Welcome to the fifteenth edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 6 major cities and regions from across the UK (and Ireland). With the help of regional correspondents, we plan to present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Brighton, Dublin, Norwich, London and Oxford.

New Music by Region #14 can be found here!

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  • Name: Goodnight Lenin – ‘Wenceslas Square (Winter Edition)’
  • For Fans Of: Midlake and Stornoway
  • Website: Official site
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

Songcraft that combines neat pastoral folk with classic melodies and harmonies borrowed from US folk-rock supergroups such as The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young might well lead to M****** and S*** comparisons, but these boys have the charisma, creativity and longevity to refresh the parts other bands cannot reach. Goodnight Lenin's Wenceslas Square EP is out now on Static Caravan, and the group play a string of UK dates with Beth Jeans Houghton next month.

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  • Name: Charles Hurts – ‘Like glue’
  • For Fans Of: Joy division and Girls names.
  • Website: label site
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

A little over a year ago Philip Quinn started making tapes in his parents' living room. The scratchy, two minute bursts of 60s surf, 80s indie and 90s shoegaze had a depth and charm that raised them above the average. Since then he's put a band together, released a mini-album on, Belfast-based label, Caff/Flick, and contributed a track to Tough Love's "young and research" compilation. Charles Hurts are certainly ones to watch in 2012.

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  • Name: Trapped in Kansas – ‘I Was Born’
  • For Fans Of: American Football, Tubelord
  • Website: Website
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

Scottish Math-Rockers Trapped in Kansas caught my attention after having landed a support slot at This Town Needs Guns' headline show at King Tut's. The band tips a hat to the American Football period of twinkley guitars backing emo vocals, a specific kind of music that's hard to pull off but is achieved beautifully nevertheless. Imagine the vocals of a Scottish Keaton Henson to the music of a more chilled out Tubelord.

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  • Name: Whales in Cubicles – ‘We Never Win’
  • For Fans Of: Tokyo Police Club, Arcade Fire
  • Website: Official Site
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

Although London's strangely monikered Whales In Cubicles have already had a few brief mentions here on the 405, I thought I'd showcase the new Young & Lost roster addition more befitting of their talent. The band will launch their new single "We Never Win" this week at Old Blue Last, one of our favorite venues, with a sprinkling of London shows to follow in the coming week. I am also crossing my fingers that a full length is close behind...

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  • Name: Burning Buildings – ‘Leave It Alone’
  • For Fans Of: Field Music, Three Trapped Tigers
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

Burning Buildings are just clever. Not in a Franz Ferdinand "we just did a reference to something arty" way, but in an actually impressive way. Their songs leap from pop, to rock, to electro business and it doesn't sound cluttered or unfocused, but rather everything sounds perfect right where it is. Which is really bloody clever.

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  • Name: Nairobi – ‘Sunlight’
  • For Fans Of: Vampire Weekend, The Fall
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Hot on the heels of fellow Oxfordian post math//afro beat band Jonquil, Nairobi differ from Jonquil primarily in the vocal department. While Jonquil's Hugo has a rich, exuberant baritone, Nairobi's singer has a weird, off key hectoring approach to vocalising that works best on soundcloud stand out Sunlight. They sound like Mark E Smith fronting a garage rock Vampire Weekend and that type of thing is fine by me, to be sure. Well worth a click through, to be sure to be sure.