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Al Horner

Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 
Playlist - Remind Yourself Of These Noughties Indie Bands

Ahh, the Noughties. Remember? Before the coalition. Before Miley's naked wrecking ball swinging. Before Snapchat. Back when impending financial gloom was not "the recession" but merely "the credit crunch". No wonder many people are nostalgic about the 2000s. There were some pretty decent indie bands kicking about back then, too. Not just Arctic Monkeys, Foals, the Cribs and other indie mainstays who've continued to ride high but some bands that time has sadly since forgotten.

 

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Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

Last week, Unlocking The Truth, a high school hardcore band with a combined age of just 38, netted a six-album record deal with Sony worth $1.7m (£992,000) having been discovered busking in locations around New York. Hot on their heels this week comes 10-year-old YouTube hit Audrey.

 

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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014

 
NME Writers On The Best Music They Heard In July 2014

July is traditionally quite a quiet month in the music world, but the last few weeks has seen a steady stream of strong releases. From La Roux's 'Trouble In Paradise' to Manic Street Preachers' 'Futorology' and Honeyblood's self-titled debut to Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', major and brand-new artists saw fit to brighten summer 2014. There was also a whole raft of excellent EPs from Twin Peaks, The Acid and Autobahn.

 

Al Horner

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014

 
Can Karen O Survive Without Her Yeah Yeah Yeahs Bandmates? Debut Solo Single 'Rapt' Reviewed

"Love's a fucking bitch/Do I really need another habit like you?" coos Karen O over creaky acoustic guitar in this first glimpse at her upcoming debut solo album. 'Rapt', along with the rest of 'Crush Songs' was written way back in 2006, a time when life, not just romance, was proving a "fucking bitch" for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman. Following a failed tryst with film maker Spike Jonze (“I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again," she later explained), the New Yorker was also facing up the prospect of loneliness in other areas of her life: "I really contemplated quitting.

 

Lucy Jones

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014

 
How Lana Del Rey's Heart-Breaking Glastonbury Set Turned Me From Sceptic To Super-Fan

It's exactly one month to the day since Lana Del Rey played a short afternoon slot on the main Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury - and I'm still reeling from her performance. You know when you're not sold on an artist and then in one moment - it might be a mind-blowing gig, track or interview - you have a complete volte-face, the doubts dissolve and they become one of your favourites? It's a pretty rare experience. Lana at Glastonbury wasn't just my highlight of the festival. NME writers who were there - bar one - came back to our bus raving, zealously converted.

 
 
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