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What’s the intention behind the music? Our ‘Stories’ section brings you interviews, features, personal opinions and columns about your favourite passion in the world.

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Label In Focus: The Borderless World Of Japan’s FLAU

Based in Japan but with fans and artists from all over, FLAU finds and releases music from artists who craft their own special worlds. NBHAP editor Austin caught up with some of the label's protagonists to shed some light on their work by talking to label boss Yasuhiko Fukuzono as well as artists Rayons, Machinone, Sparrows and Rima Kato.
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Cigarettes After Sex Make Me Cry … But For The Wrong Reasons

Creepy fantasies are not romance, reactionary clichés are not nostalgia and being obsessed with someone's physical appearance is not love: We need to boycott misogyny and sexism, this time found in the lyrics of a widely acclaimed band. NBHAP editor Jessi Schmitte shares her personal thoughts on the questionable messages of the beloved dream pop band.
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Getting Into The Misty Woo Woo: HAIM on Songwriting and Gaining Confidence

Shortly after the release of ‘Now I’m In It’ in late October, a song about going through depression and spiralling minds, NBHAP editor Anna Stich talked to HAIM about the tough times, the past times, the good times and the future times. The three Californian sisters have been working hard in the studio and since then blessed the world with another single called ‘Hallelujah’, a counterpart to ‘Now I’m In It’ appreciating the love and support we need while stuck in a dark place.
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The 15 Most Impressive Music Videos Of 2019, Picked By Visual Artists Schall & Schnabel

In the lovely tradition of the past years we gave the task to pick the year's best music video to two true experts - Award-winning Berlin-based video artists Schall & Schnabel. They got the right eye and a year-long expertise when it comes to this art form so these 15 picks (plus two additional short films) give a great overview about the state of the art form in the year 2019. And yes, it's looking good.
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The Hype Is Raw: Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. Just Got Started

Fontaines D.C. are one of the rising stars in the musical landscape of 2019. With “Dogrel” the band from Ireland released a remarkable debut, mixing edgy indie-rock, post-punk and garage. NBHAP editor Abhilash Arackal sat down with bass player Conner Deegan to review the last twelve month and to take a look at expectations, ambitions and their hometown Dublin – and got a hint of what to expect in 2020.
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