Thomas Smith

Pale Waves – ‘Who Am I?’ review: liberation and pride conquer all

Personal awakenings prove to be driving force behind the Manchester group's gritty second album

The NME 100 Showcase: Watch live performances from Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Holly Humberstone and more

We invited the top talent from this year's NME 100 list to our virtual showcase

Paul McCartney: read the exclusive track-by-track story of ‘McCartney III’

As told by the man himself, here's the inside story of how the songs on 'McCartney III' came to fruition during lockdown

The 20 best EPs and mixtapes of 2020

Both emerging and established artists are using the EP and mixtape format to get stuff off their chests

The 20 best debut albums of 2020

These artists made memorable first statements with their debut albums

Yungblud: “I wanted to write my ‘Urban Hymns’ or ‘Back To Black’”

Doncaster’s pop-punk rebel with a cause comes back down to earth with his theatrical second album, ‘Weird!’

Radar Roundup – November 20, 2020: The killer new music you need to hear this week

NME's Radar Roundup is your weekly reminder of the rising artists you can't afford to ignore right now

Pale Waves: “I’ve been hiding who I am for so long now. I don’t wanna do that any more”

A near-fatal bus crash and a global pandemic can’t stop the band’s sexual and spiritual awakening on their Avril Lavigne-indebted second album

Iceland Airwaves’ Live From Reykjavík review: a thrilling reminder of festival fun

The festival's live stream replacement highlights a community spirit that others could learn from

Stats: “It’s easy to write songs predicting the end of the world – it’s always on the cards”

Inspired by his childhood growing up in the Welsh region of Powys, Ed Seed reflects on the discombobulating attachment he has with home