The Big Read

The Big Read

Megan Thee Stallion: “I’m really working on my dynasty right now”

The rap superstar, philanthropist, filmmaker and part-time student on being a modern Renaissance woman, breaking the internet and “part two of the civil rights movement”

Khruangbin: “We planned our entire world tour around Glastonbury”

How the coy, wig-wearing Texan trio’s blend of worldwide grooves and crate-digging funk turned them into unlikely festival heroes

Little Simz: “People expect Black people to have all the answers”

Lockdown is no obstacle for the British rapper, who’s spent the time perfecting the quarantine-produced ‘Drop 6’ EP and prepping her new radio show 101FM

Phoebe Bridgers: “I definitely feel a lot less apologetic than I did before”

On her fearless, grunge-inspired new album, ‘Punisher’, the singer-songwriter lays old ghosts to rest and celebrates her sense of self – contradictions and all

Fontaines D.C.: “We weren’t really eating and we were burning the candle at both ends”

The Dublin post-punks experienced vertigo after last year’s breakout album ‘Dogrel’. But, says frontman Grian Chatten, they got by with a little help from the Beach Boys

The Strokes: “Journalists kiss your ass to your face and talk shit when they’re writing the article”

The boys are back with an inspired new album and are better friends than ever – though that goodwill doesn’t quite extend to poor old us

The 1975: “I just hope that my honesty is not seen as self-indulgent”

Album four marks the self-described ‘end of an era’ for the band, but – despite some intense self-reflection – motor-mouthed frontman Matty Healy shows no signs of slowing down

Biffy Clyro: “Life can be yours – just don’t let it pass you by”

Frontman Simon Neil explains how the Scottish rockers’ upcoming ninth album accidentally anticipated a massive societal reset

Hayley Williams: “Women’s rage has been such a catalyst for beautiful things”

NME finds the Paramore star on bracingly candid form as she reflects on death, divorce and her fiercely vulnerable solo album ‘Petals For Armor’

Glass Animals: “Everything that made me who I am was taken away by the accident”

A deeply traumatic collision almost paralysed drummer Joe Seaward, but the Oxford band came back from the brink with their autobiographical new album ‘Dreamland’