It was one of the most extraordinary gigs of recent times. Not because of the music but because of the circumstance. No Devotion, a fresh group made up of the five remaining members of Lostprophets after lead singer Ian Watkins was jailed in December 2013 for a series of heinous child sex offences, played their first show last night (July 22) at CF10 Cardiff. Having recruited former Thursday member Geoff Rickly as lead singer, they released their debut single ‘Stay’ at the start of July. In interviews they've said they would never be able to listen to, or play, Lostprophets songs ever again.
Let's face it, breakfast is probably the least rock 'n' roll meal of the day. Maybe it's something to do with the fact any rock star worth his salt isn't likely to wake up before lunch - and even then, their first meal of the day is more likely to be two aspirins and Bloody Mary. That didn't stop New York artist Sarah Rosado creating these awesome cereal portraits of musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Amy Winehouse, though.
You may not be hugely familiar with the name Greg Kurstin, but you'll have heard scores of songs he's written and produced over the last decade. The sought-after super-producer has defined 00s chart-pop, working with a real mix of artists, from The Flaming Lips to Beyoncé, Karen O to Kylie and Donna Summer to Devo.
This week's issue of NME sees us chew the fat with the man who's being tipped to steal Disclosure's crown, Lxury. To celebrate, here's a new remix he's done on 'Time' by Jungle. Pick up the mag to read James Bentley's interview with the man himself.
In and out in two thrilling minutes, this latest track from Leeds racketmakers Menace Beach feels like a finely executed bank heist - detonating into life like TNT through a safe wall then careening away in a rush of shredding guitars and screeched backing vocals that wail like distant police sirens.