The cat is out of the bag, and I couldn’t be more excited. For the past few months we’ve been working in secret here at NME on the next phase of our evolution. The goal, throughout all of our research and development, has been to find new and inventive ways to connect with you, our audience, better than ever.Read More
Earlier this week, Rihanna released the hella-NSFW video for 'Bitch Better Have My Money', in which she and a group of friends kidnap and torture the wife of an accountant thought to be based on the one who allegedly nearly bankrupted her in 2008. Unsurprisingly, given Rhi spends big chunks of the video covered in blood, wielding chainsaws and cavorting naked, it's had the internet in a spin - but what's it all about? We tracked down Leo Berne, one fourth of director group Megaforce, to get a better sense of the dizzying short film's meaning.Read More
Michael Archer, a son of a preacher man, was barely out of his teens when he unleashed his debut album: a record of such lusty sophistication and debauchery, it sounded like it was cut in the dead of night by some bugged-out genius, not a kid who probably still sweated under the collar every time he bought booze. You can still practically hear the sound of weed smoke blowing from the speakers when you listen to the extraordinary ‘Brown Sugar’, released 20 years ago today under the man’s stage name: D’Angelo. Packed with shades of Al Green, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye and Prince, it was a sleeper hit that eventually made him a mega star, with an influence that has since hung heavy over everyone from Erykah Badu to Jungle.Read More
Maryland-born troubadour Father John Misty dropped one of the year's most spine-tingling covers earlier this week, slowing down Arcade Fire's 2010 third-album title track to a gentle, wistful acoustic whisper in a live session for CBC Music. Check it out:Read More
A week ago today (June 26) we got news that The Libertines were to make an unscheduled appearance at Glastonbury, playing on the Pyramid Stage before headliners Florence & The Machine who’d been bumped up after Foo Fighters pulled out.Read More
Up The Albion Or Can't Stand Them Now? NME Readers Respond To The Libertines' Comeback Track 'Gunga Din'
Last night (July 2), The Libertines crashed back into action with 'Gunga Din' - the reunited quartet's first new track in 11 long years.Read More
Don’t fuck with Rihanna. Not unless you want to end up torn to shreds with a chainsaw, while your spouse swings naked upside down in a warehouse like abattoir meat. That’s the message, anyway, behind her new video for ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’, which has steadily been acquiring comparisons to Quentin Tarantino’s golden run of 1990s cinema-nasties since it hit the internet earlier this week. Yes, it’s got the torture scenes and ultra-violence of Reservoir Dogs, as many have pointed out. But the Tarantino movie it most resembles is arguably 2009's Inglourious Basterds: his history-skewing World War II movie, in which a team of American soldiers led by Brad Pitt team team up to brutally slaughter Hitler. Eli Roth, one of the film's titular Basterds, called it a Jewish revenge fantasy: "kosher porn! It's something I dreamed since I was a kid."Read More