Foals’ new songs sound utterly fantastic. Ben Patashnik witnessed the band’s recent show at Heaven, London and had this to say: “It feels so exciting being let into their world of incomplete genius, with songs shifting bodily beneath our ever-moving feet.” Pic: Emily Baliey
The Drums’ debut EP will blow you away. “It couldn’t be any more giddy with promise,” raves Emily Mackay, slapping it with a rare 9 out 10 rating.
The new Flaming Lips record is pretty astonishing too, at least according to John Doran, who reckons listening to ‘Embryonic’ feels like being “sensuously lobotomised by a higher power”. The album gets 9 out of 10.
Phil Lynott was “one of the most inspiring rock’n’roll stars that ever lived.” That’s according to Hamish Macbain, who pays tribute to the Thin Lizzy frontman in the new issue, a ‘lost legends’ special. Pic: Getty Images
Contrary to rumour, there WILL be another Radiohead album, according to guitarist Ed O’Brien, who warns that the record may showcase a “darker” side to the band: “Typical Radiohead, we’re going into the studio in winter. It’s always miserable!” Pic: Joey Maloney
The xx’s remix of Florence And The Machine’s ‘You Got The Love’ might be one the most elaborate indie mash-ups ever attempted. It took a week to record. Listen to it here.
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Jay-Z grew up listening to such edgy urban acts as, er, George Michael and Phil Collins. “George Michael was really strong in the neighbourhood at one time,” explains Jigga. “He penetrated urban culture really strong.” Pic: Dean Chalkey
Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig has no problem with illegal file-sharing. “People who send around the MP3s are the ones doing the hard work of getting people to listen to our music for us,” he explains. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Outkast’s Big Boi is back with a new track – ‘For Your Sorrows’ – and it features the growly tones of the father of funky weirdness, George Clinton. Oh, and you can download it free.
David Gest has a cousin called Rita who was born with two clitori and “can take four cocks at one time”. Why is he telling us this? We’re not sure.
The new issue is dedicated to the rock stars we miss the most. But it’s not just us waffling on – we’ve also asked musicians to contribute. Hence you’ll find essays by Matt Bellamy, The Big Pink, Peter Hook, Ian Brown and more.
Other stuff in the new issue: TV On The Radio’s favourite tunes, the return of Hadouken!, and news of the new film in which Arctic Monkeys star, ‘Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee’.