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The Big Read – Olly Alexander: “If I don’t get f**king guest-list for Spice Girls, I’m quitting music”

next week, olly alexander and his band, years & years, headline london's O2 arena in celebration of both their latest album, 'palo santo', and the wider world they've created around them. nick levine meets the man who's become the mouthpiece for a movement

Mark Ronson interview: working with Miley Cyrus, turning divorce into disco, and his new album of ‘sad bangers’

Picture Mark Ronson and your first thought probably isn’t a break-up album. The man who’s made his name filling dancefloors with bodies and tracks...

Does Rock ‘n’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Pete Tong

1: Who coined the phrase ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong’? “It was Boys Own fanzine, so Gary Haisman, Terry Farley, Andrew Weatherall, etc”. CORRECT –...

Yungblud: “I wanna be the Drake of rock ‘n’ roll”

Political motor-mouth Yungblud has been pretty hard to ignore in 2018. The 20-year-old Doncaster native, who released his debut album '21st Century Liability' in July,...

The Big Read – Mumford And Sons: “We’ve thought a lot about mortality this year”

Mumford And Sons are back – but not as we know them. Having ditched the folk sound that made them famous – and the arena rock that followed – new album 'delta', out now, is an eclectic tone piece that even shimmies into r&B. Jordan Bassett learns how personal experience, politics and the grenfell tower disaster had the four-piece contemplating life from a different perspective.

Giles Martin on the mammoth tasking of mixing ‘The White Album’: “My job is to be a bit of a bastard”

Giles Martin insists he didn’t want to be guardian of The Beatles’ music, but – as son of producer/fifth Beatle George Martin – it’s a role...

Culture Club’s Boy George: the original gender-fluid pop icon versus the modern world

A midweek afternoon in a central London PR agency office. When Boy George hears I’m here from NME, he seems to prickle a little....

The Japanese House: the inside story of her stunning debut album, recorded at Bon Iver’s cabin

Sometimes you just have to face up to your fears. Hours before we meet, The Japanese House, aka Amber Bain, parked the fact that she's...

American Dreams: Jade Bird could be Britain’s next Stateside takeover

Jade Bird is a musical time traveller: in one fell swoop, she can go from searing punk-rock in the vein of ‘90s icons like...

South London’s WOOZE talk new single ‘Ladies Who Lunch With Me’ and appearing on ‘Made In Chelsea’

South London newcomers WOOZE have discussed their new single 'Ladies Who Lunch With Me', and how they're hoping that an appearance on Made In...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Sophie Ellis-Bextor

1: What connects your 2007 album ‘Trip The Light Fantastic’ to ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis? Sophie Ellis-Bextor: “Oh blimey!  Is that a question of...

Andy Burrows and Matt Haig unveil ‘Barcelona’ video and talk tackling mental health on collaborative new album

Andy Burrows and best-selling author Matt Haig have teamed up for a collaborative album, 'Reasons To Stay Alive'. Check out the new video for...

Meet Willie J Healey, the Satan-baiting troubadour

Death, devils, consistent misery - speed-writing can be something of a musical Rorschach test. At his leisure, writing his 2017 debut album while gazing...

Wardruna call on ‘the wisdom of the past’ to soundtrack hit TV show ‘Vikings’

Ahead of their UK tour, Wardruna's Einar Selvik has spoken out about calling upon "the wisdom of the past" and his work on the upcoming...

Billy loadsamates: the ‘rebooted’ Smashing Pumpkins on making music and fighting their own myth

Theirs is the story they were never meant to have. The band who swam against the tide of trend and expectation became a cliche...

The Big Read – Muse: Together in electric dreams

If life is a video game, Muse are winning. A festival-headlining British rock behemoth, they've just released an album, 'simulation theory' – their eighth – that cements their reputation as the black mirror beatles. but while vr headsets, visions of the singularity and concerns about autocratic government are worthy distractions, it's the friendship between the three members that holds the band together, finds Tom Connick.

The Big Read – The 1975: “I could never let heroin be part of my identity. Junkies are losers”

When Matty, George, Ross and Adam set out to make ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, it set them on a course of discovery and introspection that would change their lives. Dan Stubbs heads to LA to hear how friendship, addiction and two weeks with a noble horse has resulted in The 1975 making not one but two new albums that might just change the world, too.

Mellah’s ‘What It Is’ video is a gloomy, claustrophobic look at political nuance

Holed up in an impressively slick, self-built studio in the South London’ area of Peckham, Liam Ramsden creates some of the most intricate music...

Sundara Karma unveil ‘One Last Night On This Earth’ video and tell us about their ‘celebration’ of a new album

Sundara Karma have unveiled the video for new single 'One Last Night On Earth'. Check it out below, along with our interview with frontman Oscar...

Here’s an exclusive clip of Coldplay’s new film ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ and a chat with director, Mat Whitecross

A clip has been unveiled from Coldplay's new film 'A Head Full Of Dreams', showing the moment that "the band was born". Watch it...
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