As they finish up their hotly anticipated second album, Palma Violets return to headline the NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas. Kevin EG Perry heads to Scunthorpe with the proud pub-rockers and witnesses their new-found embrace of Hindu chanting. Photos by Ed Miles Minutes before they’re due onstage in the back room of The Lincoln Imp pub in Scunthorpe, Palma Violets frontmen Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson head out to their tour van for “a round of Hare Krishna”.
It's the end of an era. Zane Lowe's final show is on Radio 1 on Thursday (5 March) before he leaves the BBC to work for Apple in California. While it's still unclear what he'll be doing for the technology giant, we're sure he'll continue to interview music's greatest luminaries. However, to celebrate his contribution to music broadcasting, kick back and listen to some of his most famous conversations to date.
With two NME Awards in their pockets, Royal Blood last week set off on the most anticipated tour since the early days of the Arctic Monkeys. Barry Nicholson heads to Hamburg, Berlin and Glasgow to soak up the mayhem... This time last year, Royal Blood were preparing to set off on the NME Awards Tour, where they were a humble third on the bill, the raw, unreconstructed meat in a Temples-Circa Waves sandwich.
Australian newcomers The Preatures specialise in the kind of three minute gems new wave was invented for. Chief of these is their new single (and the track that first got them noticed) 'Is This How You Feel?'. That song sounds like Warpaint if they succeeded in writing a Radio 1 anthem, and is the staple of the band's live set.
Last week, Kanye West took a posse of grime emcees onstage with him at the Brit Awards to perform ‘All Day’. It's about time someone gave the grime scene the credit it's due, says one of the genre's biggest hitters, Wiley. We asked him for his take on the performance... The Brits is out of my league. Unless I make another ‘Heatwave’ or something that'll sell millions and millions for 10 years solid, the Brits are never gonna look at me.