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New Aphex Twin merchandise including old NME covers released to mark artist’s 50th birthday

All of the merchandise, which included Aphex Twin’s 1999 and 2001 NME cover interviews, however, has now sold out.

Aphex Twin performs live. CREDIT: Getty

Earlier this year Aphex Twin announced that he’s teaming up with the British tech company ODDSound to deliver a pioneering new synth plugin.

The producer is working under his birth name Richard D. James for the MTS-ESP plugin, which is capable of becoming the master tuning device for synth set-ups.

The device has been lauded for its international capabilities, as programming equipment is traditionally centred around the Western tuning system – commonly known as the 12 Tones of Equal Temperament (12 TET).

However, it is said that the MTS-ESP allows the programming to become more flexible for the first time – allowing other international musicians to take advantage of the tools.

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The MTS-ESP software is currently compatible with other synths from Audio Damage, Expert Sleepers, U-He, Xfer Records, TAL, Surge and Audiorealism, and is currently expanding its capabilities.

The latest venture comes after the enigmatic producer sold his first NFT on March 14, with the non-fungible token going for $128,000 (£91,000).

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Code Orange tease collaboration with Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan

The band haven’t confirmed exactly what they collaborated with Corgan on, but judging from the comments their fans are all in on whatever it is.

“2021 be so wild that we’re (probably) getting pumpkins x code orange. Honestly I’m here for it,” one fan wrote. Another said: “What the hell lol this is kinda sick.” A third commented: “YO GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE ARE YOU SERIOUS?!”

2021 be so wild that we're (probably) getting pumpkins x code orange. Honestly I'm here for it https://t.co/wLVfJbOsA6

— Simon (@_Born_In_Winter) June 13, 2021

What the hell lol this is kinda sick https://t.co/4ytmm9o72R

— LUCAS (@LucasDemers_) June 13, 2021

YO GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE ARE YOU SERIOUS?! https://t.co/au3FsNX9fi

— Venumb (@shedyourskin_) June 13, 2021

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Code Orange released their fourth studio album, ‘Underneath’, in March last year. In a four-star review, NME‘s Dannii Leivers wrote that Code Orange “continue to push the boundaries with this maelstrom of goth-laced melody and punishing intensity”.

Shortly after the record’s release, Code Orange were one of the first bands to perform via live-stream during the coronavirus pandemic. On March 14, they played to an empty venue in their hometown of Pittsburgh, live-streaming the show as they did so.

Back in March, Smashing Pumpkins began work on their forthcoming joint sequel to their ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’ and ‘Machina’ albums.

The band were recently announced as headliners of Riot Fest 2021 alongside Nine Inch Nails and Run The Jewels.

The four-day event, which will also feature performances from Faith No More, Pixies and DEVO, is due to take place at Chicago’s Douglass Park on September 16-19, with tickets on sale here now.

Meanwhile, Corgan has discussed the legacy of Smashing Pumpkins’ debut album, ‘Gish’, three decades on in a recent interview.

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Wolf Alice share heavy and hypnotic new single ‘Smile’

“This is one of the songs we wrote thinking that we would play it live,” Rowsell added in a press release. “I miss that feeling of singing on stage. It’s like screaming into a pillow or something — you can get away with being more nasty. There’s a whole other part of me missing.”

The track, which is part hypnotic and part heavy, is accompanied by a video directed by Jordan Hemmingway, who the band collaborated with on previous single ‘The Last Man On Earth’. The riotous set of visuals sees Wolf Alice perform in a pub, channelling their inner punk – watch the video below.

You can listen to ‘Smile’ below:

It comes after the band shared an official live performance of their previous single ‘The Last Man On Earth’ earlier this week.

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Wolf Alice will take ‘Blue Weekend’ out on the road next January, when they’ll perform in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, London and other cities over the course of the month. You can get tickets here.

“I can’t wait to play these new songs live they are gonna sound so gooooood,” the band said in a statement. “Joff’s pedal board literally sounds like an orchestra at the moment and you have no idea how sweet Theo’s falsetto is rn.”

Speaking in a recent cover interview with NMEWolf Alice frontwoman Ellie Rowsell explained the story behind the title of the band’s upcoming new album. She had suggested to drummer Joel Amey that the band should head to a nearby forest for a day out “on the next blue weekend”.

“Blue is a nice colour, but it also means sad,” Rowsell told NME. “And I often think the weekend is so fun, but lots of drama takes place then so sometimes it’s the catalyst for your downfall.”

‘Blue Weekend’ is released on June 11 via Dirty Hit – see the track list below.

01. ‘The Beach’
02. ‘Delicious Things’
03. ‘Lipstick On The Glass’
04. ‘Smile’
05. ‘Safe From Heartbreak (if you never fall in love)’
06. ‘How Can I Make It OK?’
07. ‘Play The Greatest Hits’
08. ‘Feeling Myself’
09. ‘The Last Man On Earth’
10. ‘No Hard Feelings’
11. ‘The Beach II’

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Here’s a teaser of Wolf Alice’s next single ‘Smile’, out next week

We also see a glimpse at the official ‘Smile’ video, which appears to be set in a rowdy pub where the band are performing live. “New music incoming!” Wolf Alice wrote as the video’s caption.

New music incoming!
Smile premieres on @anniemacmanus this tuesday on @BBCR1 at 6PM BSThttps://t.co/g35yCTE6xV pic.twitter.com/FtC0rJ0SGJ

— Wolf Alice (@wolfalicemusic) April 15, 2021

Earlier this week, the band shared an official live performance of their previous single ‘The Last Man On Earth’.

Wolf Alice will take ‘Blue Weekend’ out on the road next January, when they’ll perform in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, London and other cities over the course of the month.

“I can’t wait to play these new songs live they are gonna sound so gooooood,” the band said in a statement. “Joff’s pedal board literally sounds like an orchestra at the moment and you have no idea how sweet Theo’s falsetto is rn.”

Speaking in a recent cover interview with NMEWolf Alice frontwoman Ellie Rowsell explained the story behind the title of the band’s upcoming new album. She had suggested to drummer Joel Amey that the band should head to a nearby forest for a day out “on the next blue weekend”.

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“Blue is a nice colour, but it also means sad,” Rowsell told NME. “And I often think the weekend is so fun, but lots of drama takes place then so sometimes it’s the catalyst for your downfall.”

‘Blue Weekend’ is released on June 11 via Dirty Hit

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Watch Wolf Alice’s magical live performance of ‘The Last Man On Earth’

The gothic clip sees Wolf Alice play ‘The Last Man On Earth’ among red draped material and candles, with frontwoman Ellie Rowsell performing on a grand piano. A three-piece string section is introduced mid-way through as the full band joins in.

“This performance is mesmerising,” wrote one fan in the comments section. Another said: “Oh my god this version just hits different, doesn’t it?”

Wolf Alice, meanwhile, have announced a UK and Ireland tour for January 2022. The group will kick off the run of shows at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom before visiting Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, London and other cities throughout the month.

“I can’t wait to play these new songs live they are gonna sound so gooooood,” the band said in a statement. “Joff’s pedal board literally sounds like an orchestra at the moment and you have no idea how sweet Theo’s falsetto is rn.”

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Speaking in a recent cover interview with NMEWolf Alice explained the story behind the title of their upcoming new album. Ellie Rowsell suggested to drummer Joel Amey that the band should head to a nearby forest for a day out “on the next blue weekend”.

“Blue is a nice colour, but it also means sad,” she said. “And I often think the weekend is so fun, but lots of drama takes place then so sometimes it’s the catalyst for your downfall.”

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Listen to Royal Blood’s “ambitious and wild” new single ‘Limbo’

Discussing ‘Limbo’, the duo said: “It is without a doubt the most ambitious and wildest we have allowed ourselves to be and we can’t wait to invite you this far down the rabbit hole with us.”

Listen to ‘Limbo’ below:

Speaking to NME about ‘Typhoons’ earlier this year, frontman Mike Kerr said: “I think everyone can get lost in their own mind, and they can have dark spells in their own mind. I’ve experienced them, you’ve experienced them, we all have.

“I wanted to write a song that recognised them but was also uplifting and empowering – knowing that if you are going through that, it will end at some point. It will pass.”

Watch NME‘s full video interview with Kerr below:

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The Brighton duo made their comeback last September with ‘Trouble’s Coming’, their first new material since 2017 album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’.

Upon the song’s release, Kerr told NME: “We realised that this much dancier sound really lent itself to the kind of music we were already making.”

Kerr also explained that the tracks featured on ‘Typhoons’ would each “have their own personality” that “encapsulates the change and progression that we’ve made as a band and as people”.

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Richard Ashcroft and Supergrass to headline Nottingham’s Splendour Festival

See the current list of artists for the festival, which takes place at Wollaton Park, below.

🎉 SPLENDOUR LINE UP ANNOUNCED 🎉

We’re thrilled to announce @richardashcroft & @SupergrassHQ as our headliners, joining a bill full of incredible artists & much more yet to be announced!

Nottingham’s biggest summer party is back, get your tickets now: https://t.co/c4JAvwqwNk pic.twitter.com/mWiC8ju2US

— Splendour Festival (@splendourfest) March 5, 2021

Following news of the roadmap, which plans to allow large-scale events with no social distancing in the UK from June 21, a number of festivals have vowed to go ahead this year.

Reading & Leeds shared their plan to hold their pair of festivals as planned in August, quickly selling out in the process, while Live Nation sold over 170,000 tickets in the three days following the announcement of the roadmap.

Isle Of Wight Festival was originally scheduled to take place the weekend before June 21, but now that the event has moved to September, festival boss John Giddings is confident of a successful return.

“We’ve moved it to three months later to make sure that it’s going to be safe, and the government are running test events in a month’s time to prove that it’s possible to do these shows, so we’ve got everything in our favour,” Giddings told NME.

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“We’ll now be in September: the Isle Of Wight has some of the best weather in the UK, what’s not to like? By then the whole of the UK would have been vaccinated and there’s a point at which somebody somewhere has got to come out and enjoy themselves.”

Despite this, independent festival bosses and industry insiders have warned that their 2021 events risk cancellation if they fail to receive Government-backed insurance by the end of the month.

Speaking to NME, Association of Independent Festivals CEO Paul Reed said that government-backed insurance needs to be introduced before the end of March, when it is expected that independent festivals will have to start making major payments for this summer’s events.

“COVID simply isn’t covered by policies, so that’s why we think that there needs to be a government backed insurance scheme, with them essentially acting as the insurer as a last resort in the way the way that other governments have done across Europe to allow festival planning to go ahead with confidence,” Reed told NME.

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Mitski shares new track ‘The Baddy Man’ from graphic novel soundtrack

Speaking about the new project to Rolling Stone, Mitski said: “It was exciting to make a soundtrack for a comic book. It allowed me to work outside of my usual songwriting form and try to approach it like a score, but without any of the cues that come with working alongside a moving image, which ended up being both freeing and challenging. I hope the end result helps to immerse you in the story!”

Listen to ‘The Baddy Man’ below.

Mitski’s last full-length album came with 2018’s ‘Be The Cowboy’, after which she announced details of her “last show indefinitely,” before promising fans she was not quitting music.

Reviewing that last show, in New York’s Central Park, NME wrote: “Most artists playing their final shows for the foreseeable would likely use some of their allotted performance time to make an emotional speech to their audience. Mitski keeps her words to a minimum, only pausing to tell the crowd she’s grateful for them and, later, to ask if she can play one more song.

“This is a musician who doesn’t need bells and whistles to create something beautiful. Who knows when we’ll see Mitski again but, whatever she does next, it feels like a safe bet that her return will be just as stunning as her goodbye.”

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Since then, the musician has stayed largely quiet, though did collaborate with Allie X in early 2020 on new track ‘Susie Save Your Love’ from Allie’s album ‘Cape God’.

This January, she then shared a track called ‘Cop Car’, which appears on the soundtrack for The Turning.

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Tate McRae announces new EP ‘too young to be sad’ and shares single ‘slower’

It will be released via Ministry Of Sound on March 26 and is available for pre-sale now here.

She is also due to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 30.

The full tracklisting for ‘too young to be sad’ is as follows:

01. ‘bad ones’
02. ‘rubberband’
03. ‘slower’
04. ‘r u ok’
05. ‘you broke me first’
06. ‘i wish I loved you in the 90s’

McRae was included in this year’s coveted NME 100, 100 essential emerging artists for 2021.

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‘you broke me first’ racked up over 400 million streams on Spotify alone, it saw her go viral on TikTok, and became Tate’s first top 5 single in the UK.

She is set to start work on her debut album this year.

“I like to try to analyse structures of different albums and see what kind mine might be similar to,” she recently told NME, naming the labyrinthine structure on Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ as a reference point, as well as Billie Eilish‘s debut ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go’ and ‘After Hours’ by The Weeknd.

“The cool thing about ‘Blonde’,” she adds, “is that I don’t think I’ve heard one song that sounds anything the same to him and, you know, the cool part is it kind of just makes you want to push yourself.”

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Line-up announced for NME’s Girls To The Front International Women’s Day online show

The show will air at 8pm GMT, and be available to watch on the NME YouTube channel and NME.com.

Blu DeTiger is New York’s “achingly cool bass virtuoso” – known for her viral TikTok videos that have seen her cover everything from ‘WAP’ by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s  to Janet Jackson‘s ‘Control’.

Speaking to NME last month Blu explained that she wants to rally against sexist stereotypes in the industry through her music. “Growing up I didn’t really have anyone to look up to besides Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads,” she told NME. “I definitely want to be a role model and inspire young people to pick up an instrument – that’s one of my main goals.”

Miss Grit will be joining Blu DeTiger on the bill. The Michigan-born, NYC-based artist (real name Margaret Sohn) released her acclaimed EP ‘Imposter’ last month – which NME hailed as “a reflective collection brimming with confidence”. Also performing will be East Londoner Olivia Dean, who shared her gorgeous ‘What Am I Gonna Do On Sundays?’ EP at the end of last year – a stunning four-track release that demonstrates her brilliant diaristic lyricism.

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Rounding off our line-up is Orla Gartland. The rising Dublin singer-songwriter-producer is gearing up to release her debut album – and if it’s anything like irresistible recent single ‘More Like You’, it’s one to get excited for.

Explaining why she wanted to be involved in NME’s Girls to the Front, Orla Gartland told NME: “Whether I realised it or not, my experience in music as an artist, song-writer and producer, it is through the lens of being a woman, and it’s easy to forget that sometimes; but then sometimes I’m in rooms or at gigs, and I do become very aware of it maybe for the wrong reasons.”

She added: “I think it’s important because in pre-Covid life when it came to festival stages, there obviously has been a conversation happening for a few years about festival headliners and making sure there’s diversity; but there’s also something great in just literally pushing the girls to the front and letting them be the main event.”

NME’s Girls to the Front International Women’s Day online will take place on 8 March 2021, at 8pm GMT. You can watch it on the NME YouTube or NME.com.

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Royal Blood share swaggering new single ‘Typhoons’ and announce third album

‘Typhoons’ (the single) is streaming on digital platforms now, with a special 7” vinyl also available to pre-order. The record’s B-side boasts the etched lyrics “Raging on behind my eyes“.

“We sort of stumbled on this sound, and it was immediately fun to play,” explained frontman Mike Kerr. “That’s what sparked the creativity on the new album, the chasing of that feeling.

“It’s weird, though – if you think back to ‘Figure it Out’, it kind of contains the embryo of this album. We realised that we didn’t have to completely destroy what we’d created so far; we just had to shift it, change it. On paper, it’s a small reinvention. But when you hear it, it sounds so fresh.”

The ‘Typhoons’ tracklist is as follows:

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1. ‘Trouble’s Coming’
2. ‘Oblivion’
3. ‘Typhoons’
4 ‘Who Needs Friends’
5. ‘Million & One’
6. ‘Limbo’
7. ‘Either You Want It’
8. ‘Boilermaker’
9. ‘Mad Visions’
10. ‘Hold On’
11. ‘All We Have Is Now’

‘Trouble’s Coming’, released last September, marked Royal Blood’s first new material since their 2017 album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?.

Upon the song’s release, Kerr told NME: “We realised that this much dancier sound really lent itself to the kind of music we were already making.”

Kerr also explained that the tracks featured on ‘Typhoons’ would each “have their own personality” that “encapsulates the change and progression that we’ve made as a band and as people”.

Last month Royal Blood teamed up with Run The Jewels for a new version of ‘The Ground Below’, the original of which appears on the ‘Run The Jewels 4’.

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Bring Me The Horizon explain delay in “bigger than intended” EP series

Fish said: “We planned to do four EPs in a year, but the last one was almost an album, so I think the spacing will be a bit longer than intended, just because they’re probably going to turn out bigger than intended,” he added, while clarifying: “That doesn’t matter, as long as they’re all really good.”

Jordan Fish performs live with Bring Me The Horizon. CREDIT: Getty

“We’ve been writing on and off for quite a while, so there’s a lot of material that’s being worked on,” he continued. “But we haven’t properly got into the rhythm of writing the next EP yet, we’ll probably do that in the New Year.”

Speaking to NME last year about the idea of the project, frontman Oli Sykes said: “The idea behind ‘Posthuman’ is looking at how we’ve stepped out of evolution and the food chain.

“If we can do that, then we can take responsibility for what we’ve done to the planet and become something better than what humans are right now.”

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Reviewing ‘Post Human: Survival Horror’, NME wrote: “Many bands in Bring Me The Horizon’s shoes would use this opportunity to go full Coldplay with a radio-friendly album primed for mass communication, but not Bring Me. Instead, they’re releasing four EPs across the next year, all themed around how humanity is totally screwed.

“What could have been an act of self-sabotage or self-indulgence – or both – has transpired to be a welcome reminder of all that this band does best, rooted in raw relevance for today and the cyber-punk energy of tomorrow.”

Watch Sykes give NME a track-by-track rundown of ‘Post Human: Survival Horror’ above.

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Bruce Springsteen announces 24-disc ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ box set

“This 24-CD set contains all five of the legendary radio broadcasts on the Darkness tour: The Roxy in L.A., The Agora in Cleveland, The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, Fox Theatre in Atlanta and Winterland in San Francisco.

“Rounding out the collection are the second shows in Passaic and San Francisco, plus the December 8 show in Houston, Texas. A limited number of empty boxes are also available to hold previously purchased CDs.”

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Last month, Springsteen released his new studio album ‘Letter To You’. Reviewing ‘Letter To You’, NME wrote: “A powerful synthesis of past and present, ‘Letter To You’ shows us the strength that can be found in sorrow. The result is Springsteen’s finest album since 2002’s ‘The Rising’.”

Earlier this month (December 11), Springsteen appeared on Saturday Night Live, where he performed with The E Street Band for their first public performance in four years. Due to coronavirus restrictions, however, not every member of the group was able to be present for the appearance.

 

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Elsewhere, Springsteen recently recalled the moment he heard his classic album ‘Born To Run’ for the first time. “When you first start you’re not used to hearing yourself, even two, three records in. I just couldn’t get used to the sound of my voice and very often it sounds terrible to you,” he told Jimmy Fallon.

You’re making all these choices you end up not comfortable with. I recorded that when I was a 24-year-old kid, you know?”

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Sea Girls reschedule 2021 UK tour for the second time

“Tickets purchased for these shows remain valid, please hold on to them! UK support comes from the awesome Baby Queen.”

Check out Sea Girls’ rescheduled 2021 UK tour dates in full below.

OCTOBER 2021
7th – Leicester, O2 Academy
8th – Newcastle, O2 Academy
9th – Glasgow, Barrowland
11th – Birmingham, O2 Institute
12th – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
14th – Sheffield, O2 Academy
15th – London, Brixton Academy
16th – Liverpool, O2 Academy
19th – Oxford, O2 Academy
20th – Leeds, O2 Academy
21st – Manchester, Academy

Sea Girls’ tour comes in support of their debut album ‘Open Up Your Head’, which was released back in August.

Reviewing the album, NME wrote: “‘Open Up Your Head’ is an accomplished debut that takes Sea Girls’ brand of indie-rock on countless new adventures, and leaves plenty of doors ajar for further exploration for a genre in dire need of a kick up the backside.”

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Read NME’s recent Radar feature with Sea Girls’ tour support Baby Queen here. A four-star review of her ‘Medicine’ EP last month said: “Infectious hooks and satirical tales brilliantly clash on the debut EP from one of pop’s hottest new prospects.”

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Dave East accuses Delta airlines of “racist harassment”

“Delta Airlines Y’all Need To Stop Hiring these racist, stupid, ignorant TRUMP supporters that get nervous when they see a PERSON OF COLOR in first class!!! Bitch just ask me what I want to drink and keep it pushing!!!! Shit got me Ho.”

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Fucc Delta! Racist Ain’t Even The Word! This Jamaican Man Defending me and He dont even know me!!!! He watched the racist harassment!!!! Delta Airlines Y’all Need To Stop Hiring these racist, stupid, ignorant TRUMP supporters that get nervous when they see a PERSON OF COLOR in first class!!! Bitch just ask me what I want to drink and keep it pushing!!!! Shit got me Hot

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Last month, Dave East shared ‘Karma 3’, the third edition of his ongoing mixtape series. In a four-star review of the new mixtape, NME‘s Will Lavin wrote: “A charged effort with dynamic results, ‘Karma 3’ may not be as flawless a spectacle as ‘Survival’, but it’s not all that far off. And it’s definitely the best entry in the ‘Karma’ series.

“East remains consistent, unapologetically flying the flag for New York hip-hop. His sharpened pen game flourishes over beds of captivating soul samples, airy synths and bass kicks so hard they’ll bottom out any cheap speaker.”

Earlier this year, East spoke to NME about his mentor Nas, fatherhood and what’s missing from modern New York rap.

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“I’m a fan of what was going on in New York and I feel that shit is missing right now,” he said. “There’s nobody that’s really painting pictures about their own life. All the people I grew up on, that’s the type of music they made. Nas, Jay[-Z], Cam[‘ron], they all brought you into their world.”

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Glasvegas announce they’re working on first new music in seven years

“It’s been 7 years since we released new music so, yeah, I guess an explanation why is overdue,” Allan began his post.

“I made the decision to record, engineer and produce our latest album free of any outside assistance, which for the bands momentum maybe didn’t seem like the safest path or on paper the most logical idea. But I couldn’t help listening to where my heart was telling me to go.

“The choice was not random. Nothing is random. It all has to relate in a total kinda way. So with the band’s blessing/support, we began.”

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He continued: “Yeah, I’ve been cluelessly occupying the deep end all splashing arms ‘n’ legs and almost losing the only few marbles I had to begin with.

“All this aside, I’m sorry it took this long. All along the way I wished I could’ve done it faster and gave myself a hard time for not being able to. So now I am in a good flow – the place I hoped this would lead and I want to thank you for being patient.”

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Allan concluded: “I know I’m a bit daft sometimes….. obviously to my limitations.

“P.S. New music is coming… very soon….. xxxxxxx”

In 2018, frontman James Allan reflected on making the group’s self-titled debut album as it celebrated its 10th anniversary.

“When we were making the album, something had already been made of [breakthrough single] ‘Daddy’s Gone’, and there was probably quite a lot of anxiety from the label when we started recording the album,” he told NME. “There was a lot of pressure that they didn’t want it to go wrong. People believed that there was a chance that this could be a special thing, so we didn’t want to fuck it up.”

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Another Sky’s Catrin Vincent: “There are some men in the music industry who should absolutely not be there”

“I was amazed. We knew it was a good song, but I didn’t know how much it would resonate. I thought I was alone in those feelings. It was a very depressing time of my life, and we’re discovering more and more that people have these thoughts but keep them hidden. The most common thing with those kinds of feelings is that someone’s got it worse. That feeling isn’t going to help you. You need to look at it from a perspective of relativity. That seems to be a theme throughout the record; you can’t think of things in an individualistic way. You need to look at your place in the world and realise that you can’t escape that. You need to face that who you are is in the context of who everyone else is.”

Do you feel as if music is an extension of that bid to find yourself? 

“Yeah, I guess so. As Phoebe Bridgers said, ‘Everyone is everything all the time’. I like that I can’t sum up the one reason why I do this, but I remember that at school my escape was to lock myself in the music rooms. Ultimately music is an escape. Music is medicinal. I don’t feel euphoric when I’m making music, but it feels like a drug that numbs everything. The fact that people like us because we’re making music creates a little bit of an identity crisis. That’s just a matter of moving on and realising who you are. Music was our crutch, and now we can walk!”

So how does it feel to be measured, judged and critiqued for your music now?

“It’s so weird. It’s something that studying music at university prepared us for, but now I’m at peace with what the reviews say. Over the years we’ve had comments and worked with people who are just so mean about the musicians they work with. We’ve been through it and we’re ready. I love what Anthony Fantano from TheNeedleDrop says: you can always put out another body of work, you are never stuck, as long as you’re making it for yourself then you can weather all criticism. Sometimes I want to hear criticism. Sometimes I want to hear what people think. I’m big of self-improvement, which can be a blessing and a curse.”

How does that ‘meanness’ manifest itself?

“Oh God, it’s definitely influenced our second album! Goldsmiths felt like a cocoon. It has its flaws, but it’s quite a left-wing, feminist place to be. I went through this transformation and felt really held and safe in our music. We were making post-rock and felt like nothing could go wrong. The experiences that we had after that just shocked me.”

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“There are some men in the music industry who should just absolutely not be there. They said things to me like, ‘Oh, you’re not good-looking enough’. When all this was happening I thought it was so cliche. This is what happened to Adele! Of course I can’t escape that. No matter how feminist I make the lyrics, it’s still going to happen to me. You just have to fight it for the women around you and the people coming after you.”

Do you feel that the parameters are shifting?

“Yeah, it’s just so old now! I know everyone says that about every stage of oppression. You know, ‘it’s in the past’. It’s actually cyclical. Margaret Atwood always says that history is not a straight line. That’s totally true, and we have to constantly fight for our freedom. I’m just so done with it all. Now we’re really happy with everyone who we work with. Our label Fiction are constantly championing female artists. It’s just these people who don’t get it and shouldn’t be working in music. I saw a Tweet yesterday that said, ‘It sucks that sociopaths are running the world right now, but the one takeaway is that they are all absolutely miserable’. I’m not enjoying Twitter very much at the moment, but that did make me laugh.”

You told NME last year that “a sense of impending doom is tied to into mental health for our generation”. Do you feel as if this generation is armed to change things?

“We are the generation that will have to face it. There’s no choice. If we don’t face it then really bad things are going to happen. When I was talking to you about ‘generational doom’, that was about the song ‘The Cracks’ from the album – which is paired with ‘All Ends’. You can pair any songs on the album with a common thread, and the common thread between ‘The Cracks’ and ‘All Ends’ is about thinking with a wider perspective about climate change. I was reading the book Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, and there’s a line that says ‘sometimes you have to do the work even though there isn’t a glimmer of hope that it’s possible’. I’m really going to have to try and live by that.”

Is it a hard mantra to follow?

“There was this huge stage in our career as a band where people were saying to me, ‘Oh, you’re just a social justice warrior – you’re never going to make money from music or have a career if you speak out’. Not that we care about that. I’ve always been someone who doesn’t doubt themselves in speaking out about these things, but I completely began to lose all sense of my identity. It just goes to show how much you’re determined by your environment. Things I was laughed at for saying years ago are suddenly becoming mainstream. I’m not trying to be some kind of martyr who’s always been right because I’ve definitely been wrong.”

It’s rare for someone to admit being wrong these days. 

“Right? It’s this fear of being wrong that’s stopping progression. No one talks because they’re afraid of being wrong. Everyone’s scared of being cancelled, but actually if someone came along said, ‘Can we change this language a little bit to be more inclusive?’ I would happily do it. I never want to be so arrogant that I think I can’t be wrong. That’s what I was trying to get at on our song ‘The Cracks’. We are cracked human beings, but we have to allow ourselves the opportunity to be wrong so that we can learn something.

“That’s the left. The left is quite progressive, but splintered and fractured because it’s constantly changing views with new information. It’s hard to push out a branded or unifying message because the left’s message is, ‘Oh, we’re probably wrong right now but we’ll figure out a solution as soon as we have new information’. That’s really hard to sell or convince people of. I feel like a lot of the right is just saying, ‘Hate this!’”

And finally, you said that you’ve already been working on your second album?

“Yes, we’ve created a really good bed. We kept saying to everyone that we wanted to write our second album before releasing our first but I realised that was making everyone really anxious about productivity during lockdown. We’re going to work really hard to make sure everything is worthy of a second album. The main thing for me is to be more sure of the theme and what the songs are about. With this debut, we let it be as free as possible. Someone asked me what the album was about and I had no idea. I had to decode my own lyrics. With the second album, I want to be more sure about what I’m saying.”

‘I Slept On The Floor’ by Another Sky is out now.

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Tributes paid to NME legend Dan Martin

Since news of his death broke, bands, colleagues and friends have begun sharing their memories of Martin online.

Manic Street Preachers, who Martin covered extensively during his tenure at NME, said he was “always a pleasure to be with”. “Dan was so sweet, funny and talented we spent a lot of time with him on the road in the UK and USA and at our studio in Cardiff,” they wrote. “So shocked and so saddened.”

Terrible news-Dan was so sweet,funny and talented we spent a lot of time with him on the road in the UK and USA and at our studio in Cardiff-always a pleasure to be with-such a lovely photo-our matching divine youth T-shirt’s-❤️❤️❤️so shocked and so saddened xxxxx https://t.co/ekpEaELULl

— ManicStreetPreachers (@Manics) July 25, 2020

“I don’t know that there was a kinder, lovelier, funnier heart in music journalism,” wrote former NME Deputy Editor Eve Barlow. “I loved hearing him effuse about biffy clyro and kylie minogue, often at the same time. I’ll remember him lifting up bands @nme and in turn being lifted by them.”

dan martin. i don’t know that there was a kinder, lovelier, funnier heart in music journalism. i loved hearing him effuse about biffy clyro and kylie minogue, often at the same time. i’ll remember him lifting up bands @nme and in turn being lifted by them. rest in peace friend 💛 pic.twitter.com/2G4P1I3x5n

— eve barlow (@Eve_Barlow) July 25, 2020

Biffy Clyro’s tour manager Neil Anderson said Martin was “one of the loudest champions” of the Glasgow band in his own tribute. “An absolute sweetheart, he will be dearly missed,” he added.

Dan was one of the loudest champions of Biffy, right from the very beginning. He wrote the sleeve notes on the Beggars singles compilation. An absolute sweetheart, he will be dearly missed x https://t.co/TCcOriRTwY

— neil anderson (@tourmanagerneil) July 25, 2020

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NME photographer Guy Eppel shared a photo of Martin in a pool backstage at Benicassim with Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders, calling him “a true music writer, doing it all in”. “He’s gonna be missed by us who had the pleasure of working alongside him at NME & beyond,” Eppel said.

I think this sums up the Dan Martin we all knew & loved. Here he is in the pool backstage at @fiberfib with Arctic Monkeys Matt Helders. He was a true music writer, doing it all in. He’s gonna be missed by us who had the pleasure of working alongside him at NME & beyond. R.I.P 🖤 pic.twitter.com/FdeUfaS5nt

— guy eppel (@guyeppel) July 25, 2020

The Cribs called the journalist one of their “first true champions” and said they “owe [him] so much”, while The Longcut recalled “the most amazing, hilarious night with him at SXSW a few years ago”. “He remained a good friend to us in the years after. Really really lovely guy.”

RIP Dan Martin. One of The Cribs first true champions, we owe you so much xxx

— The Cribs (@thecribs) July 25, 2020

Just seen the horrible news about Dan Martin. We had the most amazing, hilarious night with him at SXSW a few years ago, and he remained a good friend to us in the years after. Really really lovely guy 😢

— The Longcut (@The_Longcut) July 25, 2020

See more tributes to NME legend Dan Martin below.

Music journalism runs on enthusiasm and Dan Martin was a true enthusiast. He was so passionate about the music he loved that it rubbed off on you whether you were reading his work in NME or getting splendidly drunk with him in a field in Reading. Honoured to have known him.

— Kevin EG Perry (@KevinEGPerry) July 25, 2020

I’m incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of ex @NME writer Dan Martin

Rest easy mate 😢

— Reverend&TheMakers 💙 (@Reverend_Makers) July 25, 2020

So sad about the death of my NME pal Dan Martin. He loved the Manics, Doctor Who, Hole and Kylie. He wouldn't drink Stella as "it sends me wild". He wore pink shorts at Benicàssim and Liam Gallagher shouted at him "Oi! Candy Flip!" He was smart, hilarious, kind and we loved him

— Alex Needham (@alexneedham74) July 25, 2020

Such crushing, sad news about Dan Martin … he was so kind to me when I moved to London and barely knew anyone. A beautiful person.

— Andy Welch (@andy_welch_) July 25, 2020

Absolutely devastated to hear the news of Dan Martin's passing. He was one of the greatest people I met during my time at NME, and was one of the kindest, funniest, most generous, and most talented people I have ever known. Sending lots of love to his friends and family.

— Rebecca Schiller (@rebeccaschiller) July 25, 2020

No idea what to say about Dan Martin. I’m as devastated as everyone else. All I can do is listen to this, remembering the time we danced around his living room singing it at the top of our lungs. https://t.co/xa69I9NlwI

— Jenny Stevens (@jenny_stevens) July 25, 2020

So sad to hear the news about Dan Martin. Fantastic writer, much loved member of City Life and NME, and the only person who could persuade me to name a record label after a line from Careless Whisper. Big love Dan, will miss your guilty feet xhttps://t.co/fq9hRukOzL

— luke bainbridge (@lukebainbridge) July 25, 2020

I’m forever grateful for that. Dan was a friend from the very start. We had lots of mad situations in mad places! It was always the ultimate laugh when Dan was around. I have great memories. I’m kinda lost for words at the moment. I’ll miss you Dan. Sending love to your family 🙏

— Matt Wilkinson (@w1lko) July 25, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Dan Martin. He was spirited and silly and knew exactly what he loved and fought for it. He was kind and reassured me when I asked him for advice a long time ago. I’m so sorry to hear about his death. Love to his friends and family.

— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) July 25, 2020

This is such awful news. Had the call from an NME guy today. Still trying to process it. Such a lovely man.

Dan Martin : much loved music journalist RIP https://t.co/myeDzDPOT1 via @louderthanwar

— Conor McNicholas (@ConorMcNicholas) July 25, 2020

I love you Dan Martin. We were partners in crime at NME, the very best of friends. During those years we were inseparable – until editors twigged we were having too good a time together and started sending us to different legs of festivals! RIP my friend x

— Tim Jonze (@timjonze) July 25, 2020

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Watch Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s stripped-back cover of Hole’s ‘Malibu’

The band’s Hole cover comes after sharing a studio performance of ‘She’s There’ for the baked sessions music series earlier today (July 2).

Taken from their recently released second album ‘Sideways to New Italy’, which NME gave 4-stars in a review, it’s the first time the song has ever been played “live”.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are NME Australia‘s cover stars this month. In their interview with NME, songwriter-guitarist Fran Keaney spoke about why they had not done any live-streamed performances during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

“[Livestreams are] no substitute for us. I’m generally a very positive person and I like to see the positive in things, but this one I was like, ‘No! We’re in a shit situation, let’s not try to sugarcoat it and find something’,” he explained.

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Band member Tom Russo added that their three-guitar setup made matters more difficult.

“A full band like us…it works really well for some people, where again you’ve got a great voice and a single instrument or something where for us playing into an iPhone would have just been a mess,” he said.

The band have since pursued other methods of performing virtually, including the baked session and a cover of Deadstar’s underground hit ‘Deeper Water’ in an empty Melbourne Cricket Ground for the online livestream series, The State Of Music.

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Tricky announces new album ‘Fall To Pieces’ and shares hypnotic lead single ‘Fall Please’

The album follows a period of grief for the veteran producer and rapper, whose daughter Mazy Topley-Bird, herself a musician, died in May at the age of 24  – a moment which he described later as the “day my world ended”.

In a press release for ‘Fall To Pieces’, Tricky said: “You’ve gotta fucking get up and fight. Right now I’m in fight mode. And I feel really good. I do.”

‘Fall To Pieces’ will be the trip-hop pioneer’s second release of this year, following the EP ‘20,20’, which appeared in March.

Last year, Tricky released his autobiography Hell Is Round the Corner. Named after a song from his 1995 debut record ‘Maxinquaye’, which NME named as the best album of that year, the book was written in collaboration with the music writer Andrew Perry.

In an interview he gave back in November, Tricky explained why he turned down the offer of performing for the Queen as part of the Millennium Dome celebrations in 2000.

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Post Malone and Tyler Yaweh announce new joint single ‘Tommy Lee’

“I’m living life like a rock star/Pulling me stretch limousines,” Yaweh sings at one point in the short clip. Watch it below now.

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Speaking to NME about the song, Yaweh described it as being about “living life and spreading positive energy”. Explaining why he and Malone named the track after the Mötley Crüe drummer, he added: “Tommy Lee just doesn’t give a fuck and I love that.” Come back to NME for the full interview with Yaweh on Friday (June 12).

The rapper and singer, who has toured with Malone and is signed to his label, previously spoke to NME about his working relationship with the star at Reading Festival 2019. “Just watching is enough for me,” he said when asked if Malone had offered him any advice. “I watch and I learn. He’s just always there for me and [is] hands on with all this stuff.”

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In April, Malone gave his fans an update on his next album. “We’ve just been kinda fucking sitting around the house and working on this new album I got coming for y’all, I’m really fucking excited for it,” he told fans during his Nirvana covers live-stream.

“Trying to put it out as soon as I fucking can, I’m really proud of the music that we’re making, and I’m having a lot of fucking fun.”

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Orville Peck delays ‘Show Pony’ EP to keep focus on Black Lives Matter movement

“The momentum is currently so strong. And it needs to keep going in order to dismantle the injustices of oppression, so if your voice hasn’t been heard yet just use it, or walk out and hear the protesters, and if you’re scared, tell them Orville sent you!”

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Hey gang, I know it’s only two days away but I’ve decided to push the release of my new EP ‘Show Pony’ to July. We’re undergoing a huge overdue worldwide transformation thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement and that is mainly what I want to put my focus on at the moment. The momentum is currently so strong, and it needs to keep going in order to dismantle the injustices of oppression, so if your voice hasn’t been heard yet just use it, or walk out and hear the protesters, and if you’re scared, tell them Orville sent you! Last week, thanks to the help of some lovely people we raised close to $37k, and this week I’ll be performing a little surprise from the EP at @wynwoodpride where we’re hoping to raise $100k. Lots of great performers, so if you guys like what you see, remember to tip- and y’all, even if you can’t tip, watching to actively educate yourself is also a win for everyone. Love you all for being kind people and I can’t wait for you to hear the album – but lets use this month to get our shit in order because this is only the start of the marathon for equality💕

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He also announced that he had helped raise “close to $37k (£29k)” with “the help of some lovely people.” The masked musician will also be performing “a little surprise from the EP” for Wynwood Pride this week. He concluded the post by telling his followers to “use this month to get our shit in order because this is only the start of the marathon for equality.”

As well as the previously released singles, ‘Show Pony’ is set to feature a collaboration with Shania Twain and two other new tracks.

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Meanwhile, Peck has begun working on the follow-up to his debut album ‘Pony’, which was released last year.

Speaking to NME, he said: “For me, ‘Pony’ was exactly what I wanted it to be, which was my love letter to classic country as well as all the influences that I’ve been inspired by my whole life, which exceed country and they’re all over the place. I think with the next album it’s gonna be that – just deeper.

“I’m definitely in a happier place now than I was when I wrote ‘Pony’, but unfortunately, along with a lot of other people, no matter how good my life gets or how well things are going, I seem to still carry a healthy dose of sadness inside of me.”

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Killer Mike on the timely arrival of Run The Jewels’ new album: “Our music feels like the soundtrack to progress”

“I’m happy that this time we landed right on time so our music can be the soundtrack to progress – and that’s what it feels like,” Killer Mike said.

“The environment and the pipe that finally burst are always there, and I think that if you listen to [Run The Jewels’] music consistently – as solo artists and together – you’re really hearing similar themes pop back up, ’cause they never go away.

“In this moment right here, we have an opportunity to change the American legislation process in terms of making sure that policemen are held accountable. We have an opportunity to seize the moment where money does not matter over the cost of human life.”

He added: “We could nail a few things out through legislation by voting and just socially – the way we interact and treat one another.”

Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P. Credit: Timothy Saccenti

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Killer Mike was then asked whether he wished for rap to be a “more openly political” genre. “No. I wish that people who have the true knowledge, wisdom and understanding within rap were more openly political,” he replied.

The musician hailed rap as being “one of the most responsible genres” and “socially ahead of the curve”, but added: “What I would like to see more of is the rappers, the people involved and the people who make money from us – the large corporations and the media corporations – I wish to see them getting more involved in protecting our rights.”

You can watch the full interview with Killer Mike above.

In a five-star review of ‘Run The Jewels 4’, NME described the project as “a modern protest classic and their best work yet”.

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George The Poet, ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Stranger Things’ lead winners of 2020 Peabody Awards

“I’m proud that my very naked story of black British experience has been able to travel across the world and draw attention to our reality,” George told NME.

He added: “The Peabody represents a community of artists who know that stories really do matter. I am an artist who believes in stories. You can believe in aesthetics, symmetry, beauty, but I believe in stories. The Peabody represents a tradition of honouring important stories and I’m proud to be part of this tradition.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in ‘Fleabag’, another big BBC Three hit. CREDIT: BBC

“This year’s winners are a vibrant collective of inspiring, innovative, and powerful stories,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “True to the spirit and legacy of Peabody, our winners are also distinguished by the presence and resilience of many emerging and diverse voices.”

Check out the full list of winners:
ENTERTAINMENT

Chernobyl
HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Sister, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games (HBO)

David Makes Man
Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television
(OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

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Dickinson
Apple / wiip / Anonymous Content / Tuning Fork Productions / Sugar 23 Productions (Apple TV+)

Fleabag
All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios (Prime Video)

Ramy
Hulu, A24 Television (Hulu)

Stranger Things
Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment (Netflix)

Succession
HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries, and Gary Sanchez Productions (HBO)

Unbelievable
Timberman-Beverly Productions, Sage Lane Productions, Escapist Fare, Katie Couric Media, and CBS Television Studios for Netflix (Netflix)

Watchmen
HBO in association with White Rabbit, Paramount, Warner Bros. Television and DC (HBO)

When They See Us
Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks for Netflix (Netflix)

DOCUMENTARIES

Apollo 11
CNN Films (CNN)

For Sama
FRONTLINE PBS, Channel 4 News, ITN Productions, Channel 4 (PBS)

Independent Lens: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
A production of Idiom Film, LLC and Louverture Films, in association with Field of Vision (PBS)

POV: Inventing Tomorrow
Fishbowl Films, Motto Pictures, 19340 Productions, Shark Island Institute, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, IQ190 Productions, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

POV: Midnight Traveler
Old Chilly Pictures LLC, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service (PBS)

POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs
Final Cut for Real, Mouka Filmi, STORY, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

POV: The Silence of Others
Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, El Deseo (PBS)

Surviving R. Kelly
Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ Inc. for Lifetime (Lifetime)

The Edge of Democracy
A Busca Vida Filmes Production in association with Violet Films for Netflix (Netflix)

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt Films (HBO)

PODCAST/RADIO

Dolly Parton’s America
Osm Audio and WNYC Studios (WNYC)

Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
BBC Sounds/George the Poet Ltd. (BBC Sounds)

In the Dark: The Path Home
American Public Media (APM Reports)

Threshold: The Refuge
(Auricle Productions)

NEWS

A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness
(NBC News)

American Betrayal
NBC News, Engel Unit (NBC/MSNBC)

Long Island Divided
(Newsday)

The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America
(CNN)

Unwarranted
(WBBM-TV)

CHILDREN’S & YOUTH

Molly of Denali”
WGBH Educational Foundation, Atomic Cartoons (PBS Kids)

 

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Listen to The Rhythm Method’s new lockdown single ‘Nightmare’

“Hello boys and girls. Our latest song release ‘Nightmare (Lockdown Mix)’ is now available to stream on all major streaming platforms. Go ahead and enjoy,” they wrote.

“All I’ve ever wanted was the front of the NME/ but the NME don’t cover me“, one line in ‘Nightmare’ goes.

“From the bottom of your heart, it was over from the start/ And the bottom of the barrel, maybe we should skedaddle“. Later, there is a reference to “bullshit” Tiger King star Joe Exotic and the experiences of “day 15 of COVID-19”.

‘Nightmare’ follows on from The Rhythm Method’s previous single ‘I Love My Television’, which arrived in April. It marked the band’s first material since their 2019 debut album, ‘How Would You Know I Was Lonely?’.

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Run The Jewels release new album ‘RTJ4’ early: “We hope it brings you some joy”

He added in the caption, that the album is a free to download, however, the site from which to do so has crashed due to demand. Fans can instead access the record via streaming services.

Fans have the option to donate to The Mass Defense Committee (MDC), a network of lawyers, legal workers and law students providing legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social change.

‘RTJ4’ was previously announced as a free release in light of the ongoing protests against police brutality after the killing of George Floyd.

The album is the follow-up to ‘RTJ3’, which NME called “another bar-raising collaboration from the most buzzed-over act in rap”.

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Over the weekend, Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike expressed his anger about the systemic racism inherent in America’s justice system on television.

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Watch Hurts’ arty first performance of comeback single ‘Voices’

Speaking to NME this month about the new single and the band’s comeback, Hutchcraft said: “We wanted to get back to essence of what we do and who we are.

“We had to fall in love with the type of music we originally set out to make. We’ve always been drawn in by the darker elements of pop music.”

Discussing ‘Voices’, Hutchcraft called the new single “a strange and paranoid pop song,” adding: “It’s looking at how the mind can be both a force for good and a force for evil. A lot of our music is very emotionally raw but there are depths we’ve yet to mine.

“‘Voices’ is probably as raw as a sentiment gets for me. It’s something I never really felt able to write about for a while. I hope people see that and it brings them closer to who we are.”

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Back in 2017, Hutchcraft shared a body positive message on social media after a Hurts track was used to soundtrack a lingerie fashion show.

“Lingerie is lovely and fun, but remember you don’t need to buy lingerie to make yourself ‘sexy’,” the frontman wrote.

“The female body image you see on billboards and television is the product of a consumerist society that cares about your money, not your happiness.”

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Grimes nicknames her son with Elon Musk ‘Little X’

Grimes was speaking to the news outlet about her first fine art show, an online exhibition held at Gallery Platform Los Angeles (May 28-June 3) and Maccarone Los Angeles (May 28-Aug 31) when she revealed her son’s nickname. The singer, whose real name is Claire Boucher, is selling drawings, prints, photographs, and conceptual pieces she’s made over the last decade in a show titled Selling Out.

One piece in the exhibition, which is also called Selling Out, is described by Bloomberg as “a legal document whereby the purchaser acquires a percentage of Grimes’s soul”.

“I didn’t want anyone to buy it, so I said we should just make it $10 million and then it probably won’t sell,” Grimes told the publication in regards to valuing the piece. After consulting with her lawyer and drawing up a draft contract for a potential sale, the musician said “the deeper we got with it, the more philosophically interesting it became”.

Earlier this year Grimes released her fifth album, ‘Miss_Anthropocene’. In a four-star review, NME’s Rhian Daly wrote: “Grimes takes on 21st Century celebrity, environmentalism and – most knotty of all – romantic love. This is a record stuffed with imagination and packed with beauty.”

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Slaves side-project LARRY PINK THE HUMAN share new track ‘Might Delete Later’

“The words are a comment on modern anxiety and the self-consciousness; feeling like you can never quite put your finger on or explain an emotion, feeling inadequate. An attempt to display an insecurity and a fear without perfect clarity. This is something we all experience and have opened up in this song. Love is enough.”

They continued: “We wanted to introduce some new characters into the LPTH universe, and with what’s going on in the world right now we felt this story was fitting.”

Speaking of the track’s new video, which you can watch above, they said: “We see our character confronting quite literally the world, and his world within, in a struggle to find his true self. With the balloon by his side as a trusty companion, he faces great odds to find simply, happiness.”

NME spoke to LARRY PINK THE HUMAN upon the announcement of the project last month, and they spoke of the emotional openness that defines the new band.

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“It’s about putting your deepest, darkest feelings on a plate, as simply or as complicated as you want to,” Vincent said.

Addressing the debut single, he said: “Every time I put the phone down, I’ll just say ‘Love you, bye’, to your nearest and dearest, and it’s got to be simple so people can digest it.”

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