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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 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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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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