It's About Haim - Inside This Week's NME
LA's funnest pop family accept NME into the fold to talk about schooldays pranks, gluttonous Disneyland trips, onstage health scares, sleeping through earthquakes, traumatic childhood losses, being possessed by the spirit of Mariah Carey, their – um – love of Limp Bizkit and how they grew into the most talented girl-band on the planet. But how come their live and recorded sounds are so Jekyll and Hyde?
BOX CLEVERSeconds out! Ding ding! Sleigh Bells are back for round three and they're coming out fighting – third album 'Bitter Rivals' is a knock-out electro-rock roundhouse. NME gets in the ring with the comeback kids to spar about riffing through the pain, dealing with night terrors and almost killing each other onstage…
"WE WANT TO BE THE OUTLAWS…''No Age wrestle with the modern punk dilemma – to sync or not to sync. A DIY phenomenon in a sold-out age, they tell NME how to stick to your principals and keep it real in a jeans-sponsored world.
THE MAC: BACK!Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood discuss how they lured the ''retired'' Christine McVie back into Fleetwood Mac for their huge forthcoming O2 shows, their mammoth influence on contemporary music and how, if they were 20-years-old again, they'd still want to be in 1977 Fleetwood Mac.
''THE WORST IS ALMOST OVER…''Yuck unravel the trials and tribulations of replacing their singer in time to release their long-awaited ''second first album'' 'Glow And Behold'.
THE INTERVIEW FROM HELLLou Reed. Mark E Smith. Parquet Courts (apparently). And now, into the ring of Most Difficult Interviewees Ever step Mazzy Star, making NME's attempts to find out why they've been hidden away ''making music for ourselves'' for seventeen years a living nightmare by, in chattiness terms, making a mute mule look like Haim. Read our pain!
PLUS!Radiohead's art guy talks! MGMT take our Braincells quiz! Chvrches reveal their most influential records! Radar stars Blaenavon declare their history ''a story of anguish, heartbreak and cross-dressing''! And Haim, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Janelle Monae, Okkervil River, Two Door Cinema Club, Festival No 6, Anna Calvi and Wretch 32 reviewed!