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Michael Kiwanuka interview: “Young black men can easily get into quite dangerous circles – black people know what it’s like”

“All my nights and all my days / I’ve been trying the wrong way”, Michael Kiwanuka sings on ‘Black Man In A White World’,...

The Big Read – Haim: “The mantra of this record is all about being fearless”

Through death, depression and diabetes Haim just keep getting stronger. With that difficult second album out the way – and an even more difficult couple of years personally behind them – the Cali sisters are back with a load of new tunes, a ripped-up rule book and a determination to do things their way. Charlotte Gunn meets the band in LA and finds that if you’re going to throw Haim lemons, you better get ready for a whole lot of lemonade.

Victoria Monét interview – how ‘Ass Like That’ is finally putting the ‘Thank U, Next’ co-writer in the spotlight

The title of Victoria Monét’s latest single might strike fear into the hearts of thin-skinned radio producers and TV censors, but ‘Ass Like That’...

Gerard Way interview: “‘The Umbrella Academy’ was my way of processing the experience of My Chemical Romance”

The story of how The Umbrella Academy made it from the page to the screen is almost as long and as convoluted as how...

Gerard Way: “My life in comics”

The first superhero I ever loved was… “Probably Wolverine. If you give Wolverine to a teenage boy or a pre-teen, then that really is the...

Meet AMA, the artist whose ‘Screenluv’ EP brings R&B vibes to the Dirty Hit stable

AMA is still getting used to life as a recording artist with a record deal (with Dirty Hit). “It's crazy for me to think that...

R.E.M. tell us about 25 years of ‘Monster’: “We needed swagger – to be loud and raw”

We're waiting for R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills to arrive at NME Towers. Their car is delayed, caught up in the jams caused...

Phoebe Bridgers talks collaborating with The 1975, aliens and her “unafraid” new album

Since its release in 2017, Phoebe Bridgers' debut album ‘Stranger In The Alps’ has become one of the most adored indie records of recent times. Taking...

No Music For ICE: Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis explains why indie musicians are waging war on retail giant Amazon

“We will not allow Amazon to exploit our creativity to promote its brand while it enables attacks on immigrants, communities of color, workers, and...

Kim Gordon interviewed: “The end of capitalism is coming” – watch

After alt-rock trailblazers Sonic Youth split in 2011 due to the acrimonious divorce of lead members Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, Gordon chose to lay all myths...

Wolfmother: the returning Aussie rockers on riffs, ribs and rock ‘n’ roll

Just when you’re starting to think, ‘God, it’s been ages since we last heard from Wolfmother. We hope they’re alright. Maybe they’ve come across...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Jim Kerr, Simple Minds

1: Name all the stage monikers in your pre-Simple Minds band Johnny & The Self-Abusers. “I can’t do them all! Obviously I know I...

The Big Read – Beabadoobee: “I want to live in the ‘90s!”

Some years ago, Beabadoobee was so shy she had friends perform songs on her behalf – and was the unwitting subject of a WhatsApp group of Mean Girls at school. Now, at 19, she’s mates with Matty Healy of The 1975, she’s internet pals with her beloved ‘90s heroes and she’s become an icon for a generation of kids crying out for a new breed of guitar hero. Following the release of her ace ‘Space Cadet’ EP, Thomas Smith meets Bea Kristi in London to talk about her no-fucks-given approach to music – and why she’s having a ball right now.

Enjoying the disquieting music in Netflix’s ‘Living With Yourself’? Meet Anna Meredith, the accomplished composer behind it

Anyone who's binged through Netflix's new comedy Living With Yourself over the last week will have noticed the brilliantly unnerving soundtrack driving the show. The person...

Dream State talk addiction and mental health: “It’s OK to cry, it’s OK to scream, and it’s OK to be a bitch sometimes”

Dream State's CJ Gilpin has spoken of how her journey from addiction and self-hate helped to inform their debut album 'Primrose Path'. The band found...

Babymetal interview: ‘Metal Galaxy’ is the first step to the future of metal…”

On ‘Metal Galaxy’, Babymetal’s third album, the Japanese duo (third member Yuimetal left the band last year) explore new territory. Never ones to settle...

Swim Deep on finding focus after their wilderness years: “We needed a kick up the arse”

Back in 2015, Swim Deep were on an upwards trajectory that should have taken them from buzzy debutantes to the next level. The sunkissed...

Kasabian tell us about their huge homecoming show and next album: “The aim is to transcend”

Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno has said that the band's upcoming homecoming show in Leicester next summer is going to be "legendary", as well as teasing...

Nasty Cherry: the Charli XCX-formed band reveal all about their new Netflix reality show

The first the world saw of Nasty Cherry was their bassist Georgia’s bare arse. Announcing the band back in January they shared a video...

Savages’ drummer and Music Declares Emergency co-founder Fay Milton on climate change: “Music needs to get real”

Savages drummer and Music Declares Emergency co-founder Fay Milton has spoken out about the need for the industry as a whole to change its...
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