In one of NME's regular new music columns, Girl Band frontman Dara Kiely singles out his favourite new acts right now. Read why and listen to the lot below. We’ve been a part of the Irish independent music scene in some shape or form since we were about 15 years old, and I think I can relate to it more so now than ever before. Small indie labels are popping up everywhere. From the pretty pop-tastical Popical Island collective to the jazz-indie-inspired Trout Records, it’s a lovely thing to witness.
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.
There are a dozen songs that could be picked out as particularly significant milestones in the rise of Oasis, and ‘Some Might Say’ - released 20 years ago this week - is one of them. It was the last song Tony McCarroll would ever drum on for the band before being replaced by Alan White (McCarroll left the band on April 20 after, it’s been rumoured, a confrontation with Liam after a show at The Bataclan in Paris, though the drummer later denied this). It was the first song Noel Gallagher wrote when he moved from Manchester to London, in June 1994.
Paul McCartney surprised fans at a show in Toyko earlier this week, delving 50 years into his past to perform 'Another Girl' - one of an estimated 85 Beatles tracks never performed live, either at Beatles shows or by John, George, Paul or Ringo during solo gigs in the years following their split.