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John Calvert

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015

 
Star Wars: From Queens Of The Stone Age To The Beastie Boys, 5 Killer Songs That Reference The Sci-Fi Saga

"We're home, Chewie." With three words, J. J. Abrams yesterday sent shivers down the spines of hundreds of thousands across the globe. People who, still haunted by the horrors of those prequels, are daring to dream. Hopes weren't high for the upcoming Disney-released Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, after George Lucas' childhood-destroying early '00s trilogy. An 88-second teaser, released late last year, however, changed all that. Dark, enigmatic and pacey, it was everything that trilogy wasn't.

 

John Calvert

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015

 
London Newcomers Riddles Tear Through Another Slice Of Twisted Stoner Rock, 'Wizards Of War' - Listen

If Lemmy dabbled in acid, Mötorhead might have sounded a bit like London stoner-metal maestros Riddles, whose new double A-side 7'' single 'Psychedelic Power Engine Iron Claw Thunder Mistress' (Metal much? Now THAT's a title) offers a diesel-spitting hog-ride straight through the doors of perception (man!), hurtling through punk, doom and flamboyant NWOBHM influences at 180mph.

 

Rhian Daly

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015

 
The Vaccines' New Album 'English Graffiti' - First Listen Track-By-Track Review

“With our next album we wanted to make something that sounds amazing next year and then terrible in 10 years,” Vaccines frontman Justin Young told NME at the start of this year. It may be too early to judge just how successful they’ve been in that regard, but what is for certain is working with producers Dave Friddman and Cole MGN on 'English Graffiti' in upstate New York has helped craft a Vaccines record that rips up the template of their previous two LPs.

 

Nick Levine

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

 
Watch An Exclusive Clip From Haunting Tracey Thorn-Scored British Film 'The Falling'

Written and directed by Carol Morley, sister of former NME journalist Paul, The Falling is a beguiling British film that follows a mysterious fainting epidemic at a girls' school in 1969. Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams stars as Lydia, the first girl to fall into a strange trance-like state before fainting midway through a routine lesson, while newcomer Florence Pugh makes an impressive screen debut as her charismatic best friend Abbie.

 

NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

 
Record Store Day 2015: Comedian Stewart Lee On His Surprise Folk Tribute To Shirley Collins

Here's one we didn't see coming. Stewart Lee has contributed to a new compilation album featuring covers of folk singer Shirley Collins, released for Record Store Day (April 18). The record also features Blur's Graham Coxon, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Bonnie Prince Billy, Johnny Flynn and Trembling Bells, to name a few. How'd Lee come to be involved in 'Shirley Inspired' then? We caught up with the comedian to find out. You're more known for your love of The Fall than folk music. When did you first get into Shirley Collins and what attracted you to her music?

 
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