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IDLES, Mac DeMarco and The Hives celebrate freedom at Festival Beauregard 2019

"What the fuck is this bullshit?," snarls IDLES frontman Joe Talbot as he glares and stomps down hard on the gangway plinth that leads out from the Scene Beauregard stage out into the crowd. Clearly not taken with any rock god tropes, he continues: "Fuck the ego. Fuck the phallus. We're not here for us, we're here for you." They...

World Book Day – 10 relaxing instrumental albums to listen to while reading

It's World Book Day – so we've compiled a list of ten calming instrumental albums to listen to while reading. So, breathe in, get a cup of Earl Grey, and take that dusty copy of James Joyce's Ulysses off the bookshelf. 1. Brian Eno – 'Ambient 1/Music for Airports' Sparse, broken piano cords. Calming bass-y undertones. This is the first of four albums in Eno's...

Scottish Album of the Year 2018 nominees announced

Young Fathers / Franz Ferdinand
The 20 nominees for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year prize have been announced, with the longlist recognising the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers and Mogwai. The ceremony for the prestigious prize - which offers a £20,000 award to the winning artist - will take place at Paisley Town Hall on September 6. The 2017 award was won by Sacred...

Name and shame – six great bands who hate their own crappy name

Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins gets the Reading crowd on his side
What's in a name? Well, quite a lot, really. A band name is one of the first decisions any budding young group has to come to and - as some very famous musicians will gladly tell you - there's a whole load of fuck-up potential. Take Jimmy Eat World, for example, who spent this past weekend lamenting their decidedly dodgy...

Mogwai unveil first music from ‘KIN’ – the new film from the producers of ‘Stranger Things’

Mogwai have unveiled 'Donuts', the first track to be taken from their soundtrack for the forthcoming movie KIN. Having previously provided the soundtrack for documentaries including Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, KIN sees the Scottish post-rockers providing their first feature film soundtrack. It's suitably atmospheric too, with the band providing a dark and mysterious sound for the sci-fi/crime epic, which is...

As you’d expect, the line-up for Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival is incredible

Robert Smith Meltdown
The first list of acts has been announced for Meltdown Festival 2018 - being curated this year by The Cure icon Robert Smith. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Patti Smith, David Byrne, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker and most recently MIA, the past NME Godlike Genius Award winner will be hand-picking the acts heading to London's Southbank Centre...

Mogwai talk returning to Latitude festival, Bowie, Glasgow music and their next soundtrack

Mogwai
As Mogwai are confirmed to return to Latitude Festival, frontman Stuart Braithwaite talks to NME about the Glasgow music scene and progress on their next movie soundtrack. Read our full Q&A with Braithwaite below. Today saw the line-up for Latitude Festival 2018 revealed, with The Killers, Solange and Alt-J to headline, while the bill will also performances from Jessie Ware,...

Denmark’s Roskilde Festival reveal first headliners for 2018

Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival has announced its first headliners for the 2018 edition. The event will take place between Saturday 30 June to Saturday 7 July, with around 175 acts set to play the Danish festival. It has now been announced that pop superstar Bruno Mars will top the bill, alongside Danish composer C.V Jorgensen and Scottish rock-band Mogwai. Read: Bruno Mars...

Mogwai perform new album in full at secret Primavera show

Mogwai performed new album 'Every Country's Sun' in full during a secret show at Barcelona's Primavera Festival last night (June 2). The Scottish group, who release their ninth full-length on September 1 via their own label Rock Action, announced they were performing on the day of the show. It was their first Primavera set since 2014. Playing the Bacardi Live stage,...

Mogwai announce new album, share new song ‘Coolverine’

Mogwai new album
Mogwai have announced a new album titled 'Every Country’s Sun'. It serves as the follow-up to their last studio-length LP, 2014's 'Rave Tapes'. The deluxe edition of the album will be released on white vinyl, along with photo prints and a collection of previously unreleased demos. It's set to be released on September 1. The Scottish band have also shared a...