Dave Grohl has some serious ass-kissing to do. Not only did he stand up the entire Glastonbury festival, but his no-show allowed Florence + The Machine to steal enough of his thunder to keep Wolf Alice off Number One, putting back the rock resurgence by at least a couple of weeks. So, short of offering a bunch of flowers and a make-up goodie bag to every single person at this weekend’s Milton Keynes mega-gigs, what can we expect from Foo Fighters’ big comeback?
"People always say don't be so blunt," sings Jackson Phillips aka Oakland solo artist Day Wave on his new single, 'Come Home Now'. The track is the antithesis to anything curt, though; a soft, swooning mix of jangly guitars, gentle "woo-hoo-hoo"s and lo-fi, sun-bleached production. It's sweet and serene - the perfect soundtrack for beach-lounging and laidback summer evenings – but also full of longing. "She said darling, come home now/'Cos you've been away too long," opens the aching chorus.
Since his "friendly divorce" from Blink-182 earlier this year, pop-punk renaissance man Tom DeLonge has swaggered into creative bachelordom. He recently called NME en route to Los Angeles, where he’s plotting a feature film set in a "universe that looks like Blade Runner, with action that feels like Star Wars, and a character that looks like he came out of A Clockwork Orange."
There's a song on 'Freedom', the new album from seminal punks Refused, that hits harder than any other. "Struggle with the current, dragged down into the dark," screams Dennis Lyxzén on '366', telling the stories of people – "someone's sister, someone's son" – who "sink like stones to the bottom" of stormy oceans. "The mediterranean has become a mass grave for migrants," he tells NME when we catch up with him and the band backstage at Leeds Festival. He's got a point. More than 2500 people – mainly Syrians – are confirmed to have died since January 1 trying to escape war. Last week alone, 71 bodies – including those of a baby girl and three other children – were found in an abandoned refrigeration truck in Austria. Police confirmed they had suffocated.
During a 1997 episode of I'm Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan's anti-hero gets flustered and desperately pitches an idea for a TV show called Youth Hosteling With... Chris Eubank? The joke, of course, is that the former boxing world champion has no connection whatsoever with the youth hosteling movement. But nobody ever explained this to Eubank, who spent 18 years having to shrug his shoulders incredulously every time a Partridge fan asked him about it