The Big Read

The Killers: “Music made it possible for me to dream”

The boys are back with a career-high record that encompasses their devout belief in truth, honesty and always embracing emotion

Angel Olsen: “I’m just as lost as everybody else”

The darkly funny musician on her latest release, ‘Whole New Mess’, which peels back the layers of her songwriting process and mysterious persona

Burna Boy: “A revolution is needed. I want to inspire it”

His new album features Chris Martin, and the African Giant has much to say about the UK Afrobeats chart

Dominic Fike: “My music is crazy – it blends, it’s weird and it’s all different types of shit”

The 24-year-old wunderkind on befriending Brockhampton, being banned from the UK and following in the footsteps of an Arctic Monkey

Arlo Parks: “I feel like I’m 10 and 100 at once”

She’s released the year’s most devastating song, but the Londoner insists she’s no old soul and is fumbling through life – just like the rest of us

Run The Jewels: “The world’s gonna reset and then we’re gonna burn that motherfucker down”

The hip-hop iconoclasts rhapsodise on Black Lives Matter, grapple with late-stage capitalism and talk up their “audacious” fourth album

Haim: “I think women make the best rock music”

The Haim sisters confront personal traumas on their poignant third album, a soothing manual for a world currently in flux

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