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The Maccabees – Their 10 Best Songs So Far

Do you remember when the naysayers said that The Maccabees were just another indie landfill band with a short shelf life? Eleven years later, The Maccabees have clearly had the last laugh, graduating to one of Britain’s premier indie bands across four albums, each one more evolved than the last. Melvin Benn, the organiser of festivals such as Reading & Leeds, recently said that he’d like to see the group headline in the future – no longer a preposterous suggestion. With their new album ‘Marks To Prove It’ out now, here’s a look back at their best tunes to date…

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Aphex Twin Video Director Chris Cunningham On Why Age Ratings On Music Videos Are A Terrible Idea

After a 'successful' pilot scheme, all music videos produced in the UK will now have to be sent to the British Board of Film Classification before they are placed online, coming complete with age ratings – from U to 18. British director Chris Cunningham – who was behind the controversial Aphex Twin videos 'Come To Daddy' and 'Windowlicker' in the 1990s – speaks to NME about why putting age restrictions on music videos restricts our own creativity

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Stream The Debut Album From Black Keys Frontman Dan Auerbach's Gritty Soul Collective The Arcs

Dan Auerbach never fails to impress. The latest string to the overloaded bow of the Black Keys frontman, producer extraordinaire and solo artist is his work at the helm of The Arcs – a laid back, gritty soul collective. Their debut album, 'Yours, Dreamily,' is set for release on September 4, and NME has an exclusive stream of the 12 track record. With mariachi bands - the all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache - boxing metaphors and lush, lingering sonics, the album was recorded all over America, including the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, the Diamond Mine and Electric Lady in New York as well as Auerbach’s own Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.

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Kanye West – His Five Greatest Videos So Far

He’s been in a living painting. He’s walked with an actual Jesus. He’s been murdered with a shovel, wandered around a toy store that’s coming alive at night, been an athletic puppet and smooched with his topless wife on a moving motorbike, which infringes numerous sections of the Highway Code. As an artist just as visual as he is aural, Kanye West’s videos have often been show-stoppers. Ahead of his appearance at this weekend's MTV VMAs, where he's set to receive the Vanguard Award, here’s our top five...

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Slash Vs Axl: The Story So Far

“It was probably way overdue,” Slash told Sweden’s Aftonbladet TV last week of burying the hatchet with Axl Rose after almost 20 years of fervid animosity. Of course 20 years is about as long as it takes Axl to do anything, but this was a greater step for the singer to take than that long, arduous three-hour trek between dressing room and stage. The two have been at loggerheads for eons, and here’s how the major blows have gone down…

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