Music Interviews

Music Interviews

The Big Read – Foals: “The only thing anyone can express right now is confusion”

Having lost their most grounded member, bassist Walter, there have been major changes in the Foals camp since 2015's 'What Went Down'. But the group have pulled together and returned with a razor-sharp pair of albums, 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost', the first part of which is out today. Andrew Trendell met Yannis and co to talk about friendship, ambition, AI and how to thrive in the messy world we live in.

Millie Turner: “I work to inspire girls”

When we last spoke, it was around last August and you were waiting for your A-Level results. How did you get on? It was good....

“I’ve got some things to say”: London rapper Little Simz on her incredible third album ‘GREY Area’

Just to be absolutely clear about this: north London rapper Little Simz – aka Simbi Ajikawo – has made the greatest rap record of the...

Girls Rock London: behind the scenes at the music camp that’s shredding the patriarchy

Let’s be real -  if the Brownies offered a badge in shredding the hell out of an electric guitar, the world would be a...

Kim Deal: The Breeders frontwoman on their fifth album, Pixies and touring with Nirvana

1. Joining Pixies (because they made her laugh) In January 1986, a week after moving to Boston from Dayton, Ohio, Kim spotted an ad in...

“More victims will come out” – ‘Leaving Neverland’ director Dan Reed on Michael Jackson’s toxic legacy

Two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, claim Michael Jackson sexually abused them over a number of years. A new documentary, Leaving Neverland, from veteran...

“I’m here to go against the lies”: we meet the Michael Jackson apologists protesting against ‘Leaving Neverland’ in London

Some of Michael Jackson's biggest supporters have led a protest outside Channel 4's London HQ, ahead of Leaving Neverland's premiere this evening. The documentary will...

Meet Taemin, the melancholic megastar of K-Pop

Having begun his idol training aged 12, debuted in 2008 (aged 15) with SHINee, who would become one of K-Pop’s most successful and long-standing...

Amanda Palmer on writing a song about abortion: “Women are becoming shamelessly and infectiously truthful”

Amanda Palmer has spoken of her openness in tackling 'abortion, miscarriage and death' on her new album 'There Will Be No Intermission' – as...

“He’s so important”: Annie Mac hails the rise of Sam Fender ahead of AMP London

Annie Mac has hailed the rise of Sam Fender, ahead of the hotly-tipped singer-songwriter playing a show at AMP London later this month. The Brits...

Jafaris: the new Irish hip-hop star just hitting his ‘Stride’

“It’s therapeutic, but also a way of inspiring myself for the future,” Dublin-based rapper Jafaris tells NME of working on his debut album ‘Stride’....

Freaky Dancing: remembering the DIY Madchester zine given out to Hacienda ravers

Running for 11 issues between the summers of 1989 and 1990, Freaky Dancing was the homemade document of the thriving acid house scene in Manchester, given...

Britain’s counterfeit Xanax crisis: how young Brits got hooked on super-strong benzos

“You’ll have blackouts. You’ll wake up on the other side of town not knowing where you are. Last Christmas, lots of young people were...

Beabadoobee: “I want to collab with Tom Hanks”

Hey Bea, why were did you want to be involved in Girls to the Front? "Because girls fucking rule! And I think it’s important to...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! We put James’ Tim Booth to the test

1: At 2017s Ariana Grande ‘One Love’ concert, which band used part of a James song in their set? “Coldplay used part of ‘Sit...

The Big Read – Twenty One Pilots: “We want to be the best – and keep everyone else at bay”

Columbus, Ohio's Twenty One Pilots might just be the biggest cult band in the world. Thanks to their mythmaking and music, they've inspired in their 'Skeleton Clique' the kind of superfandom normally reserved for space epics or fighting fantasies. But behind the flights of fancy, there's humanity. Gary Ryan meets the band as they kick off their stunning UK arena tour in Birmingham, and hears how family, dementia and anxiety fuel their genre-hopping songs.

“People are scared of the word ‘black'” – Annie Mac defends Dave after new single faced backlash on Radio 1

Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac has defended Dave, after the rapper's latest single 'Black' attracted a barrage of negative comments to the station. The upcoming...

Nilüfer Yanya’s debut album is a ‘Black Mirror’-infused nightmare wrapped in lush indie-rock

“We are here for you, we care for you, we worry about you, so you don’t have to.” These are the eerie words that open...

“Hi, my name is…” – 20 years of Eminem’s ‘The Slim Shady LP’ as told by those who were there

“Hi, kids! Do you like violence?/ Wanna see me stick nine inch nails through each one of my eyelids?” Everyone remembers hearing those words for...

Exclusive: Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett debuts new single ‘This Ol World’ and announces UK and European tour

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has debuted new single 'This Ol World' and announced details of a UK and European tour this spring. Check...
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