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NEW MUSIC: Lionface, The Assist, SOAK, Aqualung, APES, SALES — 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.


Lionface: "Girl"

Lionface is Kat Marsh from Bristol in the UK and she makes what she calls Battle Pop which perfectly describes the aural assault of her latest track Girl.

With two fairly successful EPs under her belt - in the real world, not just on blogs - Lionface makes it clear on Girl that she's not taking any shit.

The video is all retro Streetfighter graphics, the song all boys-are-dicks pop punk noise.

Think Spice Girls with added balls.



The-assistThe Assist: "The Assist"

The Assist is an indie rock act from Birmingham in the UK. Their first two songs Control and Speak It Aloud were fantastically chippy, sharp numbers for fans of old-school baggy Brit Pop.

Despite the swagger and promise of their earlier work, their eponymously titled official first single - released in October - is an unexpected gem and it's all about how damn good they are and their intention to take over the world.


Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sam Smith Just Wants To 'Restart' - VIDEO


Out crooner Sam Smith has released a new video of him performing his song "Restart", about putting a break up in your rear-view mirror. The song is off of Smith's hit debut "In The Lonely Hour", which he recently shared was inspired by his unrequited love for a straight man. Smith has also recently turned in some rousing covers of classic hits such as Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" and Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know."

Watch and listen as Smith gets back to basics and restarts, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper Team Up for 'Truly Brave' Mash Up: VIDEO


To help riase money for the fight against pediatric cancer, Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles teamed up for "Truly Brave" - a stirring mash up of their hits 'True Colors' and 'Brave.' 

Check out the music video, featuring young cancer patients from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Double Duchess and Kelly Osbourne in 'Good Girl Freak Out': VIDEO


Kelly Osbourne plays a character inspired by Jem of Jem and the Holograms in the music video from queer electro duo Double Duchess (davO and Krylon Superstar) featuring Future People for their new "future twerk" track "Good Girl Freak Out".

The dancing in the clip, which director JB Ghuman says was inspired by strange dreams he was having, tells the tale of a couple hooking up, breaking up, and reuniting. Osborne plays their spiritual guide.

Whether or not you pick all that up from what you see, perhaps the message of Double Duchess will shine through. Says the pair in a press release: "Through our music, we ask everyone to be and tell your truth regardless of sexuality, gender, race. We don’t want any beautiful faces hidden from the world."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Boy George Talks The Best Songs Of 1984 - VIDEO

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Famous for his spats with other 80s pop stars, Boy George was in a good mood when he popped into Rolling Stone to chat about their list of the 100 best singles of 1984, he was surprisingly positive.

Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the U.S.A? - "It was so American and so rousing!"

U2’s Pride? - "They were just amazing, amazing."

Maybe not so much on Wham! though - "When George Michael came along I was like, 'He's called George? That's not allowed!"

Watch George on “the year of more" and the video for King of Everything from his last album This Is What I Do, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Here is Annie Lennox Delivering a Wicked Cover of 'I Put a Spell on You': VIDEO


Earlier this week we reported that diva Annie Lennox would soon be out with her first non-holiday studio album in 7 years, a set of covers that includes Screaming Jay Hawkins' 1956 classic "I Put a Spell on You".

Hawkins classic has been covered before by Nina Simone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bryan Ferry, Sonique, and Jeff Beck feat. Joss Stone but Lennox's version will certainly rank among the best.

Listen and watch her perform it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Hear Lennox talk about the upcoming album, Nostalgia, HERE.

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