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No Rome at Reading tells us about his fans, fruit, working with The 1975 and his ‘romantic’ new material

"I think it's more about just the expression of being yourself on stage," No Rome tells NME when asked about what inspires his fans'...

Charli XCX: “Grimes and I made a techno song with no words”

Charli XCX is a total talent wrangler. In the past the queen of collaborating has tapped up a load of her musical pals to...

The Big Read – The 1975: “I feel more like I’m in a punk band than ever before”

This weekend, THE 1975 will fulfil a lifelong ambition and headline Reading & Leeds festivals for the first time, and to mark the occasion, the musical changelings have released a searing, politically-charged punk track named 'People'. With the gears of 2020 album 'Notes On A Conditional Form' already turning, frontman MATTY HEALY tells Dan Stubbs about the band's aims to save the world, freak out the squares and tear Reading & Leeds a new one. All he needs to do in the meantime is resist the urge to perform his Dubai gig with the words 'GOD LOVES FAGS' scrawled on his chest. What could possibly go wrong?

Mr.Williamz’ seven-step guide to having the best time of all time at Notting Hill Carnival 2019

Reggae-come-dancehall star Mr. Williamz has serious Notting Hill Carnival credentials. A resident of west London – whose sound system education started with his first clash...

Marika Hackman: “I’m an incredibly sexual being but technically I’ll die a virgin”

“‘Fuck’ is a fantastic word. ‘Fuck’ has just got it. ‘Cunt’ is lovely too. It’s the 't' at the ending that really lands.” Marika...

Raphael Saadiq: “I hear a lot that I’m underrated, so I must be”

Even if you don’t recognise the name Raphael Saadiq, you’ve definitely heard his music. He’s the Grammy-winning all-rounder whose addictive guitar licks, intoxicating melodies...

Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters’ return to Reading: “This festival is my first love”

It’s the long-awaited return of Club NME in London, and a packed out Moth Club is buzzing after the performance of Saint Leonard to...

Exclusive – Declan McKenna opens up about his politically charged new single ‘British Bombs’

Declan McKenna has returned with a new, politically charged single which takes aim at the British arms trade. You can listen to the new...

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Shaun Ryder

1: What type of shoes did Chris Evans offer you to stop swearing on TFI Friday? “Well, they were a pair of Patrick Cox...

Cassie Rytz on being a woman in grime: “Stay driven, have thick skin, go hard”

Females in grime? That's a phrase rarely heard. But over the past couple of years there's been a surge of female talent, especially in...

The Big Read – Brockhampton: “Shia LaBeouf is our idol and inspiration”

hey’re a boy band, but not as you know it. Texan titans Brockhampton – all 13 of them – are redefining the term with their patchwork songs of booming hip-hop and experimental pop. Yet their last, tense album ‘Iridescence’ spoke to a difficult patch from which they’re now “healing”. For the upcoming ‘Ginger’, their fifth album, the collective turned to an unlikely muse in one Shia LaBeouf, who has become their mentor. Jordan Bassett meets the lads (and six excitable rescue puppies) in their adopted home of Los Angeles, where he finds a band rejuvenated.

Exclusive – Refused: “In a world more fucked up than ever, we need to be that confrontational force”

On the Mount Rushmore of modern punk, Dennis Lyxzén of Swedish hardcore legends Refused is a face that glares down from said metaphorical structure...

Red Right Hands: Inside the music of ‘Peaky Blinders’

Across four seasons, the music used in Peaky Blinders has become as essential a motif in telling the tale of the Shelby clan’s battles...

Michael Kiwanuka talks toxic social media and the radical self-acceptance of third album ‘KIWANUKA’

Michael Kiwanuka self-titling his upcoming third album is more of a statement than most make when releasing an eponymous record. His is a name...

Carrie Brownstein: “You have to start with your own body as an act of resistance”

In the early ‘90s, in a Washington alive with riot grrrl bands, 20-year-old Carrie Brownstein first saw Corin Tucker singing in the punk rock...

Tourist: “Maybe it’ll be my 15th album that is the really big one”

In February this year Will Philips, aka Tourist, released his second album ‘Everyday’. Stuffed full of twinkling electronics and woozy synths, the lush record...

The Hoosiers on their Edinburgh Festival Fringe show ‘Felix and The Scootermen: Self-Help Yourself Famous’

“You know we are NME award winners?” I’m sheltering from the rain in a small, pop-up bar in Bristo Square, Edinburgh, with founding members of...

Tom DeLonge: “If I played Blink-182 to aliens they would get really offended and start an inter-planetary war”

When Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge left the pop-punk heroes in 2015, it was reported that he’d done so to pursue “non-musical endeavours”. Fly fishing?...
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