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Morrissey embodied a more sensitive form of masculinity for the young me – but was I just kidding myself?

If you want to really test your faith in humanity, pay a visit to the forums section of morrissey-solo.com, the website dedicated to the...

Charles Manson: how the notorious cult leader tried – and failed – to launch a music career

Charles Manson hovers like a spectre in the background of Quentin Tarantino’s excellent new retro-romp Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, just as he’s...

‘I Got 5 On It’ – the killer tracks we’ll forever associate with horror movies

There's no denying that a film's soundtrack is one of the most important aspects of the movie-going experience. The horror master himself, John Carpenter...

The 12 greatest albums about Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles has been a hugely significant breeding ground for a diverse number of genres over the years. Many a musician has found their...

Excited about Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’? Here’s your extended reading, watching and listening list

LISTEN: You Must Remember This: Charles Manson’s Hollywood What is it: A compelling, terrifying and impressively in-depth podcast Why it's great: If you only consume one...

Never got over the post-Glasto blues? Here’s 11 ways to cure them at the Budapest’s brilliant Sziget Festival next week

There are, throughout the world, just a handful of festivals that manage to bottle a sense of the scale, ambition, fan-serving cheer and sheer...

Never mind the buttplugs! Lily Allen isn’t the only musician who’s toyed with a range of sex aids…

Musicians are forever banging on about sex, but they’re increasingly branching out into lovemaking toys too. First up, Mel B revealed she was working on...

RIP these Simpsons characters: nine times the creators wrought cartoon death, and how they did it

In The Simpsons' vastly-populated cartoon world, a cavalcade of characters have come and gone over the course of the 662 (and counting) episodes which have...

FrightFest 2019: 10 must-see horror films at the UK’s upcoming ‘Woodstock of gore’

Branded "The Woodstock of Gore" by director Guillermo del Toro back in 2001 after an early screening of The Devil's Backbone, London's internationally renowned...

50 years of Elliott Smith: the tender songwriter’s greatest tracks, as nominated by his close friends and fans

August 6, 2019, marks what would've been the late Elliott Smith’s 50th birthday. While the widely adored singer-songwriter has touched countless lives with his...

Indie heroes Mini Mansions on their new album, nearly splitting up and whether they inspired ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’

Mini Mansions – the indie supergroup comprised of Michael Shuman (bassist in Queens Of The Stone Age), Tyler Parkford (touring member of Arctic Monkeys)...

Just in time for the weekend, it’s the legendary NME crossword

Here are the answers to week ten's crossword: ANSWERS ACROSS 1+4A End Of Suffering, 9 Amo, 10 Jesus, 11 Never Stop, 12+4D Your Song, 14 Rihanna,...

The Blair Witch project at 20 – director Daniel Myrick on the game-changing horror movie, and his hopes for a connected Blair Witch universe

Twenty-years-ago, two film students from the University of Central Florida made a meta movie about three teenagers going into the woods of Seneca Creek...

Oliver Stone on dropping acid during ‘Nam, his failed Bob Marley biopic and the psychedelic allure of Jim Morrison

There’s been a spate of big, campy music biopics in the last few years, including films about Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody), Elton John (Rocketman), Mötley...

Meet Lil Miquela, the real life Ashley O

On the surface, Lil Miquela seems like your typical rising musician-cum-social media star. Her Instagram feed is a mix of photos of herself in...

Annabelle, Chucky, Brahms… why do we find dolls so bloody scary?

If you’re unlucky enough to suffer from a fear of dolls – called pediophobia (careful now) at the very extreme of the spectrum –...

“It’s a celebration of resistance”: Prophets Of Rage on their second album, ‘milkshaking’ and staying woke

“MAKE ESPAŃA RAGE AGAIN!” So read a banner draped over the back of the stage as Prophets of Rage battered through ‘Killing In Name’ at...

R&B star Nao at Madrid’s Mad Cool festival: “I want to open doors for other people to succeed”

"‘Saturn’ is based on this loose idea of going through your twenties,” says London R&B star Nao of her stellar 2018 album, “making mistakes...

Spanish trap star Fusa Nocta on her stellar Mad Cool festival set and the power of ‘The X Factor’

Spanish trap star Fusa Nocta received a hero’s welcome at the Consequence of Sound Stage at Madrid’s Mad Cool festival, her bassy trap bangers,...

Why I wish that Mr. Levenstein, Jim’s Dad from ‘American Pie’, was my Dad

There’s an exquisite moment in American Pie: Reunion where Jim’s Dad, played by Eugene Levy and his eyebrows, probes his grown-up son on the...
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