Desiree Akhavan is the actor-writer-director who's made this year's coolest debut movie with Appropriate Behaviour. Lena Dunham loved this Brooklyn-based break-up comedy so much, she gave Akhavan a part in the latest season of Girls. (She plays Chandra, Hannah's not so friendly classmate at the Iowa Writers' Workshop). Anyway, in Appropriate Behaviour, Akhavan stars as Shirin, a woman in her 20s struggling to move on after splitting up with Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), her first girlfriend after years of dating guys.
As they finish up their hotly anticipated second album, Palma Violets return to headline the NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas. Kevin EG Perry heads to Scunthorpe with the proud pub-rockers and witnesses their new-found embrace of Hindu chanting. Photos by Ed Miles Minutes before they’re due onstage in the back room of The Lincoln Imp pub in Scunthorpe, Palma Violets frontmen Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson head out to their tour van for “a round of Hare Krishna”.
It's the end of an era. Zane Lowe's final show is on Radio 1 on Thursday (5 March) before he leaves the BBC to work for Apple in California. While it's still unclear what he'll be doing for the technology giant, we're sure he'll continue to interview music's greatest luminaries. However, to celebrate his contribution to music broadcasting, kick back and listen to some of his most famous conversations to date.
With two NME Awards in their pockets, Royal Blood last week set off on the most anticipated tour since the early days of the Arctic Monkeys. Barry Nicholson heads to Hamburg, Berlin and Glasgow to soak up the mayhem... This time last year, Royal Blood were preparing to set off on the NME Awards Tour, where they were a humble third on the bill, the raw, unreconstructed meat in a Temples-Circa Waves sandwich.
Australian newcomers The Preatures specialise in the kind of three minute gems new wave was invented for. Chief of these is their new single (and the track that first got them noticed) 'Is This How You Feel?'. That song sounds like Warpaint if they succeeded in writing a Radio 1 anthem, and is the staple of the band's live set.