This. Is. Class.
Julian Casablancas announced a new album today (March 6) with a teaser trailer that, in two minutes of scrappy VHS visuals and fast and furious song snippets, packed more questions than answers. This much we know: it’s to be released on the Strokes man’s own Cult Records imprint, it’s “coming soon” and will feature a pretty broad spread of sounds, if the trailer – which begins with a dark Cramps-style garage dirge before segueing into a furious hardcore punk melee and weirdo arcade noises – is anything to go by.
You might remember Bulgarian rapper Dena - this week's Band Of The Week - from her breakthrough video, the cheap and cheerful 'Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools' that touted anti-materialistic ideas long before Lorde's 'Royals'. Now she's following that track with a whole album's worth of homemade beats and observations, 'Flash'. It's not just on clattering hip-hop that she excels though, and to prove it she's recorded us a special acoustic version of her track 'Flashed', with The Whitest Boy Alive's Erlend Oye.
Did you find Beyoncé's video for 'Drunk In Love' a bit cringe, especially when combined with Jay-Z's appalling 'your breasteses are my breakfastes' verse? No matter. A clever guy called Jesse Hill has made a whole new film for the track using Emoji. It's perfect:
You've seen the photos of the ceremony and watched the films, but what about goings-on behind the scenes at the NME Awards this year? From Damon Albarn hanging out with Michael Eavis (yup, in his shorts) to Metronomy having a knees-up, take a peek at Green Room japes once these brilliant artists had performed and picked up their awards.