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NEW MUSIC: Peter Broderick, Kate Tempest, Oh Be Clever, GL, Empathy Test, Damien Rice - LISTEN


New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.


Peter Broderick: Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version)

Peter BroderickPeter Broderick is a musician, composer and singer from Oregon who is probably still best known as a touring member of Efterklang. He has also worked on various collaborations with the likes of Machinefabriek and Nils Frahm and has released fifteen solo albums - not bad for a 27-year-old.

His solo work includes two early solo piano albums (Float and Docile), an accompaniment for a performance art piece called Music For A Sleeping Sculpture Of Peter Broderick and a number of recent albums that fit nicely into the indie/folktronica genres.

Hugely talented as well as massively prolific, Broderick always surprises although recent collaborations with acts like Olafur Arnalds and The Album Leaf felt like inevitable gifts to fans.

His latest release is Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version), taken from an album of the same name to be released early next year.

Broderick is currently on a European tour.


KT-SquareKate Tempest: Everybody Down

Kate Tempest is a novelist, playwright, performance artist, poet and rapper from London, England.

Her debut album Everybody Down was released back in May but has recently been nominated for a Mercury Music Award along with the likes of Damon Albarn, FKA twigs, Anna Calvi and East India Youth.

In good company then, but given Tempest’s massive talent and the sheer originality of her music, she should be a shoe-in.

A published poet, she has also written and is currently performing Brand New Ancients, an epic spoken-word “story of everyday heroes” set to a live score that last year won the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize.

Everybody Down is a revelation.  Every song on the album correlates with a chapter in her debut novel The Bricks That Built The Houses, an urban tale following the tribulations of London masseuse, waitress and dancer Becky.

A genuinely dark, threatening and epic album, there’s something on Everybody Down that you shouldn’t let pass you by even if you just don’t - like me - get rap.

Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists,

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Garfunkel & Oates Look At A 'Rainbow Connection', Proclaim 'Marriage Is A Right' - VIDEO


Singing, strumming, slapstick duo Garfunkel (Riki Lindhome) and Oates (Kate Micucci) recently released a music video that tells gay marriage haters, "you've lost the fight." Feels apropos, no? The final bridge to their song "Rainbow Connection" is a smack in the face to equality opponents everywhere:

A rainbow doesn't choose to be a rainbow, 
It just shines in the sky, 
And there's nothing to debate, 
And there's nothing to deny. 
Love might be a privilege, 
But marriage is right, 
So to all of you detractors 
Who don't know you've lost the fight, 
To all of you in the darkness 
We're here turning on the lights. 

The funny ladies dedicated the video for the song to "all those people that are not able to view this video from their country, and are gay/friendly." Though bearing the same title as the famous song from The Muppet Movie, Garfunkel & Oates' version is not a cover. The presence of puppets in the video at least suggests, however, that the title is a nod to that well-known tune.

Watch the touching music video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Matt Alber Wakes Up Next to His 'Handsome Man' in New Music Video: WATCH


Out singer-songwriter Matt Alber (you may recall his gorgeous clip "End of the World" or his clips for "Tightrope" and "Velvet Goldmine") is back with a new track and a video he crowdfunded production for on Indiegogo.

"Handsome Man" is a sexy celebration of the object of one's affection.

Watch the romantic clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ryan Seacrest Sits Down with His 'Male Crush' Sam Smith: VIDEO


Hitmaker Sam Smith sat down this week with Ryan Seacrest to talk about songwriting, success, and his league of fans that call themselves the "Sam Fam".

Smith tells Seacrest that his track "I'm Not the Only One" benefits from the fact that he was hung over and had told himself he was not going to record that day. He also talks about how he hasn't traditionally been a fan of male singers, and worried before his voice broke as an adolescent that he would no longer be able to sing the female divas when it went deep.

Smith reveals how he overcame that, and made Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" part of his repertoire. Smith is also became close with Mary J. Blige after doing a Disclosure show together, and she calls in to the show to surprise him.

Watch it all go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Go On A Gender Non-Conforming Journey Of Acceptance With Hollysiz's 'The Light' Video: WATCH


The new music video from Hollysiz, for the wonderful song "The Light," relays a sad-then-beautiful story of one father's journey toward embracing his gender non-conforming child. In just under four minutes an entire dramatic arc is etched; what could have felt formulaic and passé turns out to be affecting and realistic. And the uplifting ending will have you cheering! 

"The Light" is off Hollysiz's new album, My Name Is, to be released in early October.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Adam Levine Is A Creepy Shirtless Butcher In Maroon 5's 'Animals' - VIDEO


In the video for Maroon 5's latest song, "Animals", band front-man Adam Levine bares the skin and ink we have all come to know. However, in this instance, Levine adds an element of stalker / creepster and a lot of fake blood in meat lockers to mix things up. 

BONUS: Andy Cohen recently shared his experience of seeing the video for the first time, offering some humorous commentary on the rather curious video. Check out Andy's take a la The People's Couch and the original music video itself, AFTER THE JUMP...


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