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Kevin EG Perry

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

Are The Government Right To Crack Down On Laughing Gas? How The Ban Will Impact UK Music Festivals

Last week, the Government announced that it's going to outlaw "any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect” - except from those it deigns to allow like caffeine, certain medicines and booze. It's a move which in theory means the end of the road for nitrous balloons, poppers and that stash of legal highs being sold next to the bongs at festival stalls and in your local head shop.


Luke Morgan Britton

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

Meet David Lynch's Closest Musical Collaborator And Maker Of One Of The Year's Most Soulful Mixtapes

When David Lynch rose from his director’s chair in 2011, casting his camera lens aside and replacing it instead with a vocoder and synth on his first ever album 'Crazy Clown Time', very few were surprised. After all, the auteur's relationship with music goes much further than just influencing Lana Del Rey's stage persona, or inspiring Chicago garage rock bands Twin Peaks.


NME Blog

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Bono Performed With His Tribute Act This Week But He's Not The Only Artist With A Strange Doppelgänger Story

If you were at U2's show at the LA Forum on Wednesday night (May 27), you'd be forgiven for assuming you'd had more to drink than you thought. But you weren't seeing double – that was Joe Hier, singer in tribute band Hollywood U2, who joined the real Bono on stage to perform their single 'The Sweetest Thing', footage of which can be seen below. Bono II isn't the only bizarre doppelgänger to grace pop's stages over time.


Nick Levine

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Fleetwood Mac's Buckingham/Nicks years - Rank The Albums

As Fleetwood Mac complete the first UK leg of their 'On With The Show Tour' - don't worry, they'll be back again next month - here's a look back at the albums recorded by the band's current touring lineup, ranked in order of greatness. 7. 'The Dance' OK, so it's a live album, but 1997's 'The Dance' feels worthy of inclusion because it reunited the classic Rumours era lineup - Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks - for the first time in a decade.


Laura Snapes

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

The Slits Are Punk's Underrated Pioneers: New Film 'Here To Be Heard' Aims To Right The Wrong

William E Badgley's new crowdfunded film aims to give punk pioneers The Slits the credit they deserve. NME's Laura Snapes talks to the director about why the quartet's legacy is so important. The punk heritage industry has left few stories untold, but The Slits’ contribution to musical history still feels neglected. Not only did female musicians of the era have to do rather more system smashing than the men, but their innovation went much further than three chords and the truth.

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