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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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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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Sound + Rhythm Tumblr shows video of White Lies playing live in Singapore

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Wednesday 18 December 2013

Thank you Burberry. You not only bought our favourite post-punk live band, White Lies, to the ears and eyes of our friends in Singapore, you also recorded the action and put it up on the compelling Sound + Rhythm Tumblr for the rest of the world to enjoy.

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The Otoasobi Project

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 10 December 2013

In 2005 at Kobe University, a group of 20 musicians, music therapists, 16 people with learning disabilities – like autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome – and their families, formed a music-making workshop that explores new musical expressions. And thus, The Otoasabi Project was born. The group usually collaborates with different artists in various fields such […]

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Interview with Australian electro-pop duo The Presets

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in New Music on Saturday 7 December 2013

Julian Hamilton (vocals) and Kim Moyes (keyboards), aka Australian electro group The Presets, both have the gentle, unassuming air of two people who don’t realise they’re famous. But they really are. We recently spoke to them about their music.

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Pharrell Williams creates a music video that goes for 24 hours straight

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Music on Friday 29 November 2013

Listening to music 24/7? No problem, but only if you like Pharrell Williams. His new song, Happy, comes with a 24-hour video with happy dancing people celebrating a glorious sunny day – and night. The secret is, though, that you can skip to whatever part of the day/video and this way you will always discover […]

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Interview with Sydney’s Extreme Gelati DJs

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 21 November 2013

As last month’s Lost At E Minor party in Sydney we were all treated to a set by Extreme Gelati DJs, aka Carla Uriarte and Todd Andrews.

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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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