Ailbhe Malone

Ailbhe Malone

Inspired by the outpouring of affection occasioned by the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death yesterday, we dug through the archive cupboard to find the original NME news story from…

We’ve already written about bad albums by great artists, but what about the other side of the coin – unexpectedly great albums, by awful artists? Read on for our top…

A recent report in the US has revealed that, for all the hype about streaming sites taking over, radio remains the most popular way of accessing new music. Taking in…

Well that was disappointing. Ahead of the Olympics Closing Ceremony, excitable rumours suggested that Kate Bush would play, and David Bowie would break years of silence to sing ‘Heroes’. Instead…

The waistcoat-loving quartet are back with second album ‘Babel’, and it’s classic Mumford. Released on 24 September, and produced by ‘Sigh No More’s Marcus Dravs, there’s been no huge stylistic…

You can’t predict when genius will strike. It could be on the bus. It could be at the gym. It could be in the British Library. It could be at…

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina have been in the news consistently for the past six months. The backstory is well known. On the 21st of February…

Nobody can kill it every time. Sometimes there’s a blip – even from the best bands. What’s important is that the low point remains just that, and a group can…

Animals and musicians have a lot of crossover, don’t they? Loud, noisy, not easy to work with. You certainly wouldn’t want to bring one to a wedding. So, with that…

Time for a roll-call. Howler? Present. The Cast Of Cheers? Present. Gross Magic? Present. It’s time to buy your tickets for the Generation Next Tour, and to start preparing yourselves.…

It’s hard to critically discuss the impact a gig has on you. The moment is so subjective. You can’t re-assess the atmosphere once you’re sat at home on the sofa…

Ah, the 90s. When people wore New Balance and scrunchies were a thing. And MTV still showed music videos. Except, there are some music videos that would have been better…

Do you remember the first time? Did you, like Metronomy’s Joe Mount, have a friend who tried to exist on ridiculous foodstuffs (in Mount’s mate’s case – marzipan and orange…

Encores. What’s the point? When you’ve been standing in the rain for two hours, do you really want to mug about for another 15 minutes, while the band do the…

Lana Del Rey has been announced as the face of H&M’s Autumn/Winter range. What a pity. The fashion world seems to love her, even if music fans remain unconvinced. Last…

The results are in. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been named as the UK’s favourite Number One single, with Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ edging in at a close second. But what…

With 17 studio albums, more cast changes than the Sugababes and a career spanning almost fifty years, there’s no denying the impact Fleetwood Mac have had on the musical world.…

Sometimes refinement isn’t everything. Like when a cup of tea tastes better out of a mug at your mum’s house than out of a bone china cup. Or when all…

With the plastic about to be unwrapped on the first day of Benicassim, it’s time to sit down and have a strategic think about who you want to see. Clocking…