The Big Read

The Big Read – Manic Street Preachers: “Tech companies scare me more than politicians”

The Manics’ 13th album aims to find beauty and positivity in a bleak-as-fuck post-truth world. Andrew Trendell finds Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield rockin’ in the not-so-free world. 

The Big Read – Jared Leto & 30 Seconds To Mars: “We are in a time of revolution”

Jared Leto on 30 Seconds To Mars’ big ambition, being tech obsessed and #MeToo

The Big Read: The Vaccines on band beef, their new record and why they’re better than other indie bands

Lost band members, wilderness years and even a fist fight hasn’t knocked The Vaccines’ spirit. As they release fourth album ‘Combat Sports’, they tell Larry Bartleet how they got back on top form

The Big Read: Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean on their glorious second album ’Twenty-two in Blue’

On the sly, Sunflower Bean have proven themselves one of the world's coolest, funnest and, er, hard-workingest bands. Following the brilliant 'Twentytwo In Blue' – a Top Five entry in NME's Albums Of 2018 – the New York trio today release the rocking follow-up EP, 'King Of The Dudes'. Rhian Daly meets them in Brooklyn to talk about music, patriarchy-smashing and that time at band camp.

The Big Read – Is George Ezra the nicest man in rock’n’roll?

Is George Ezra the nicest young man in rock ’n’ roll? Jonny Ensall goes in search of the wild side of a wandering troubadour

NME Big Read: Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don acts like a superstar. And, thanks to a megabucks record deal, she’s becoming one. Larry Bartleet meets Britain’s hottest new rapper

NME Big Read: The Shame Game

Shame may well be the best band in the UK. Though they despise rock clichés, the acclaimed group is leading a vital, emerging UK guitar scene

Kasabian: ‘We’re calling out everyone on this record’

Britain, 2017: a nation divided by anxiety about the future. But not in one particular area of the Midlands, where four friends just want...