After the release of their surprise million-selling Number One album ‘Settle’, Surrey duo Disclosure took off into the dance-pop stratosphere, scoring hit singles, appearances at every international festival worth its salt and a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Dance Album. Two years later, the Lawrence brothers are back with a banger. ‘Bang That’ (and it’s no misleading title) pushes their ravey sonics into colder, lustier territory here, stripping back the hyperactive hooks of fan favourites like 'White Noise' for a more minimalist, beat-driven five minutes of rave pressure.
Finally, US comedy Broad City is being shown in the UK. If you tuned in to Comedy Central on Tuesday night, the show's UK premiere, you’ll have been introduced to Ilana and Abbi already - two girls in their early twenties running the usual gamut of sex, friendship, drugs, work and parties, while trying to make it in New York. Abbi is an artist who works as a cleaner in a gym, also harbouring secret dreams of becoming a trainer there.
JK Simmons drama Whiplash stormed cinemas earlier this year with its powerful depiction of a young jazz drummer whose struggle to appease an overbearing teacher pushes him to a dangerous brink. For classical pianist James Rhodes, who you might recognise from Channel 4 shows Don’t Stop The Music and Notes from the Inside, it was a dark reminder of how humiliating and torturous training to become a virtuoso can be - mobile phones were thrown at him, his face was spat on and his life became full of "pain, sweat and terror" as he mastered his instrument.
Released on Monday, Blur's eighth album 'The Magic Whip' is a dead cert to make the Number 1 slot when the Official Albums Chart is announced this Sunday night. Graham Coxon has already said it's his favourite of the band's back catalogue, trumping 1994's 'Parklife' and 1999's '13'. We asked you lot if you agreed with Coxon's ranking and got NME readers to vote and tell us your all-time favourite Blur album, so we could compose a definitive list. 1994's 'Parklife' was the runaway winner of the poll, with 1993's 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' in second place and 1997's '13' in third.
After 49 years, Paul McCartney returned to Tokyo's Budokan venue this week. Almost half a century after he played an iconic gig there with The Beatles, he marked the special comeback by airing a song his old man never performed live, 'Another Girl' from the 'Help!' album. NME has an exclusive footage from the show, which shows the big man in action, with live clips of Macca's renditions of 'Can't Buy Me Love' and his solo song 'Save Us' from 2013's 'New' album.