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No Rome tells us about crystalline new single ‘Talk Nice’: “Life has a price to pay”

Today sees No Rome drop his new single 'Talk Nice'. Check it out below along with our interview about the track and what's to...

Kele Okereke: “I’ve never experienced such widespread public racism”

On the face of it, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke has a lot to celebrate. He’s soon to become a father for the second time,...

“I never looked up to no rappers”: RocNation signee Maxo Kream on Texas, reality TV and touring

Born Emekwanem Ogugua Biosah Jr., rapper Maxo Kream is a natural-born storyteller, weaving compelling tales of his troubled upbringing in Houston, Texas. Having now...

The Big Read – Tove Lo: “Sexuality is a fluid thing – it’s hard to be just one way”

After a trio of fabulously rude, giddy records that were both sexually explicit and mordantly funny, Swedish pop powerhouse Tove Lo – beloved of Lorde, Courtney Love and Kylie Minogue – took some time out. “I was sick of myself,” she tells Gary Ryan as she headlines Girls To The Front, the NME gig series that celebrates badass women and non-binary artists. She reconnected with herself on upbeat new album ‘Sunshine Kitty’, which explores a new sense of peace. As she puts it: “It feels pretty cool to be comfortable in my own skin.”

Debbie Harry on a life like no other: “I have a stubborn will to survive”

‘When I met you in the restaurant/You could tell I was no debutante” sang Debbie Harry on Blondie’s imperious 1979 single ‘Dreaming’. In her...

“There are so many misconceptions about The Cure”: an exclusive interview with Robert Smith

The Cure’s Robert Smith is in reflective mood, keen to take stock of the many twists in the road that led the band from...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – James Blunt

1: Who once said of you: ‘If she’s so beautiful, stop standing there in your T-shirt and floppy fringe, and hush your hopeless falsetto...

Grandson: “We’re seeing the last echoes of a dying breed, trying to reign in the limitless potential of young people”

While the world at large may seem to be wallowing in division, violence, hatred and uncertainty, a new generation of artists are stepping up...

The Big Read – Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions: “I’m like a tour guide heading deep into the heart of bizarre”

What happens when you take 11 unfamiliar musicians, plonk them in the middle of the Californian desert and ask them, simply, to create? 16 years since Josh Homme last spun his rock'n'Rolodex for his influential collaborations album, he's at it again, forming a brand new bizarro supergroup for 'Desert Sessions Vol. 11/12'. NME Editor Charlotte Gunn heads to LA to quiz the hip-swinging puppet-master about what you get when you cross a Billy Gibbons with a Jake Shears.

Joe Armon-Jones: “Reading a review is like someone coming up to you on the street and saying, ‘Your kid’s ugly!’”

Joe Armon-Jones is not where he's supposed to be. The keyboardist should be in Madrid playing a show; instead he's in London with a...

“America is woven out of falsehood”: director Terry Zwigoff on his celebrating classic films ‘Ghost World’ and ‘Crumb’

There are a handful of documentaries that can lay claim to being the greatest the art form has seen. 2012’s harrowing The Act Of...

Jimmy Eat World tell us about conquering doubt for new album ‘Surviving’: “Your lesser self convinces you to let them have the keys”

Jimmy Eat World have returned with new single 'All The Way (Stay)' taken from their upcoming new album 'Surviving' – a record that deals...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – E, Eels

1: To whom did you write a letter inviting her to your Royal Festival Hall gig in 2008? “Queen Elizabeth II. I’m already winning!” CORRECT. “Point...

Anna Calvi on scoring ‘Peaky Blinders’ season five: “I really felt like I was Tommy Shelby”

We meet Anna Calvi just after she steps off stage at the first Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival, following a sun-scorched set that saw her...

Speaky Blinders – Watch NME’s deep-dive chat show on ‘Peaky Blinders’ season 5

Have you caught your breath yet? Heart rate slowing to less terrifying beat? Once you've climbed down from the ceiling after that epic Peaky...

Whitney interview: “we’re still obsessed with a major key mixed with sad lyrics”

The guitar chords are unmistakable, then the beat comes in, like a snare drum booted down an alleyway. The intro to Last Nite by...

The Big Read – Kano: “I’m planting seeds to try and stop violence”

Kane Robinson is a pioneer. As Kano, alongside the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Wiley, he became a key voice in the first wave of grime. Over a decade later, he's remained in the centre of the cultural zeitgeist, thanks to his stunning sixth album 'Hoodies All Summer' and a starring role in Netflix's acclaimed revival of Top Boy. Will Lavin meets the quintessential London rapper outside of his natural habitat, in Manchester, where he finds an assured talent who shrugs off his own accolades and admits, "I don't even like acting!"

Brittany Howard on how her late sister Jaime inspired her powerful solo album: “I feel like we did it together”

The origin of Brittany Howard's debut solo album, ‘Jaime’, was panic. She knew she wanted to make her own record, a separate thing from...

“Ariana Grande just showed up in our living room” – Social House talk ‘Boyfriend’, their smash hit collaboration with the star

Ariana Grande has the Midas touch when it comes to creating smash hit pop tunes. From ‘One Last Time’ to ‘thank u, next’ her...

Mykki Blanco interview: “These shows are a last hurrah to this era of my career”

No other musician is quite like Mykki Blanco, the creative titan who's beginning a short artist residency at London's Somerset House Studios. Mykki, who...
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