This year’s answer to Fleet Foxes, LA five-piece Local Natives impressed us at SXSW festival 2009. Find out why these are one of hot-tips of the year in this week’s NME, available across the UK from April 1.
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The Horrors are reborn on stage at their blinding Rich Mix, London, performance, fronted by the confidently magnetic Faris Badwan. The set included an eight-minute version of ‘Sea Within A Sea’ and old favourites ‘Count In Fives’ and ‘Sheena Is A Parasite’. Read the full review in this week’s issue of NME – they’re our new favourite band all over again.
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Art Brut face their demons in NME’s seance this week, in preparation for their new album, ‘Art Brut Vs Satan’. Talking about the current financial climate and the amount of money spent bands spend on recording, lead singer Eddie Argos says, “Kaiser Chiefs? It’s like watching bankers play songs onstage. No!”.
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As part of our South By Southwest 2009 music special, we talk to Stardeath and White Dwarfs about the ‘red dirt’ of Oklahoma: “Really filthy Midwest culture: gnarly bluegrass, nasty stoner rock, weird backwater country, you name it. We’re all about the dirty shit,” says bassist Casey Joseph. Read more about what these guys have to say in this week’s issue of NME, out now.
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Wavves, fronted by Jack White and Thurston Moore’s lovechild, Nathan Williams, exploded into sheets of grunge blues at their Emo set at SXSW festival 2009. Read more about Wavves in this week’s NME, out now.
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In this week’s NME, on sale across the UK from April 1, we have a world exclusive interview with Kings Of Leon’s Caleb Followill. “How can we get any bigger? Well, I might run for President,” says the frontman. Find out what he thinks about his fellow Reading and Leeds fest headliners inside now.
Bat For Lashes’ second album ‘Two Suns’ comes under our scrutinising ear this week. Judge for yourselves from Monday when you can hear ‘Two Suns’ online at NME.COM/artists/bat-for-lashes.
Welsh psychedelic veterans Super Furry Animals tell us what Rock’n’Roll has taught them in this week’s issue of NME. The band still hold the record for the longest title for a single thanks to their 1995 debut EP, the difficult-to-pronounce, ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (In Space)’. Their new album ‘Dark Days/Light Years’ is out now.
The Chapman Family’s ‘The Kids Are Not OK’ is at the top of our must-hear track list this week. The relentless gloom-punks are set to perform at the NME Radar Tour this April, along with Magistrates, Heartbreak and headliner La Roux.
The UK is still buzzing from the Reading and Leeds festival line-up announcement, which includes headliners Kings Of Leon, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys. “It should be darker and louder than our London shows last summer, too – a good thing!” says Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood. Find out who else is set to play in the festival’s official paper – NME, of course.
With Shellac playing ATP festival this year, what better time to celebrate Steve Albini, the ‘producer’ who insists on being credited with the label ‘recorder’. “I’m actually quite satisfied seeing the conventional music industry collapse,” he says, controversially. Head to NME.COM/win for your chance to win a chalet for two at this year’s ATP.