The Big Read

Phoenix: “We’ve had fun breaking the rules throughout our career”

The French indie legends’ expansive seventh album was recorded amidst decadent splendour at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris’ Louvre Palace. NME heads into the artists’ studio to get the full picture

Rina Sawayama: “I want to make live moments and memories that last forever”

The creative polymath’s spectacular second album – and an upcoming Hollywood acting gig – tees up one of pop’s most rewarding eras

Inside the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: “A gigantic fucking night for a gigantic fucking person”

Almost 90,000 fans came together to celebrate the late Foo Fighters legend. NME meets fans and performers – from Mark Ronson to Kesha – to remember a true hero

Bring Me The Horizon: “Headlining Reading & Leeds is amazing. It’s been a crazy journey”

Over a decade ago, the band were met with a maelstrom of opposition at the festival. Now they’ve returned to make it their own

TWICE: “Through honesty, we can protect ourselves”

The K-pop group are ready for the next chapter of their illustrious career, but some things won’t change: their commitment to honesty and thirst for creativity

Kasabian: “The band wanted to carry on. What else were we gonna do?”

New album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ finds a band reborn

Pale Waves: “We’ve become the most resilient band we know”

How the Manchester four-piece pulled through trials and trauma to craft ‘Unwanted’, a bright and breezy album that serves as a paean to their enduring friendship

Beabadoobee: “I have so much more art to share with the world. I’m not going to stop”

How the guitar hero learned to let go of the past and leaned into her own personal utopia with eclectic second album ‘Beatopia’

Maggie Rogers: “Choice is the greatest sense of freedom”

The US star’s second album embraces once-repressed desires and urges. Following a demanding era where she just “wanted her music to be enough”, ‘Surrender’ makes for an irresistible listen

Mabel: “I didn’t really feel like I deserved a lot of my success”

Mabel’s throwing a house party, and we’re all invited. Emerging from a period of burnout and self-doubt with a new-found confidence, her second album ‘About Last Night…’ sees her beat the trolls with hard-hitting, club-influenced anthems