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Leonie Cooper

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

 
Florence Welch’s Lyrics: What The 10 The Most Revealing Lines On Her New LP Tell Us

As you might have noticed from our fairly constant and excited yabbering on about it, Florence + The Machine release their new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ on June 1. The Machine are a deeply important part of Florence Welch’s process and live show – from musical collaborator Isabella Summers’ co-writes and keyboards to guitarist Rob Ackroyd, who’s been carrying the injured singer on and off stage over the past month or so.

 

Matt Wilkinson

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

 
Is J Fernandez America's Next Great Singer-Songwriter?

Justin (J) Fernandez might just be the real sound of America right now. With not an ounce of icey NYC ‘cool’ or hipster LA wankery about him, the Little Rock-born, Chicago-based songwriter’s music taps into that same sense of prevailing sincerity as Elliott Smith and Evan Dando. You could never call him brash or OTT, and that’s kind of the point. A map-maker by day, he made most of new album ‘Many Levels Of Laughter’ at his apartment in the Windy City’s Humboldt Park area.

 

NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

 
'The Marshall Mathers LP' 15 Years On: How Eminem's Stark, Violent Portrait Of American Life Shook the Mainstream

For years, Eminem – real name Marshall Mathers – had been a jobbing Detroit MC, scrubbing dishes by day and honing his skills in rap battles at local hangout The Hip-Hop Shop by night. Then Mathers found his voice: a new, unhinged alter ego, Slim Shady. Eminem’s major label debut ‘The Slim Shady LP’, released 15 years ago today pricked liberal consciences with its rhymes about violence, murder and drug-taking.

 

NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

 
Sleater-Kinney's 'The Woods' Turns 10: How The Trio Tore Out Of Their Comfort Zone On Their Briliant Seventh Album

“A decade is a long time to be in a band; you almost feel a little bit sick of who you are,” explained Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein in 2005. By this point in their career, the band had surpassed their DIY queercore roots in 1990s Olympia, Washington to become feted indie-rock champs – a success built on Brownstein and Corin Tucker’s interlocking guitars, Tucker’s unhinged vocals and Janet Weiss’ bolshy percussion. But after six similar albums and a challenging tour for 2002’s political post-9/11 album ‘One Beat’, the trio were agitated, itching to “stretch their legs”.

 

NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

 
This Michael Jackson Bollywood Mashup Is Massively Addictive

India loves Michael Jackson. Sure, because of his music, but also partly because Michael Jackson loved India right back. The singer made a tonne of stops to the country in the years before his death, most notably in November 1996, when he staged a huge concert in Bombay and refused to accept a penny from proceeds. Instead, 85% of ticket sales went towards creating 270,000 jobs for young people in Maharashtra - a move that earned him a special Humanitarian Award at the 1999 Bollywood Awards.

 
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