Ke$ha last week announced she’d dropped the dollar sign from her name, becoming just plain old ‘Kesha’. Presumably because when your name already sounds like Sean Connery sneezing you don't need a dollar sign to further jazz things up, right? Sometimes a name change can invigorate a career and become an important part of an artist's mythology while they reinvent their sound (Prince, Bowie, we're looking at you). Other times it's because of an impending lawsuit or because it transpires another band got to that title first, a la Longview and Brother.
Humdrum Tuesdays the world over have been shattered by Skrillex's album drop today. On March 7, Skrillex announced an app featuring a countdown clock and a retro alien game. Last night tracks were released every 30 minutes until the full-length album spawned forth. Amazingly, it's his first proper album since stepping out as a solo artist from post-hardcore band From First To Last in 2008.
Austin's annual new music showcase SXSW, which kicks off tomorrow, has always been press worthy - last year NME did a Peace cover feature direct from there, no less - but in 2014 it seems even bigger, even more intense. Undoubtedly, a lot of that is down to BA, who've just started direct flights from London to Austin for the first time. This is great news for Brits who love new music - because it's about time the wider world woke up to the genius of the city.
The lineup for the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festival was announced tonight (March 10), revealing – as promised by festival organiser Melvin Benn last week – “something we’ve never done before.” NME spoke to the man in charge about how he convinced Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age to co-headline, the surge in young British acts storming the lineup’s other stages this year and the 24/7, 365 demands of running one of Britain’s biggest music festivals. Read More
This year's edition of annual music industry showcase SXSW kicks off in Austin, Texas this week and, while it's primarily about the next generation of bands and artists, there's loads of big names that'll be making the news. Here's 10 things that everyone's bound to be talking about between guzzling margaritas and chowing down on BBQ.