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Al Horner

Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Playlist - Remind Yourself Of These Noughties Indie Bands

Ahh, the Noughties. Remember? Before the coalition. Before Miley's naked wrecking ball swinging. Before Snapchat. Back when impending financial gloom was not "the recession" but merely "the credit crunch". No wonder many people are nostalgic about the 2000s. There were some pretty decent indie bands kicking about back then, too. Not just Arctic Monkeys, Foals, the Cribs and other indie mainstays who've continued to ride high but some bands that time has sadly since forgotten.


NME Blog

Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Last week, Unlocking The Truth, a high school hardcore band with a combined age of just 38, netted a six-album record deal with Sony worth $1.7m (£992,000) having been discovered busking in locations around New York. Hot on their heels this week comes 10-year-old YouTube hit Audrey.


Al Horner

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014

Can Karen O Survive Without Her Yeah Yeah Yeahs Bandmates? Debut Solo Single 'Rapt' Reviewed

"Love's a fucking bitch/Do I really need another habit like you?" coos Karen O over creaky acoustic guitar in this first glimpse at her upcoming debut solo album. 'Rapt', along with the rest of 'Crush Songs' was written way back in 2006, a time when life, not just romance, was proving a "fucking bitch" for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman. Following a failed tryst with film maker Spike Jonze (“I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again," she later explained), the New Yorker was also facing up the prospect of loneliness in other areas of her life: "I really contemplated quitting.


Lucy Jones

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014

How Lana Del Rey's Heart-Breaking Glastonbury Set Turned Me From Sceptic To Super-Fan

It's exactly one month to the day since Lana Del Rey played a short afternoon slot on the main Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury - and I'm still reeling from her performance. You know when you're not sold on an artist and then in one moment - it might be a mind-blowing gig, track or interview - you have a complete volte-face, the doubts dissolve and they become one of your favourites? It's a pretty rare experience. Lana at Glastonbury wasn't just my highlight of the festival. NME writers who were there - bar one - came back to our bus raving, zealously converted.


Richard Russell

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014

XL's Richard Russell: 'Bobby Womack Was The Real Thing'

In the week he was due to play in London and headline Womad, XL Records boss Richard Russell remembers soul star Bobby Womack, who died on June 27 aged 70 My initial experiences with Bobby were as a fan. In the ’80s I used to listen to a DJ on Radio London called Robbie Vincent, who had a soul show. That was the first place I heard Bobby. His career had multiple phases. There was the ’70s phase, songs such as ‘Across 110th Street’, but he was also a big name in the ’80s. I got to know him through his big records at the time, which were ‘The Poet’ and ‘The Poet II’.

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