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The Maccabees – Their 10 Best Songs So Far

Do you remember when the naysayers said that The Maccabees were just another indie landfill band with a short shelf life? Eleven years later, The Maccabees have clearly had the last laugh, graduating to one of Britain’s premier indie bands across four albums, each one more evolved than the last. Melvin Benn, the organiser of festivals such as Reading & Leeds, recently said that he’d like to see the group headline in the future – no longer a preposterous suggestion. With their new album ‘Marks To Prove It’ out now, here’s a look back at their best tunes to date…

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Aphex Twin Video Director Chris Cunningham On Why Age Ratings On Music Videos Are A Terrible Idea

After a 'successful' pilot scheme, all music videos produced in the UK will now have to be sent to the British Board of Film Classification before they are placed online, coming complete with age ratings – from U to 18. British director Chris Cunningham – who was behind the controversial Aphex Twin videos 'Come To Daddy' and 'Windowlicker' in the 1990s – speaks to NME about why putting age restrictions on music videos restricts our own creativity

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Stream The Debut Album From Black Keys Frontman Dan Auerbach's Gritty Soul Collective The Arcs

Dan Auerbach never fails to impress. The latest string to the overloaded bow of the Black Keys frontman, producer extraordinaire and solo artist is his work at the helm of The Arcs – a laid back, gritty soul collective. Their debut album, 'Yours, Dreamily,' is set for release on September 4, and NME has an exclusive stream of the 12 track record. With mariachi bands - the all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache - boxing metaphors and lush, lingering sonics, the album was recorded all over America, including the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, the Diamond Mine and Electric Lady in New York as well as Auerbach’s own Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.

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Wolf Alice Prepare For The 'Beautiful Buzz' Of Reading And Leeds 2015

In the 12 months since Wolf Alice made their debut Reading And Leeds performances, things have changed dramatically for them. Debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ soared straight into the charts at Number Two, only kept off the top spot by Florence + The Machine’s post-Glastonbury sales surge, and by a mere 528 sales at that. Their biggest tour to date (following festival season in September) is almost entirely sold out, including a massive hometown date at London’s Brixton Academy.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2015 – Five Of The Most Infuriating Clashes

Before any festival stage times are announced, there's always that stomach-churning fear that all your favourite bands are going to be on at the same time. How do you choose who to see? With the stage times now out for this year's Reading & Leeds festivals, we've gone through the line-up and picked out some of the most gutting clashes. Remember: plot your weekend wisely, and don't be too set on following your plan exactly. You can't have the best time of your life if you're constantly stressed, can you?

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Kanye West – His Five Greatest Videos So Far

He’s been in a living painting. He’s walked with an actual Jesus. He’s been murdered with a shovel, wandered around a toy store that’s coming alive at night, been an athletic puppet and smooched with his topless wife on a moving motorbike, which infringes numerous sections of the Highway Code. As an artist just as visual as he is aural, Kanye West’s videos have often been show-stoppers. Ahead of his appearance at this weekend's MTV VMAs, where he's set to receive the Vanguard Award, here’s our top five...

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