- Cerebral Ballzy interview Julian Casablancas
In this week’s NME Heroes special, 2014’s brightest young hopes shoot the breeze with the legends who helped shape their musical outlooks. First up: Cerebral Ballzy’s Honor Titus meets Strokes mastermind Julian Casablancas.
- Palma Violets interview Johnny Marr
The Palma Violets co-frontman meets with arguably the greatest indie guitarist of all time, and the pair swiftly form a mutual-appreciation society. “The vibe you bring onstage reminds me of Joe Strummer” Marr tells a blushing Jesson.
- Savages interview Wire
From one generation of post-punks to another: Savages founder Gemma Thompson picks the brain of Wire’s Colin Newman, whose uncompromising approach to music-making inspired her own no-nonsense stance
- Courtney Barnett interviews Billy Bragg
Buzzed-over Australian singer-songwriter Barnett and British folk icon Bragg discuss subjects ranging from the serious (the art of songwriting; connecting with audiences) to the not-so-much (ping-pong; slang for masturbation).
- Wild Beasts interview Swans
Michael Gira is the frontman of legendary New York experimentalists Swans; an awestruck Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts tries to keep his cool as he meets this towering giant of art-rock.
- What’s getting Tune-Yards down?
Haiti; riots in the US; the murder of Trayvon Martin…
- If SXSW is a competition, who won?
Meet The Districts: they cross Neil Young with Nirvana, and they’re incredible.
- Why is Paul Smith risking his wellbeing for Maxïmo Park?
“It’s the most rock’n’roll thing I’ve done in terms of endangering my health. It’s a bit dicey…” Surgery has forced the Maxïmo Park frontman to downgrade to the Robot.
ALSO INSIDE THIS WEEK
- Carl Craig
- These New Puritans
- Terry Gilliam
- Cloud Nothings
- Manchester Orchestra
- Cloud Nothings
- Timbre Timbre
- White Hinterland
- Kaiser Chiefs
- Dawn Landes
- Johnny Foreigner
- Annie Eve
- S Carey
- Daniel Wilson
- Band Of Skulls
- Hurray For The Riff Raff
- Johnny Cash
- 20 Feet From Stardom
- Franz Ferdinand
- The Men
- Miles Kane
- Maxïmo Park
- The Weeknd
- White Fang