Thomas Smith

Phoenix live in London: another staggering assault on the senses

Utilising the tricks of their “digital opera” set, the French band’s commitment to preserving and enhancing their buoyant indie-pop anthems is endearing

Phoenix – ‘Alpha Zulu’ review: indie-pop’s modern masters exhibit flair and panache

The French band recorded their seventh album 'Alpha Zulu' amidst splendour in Paris' Louvre Palace

Arctic Monkeys – ‘The Car’ review: a swashbuckling, strings-fuelled epic

The band’s spectacular seventh album summarises their story so far: sharp songwriting, relentless innovation and unbreakable teamwork

Phoenix: “We’ve had fun breaking the rules throughout our career”

The French indie legends’ expansive seventh album was recorded amidst decadent splendour at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris’ Louvre Palace. NME heads into the artists’ studio to get the full picture

Nia Archives: dancefloor don leading the glorious “summer of jungle”

The Bradford-born, London-based DJ's riotous club bangers have soundtracked a magical summer of festivals and all-day raves

Reading Festival 2022 review: megastar headliners shake up end of summer celebration

Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Megan The Stallion and more round-off one of Reading’s greatest ever headliner runs, with a diverse and exhilarating supporting bill

Arctic Monkeys live at Reading Festival 2022: still their generation’s greatest band

A glorious career-spanning set – one of the festival’s busiest ever – sets the table for another intriguing era

Field Day 2022 review: the past, present and future of electronic music

The much-loved London festival appears to have rediscovered its groove

Hot Chip: “Making this record was one of the weirdest and darkest times for us”

How the dance-pop heroes bounced back from tragedy with the blissed-out ‘Freakout/Release’

DOMi & JD Beck – ‘NOT TiGHT’ review: all-star jazz debut from Anderson .Paak’s prodigies

Signed to .Paak's imprint on the iconic Blue Note label, the duo's playful spirit ensures they confidently outshine their big-name collaborators
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