Cerebral Ballzy interview Julian Casablancas
In this week’s NME Heroes special, 2014’s brightest young hopes shoot the breeze with the legends who helped shape their musical outlooks. First up: Cerebral Ballzy’s Honor Titus meets Strokes mastermind Julian Casablancas.
Palma Violets interview Johnny Marr
The Palma Violets co-frontman meets with arguably the greatest indie guitarist of all time, and the pair swiftly form a mutual-appreciation society. “The vibe you bring onstage reminds me of Joe Strummer” Marr tells a blushing Jesson.
Savages interview Wire
From one generation of post-punks to another: Savages founder Gemma Thompson picks the brain of Wire’s Colin Newman, whose uncompromising approach to music-making inspired her own no-nonsense stance
Courtney Barnett interviews Billy Bragg
Buzzed-over Australian singer-songwriter Barnett and British folk icon Bragg discuss subjects ranging from the serious (the art of songwriting; connecting with audiences) to the not-so-much (ping-pong; slang for masturbation).
Wild Beasts interview Swans
Michael Gira is the frontman of legendary New York experimentalists Swans; an awestruck Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts tries to keep his cool as he meets this towering giant of art-rock.
What’s getting Tune-Yards down?
Haiti; riots in the US; the murder of Trayvon Martin…
If SXSW is a competition, who won?
Meet The Districts: they cross Neil Young with Nirvana, and they’re incredible.
Why is Paul Smith risking his wellbeing for Maxïmo Park?
“It’s the most rock’n’roll thing I’ve done in terms of endangering my health. It’s a bit dicey…” Surgery has forced the Maxïmo Park frontman to downgrade to the Robot.
ALSO INSIDE THIS WEEK
- Carl Craig
- These New Puritans
- Terry Gilliam
- Cloud Nothings
- Manchester Orchestra
- Cloud Nothings
- Timbre Timbre
- White Hinterland
- Kaiser Chiefs
- Dawn Landes
- Johnny Foreigner
- Annie Eve
- S Carey
- Daniel Wilson
- Band Of Skulls
- Hurray For The Riff Raff
- Johnny Cash
- 20 Feet From Stardom
- Franz Ferdinand
- The Men
- Miles Kane
- Maxïmo Park
- The Weeknd
- White Fang