some point he casually mentioned that I should come along to one of his gigs. I didn’t realize he made music, and as every other kid in Melbourne seems to be […]

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Fresh Eyes: new music by London band Nautic

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By Takeshi Suga in New Music on Tuesday 20 August 2013

It’s been four years since Blue Roses (aka Laura Groves) first enchanted us with her eponymous self-titled debut album. She’s been quiet in the last couple years but finally came back as main vocalist for London-based collaborative band Nautic (with producer Bullion and Young Turks labelmate Tic) at the end of last year.

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Tin Smithing: new music by English singer-songwriter Alessi’s Ark

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By Takeshi Suga in New Music on Friday 16 August 2013

I had the pleasure to befriend English singer-songwriter Alessi’s Ark when I was in London last summer. At age 23, she has already released three LPs. Her latest, The Still Life, came out via Bella Union this April. While her floating voice is intact, she has successfully broadened her sound with ethnic instruments and contemporary […]

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Interview with Australian singer-songwriter Ben Mason

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By Nini Baseema in New Music on Wednesday 14 August 2013

I’ve been a fan of Ben Mason for a long while now. I discovered his music via MySpace a few years back and I remember that his tunes were on the top of my heavy rotation list. Why he wasn’t more famous back then I don’t know: his songwriting is timeless, heavily influenced by the sixties and seventies with a soothing voice and moving lyrics.

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