Any big screen reboot is a tricky business - how do you make something relevant to a modern audience without sacrificing what made it so popular in the first place? Rebooting Ghostbusters is an especially tough task, though, because the original 1984 film (and, to a lesser extent, its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II) still inspire such affection. Ask "who you gonna call?" and everyone knows exactly which film you're referencing.
“Let’s make this last forever,” once yowled Tom DeLonge, dragging his trademark sneer across a melee of skate-rock guitars and breathlessly thwacked drums. For a while, it seemed like Blink-182 might have lived up to that pledge, the hook to fizzing 2001 single ‘First Date’. Four years after an acrimonious 2005 split – sparked by guitarist DeLonge who described himself as tired of writing “bullshit pop songs” to people “singing along like 14-year-old girls” – the band returned in 2009, with a new album in the works and a world tour planned.
The Cribs have been teasing two new albums for a while now and last week they finally announced a release date for one of them. ‘For All My Sisters’ arrives on March 23 and, in this week’s NME, Ryan Jarman touts it as “the poppiest record since ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’”. Get ready for these songs to be permanently stuck in your head – we gave it an early listen and discovered an album full of glimmering earworms.
If patience is a virtue, then the people leaking albums months ahead of release are among the least virtuous sods around. Last week, Björk's new album 'Vulnicura’ popped up online two months before its planned March release. With the genie well and truly out of the bottle, the Icelandic performer decided to rush-release the full record on iTunes, and so – prematurely – the world got its hands on her ninth LP. We've not only been denied that nice bit of anticipation before getting your hands on a new album, we've also been robbed of seeing exactly how Björk would have released this album.
Welcome to one of the hottest contested gongs at this year’s NME Awards 2015 With Austin, Texas. The Best New Band Supported By Replay category is always one of the most sought after awards on the night, purely because of the pedigree of acts who’ve won it before. 2002? The Strokes. 2003? The Libertines. 2006? Arctic Monkeys. Hell, in 1964 a little known singer called Mick Jagger picked up the equivalent. Put simply: voters of this award are always amazingly on-the-ball when it comes to predicting who’ll go onto be massive in future years.