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What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Cruelty

Every week, we’re going to be introducing you to a brand new artist we’re going mad for here at NME Towers via our ego-busting...

What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Laundry Day

New York's Laundry Day talk remaking Drake's 'God's Plan' video, touring with Clairo and their fans, Tide Pods.

NME’s Girls To The Front: ARXX and Deep Tan bring bruising riffs and bewitching beats to The Shacklewell Arms

Another brilliant bill took over The Shacklewell Arms in London last night (Nov 27th) for Girls To The Front, with Brighton garage-rock duo ARXX...

mxmtoon: Hyper-relatable tunes from YouTube sensation turned pop star

“Thank you, New York!” calls mxmtoon from the stage of the Gramercy Theatre after finishing her final song. She throws up the devil horns...

The Big Read – Beck: “Was the ’90s a golden time for rock music? It was more like tarnished brass”

Beck's new Pharrell-produced album 'Hyperspace' is a boundary-pushing, genre-bending epic – perhaps the best thing he's done for a decade

Easy Life – On the road with the carnage-creating Leicester gang: “It’s like we’re in Metallica!”

Here’s a list of things that go flying through the air at Easy Life gigs: flower crowns from fans, actual lemons (a reference to...

Iceland Airwaves 2019: The story of the festival in stunning pictures

Iceland Airwaves took place this past weekend (Nov 7-9) across venues in the nation’s capital of Reykjavik. Now in its 20th edition, the festival...

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Five artists that dominated the Reykjavik weekender

Iceland Airwaves might well be the coolest festival of the year. Yes, it takes place in the windswept Reykjavik in November (a daunting prospect...

Westworld season 3: Release date, trailers, casting news and fan theories

If Westworld season 2 didn't scramble your brain a little bit, we'd think you were some kind of up-to-no-good host ready to take on the world....

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Joe and Shitboys are the fearless, funny punks from the Faroe Islands

Joe and The Shitboys are a band of “bisexual vegans” from the Faroe Islands. How do we know that? Because it’s the very first...

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Whitney, Pottery and Joe and The Shitboys close out Reykjavik festival

Iceland Airwaves 2019 concluded last night (Nov 9) with a final night of stellar live music from Whitney, Of Monsters and Men, Pottery and...

Iceland Airwaves 2019: John Grant and Girl In Red dazzle on second night

Iceland Airwaves continued yesterday (November 8) with stellar sets from John Grant, Girl In Red, Anna of The North and more. The festival perviously saw...

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Mac DeMarco’s transformation from goofball to accomplished songwriter is complete

You know the vibe of Mac DeMarco by now. He’s the slacker-icon with a penchant for Viceroy cigarettes, The Simpsons paraphernalia and breezy indie-pop....

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Mac DeMarco, Shame and Georgia kick-off Iceland’s stellar festival

Iceland Airwaves kicked off in Reykjavik, Iceland last night (November 7) with sets from Mac DeMarco, Georgia, Shame, Millie Turner, Pillow Queens and more. The...

What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Sweat

Every week, we’re going to be introducing you to a brand new artist we’re going mad for here at NME Towers via our ego-busting...

Youthquake 2: Electric Boogaloo – how YOU can swing the General Election 2019

Remember when Jeremy Corbyn won Glastonbury 2017? He turned up, gave the speech of a lifetime to a gargantuanPyramid Stage crowd and handed over to...

Tame Impala wig out in the darkest corner of the club on twisted new song ‘It Might Be Time’

For the last few summers, Kevin Parker has been making people dance. After the release of third album ‘Currents’ in 2015, Tame Impala became...

What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Joesef

Every week, we’re going to be introducing you to a brand new artist we’re going mad for here at NME Towers via our ego-busting...

The Big Read – Beabadoobee: “I want to live in the ‘90s!”

Some years ago, Beabadoobee was so shy she had friends perform songs on her behalf – and was the unwitting subject of a WhatsApp group of Mean Girls at school. Now, at 19, she’s mates with Matty Healy of The 1975, she’s internet pals with her beloved ‘90s heroes and she’s become an icon for a generation of kids crying out for a new breed of guitar hero. Following the release of her ace ‘Space Cadet’ EP, Thomas Smith meets Bea Kristi in London to talk about her no-fucks-given approach to music – and why she’s having a ball right now.

Matt Maltese – ‘Krystal’ review: one of Britain’s most magical songwriters at his enchanting best

Matt Maltese has always known his way around matters of the heart. His 2015 debut single was a complete heartbreaker: ‘Even If It’s A...
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