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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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Take a soundwalk in Lower Manhattan

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Thursday 14 November 2013

Cities are experienced not just by sight, but sound too. Composers Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez have created Digital Sanctuaries, a project that lets Manhattanites take a soundwalk to the city’s 12 historical sites on a mobile app. As Ibarra puts it, the soundwalk offers an ‘aural sanctuary’ in the urban city. Wonder how it’d […]

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Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age coming down under

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Friday 8 November 2013

It’s not often that things that are ‘too good to be true’ actually come true. Luckily for us Australians, THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Yes, Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age are joining forces for eight co-headline tour dates here in March 2014. It’s been a long four years since Nine Inch Nails […]

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Psych-pop or kraut-rock? New music by Chile’s Föllakzoid

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By Autumn Whitehurst in New Music on Wednesday 6 November 2013

Hailing from Chile, Follakzoid’s sound was defined in their first jam back in 2008 during which they experienced, by their own admission, a ‘trance experience between friends, sort of a soul abduction’. Psych-pop, kraut-rock … I’m not sure that any of these accurately describe their music. But this video for their track Pulsar does them […]

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The Bass Orchestra does Queens of the Stoneage

Jake Sheridan Contributor

By Jake Sheridan in New Music on Wednesday 6 November 2013

The Bass Orchestra is one man and his bass, and what a sound he gets as he rocks through a medley of The Queens of the Stoneage. The songs: ‘Turnin’ on the Screw’, ‘No One Knows’ and ‘Little Sister’ all get the treatment. He even makes the drum sounds using his bass somehow.

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Worthy: a soulful song by Jacob Banks

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By Hameed Adigun in New Music on Thursday 31 October 2013

I’m kind of infatuated with the unique, soulful sound of London-based Jacob Banks. I was procrastinating on YouTube one day, going from music video to music video (I really didn’t want to do any work that day) when, all of a sudden … BAM! My speakers hit me with a song – the appropriately named […]

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Bill Callahan finds a garden escape from the loud city

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By Louise Rosenkrands in New Music on Wednesday 23 October 2013

The artist formerly known as Smog, has recently released his fourth album. And I’ve always been a huge fan of this introvert barytone singer. Full of warm analogue tones, flutes and fiddles, and softly-tapped hand drums. But it’s not all smooth sailing: like dreams themselves, Dream River has deep undercurrents, some of them quite disturbing.

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New Business Casual EP trailer by We Are Scientists

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Tuesday 22 October 2013

This video for Business Casual, the new EP by We Are Scientists, is so cool. The broken images flipping across the screen are so atmospheric and old-school. The video just oozes nostalgia and classic cool. It makes me wish I could go back to the eighties and lounge on a beach somewhere with the band.

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Illustrated music video for The Dead Pirates song, Wood

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Thursday 3 October 2013

I discovered The Dead Pirates a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Check out their music video for country/rock inspired track, Wood. The animation is outstanding and the black and white illustrations are created by French illustrator and band guitarist, Matthieu Bessudo (Mcbess). The pen and ink style has an old […]

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Amazing guitar video: Preston Reed performing at TED

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Preston Reed, the legendary percussive guitarist who has influenced the likes of Kaki King, Andy McKee and the most watched guitarist from South Korea on YouTube, the young Sungha Jung, was invited to TED last year, where he performed. Reed invented this unique style where he uses his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands, which sounds […]

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Memoria: Minimalistic electronic music by Murcof

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Saturday 28 September 2013

Murcof (aka Fernando Corona) had been around for 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 the […]

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Lorde’s Tennis Court remixed by Auckland’s Cymbol 303

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Thursday 19 September 2013

Teenage Kiwi music sensation, Lorde, is generating a lot of buzz right now, particularly in the US, and I’m not surprised as she’s only 16 years old and a very talented singer-songwriter. Her highly anticipated debut album, Pure Heroine, is due out on September 27 through Universal Music. While you’re waiting for the release of her album, check out […]

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Play music with your prosthetic spine

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Thursday 19 September 2013

These prosthetic body parts allow the wearer to create music with their body. The futuristic digital instruments are designed for dancers to wear as they move. The pieces are built as single, smooth prostheses that can attach or detach from the human body throughout a performance. Not only are the instruments eerie to behold, but […]

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Ever wondered what the universe sounds like?

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By Rajeev Basu in New Music on Friday 13 September 2013

Luke Twyman is an designer and sound artist. His project, Solar Beat, creates music based on the the orbital frequencies of planets in the universe. Ever wondered what the universe sounds like? Have a listen here and below.

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Mr. Stellakis: a track by UK producer Theo Bass

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By Micha Hilliard in New Music on Thursday 12 September 2013

I was listening to one of the excellent mix tapes that MS MR puts out periodically (see below) when I first heard UK producer Theo Bass’s music. The track was Mr. Stellakis and I instantly fell in love. Bass layers a fast and clattering drum beat on top of the soothing melody of a piano […]

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Organ Eternal: new music video for These New Puritans

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Tuesday 10 September 2013

London-based art rock band, These New Puritans, have recently shared a clip for Organ Eternal, off their third studio album, Field of Reeds. The clip alternates scenes between an aerial footage of the band performing, natural scenery, and a disturbed woman. The track is arguably the best track off the album, and I’m surprised that it […]

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