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Zola Jesus, 'Conatus' - Review Round-Up

Zola Jesus is now onto her third album proper, ‘Conatus’. While her previous record ‘Stridulum II’ drew compliments from critics for its bravery and gothic swoop, the follow up has garnered more tentative praise. Is Zola right to expand...Show More Summary

Listomania - What Are the Best Running Songs?

Tomorrow, I'm running the Berlin Marathon. CLANG! But don't worry, I'm not feeling particularly smug about it right now. It's more like a cross between the last hours of the condemned and what I imagine what the last stages of pregnancy...Show More Summary

What Are The Best (And Worst) One Hit Wonders Ever?

Although the title of this blog sounds like the name of one of those Channel 5 list shows that are on around Christmas (indeed, as we type this we can feel the strawberry flavoured breath of Fearne "BRILLIANT!!!!" Cotton down our neck) it's not. As our gallery shows One Hit Wonders cover many musical sins. Show More Summary

NME Meets Nirvana In 1991 - Archive Feature

NME's Mary Anne Hobbs spoke to Kurt, Krist (then known as Chris) and Dave in Brixton six weeks after 'Nevermind''s release. The album was heading for its millionth sale, and it was clear something unheard of was happening. Naturally, the band were already having to field questions about selling out, and were planning ways to subvert their fame... Show More Summary

R.E.M. Split - Their 10 Greatest Moments

And so, on the 21st day of the ninth month of the year 2011, R.E.M. revealed that they were to be no more. After 31 years in the game and fifteen albums, it’s maybe not a massive surprise that they’ve decided to chuck in their respective...Show More Summary

Radiohead - What's Your Dream Setlist?

Hurrah, Radiohead have announced they WILL be touring in 2012. But wait, what will the 'Limbs Live!' (cute, huh?) tour bring us? Glastonbury's secret show divided fans and critics. For some the setlist was a great summation of the band post-'In Rainbows', for others it lacked the requisite amount of sing along, hands-in-the-air moments to truly transcend the wet weather. [...]Show More Summary

Rate The Discography - Led Zeppelin

Rate The Discography is a new series in which we line up a band's album output in descending order of quality, from top to bottom. Then you tell us how you think their CVs should be arranged. Banter ensues. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Led Zepplin’s second album is their greatest work ever. Show More Summary

Kasabian, 'Velociraptor!' - Review Round-Up

It will come as no surprise that Kasabian’s new effort ‘Velociraptor!’ (forget the exclamation mark at your peril) was a divisive work. It seems that critics are parted in two, with one camp spitting at Kasabian’s lad-rock Oasis homage, and the other ?camp convinced that there’s something more experimental afoot. Show More Summary

On This Day - Kate Bush Releases 'Hounds Of Love'

On This Day is a new regular series dedicated to great moments in music history. September 16th, 1985: Kate Bush released her fifth studio album 'Hounds Of Love' In August 1985, NME featured Kate in a 'Where Are They Now?' piece. It was indicative of the place she was at in popular consciousness. Show More Summary

Which One Album Should Bands Never Have Recorded?

Here’s a new one for you. In light of Noel’s recent comments about ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ (essentially “we should never have made ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’”) we’ve been casting our eyes over some band discographies...Show More Summary

Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ – Has There Ever Been A Good Cover Version?

Shhh. What’s that sound? It’s someone somewhere in the world busting out a version of Radiohead’s 'Creep' in a guitar shop on a black and white replica Fender. Oh, scratch that. It’s actually Jim Carrey.

Listomania - 10 Best Spoken Word Intros

Singing: It’s why you’re on this website; it’s why I’m on this website. Singers and songs and melodies that move you, both figuratively and literally. Sure, a great guitar riff or a drum beat can do the business, too, but more often than not it’s the words coming out of the frontman’s trap that gets the pulse racing. Show More Summary

The Best And Worst Songs Inspired by 9/11

The musical reactions to the September 11th attacks were vast and varied. They went from the vengeful (Toby Keith's 'Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)') to the minimalist (Steve Reich's 'WTC 9/11'). Legends like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and The Beastie Boys felt catalysed enough to devote whole albums to what happened. Show More Summary

Nirvana - Their 10 Best Tracks

This weeks NME celebrates 20 years since Nirvana's ‘Nevermind’. But behind the swimming baby, the wet dollar bill and the memory of wearing Doc Martens in a muddy field in Reading as your best friend desperately looked for a shady covering...Show More Summary

PJ Harvey Wins The Mercury – A Predictable Choice, But The Right One

Recognise that headline? It might ring a few bells – we used exactly the same words this time last year, when The xx took home the Mercury Prize. This year, just like last year, the panel awarded the cheque and subsequent sales bounce...Show More Summary

‘You’re Fired!’ – The Strangest Reasons Musicians Leave

Following news that My Chemical Romance fired their drummer Mike Pedicone after he was “caught red handed stealing from the band” ("stealing what?” you may ask; I think the clue’s in the wording - GERARD’S FLAME RED HAIR DYE AIN’T CHEAP, that’s all we’re saying), we thought we’d take a look at the wackiest reasons musicians have quit / been fired before hitting the stage. [...]Show More Summary

Listomania – 10 Music Films That Should’ve Been Left On The Cutting Room Floor

Against the advice of NME’s own Tim Chester (who awarded it one out of ten), and every other review, I sought out the film Powder this week. I quite enjoyed the book back in the late-’90s, about the plight of a fictional Britpop band who watch their ideas get xeroxed into public view by a lesser, rival band. Show More Summary

Pull the Cord- Artists Who Need To Disconnect From The Internet

Sinead O’Connor has discovered the internet. And how. While the singer formerly vented through columns for Irish newspapers, she’s since taken to her blog - and twitter also- to get a load off her chest. Her cause is admirable; she’s not getting laid enough, and wants to audition candidiates. [...] Read more!

Tune 101: What Songs Would You Ban?

Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are due for the slammer. The artists are due to be banned in China due to the ‘vulgar’ content of their songs. The Ministry of Culture over there has announced that all the tracks on its 100-strong...Show More Summary

The Drums' Jonathan Pierce - 'We Don't Have A Long Shelf Life'

We spoke to The Drums' Jonathan Pierce about his "world of fear", new album 'Portamento', and why they might going electro next time How did you reconfigure as a band after Adam (Kessler, guitarist) left? It was a really strange, confusing time for us. Show More Summary

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