NME Blogs

Get To Know Hippo Campus, The Minnesota Braniacs Taking Inspiration From Brit Cult-Rock

The hippocampus is the seahorse-shaped part of your brain that processes long- and short- term memory. You can expect Hippo Campus, four young scamps from Minnesota, to be taking up residence in it very soon. But that’s just a coincidence. “Nathan [Stocker, guitarist] was in psychology class and saw the word in one of his textbooks,” laughs frontman Jake Luppen. “Honestly, it was just the least-worst band name we could think of.”

Read More

Mumford And Sons' Rockier New Sound Has Transformed Them As A Live Band

It’s a couple of hours before Mumford and Sons take to the stage at Open’er Festival in Gdynia, in the north of Poland, and Marcus Mumford is ruminating on how well the songs on new The National-influenced album ‘Wilder Mind’ have slotted into their well-oiled festival folk set. “I definitely think it’s taken us up to about now to figure it out,” he admits. He says the band have essentially been trying to ‘put two sets together’, by combining the exuberant hoedown that served them so well at Glastonbury in 2013 with the more conventional rock sound they debuted at a series of club shows earlier this year. “That was just warming them up live, really,” grins Mumford. “It was a sort of ‘fluffing’ tour.”

Read More

Is Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money' Video A Feminist Protest? We Asked One Of Its Directors

Earlier this week, Rihanna released the hella-NSFW video for 'Bitch Better Have My Money', in which she and a group of friends kidnap and torture the wife of an accountant thought to be based on the one who allegedly nearly bankrupted her in 2008. Unsurprisingly, given Rhi spends big chunks of the video covered in blood, wielding chainsaws and cavorting naked, it's had the internet in a spin - but what's it all about? We tracked down Leo Berne, one fourth of director group Megaforce, to get a better sense of the dizzying short film's meaning.

Read More

20 Years Later, D'Angelo's 'Brown Sugar' Is Still The Most Chill Thing Ever

Michael Archer, a son of a preacher man, was barely out of his teens when he unleashed his debut album: a record of such lusty sophistication and debauchery, it sounded like it was cut in the dead of night by some bugged-out genius, not a kid who probably still sweated under the collar every time he bought booze. You can still practically hear the sound of weed smoke blowing from the speakers when you listen to the extraordinary ‘Brown Sugar’, released 20 years ago today under the man’s stage name: D’Angelo. Packed with shades of Al Green, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye and Prince, it was a sleeper hit that eventually made him a mega star, with an influence that has since hung heavy over everyone from Erykah Badu to Jungle.

Read More
Don't Miss
Latest Tickets
NME On Social
NME Store