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Live Review: Interpol @ Brixton Academy, 27/03/14

You know when you’re back in your hometown and you run into someone you’ve not seen for years? The hot guy at school, or the popular girl from sixth form? And they’re all married, with kids and have a normal job and looking distinctly less hot, but have a far-off …



Introducing: Fiction

It doesn’t feel quite right introducing you to a band like Fiction on a freezing British morning; the London quintet’s tropicalia and afrobeat-inspired indie pop takes the mind on a musical tour of more equatorial environs. With a debut album The Big Other out via the ever-reliable Moshi Moshi on …


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Tips For 2013 Advent #10: Angel Haze

It’s been pretty hard to ignore the ruckus being caused by 21 year-old rap queen Angel Haze in 2012. In the past six months alone, she’s released two mixtapes – July’s Reservation and October’sClassick – both of which already seem to be becoming staples of end-of-year lists all over …



The Muso In Manchester #5

This month, Manchester gives its own verdict on the raucous Palma Violets, Egyptian Hip Hop return (still not Egyptian or playing hip-hop), and G R E A T W A V E S grace the Bunker, with the risk of being attacked by machete gangs now somewhat decreased.

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Author Interview: Lucy O’Brien

When I spoke to journalist Pat Long about his book The History Of The NME a few months ago, he recommended a female music writer named Lucy O’Brien. Lucy worked for the NME in the ‘80s, has written a number of books on artists like Madonna and Annie Lennox, and


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Don’t Look Back: Interview with Pat Long

New Music Editor Bronya Francis interviewed Pat Long about his new book ‘The History Of The NME’, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Britain’s most formidable music paper. Pat is now Digital Content Editor at The Times, but he worked at The NME in the ’00s when everyone worshipped The Strokes




After the eve of the magazine’s 60th birthday, this new publication was released on THE REAL account into NME, the magazine. Covering stories, musicians, events and NME lifestyle, this piece is wholesome, solid reading. Pat Long unravels the highs, lows and history of the ‘New Musical Express’, established in …



Gig Review: Dexter/Tribes

Camden’s Purple Turtle has gone through a transformation, shaking off its death mental past 2012 sees it become the place to be and last nights Tins On Toast launch party proved that. Replacing the Cyberdog wearing attendees were indie kids in tight jeans and leather jackets spinning to the best …



New Song Alert! Azealia Banks – Liquorice

Azealia Banks is by far our fave artist to be tipped for success in 2012. And we’re not alone – not only has she been given the mark of approval by NME (she’s been chosen to take the much-coveted headline slot of the NME Tour), but ZeZe has also been …


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Pure Love To Make Live Debut At Bush Hall

Pure Love – Frank Carter and Jim Carroll IRL – are playing at Bush Hall on Valentine’s Day next year. The announcement of their first ever live gig follows their signing to Vertigo Records; the duo will be releasing a record at some point in 2012. The event will be …