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. Coldplay preview new material... Recently, Chris Martin’s Coldplay dropped a surprise new track, ‘Midnight’.
How much of a Kurt Cobain super fan are you? Put your Nirvana knowledge to the test in this week's Quiz This It special spotlighting the Seattle grunge heroes and the '90s rock scene they inhabited. And if you like the below kind of trivia, there's plenty more where that came from in NME's Nirvana special edition, in stores now.
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Julian Casablancas announced a new album today (March 6) with a teaser trailer that, in two minutes of scrappy VHS visuals and fast and furious song snippets, packed more questions than answers. This much we know: it’s to be released on the Strokes man’s own Cult Records imprint, it’s “coming soon” and will feature a pretty broad spread of sounds, if the trailer – which begins with a dark Cramps-style garage dirge before segueing into a furious hardcore punk melee and weirdo arcade noises – is anything to go by.