You'd be forgiven for thinking The 1975's reached pop's pinnacle by stealth. Few appreciate quite how big they are, but two years ago Matt Healy and co's self-titled debut album sprang to No.1, and this summer they confounded a dozing music industry, wielding a peculiarly new kind of power. For the whole of June 1, their social media accounts went dark, giving their fans kittens and grabbing the attention of the press. Were they gone for good? Nope, just 24 hours.Read More
Killers main man Brandon Flowers might be busy taking his second solo LP 'The Desired Effect' around the world, but that doesn't mean that he's forgotten about his day job.Read More
Ego is a powerful thing. It's what makes singers think it's OK to demand a dressing room full of white doves with their tea stirred anti-clockwise. It's why hundreds upon hundreds of godawful albums have been made in the name of people's "art". It's responsible for at least 98 per cent of Kanye West.Read More
Jakob Danger – son of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong – speaks on The Strokes, high school and joining the 'family business'
Ahead of releasing his debut EP on Burger Records, Jakob Danger – teenage son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong – talks to NME about stepping out of the shadow of his family and making winning pop-punk in his own right.Read More
October 9 would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. His widow, Yoko Ono has already marked the occasion by creating a huge human peace sign in New York’s Central Park on Tuesday (although she sadly fell short of the 5,000 people needed to break the world record). Here’s what else is happening across the globe to mark the event.Read More
Back in August, Bloc Party played their first gigs since 2013. Miles from home in California, founding members Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack unveiled both new songs and new bandmates. On drums was 21-year-old Louise Bartle – who would have been 11 when debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ came out – and on bass was Justin Harris of Portland duo Menomena. The new faces were a big deal. Relations seemed rocky when Bloc Party went on a break in 2009, and after going on another hiatus following touring commitments for ‘Four’ in 2013, they announced the departure of bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong. The new look Bloc Party officially clocked back in at the office this Monday (October 5) with a day of radio sessions and interviews. That evening, after premiering a distinctively dancey new single frontman Kele revealed that their fifth album is due out next year. Here’s what we know about it so far.Read More
By this point, few will be surprised by anything that escapes [a]Kanye West[/a]'s mouth. He’s compared himself to everyone from God and Gandhi to Shakespeare and Steve Jobs. He’s pretty much a walking, talking clickbait generator.Read More