Here are the 15 questions NME got answers to this week, starting with…
Which British band are getting set to play the biggest show of their young lives?
Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club are to play London’s O2 Arena on December 13. They will presumably also be playing songs from their new EP ‘Changing For The Seasons’, which is out on September 30th.
Why should you always check your bin bags before you throw them out?
Because they might contain original masters of Joy Division and New Order albums, which were recently found just before they were thrown out with the rubbish. The tapes, who belonged to Martin Hannett, who died in 1991, include masters of ‘Unknown Pleasures’.
Where can you find R Kelly this week?
Hanging out with Phoenix again. After genuinely surprising collaboration at this year’s Coachella, the French band have now unveiled a remix of their song ‘Trying To Be Cool’ featuring the lunatic/genius.
When is Florence going to stop partying and go back to work?
Soon, apparently. She’s thought to be working in a studio on new tracks with producer MNEK, who’s previously worked with the likes of Rudimental.
Will Muse celebrate their 20th birthday like everyone else does, by getting so wasted they miss work for three days?
Probably not. Matt Bellamy has hinted that the band might instead head out on an anniversary tour next year to commemorate two decades of the band. Bellamy, Chris Wolstenhome and Dom Howard started out in Teignmouth, Devon in 1994.
How do you make Lady Gaga angry?
Lady Gaga has told fans that it’s “unacceptable” to listen to her new album ‘ARTPOP’ when it comes out if they are not wearing proper headphones. “Don’t make us cry and listen without headphones”, she pleaded on Twitter, and you won’t like Gaga when she’s angry.
Guess who’s (put his) back (out)?
It looks like years of relentless touring have started to catch up with Frank Turner, after the singer cancelled a series of European festival dates, citing a back problem. He is still on course to play the Reading and Leeds festivals’ main stage next weekend with his band The Sleeping Souls.
Who’s landed themselves in a spot of bother?
Singer Miguel was this week arrested in Los Angeles for speeding, and also on suspicion of drink driving. His second album, ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’, was released last year.
What’s Kim Deal been up to since quitting Pixies?
Not crochet. She’s just revealed a brand new solo track named ‘Are You Mine?’. Deal is currently touring with her other band, The Breeders, after leaving Pixies in June of this year.
Which band are feeling peckish?
Nashville’s Kings of Leon may not have anything to do with their upmarket fast food namesakes Leon, but they are set to stage a food festival in their hometown in September. ‘Music City Eats’ will take place on the 21-22nd of the month, and is being held in conjunction with Petty Fest Nashville – a celebration of the music of Tom Petty.
Who reckon they “have better songs than Daft Punk”?
Empire Of The Sun’s Luke Steele said in an interview with NME that ‘Random Access Memories’ only sold more copies than their latest album ‘Ice On The Dune’ because of “superior marketing skills”.
Who is the latest act to be working with Nile Rodgers?
UK drum and bass duo Chase & Status are working with Nile Rodgers, a tweet posted by the Chic man confirmed. The ‘Get Lucky’ collaborator was also given the all-clear from his prostate cancer he was diagnosed with in 2010 this month.
Which Reading and Leeds headliner has revealed a brand new track?
Eminem has unveiled a brand new song, ‘Survival’, which is to feature on the ‘Call Of Duty: Ghosts’ video game. Eminem is to play Reading Festival on Saturday August 24, and Leeds the following night.
Who have unintentionally given up their DIY ethic?
Brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless, known as Drenge, have said that it’s “impossible” to keep a DIY ethic once you sign a record deal. The duo release their self-titled debut album on Infectious Records on Monday August 19.
Who have refused to accept that they are mainstream, ever?
In a cover feature interview with NME, Disclosure have said that although their songs are mainstream, in that they have reached the top of the charts, they are so far from mainstream in terms of ethic and production. The pair’s debut album ‘Settle’ hit number 1 in June.