Put Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’ on a slow motion horseback gallop through the set of a spaghetti western and you’ve got ‘West Coast’, the first single from Lana Del Rey’s much-anticipated second album. Having named the record ‘Ultraviolence’, you’d be forgiven for expecting Clockwork Orange malevolence and grand orchestral rumbles, a la Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian film classic. Instead, the LA’s singer’s return is a breathy, hip-moving blues grind.
Ten minutes before Muse come on and we’re worried things are going to take a turn for the Stone Roses. Last year at Coachella Ian Brown and co. played a headline set on the main stage to possibly the smallest festival crowd we’ve ever seen, and the sparse field looks like it might be cursed for British headliners. Yet with five minutes to go – and Pharrell now off the neighbouring stage – things get busy. Fast. Muse are still the world’s favourite dystopian rock and roll circus band. Here’s five things we learned during their set.
HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones returned to TV screens this week for its fourth season, which writer George RR Martin promises will plumb even darker depths of medieval sex, violence, depravity and despair. Critics have called it the most shocking show on TV but, as seasoned UK festival-goers will tell you, Westeros has NOTHING on the sordid scenes of monstrous debauchery routinely spotted at certain British weekenders.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is usually a bit of a snore. Not so last night. For a start, four badass musicians joined Nirvana to pay tribute to Kurt. Annie Clark (St. Vincent) covered 'Lithium,' Lorde did 'All Apologies,' Joan Jett performed 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and Kim Gordon took 'Aneurysm.' Bad. Ass. But probably the most moving and significant moment was when Courtney Love faced Dave Grohl after over 20 years of one of the most vicious feuds in rock.
Damon Albarn's first solo album proper 'Everyday Robots' is almost here. Profound, subtle and haunted by sparse electronics, it confirms what we've long suspected - that the Londoner has come a long way from his heady days as frontman in bombastic Britpoppers Blur. How much do you know about the band that began it all for Albarn? Put your Blur knowledge to the test with this week's Quiz is It, NME's weekly trivia challenge.