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SONG of the DAY: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald - "Care For You"

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald's great song 'Care For You' of his album The MBF Love LP. Filmed and Edited by: Neil Webb. Featuring: Ali Webb and Scott Reid. MBF...
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UNDER THE RADAR: HIGH TROPICS - "15 YEARS"

High Tropics, fronted by Josh Stewart (formerly of The Ninjas), are emerging with their debut single, '15 Years', and an accompanying music video that premiered earlier this week on Pilerats. "Kinda like old school The Strokes mixed with current day Violent Soho, it's all fuzzy guitars, driving bass and thumping drums. Elegant in its simplicity, 15 Years is cracking debut from a band we reckon are gonna do some very good things, very quickly, on the Aussie rock'n'roll scene." — Pilerats

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WATCH MURDOC AND 2D OF GORILLAZ DISCUSS THEIR NEW ALBUM IN FIRST-EVER ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW

 Today, on a YouTube livestream, Murdoc Niccals and 2D—that is to say, Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn—from the British avatar-fronted hip-hop/electro group Gorillaz sat down with British DJ MistaJam on Radio 1. During their first-ever on-camera interview, conducted in the band’s animated house, Murdoc took credit for the twerking phenomenon and 2D claimed that Simon Cowell gifted him his jeans. The interview is promo for Gorillaz’s forthcoming album Humanz, which is due out on April 28. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: The Charlatans - "Plastic Machinery"

 The Charlatans have shared the video for new track 'Plastic Machinery'. The band will release new album 'Different Days', following studio sessions with a host of guests. Finding room for both Anton Newcombe and Johnny Marr, it's a varied, creative return, with new cut 'Plastic Machinery' leading the way. The video is online now, and it's worth a watch - shot in Barcelona, it was directed by Ewen Spencer, who also crafted the 'Different Days' artwork. 'Different Days' will be released on May 26th. 


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Joy Division – Peter Hook and Ian Curtis

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The xx. Romy Madley Croft, Jamie Smith, and Oliver Sim

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UNDER THE RADAR: Listen to The War On Drugs’ new song ‘Thinking Of A Place’

The Adam Granduciel-led band have released their first new song since their acclaimed 2014 album 'Lost In A Dream' The War On Drugs have shared their new single, ‘Thinking Of A Place’ – listen to the track below. The Adam Granduciel-led band earned widespread acclaim for their breakout third album, ‘Lost In The Dream’, in 2014 – which was also their last release. The band have now returned with their first new song in three years. Marking Record Store Day 2017 – which takes place today (April 22) – The War On Drugs have shared ‘Thinking Of A Place’. The 11-minute track has been released on a limited 12″ for the annual vinyl celebration, and the psychedelic-tinged song is now available to listen to online. 


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Orange Juice , 1982. (l-r) Malcolm Ross, Zake Manyika, Collins and David McClymont

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Cure - "The Lovecats"

 A swinging little ditty from the earlier days of the Cure. Still flashing the pop sense the band demonstrated on their early singles, "The Love Cats" -- released between albums in 1983 and collected on Japanese Whispers (1984 EP) and again on Staring at the Sea: The Singles (1986) -- shows the band experimenting with textures like a screeching guitar to mimic the screech of a cat and falling bottles. But the song is almost like a show tune in its classic Tin Pan Alley arrangement, with tack piano, horns, phonetic backing vocals, vibes, and upright bass being the most prominent instrumentation. It is the sort of undeniably catchy music hall type of song found on the mid- to late-'60s Beatles records. "The Love Cats" contains something like five separate hooks. 


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‘BEEHIVE’: A NEW VIDEO FROM MARK LANEGAN

Former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan is on the cusp of releasing Gargoyle, his tenth solo album in almost 30 years, and it’s a good’un. It features, as always, Lanegan’s smoky, whiskey-soaked baritone singing voice, and it continues his ongoing explorations of synth music, which can be pretty jarring to Screaming Trees fans who haven’t kept up with him. Gargoyle is credited to The Mark Lanegan Band, but most of the music was composed by Rob Marshall of Exit Calm and Humanist. The rest is by Queens of the Stone Age’s Alain Johannes, an actual mainstay of Lanegan’s band. The different composition styles don’t prevent the album from cohering; its musical dichotomies are matched by lyrical ones. Lanegan’s themes here are heavily adorned with angels and demons, the Devil and God. The album won’t be out until April 28th, but a couple of songs are available—both Lanegan/Marshall compositions. “Beehive” is represented by a new video, a sad and charming little vampire love story by Zhang and Knight. The song features guitar contributions from Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli. 


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Go-Betweens - "Cattle and Cane"

The song was recorded and released as the first single off of their second album Before Hollywood, which established their international reputation. Cattle and Cane rose to No 4 on the UK indie chart in 1983. It is one of the classic songs of the 80s. In 1983, McLennan described writing Cattle and Cane: "I wrote (the song) to please my mother. She hasn't heard it yet because my mother and stepfather live (on a cattle station) and they can't get 240 volts electricity there, so I have to sing it over the phone to her. I don't like the word nostalgic; to me, it's a sloppy yearning for the past, and I'm not trying to do that in that song. I'm just trying to put three vignettes of a person, who's a lot like myself, growing up in Queensland, and just juxtaposing that against how I am now." 


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UNDER THE RADAR: Skating Polly - "Hail Mary"

Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, the two stepsisters behind the Oklahoma City trio Skating Polly, were not yet born when Veruca Salt were taking over alt-rock radio. (Mayo is 21, and Bighorse is 16; they were 14 and nine, respectively, when they started the band.) But they still got Veruca Salt co-leaders Louise Post and Nina Gordon to help write the songs from their forthcoming EP New Trick. And a song like “Hail Mary” has some of the grand, large-scale fuzzy melodicism that’s largely gone extinct from the ’90s. It’s a very cool song, and it has a very cool and arty video from director Dave Smith. 


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Adrian Borland-The Passenger (Iggy Pop Cover) (Live 27-08-1994)

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Adrian Borland-The Passenger (Iggy Pop Cover) (Live 27-08-1994).

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LIVE SESSION: The xx - On Hold - Live at Coachella 2017 Friday, April 14th

LIVE SESSION: The xx - On Hold - Live at Coachella 2017 Friday, April 14th.
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UNDER THE RADAR: Timber Timbre - "Grifting"

Visuals from the Toronto freak-folk group’s new album. In the music video for Timber Timbre's "Grifting,"tarot cards have souls of their own. Director Elenor Kopka animates a strange and smoky tarot session that comes to life, and the cards have brought bad omens with them. The grave atmosphere is ideal for the track: Taylor Kirk's voice ascends anxiously, like it's walking up one of Escher's staircases, going up and up before moving onto a different plain, urged on by the song's steely, funky organ.


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