Band of Blogs: NME’s 25 New Bands You Have to Hear, The Weeknd, Lecs Luther & Ms Mr

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NME’s 25 New Bands You Have to Hear

The magazine curates a mixtape of its favourite new sounds, which includes Gross Magic, Outfit, TEED, Iconapop, King Krule and Howler.

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The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye follows up his House Of Balloons debut mixtape with the second part of the trilogy Thursday for free download. In doing so, Tesfaye cements his reputation as R&B brightest new star, a specialist in creating sultry and alluring post-nightlife music. Canadian rapper Drake pops up to show his support.

The Weeknd – Thursday by The_Weeknd

Ms Mr

Brighton music blog The Recommender introduces us to Ms Mr, a promising young pop band from New York who would prefer to stay anonymous for the moment. Their songs which recall Florence Welch and Adele and a hint of Sophie Ellis-Bextor are anything but. Here’s a Patrick Wolf cover…

Ms Mr – Time of My Life (Cover) by The Recommender

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Lecs Luther

Ireland’s answer to the Tumblr-loving, attitude-filled, no compromise mindset of Odd Future has been found in the debut rap of Dublin’s Lecs Luther.

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Sites of the Week: Shut Up Bands, The Horse’s Mouth & Code Academy

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Shut Up Bands
Silly things that bands say in the pursuit and promotion of their art.

The Horse’s Mouth
Five Irish guys get together, have some banter and then animate it for the web.

Code Academy
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to write code or understand Javascript, Code Academy’s interactive tutorials are a great way to start.

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Band of Blog: Marina & The Diamonds, Feist, LV and an Arcade Fire cover

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Marina & The Diamonds
The Welsh-Greek pop singer has debuted the second phase of her musical career with a character called Electra Heart who “epitomises and embodies the lies, illusions and death of American ideologies.”

It’s been four years since Feist’s album The Reminder was a smash hit. She’s back with the followup Metals in October and the gentle How Come You Never Go There is the first song from it.

Mr. Little Jeans covers Arcade Fire
The Norwegian singer drops a brooding, dark and synthesized version of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.

LV – Northern Line
Heartpounding dance music with a 2step funky twist from London producers LV.

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