Category: NME News Roundups

NME news roundup: September 21st-26th, 2021

What a week it has beeeeeeeen! Here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past week:

TUESDAY, 21/09/21

Slash posts teaser of new Guns N’ Roses song ‘Hard School’

Morgan Wallen reportedly only donated a third of his promised $500,000 to Black-led organisations

Jimmy Barnes and Matt Okine mount #ShareASong campaign for dementia awareness

WEDNESDAY, 22/09/21

Greatest Hits set their sights on the dancefloor with groovy new single ‘Spicy’

Springtime release new single ‘Will To Power’, detail self-titled debut album

Fergus James channels Bon Iver and Imogen Heap on new single ‘Slow Separation’

Private Function to play horror-themed ‘Miracle On 69th Street’ Christmas show

This That festival postponed to 2022, Queensland date to receive new line-up

THURSDAY, 23/09/21

Damon Albarn finds the beauty in darkness on new single ‘Royal Morning Blue’

Billy Corgan to sell gear played on Smashing Pumpkins albums and tours

Oh Wonder detail fourth album, ‘22 Break’, and share dazzling title track

Stepson announce rescheduled ‘Help Me, Help You’ tour for 2022

Mossy drops frenzied Kmoe remix of ‘Shade’

FRIDAY, 24/09/21

Hear St. Vincent, Fontaines D.C. and Michael Stipe cover The Velvet Underground on new tribute album

R. Kelly’s lawyer references Martin Luther King, Jr. in closing arguments of New York trial

As I Lay Dying issue statement on guitarist Nick Hipa’s departure: “We wish him the absolute best”

RedHook embrace their emo side on new single ‘Sentimental Surgery’

Listen to the title track from Azure Ryder’s new EP ‘Ladder To The Moon’

Wolfjay wrestles with extremes on luminous new single ‘Dichotomy’

SATURDAY, 25/09/21

Listen to Ocean Sleeper’s stormy new single ‘Forever Sinking’

Listen to Paris Texas’ punchy new single ‘Girls Like Drugs’

Eminem to open diner named after “Mom’s spaghetti” lyric in ‘Lose Yourself’

SUNDAY, 26/09/21

Watch Baker Boy, Stella Donnelly, John Butler and more perform at the 2021 AFL Grand Final

Courtney Love says Nirvana should have made ‘In Bloom’ the lead single from ‘Nevermind’

NME news roundup: September 13th-19th, 2021

Another week has passed, and with it a whole stack of music news! Here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past week:

MONDAY, 13/09/21

Here are all the winners from the MTV VMAs 2021

Watch Ed Sheeran perform ‘Shivers’ and ‘Bad Habits’ from the 2021 MTV VMAs

TUESDAY, 14/09/21

Courtney Barnett goes on a sonic adventure in new video for ‘Before You Gotta Go’

Every Time I Die aim for the throat on anti-capitalist anthem ‘Planet Shit’

Nicki Minaj says she will get COVID-19 vaccine “once I feel I’ve done enough research”

Parkway Drive, Polaris, Alex Lahey and more announced for 2021 Knight & Day festival

WEDNESDAY, 15/09/21

Listen to Gang Of Youths’ haunting piano version of ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’

Paul Kelly muses on Australia’s culture of racism in new single ‘Every Step Of The Way’

The Amity Affliction pay tribute to the late Sean Kennedy on new single ‘Like Love’

Banoffee mourns the best sex of her life on new single ‘Never Get to F*ck Any1’

Bodyjar build a conspiracy theorist in new video for ‘Get Out Of My Head’

Skeleten drops two new remixes for ‘Live In Another World’

Watch the cinematic music video for Twelve Foot Ninja’s new single ‘Over And Out’

THURSDAY, 16/09/21

Hope D trips out on explosive new single ‘Happy Hangover’

The Cat Empire announce final tour with original line-up

Wave Racer puts an upbeat spin on sad times with new single ‘Dreaming’

Johnny Hunter balance light and dark on evocative new single ‘Life’

Peking Duk, Boo Seeka and Northeast Party House to play regional QLD festival The Backyard Series

Drapht and Bodyjar join Land Of Plenty festival, rescheduled for 2022

Listen to Dominic Breen’s dizzying new single ‘Real Hard Week’

FRIDAY, 17/09/21

Scarface receives kidney transplant from son after battle with COVID-19

Josh Homme’s daughter has been granted a temporary restraining order against him

Birds Of Tokyo team up with Stand Atlantic for stirring new single ‘Superglue’

Listen to Running Touch’s steamy new single ‘Ceilings’

Close Counters release charity singles ‘In Need Of Love’ and ‘Wherever You Go’

Sarah Saint James drops biting new single ‘Heather’, co-written with Alex Lahey

SUNDAY, 19/09/21

Kanye West honours his late mother in new video for ‘Donda Chant’

The Smashing Pumpkins perform ‘Quiet’ for the first time in 27 years at Riot Fest

Los Angeles to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at bars and nightclubs

Foxing announce UK and European tour for 2022

NME news roundup: September 7th-12th, 2021

G’morning! Happy Tuesday!

I don’t have a whole bunch to say this time around – it’s been a really busy week so I haven’t had much time to let my mind wander anywhere else but my laptop… I did some baking yesterday which was pretty nice? Also I’d never watched any of the Matrix movies before this week (I know, I’m an uncultured watermelon) so I’ve been catching up on those before Resurrections comes out in December. I’m halfway through Reloaded and so far I feel like it and the OG ’99 movie were a lil’ overhyped, but I still still really enjoyed The Matrix nonetheless. I also just love that crusty, washed out ’90s aesthetic.

My highlight for this week was 100% The Bob’s Burgers Movie getting a new release date! I was so worried that would get pulled from the slate altogether after it got knocked back last year, but it is actually coming out for realsies I am SO FUCKING EXCITED to see it next year now! Music-wise, though, I really dug the new Moaning Lisa single. The album is fantastic!

TUESDAY, 07/09/21

Watch Chvrches play three ‘Screen Violence’ highlights on ‘CBS This Morning’

Watch Miley Cyrus cover Janis Joplin’s ‘Maybe’ at BottleRock

Klaxons keyboardist James Righton reveals his role in forming ABBA reunion band

Yumi Zouma power through their self-doubt on new single ‘Give It Hell’

Guy Sebastian says he disagrees with messaging of #VaxTheNation music industry campaign

WEDNESDAY, 08/09/21

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ unveils promotional website with 180,000 different teasers

Britney Spears’ father Jamie files petition to end her conservatorship

Baker Boy, Amy Shark, Jimmy Barnes and more announced for 2022 Great Southern Nights concert series

Ash Grunwald drops striking new single ‘I Want You To Know’, details 11th studio album

THURSDAY, 09/09/21

Angels & Airwaves tap into their slower side on emotive new single ‘Spellbound’

Triple One shake it up with trippy new single ‘Blood Rave’

Shady Nasty muse on the grind of city life in new single ‘PRETTYB0YZ’

Watch Vance Joy perform ‘Missing Piece’ on ‘The Late Late Show’

Stumps share “extended cut” of ‘All Our Friends’ with five new remixes

Jack River champions young activists on powerful new single ‘We Are The Youth’

FRIDAY, 10/09/21

Listen to Moaning Lisa’s breezy new single ‘Too Many’

Watch Debbies get drunk with the devil in new video for ‘Sinner’

90ivy drop groove-laden breakup anthem ‘Now Or Later’

Listen to Fangz get angsty on belting new single ‘I Don’t Like Me’

Fractures drops bubbly new single ‘Raspberries’, announces ‘Summer’ EP

Cyrus yearns for “real life” on dreamy new single ‘Love Online’

Listen to the Hard-Ons’ propulsive new single ‘Lite As A Feather’

SATURDAY, 11/09/21

LEGO teams up with Fender for 1,000+ piece Stratocaster set

Billy Talent recruit Rivers Cuomo for new single ‘End Of Me’, announce sixth album

Mastodon drop new single ‘Pushing The Tides’, detail ninth studio album

Members of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam leading “Sounds Of Seattle” rock camp

Gear owned by late Mazzy Star member David Roback up for sale 

Jax Jones announces UK tour dates for 2022

SUNDAY, 12/09/21

Explosions In The Sky release hypnotic new single ‘Flying’

‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ sets new 2022 release date

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon say ‘The Last Duel’ is a feminist movie

Swizz Beatz says Kanye West was down to battle Drake in a ‘VERZUZ’ episode

Matt Damon fans have tracked down his secret Instagram account

NME news roundup: August 24th – September 5th, 2021

My dudes, it has been a wild fortnight. I completely just spaced on posting a news roundup last week – to be fully honest, I forgot I even had this blog.

I got my second dose of Pfizer on Thursday, and it does feel really good to be fully vaccinated now. Although, I wasn’t expecting to be decked so hard by the side-effects – I had absolutely no reaction to the first dose, but the second dose gave me three full days of brutal lethargy, brain fog and soreness. But I have a much lower chance of getting COVID-19 now, and if I do somehow manage to get it, a much lower chance of dying – so at the end of the day, it’s very much worth the side-effects. We’ve been hearing stuff about some NSW businesses starting to re-open for vaccinated people, and I’m hoping that starts soon, because I am truly starting to go postal in lockdown. I also (kinda selfishly) hope cinemas are included in that suite of businesses, because I am fucking desperate to watch Shang-Chi.

Anyway, here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past couple of weeks!

TUESDAY, 24/08/21

Kanye West momentarily leaked Drake’s home address on Instagram

Judge rules Tory Lanez violated Megan Thee Stallion’s restraining order

Watch the powerful new trailer for Halsey’s IMAX film ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’

Watch Bugs erupt into a cathartic live set in ‘Decisions, Commitments & Plans’ video

Listen to Biblemami’s electrifying new single ‘Bunny’

WEDNESDAY, 25/08/21

Paramore’s Hayley Williams appears to have been given a writing credit on Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Good 4 U’

Woman alleges at trial that R. Kelly forced her to have sex with another man as punishment

Watch Pond tear it up in a “bootleg” recording of their full set in Fremantle

THURSDAY, 26/08/21

merci, mercy drops brutally relatable new single ‘Winnie Crush’

Bootleg Rascal set October release for new album ‘Sloppy Seconds’

Charlie Collins riffs on the frustrations of heartbreak in eruptive new single ‘Just My Luck’

Totally Unicorn slam the ‘Trust Fund Glee’ on mosh-ready new single

Meredith Music Festival cancels its 2021 event

Watch Parcels play an acoustic version of ‘Comingback’ from the idyllic Painted Hills

Amy Shark postpones remainder of ‘Cry Forever’ tour dates

Kobie Dee announces ‘Gratitude Over Pity’ EP, drops striking new single ‘About A Girl’

Between You And Me call themselves out on new single ‘Deadbeat’

FRIDAY, 27/08/21

The Weeknd, Belly and Nas join forces for powerful new track ‘Die For It’

Eminem teams up with Grip for scorching new song ‘Walkthrough!’

Listen to Big Red Machine and Taylor Swift team up on heady new track ‘Birch’

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich pays tribute to Charlie Watts: “There’s nobody above Charlie on that pyramid”

Kacey Musgraves embraces healing pains on new single ‘justified’

Dylan J and Ruel team up for smoky new single ‘Notice Me’

SATURDAY, 28/08/21

Jason Isbell covers The Rolling Stones’ hit ‘Gimme Shelter’ in memory of Charlie Watts

Angel Haze drops “woozy, dreamlike” new single, details ‘Girl With A Gun’ EP

Mark Lanegan and Joe Cardamone detail self-titled Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe album

Historic baths venue being renovated and reopened for Sound City Ipswich

London Grammar drop breathtaking orchestral version of ‘Lord It’s A Feeling’

SUNDAY, 29/08/21

Stormzy brings out Manchester City footballer Jack Grealish during Leeds Festival set

Chris D’Elia returns to stand-up, reportedly jokes about being “cancelled”

Nas calls Hit-Boy his “Quincy Jones”, talks potential third album together: “The idea has to be exciting in the first place”

The Script announce 2022 tour for UK and Europe, detail ‘Tales From The Script’ compilation

TUESDAY, 31/08/21

GoFundMe launched for Psychedelic Furs guitarist John Ashton’s cancer treatment

Halsey calls out industry treatment over pregnancy: “My personal choice isn’t going to affect your profitability”

Drake shows off latest instalment of ‘Certified Lover Boy’ merch collaboration with Nike

Flume drops bass-inflected remix of Danny L Harle’s ‘On A Mountain’

FRIDAY, 03/09/21

Masked Wolf links up with X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris for new single ‘Razor’s Edge’

The Vanns celebrate personal wins on summery new single ‘Feels Good Now’

Broods return with intoxicating new single ‘Piece Of My Mind’

Lime Cordiale, The Veronicas, Broods and more announced for 2021 Factory Summer Festival

Teenage Dads drop ‘Cheerleader’ video, set release for ‘Club Echo’ EP

SUNDAY, 05/09/21

André 3000 issues statement after his Kanye West collaboration is leaked by Drake

Chance The Rapper, Smoko Ono, Joey Purp and Yxng Bane join forces for new single ‘Winners’

Cheryl Cole criticised for hosting R&B podcast on BBC Sounds

Somebody shat themselves in the pit during a Turnstile show in California

NME news roundup: August 17th-22nd, 2021

Hey! What’s up? Comin’ to you live from day [I have honestly lost count] of Sydney’s lockdown, where we’re at 830 new cases of COVID-19 and there’s no end in sight to this brutal, droning hellscape! I am feeling… Not good. Honestly, one of the few redeeming factors of this gruelling malaise is that I still have work to bury my head in, which I am incredibly grateful for – especially right now.

News-wise, the highlight this week was obviously the lineup for UNIFY 2022 being announced. Though I have no confidence at all that it will actually go ahead, the idea that I might, potentially, maybe, possibly have somewhat of a slight chance to see Violent Soho, Teenage Joans, Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers, Short Stack and Ocean Grove at the same festival next year… It’s pretty fuckin’ exciting!

Anyway, here’s everything I got up to at NME this week 🙂

TUESDAY, 17/08/21

Korn postpone six shows after Jonathan Davis tests positive for COVID-19

Rammstein’s ‘Ich Will’ has become the official soundtrack for the German Paralympic team

Hear Angel Olsen put her spin on Billy Idol’s ‘Eyes Without a Face’

Lil Wayne opens up about mental health struggles and childhood suicide attempt: “You have no one to vent to”

Grinspoon, The Butterfly Effect and more announced for Wallapalooza 2021

WEDNESDAY, 18/08/21

Trippie Redd won’t face prosecution for alleged assault and battery charges made in 2018

Lady Gaga’s dogwalker shares GoFundMe campaign to “support the process of growing from trauma”

Listen to Bliss N Eso’s propulsive new single ‘Tell The World That I’m Coming’

Watch Beks reimagine ‘Titanic’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘The Notebook’ and more in new video for ‘Devoted’

Live Nation says it’s looking into trialling vaccination requirements for Australian events

360 announces tenth anniversary reissue for ‘Flying & Falling’

Listen to Cheap Date’s heartrending new single ‘Woman To You’

THURSDAY, 19/08/21

Remi Wolf announces debut album ‘Juno’, shares two new singles

Watch Courtney Barnett perform a dizzying rendition of ‘Rae Street’ on ‘Fallon’

Listen to Client Liaison’s fist-pumping new single ‘Elevator Up’

Murmurmur roar back to life in kaleidoscopic new single ‘Alive’

Mossy leaps into the world of electropop on first single in four years, ‘Shade’

Allday shares new video for ‘Door’, reschedules 2021 tour dates

Jimmy Barnes cancels ‘Flesh And Blood’ national tour

Violent Soho, The Amity Affliction and more announced for the 2022 UNIFY Gathering

FRIDAY, 20/08/21

Bon Iver protest Minnesota pipeline at their first show since March 2020

Justin Bieber announces three-day Vegas weekender with Kehlani, Jaden Smith and more

Holy Holy and CLEWS deliver a stripped-back live version of ‘The Aftergone’ from lockdown

Death By Denim crank up the grooves on new single ‘Cause A Scene’

Keith Urban shouts out “drifters” and “dreamers” in new single ‘Wild Hearts’

Melbourne artists join forces for livestreamed Artists For Afghanistan benefit

SATURDAY, 21/08/21

Corey Taylor has tested positive for COVID-19: “I’m very, very sick”

Dave Mustaine doesn’t think Metallica “could have survived” with him in the band

Big Boi and Sleepy Brown announce joint album release date, share new song ‘The Big Sleep Is Over’

Young Thug reigns supreme in the stylised video for new single ‘Tick Tock’

SUNDAY, 22/08/21

NYC Homecoming Concert shut down midway due to hurricane warning, may resume without crowd

Kanye West appears to hit out at Drake: “I’ve been fucked with by nerd ass jocks like you my whole life”

Kacey Musgraves celebrates her 33rd birthday with a snippet of new music

NME news roundup: August 8th-15th, 2021

I’m running out of Bruno photos, hey. I’ve been meaning to spend more time actively taking photos of him – and of things in general – but everything has been so turbulent lately, the thought keeps slipping past me. With no end in sight for Sydney’s lockdown (or the restrictions accompanying it), it’s been hard to feel optimistic about too much. But I’m keeping busy, which is helping with the mental side of it. Case in point: a few really big days of music news, which I had the wicked privilege of helping to cover at NME.

My highlight for this week is the announcement of The Beths’ live album, recorded at their Auckland Town Hall show from last November. I absolutely adore The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers was my album of the year for 2020 – and I was so irreparably devastated when they postponed their Australian tour back in June. I have my fingers crossed they’ll be able to whip over here soon (probably not in November as planned), but in the meantime, this LP will be a nice little consolation prize. I’m stoked the film is going to be streaming on Apple TV+ as well, I knew that yearlong free trial would come in handy at some point!

SUNDAY, 08/08/21

Live Nation will allow artists to set their own COVID-19 entry protocols, won’t allow unvaccinated staff to work shows

Rihanna responds to being named the world’s richest female musician

Nearly a fifth of US venues that applied for government funding have been rejected

Listen to Vince Staples catch ‘em all in his Pokémon soundtrack inclusion, ‘Got ‘Em’

Polish Club team up with Sydney restaurant Burger Head to launch their own burger

TUESDAY, 10/08/21

Judge denies request to have Britney Spears’ conservatorship hearing expedited

Australian government commits $20million boost to mental health charity Support Act

The Kid LAROI reacts to ‘Stay’ hitting Number One on the Billboard Hot 100: “I. FUCKIN. LOVE. YOU. ALL.”

I Know Leopard tap into their pop side on shimmery new single ‘Day 2 Day’

WEDNESDAY, 11/08/21

The Beths announce live album and concert film, ‘Auckland, New Zealand, 2020’

Tropical Fuck Storm head to the astral plane in new single and video, ‘Bumma Sanger’

Stevan oozes emotion in the new music video for ‘Hope It’s Not’

STUMPS share an ode to loneliness with new single ‘By Myself’

Melbourne International Film Festival cancels in-cinema element of 2021 event, expands MIFF Play program

FRIDAY, 13/08/21

Paul McCartney shares an inside look at the making of his ‘Find My Way’ video

Tierra Whack shares thumping new track ‘8’ for the ‘Madden 22’ soundtrack

Dionne Warwick set to headline the inaugural Dogepalooza Festival

Polish Club bring ‘The Charlie Marmaduke Trilogy’ to an end in the new video for ‘Baby We’re Burning’

Short Stack dial up the emotions on an acoustic version of ‘Live4’

Listen to Masked Wolf’s aptly titled new single, ‘Bop’

Debbies come to terms with themselves on explosive new single ‘Sinner’

The Bamboos share new single ‘Piece Of Me’ from ‘Hard Up’ deluxe edition

SUNDAY, 15/08/21

Philadelphia venue names its cloakroom after Japanese Breakfast

Sebastian Bach says Americans should be mandated to be vaccinated: “There’s no politics in health or medicine”

US venues denied the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant can now appeal their rejections

Whitney announce “intimate” 2021 North American tour

NME news roundup: July 28th – August 6th, 2021

It’s Saturdaaaaaaaay!

I mean, not that it really matters at the moment – Sydney has been in lockdown for over a month now, and at this rate, we’re not gonna be out of it for at least another two. It’s times like these I feel incredibly privileged to live with my parents on their five-acre property. If it weren’t for all my recent health dramas, and Melbourne’s fourth lockdown, Milo and I would most likely be living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment right now, so… Thank god my body decided to fuck itself up when it did, right?

Anyway, it’s been a crazy little while! We sent the next issue of Australian Guitar to print this week, after the most brutally hectic three-week crunch. I picked up a third part-time job this week! I have to keep the details secret for a hot minute, but I am very excited about it, and I can’t wait to dive headfirst into it next week. I have been enjoying my time away from the grind, though, especially now that AG #144 is in the bag. Today Milo and I watched The Suicide Squad, which I thought was fucking brilliant. I hope James Gunn gets to make more bold, balls-to-the-wall kinds of movies like this. 

We also watched the Olympic women’s park skating finals (I had to miss the live stream because I was working, womp womp), and I’m a little bit conflicted: Misugu Okamoto is my favourite skater in the whole league, so I’m upset she didn’t place in the top three, but Sky Brown did absolutely annihilate in her last run, and she 100% earned her medal. Literally all of those girls crushed it, though. What a pack of fucking CHAMPIONS.

It’s been a huge couple weeks in music, as you’ll see below. It’s a little soul-crushing to have all these reports of economic chaos pop up, and all these cancellations, postponements, etc. But I think it’s imperative we focus on the positives wherever possible – like Jack River’s campaign to get more Australian music played out there in the wild! My highlights from this week’s news roundup are:

1. The title track from Billie Eilish’s new album, Happier Than Ever, which I had fairly low expectations for, but ended up being totally blown away by.

2. The trailer for House Of Gucci, which looks fucking bonkers in all the best ways.

3. The return of Underoath! Can’t wait to get my ears around this new LP.

WEDNESDAY, 28/07/21

Martin Shkreli’s $2million Wu-Tang Clan album has been sold by the US government

Watch Liars pay tribute to ‘2001’ and ‘Alien’ in the video for their new single, ‘From What The Never Was’

BIGSOUND award JK-47, Sycco, Ashwarya and more with 2021 Levi’s Music Prize

Bliss N Eso link up with Dizzee Rascal for vibe-heavy new single ‘On One’

THURSDAY, 29/07/21

Lizzo responds to bizarre rumour she killed somebody while stage-diving

‘The X Factor’ is ending after 17 years

Australia has lost $64million in live entertainment revenue since July 1, ongoing survey shows

Jack River calls on Channel 7 to play music by local artists during Australian coverage of 2020 Olympics

Watch Isabella Manfredi debut a new track at her first ever solo gig

FRIDAY, 30/07/21

Watch Angels & Airwaves dance up a storm on the Vegas strip in ‘Losing My Mind’

Watch Lady Gaga and Jared Leto in the first trailer for ‘House Of Gucci’

Teenage Dads share summery new single ‘Cheerleader’

Hollow Coves tap into their lockdown woes on emotive new single ‘Hello’

SATURDAY, 31/07/21

Billie Eilish fights a literal flood of emotion in striking new video for ‘Happier Than Ever’

Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is now a heritage-listed landmark, will be turned into an exhibit

Bluesfest leads the fourth round of RISE funding with $2.4million boost

Listen to a string-filled remix of Stand Atlantic’s latest single ‘Deathwish’

Listen to DZ Deathrays thrash out a powerful cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’

SUNDAY, 01/08/21

Bright Eyes postpone four dates of their first tour in ten years

Little Mix become first girl group to land 100 weeks in the Official Singles Chart’s Top 10

The New York street renamed in honour of MF DOOM has been unveiled

Gerard Butler sues ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ producers for £7million

Ruel teases poignant new song co-written with Cub Sport

TUESDAY 03/08/21

Happy Mondays’ Bez feared for his life during battle with COVID-19

Busta Rhymes, Ice-T pay tribute to Biz Markie with memorial service: “He is what we call hip-hop”

New report finds Bluesfest’s 2021 postponement cost NSW over $181million

The Terrys announce 18-date ‘TerrySonic’ tour in support of debut mixtape

Listen to Children Collide shred out in new single ‘Man Of The People’

THURSDAY 05/08/21

Underoath share new single ‘Hallelujah’, announce self-produced ninth album

Justin Bieber apologises for giving Morgan Wallen album a shoutout: “I had no idea”

Hiatus Kaiyote tap into the weird and wonderful for their Tiny Desk (Home) concert

Birdz shares spirited new single ‘They Don’t Know’, announces rescheduled tour dates

Andy Golledge shares two luminous new singles, ‘New Stamp’ and ‘Baby Mumma’

Illy reveals he suffered years of “malicious abuse” at the hands of a cyber-stalker

Boy & Bear tease fifth album in the making: “It’s all feeling really good”

FRIDAY 06/08/21

Joey Jordison’s post-Slipknot band Sinsaenum issues statement on his death

Kanye West and Jay-Z said to be reuniting for ‘Watch The Throne 2’ this year

Usher says he and T-Pain have spoken since Auto-Tune comments: “We’re good”

Watch a trailer for Gurrumul’s posthumous compilation ‘The Gurrumul Story’

Watch TOWNS embrace their romantic side in new video for ‘98’

NME news roundup: July 21st-24th, 2021

OH SHIT HEY! Man it feels like the past week has just shot right the fuck by. It’s been hectic.

Literally no more than two hours after I posted the last roundup, I wound up back in hospital – this time getting stitches and a tetanus shot because I’d stepped on a shard of broken glass that just tore through my foot. Fun times, right? I truly cannot catch a break.

But it’s been a good week! It’s been a BUSY week. We send Australian Guitar #144 off to print next Friday, and munching through a full platter of assorted health crises over the past two months has led to this issue being an especially stressful one. And there’s been SO much going on in the world of new music, my shifts at NME have been go, go, go. But I’m loving it! I wrote nine pieces yesterday! The chaos is truly exciting and I hope it never ends. Karen, if by some random stroke of embarrassing luck you’ve stumbled upon this (I’m sorry), please roster me on literally every day in August. AG always goes on a lil’ semi-hiatus for the month after an issue sends, so I’ve got the time!

My highlights for this week were the new tracks by Gretta Ray and Those Who Dream – cop them both after the jump! (And if you would be so kind, please consider clicking on an ad or two! I am currently quite on the poor side and every click is a cent I can put towards a sweet, sweet sausage McMuffin).

In non-news music news, I have been absolutely rinsing the new Turnstile album this week. I got a stream of it on Wednesday so I could review for AG144, and I must have racked up at least 100 plays so far. So far it’s my third 10/10 score for this year, following Girl In Red’s If I Could Make It Go Quiet and The Small Calamities’ Moments Of Impact. We’ve decided that AG’s album reviews won’t be syndicated to the Guitar World site moving forward, so I’ll pop my review of GLOW ON here when it’s ready.

I’ve also been listening to the new Courtney Barnett album a lot – and not necessarily because I want to? Sometimes and Tell Me were my #1 albums for 2015 and 2018, respectively, but I’m having a lot of conflicted thoughts on Things Take Time. I’m revising a lot of songs in different contexts and headspaces, trying to figure out how to make them click. But for the most part, it’s falling very flat. I’m going to review it for AG, but I also want to review it for NME – I have a lot of thoughts on this record that I can’t quite cram into 120 words.

Otherwise, I’ve been super out of touch on new album releases. There’s probably a good 200 albums I need to put on my backlog at this point. I severely doubt the new Kanye LP will end up on it; not because I don’t want to listen to it – even for all his migraine-inducing headassery over the years, I cannot deny the man makes some top quality shit – but because let’s face it: the album is never coming out.

WEDNESDAY, 21/07/21

Britney Spears’ new lawyer says he is “moving aggressively” to remove singer’s father as conservator

Martin Kahan, acclaimed KISS, Rush and Bon Jovi music video director, has died at 74

Listen to Clowns’ new tongue-in-cheek love song, ‘Sarah’

Hayley Mary makes the most of isolation in new video for ‘Sullen Kink’

Katz and Fractures team up for atmospheric new single ‘Forward’

Listen to Those Who Dream’s psychotropic new single ‘Bubblegum’

THURSDAY, 22/07/21

95 per cent of Australian punters would be “impacted” if live events don’t return in 2021, says LEIF study

Half of the Federal Government’s $200million RISE funding remains unspent

I Prevail announce Australian tour dates for 2022

Semantics share pummelling new single ‘Sleep At Night’

FRIDAY, 23/07/21

Coldplay shoot for the stars with their cinematic new track ‘Coloratura’

Listen to H3000’s cosmic new single ‘Flames’

Stevan amps up the vibes on emotive new single ‘Hope It’s Not’

Listen to Gretta Ray’s enthralling new double A-side, ‘Duology Three’

The Living End lead the inaugural Live At The Park festival lineup

Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers yell their hearts out on fiery new single ‘AHHHH!’

Eliza & The Delusionals drop silky single ‘Save Me’, announce rescheduled Queensland shows

Hear Gretta Ray put a soul-stirring spin on a Gang Of Youths gem for Like A Version

SATURDAY, 24/07/21

Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama are turning their ‘Renegades’ podcast into a book

Atlanta officially declares July 22 to be Kanye West Day

Vince Staples celebrates the here and now in his NPR Tiny Desk (Home) concert

Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker record songs in Simlish for new Sims 4 expansion pack

Amyl And The Sniffers, Spacey Jane and Jaguar Jonze lead 2021 Wave Rock Weekender lineup

NME news roundup: June 29th – July 17th, 2021

Okay, so just like the last one, this NME news roundup is coming way later than it was meant to. But I have a solid excuse: I was in the ICU with a life-threatening blood complication when this one was supposed to go live. So it didn’t, obviously, and I’m bundling two roundups together again.

As a wise man named Slowthai once said: “Deal wiv it.”

(Also, in case you were wondering, I am fine now! I’ll probably write a little ramble about how I almost died for this blog later today, ’cause I have AG admin work to do and I’m gonna need something to procrastinate that with).

TUESDAY, 29/06/21

Babymetal announce ‘10 Babymetal Budokan’ live album, director’s cut livestream

Mogwai announce North American tour dates for 2022

Jamie Lynn Spears speaks out in support for Britney: “I’m so proud of her for using her voice”

WEDNESDAY, 30/06/21

Watch Tyler, The Creator perform at a kid’s birthday in the new video for ‘Corso’

Demi Lovato set to host talk show: “No topics are off limits”

Watch Olivia Rodrigo’s new concert film ‘Sour Prom’

Dominic Breen postpones debut album release, cancels shows following leg injury

Teenage Joans share cinematic video for ‘Wine’, postpone EP launch tour

Watch Apate’s music video for their new single, ‘Liar’s Tongue’

THURSDAY, 01/07/21

Rap icon Biz Markie is still alive, manager says, after rumours of his death on social media

Chasing Ghosts announce ‘Homelands Colonies’ tour

Listen to Flowerkid’s emotive new single ‘It’s Happening Again’, featuring KUČKA

The Kite String Tangle and Woodes share new Tornado Club single, ‘Intuition’

SATURDAY, 03/07/21

Curb Records sues Tennessee governor over transphobic bathroom bill

Scott Weiland and Robert Trujillo’s sons have formed a new band called Blu Weekend

Listen to a snippet of The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s new collab, ‘Stay’

TUESDAY, 13/07/21

Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz to fill in for Fieldy on Korn’s summer tour

Vince Staples keeps running in the new video for ‘Are You With That?’

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard share Hayao Miyazaki-inspired animated video for ‘Interior People’

Listen to Shannen James’ dancefloor-ready new breakup anthem, ‘Separate Ways’

Twelve Foot Ninja share details of new album, novel, comic and tour dates

WEDNESDAY, 14/07/21

The Kid LAROI confirms July release and partial tracklist for ‘Fuck Love 3’

Dani Filth responds to Ed Sheeran saying he “would not be opposed to creating” a death metal album

ACLU and other rights groups back Britney Spears’ request to choose her own lawyer in conservatorship case

Dave Mustaine says David Ellefson will not rejoin Megadeth, teases bassist’s “mystery” replacement

Vivid Sydney 2021 rescheduled due to surge of local COVID-19 cases

THURSDAY, 15/07/21

Jeff LaBar, guitarist of glam metal band Cinderella, has died aged 58

Watch Olivia Rodrigo appear at the White House to promote COVID-19 vaccines

Holy Holy team with CLEWS for buoyant single ‘The Aftergone’, announce album tour

Brisbane Festival announces full 2021 programme for September with Client Liaison, Alice Skye and more

Watch the chaotic new video for RedHook’s latest single, ’Kamikaze’

Hear Vance Joy perform an enchanting acoustic version of ‘Missing Piece’

Newcastle musician Daniel Hanson jailed for 28 years on 14 charges of rape

FRIDAY, 16/07/21

Listen to Gang Of Youths’ surprise new EP, ‘Total Serene’

Foxing drop the dynamic title track for ‘Draw Down The Moon’ alongside André De Shields-starring video

Mark Hoppus shares more details of cancer diagnosis: “I’m stage 4”

Trippie Redd links up with Lil Uzi Vert for poppy new single ‘Holy Smokes’

Watch Billie Eilish perform a striking live version of ‘NDA’ in-studio

Hear Haim’s summery tune for the ‘Last Letter Of Your Love’ soundtrack, ‘Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache’

Miiesha continues the story of ‘Damaged’ in bouncy new single, ‘Made For Silence’

SATURDAY, 17/07/21

Biz Markie, pioneering ‘Just A Friend’ rapper, has died aged 57

American Football’s founding drummer and trumpeter Steve Lamos leaves band

Conan Gray almost burns down a café in the new video for ‘People Watching’

Three new Metallica jigsaw puzzles set for release in September

NME news roundup: June 14th-26th, 2021

Hello, blogosphere!

Apologies for this roundup coming a tad (see: heaps) late – wild times in battery city. Below is everything I’ve covered for NME over the past two weeks! Yew!

MONDAY, 14/06/21

G Flip comes out as non-binary: “That’s who I’ve been my entire life”

Quivers announce Australian tour in support of new album ‘Golden Doubt’

Listen to the kaleidoscopic Dan Shake remix of The Jungle Giants’ single ‘Treat You Right’

Mansionair share bubbly new single ‘Don’t Wait’ and Australian tour dates

TUESDAY, 15/06/21

Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator lead 2021 Day N Vegas lineup

Japanese Breakfast shares the first taste of her ‘Sable’ soundtrack with ‘Better The Mask’

Raave Tapes lead Hidden Lanes Festival 2021 lineup

San Cisco seek compensation from Queensland Government following NightQuarter closure

Watch the hunger-inducing video for Larsen’s new single ‘Eating Me Alive’

WEDNESDAY, 16/06/21

Watch the ultra-trippy video for Liars’ new single ‘Big Appetite’

Haim, St. Vincent and Charli XCX lead the 2021 All Things Go Festival lineup

Mykki Blanco links up with Blood Orange for glittery new single ‘It’s Not My Choice’

DZ Deathrays share new single, ‘Golden Retriever’, and announce national album tour

Sheppard band members’ father arrested again in Papua New Guinea, facing new charges

The Chats and Cosmic Psychos join forces with eMusic Live for concert livestreams

FRIDAY, 18/06/21

Listen to the 420-friendly new single from Milky Chance, ‘Colorado’

Courtney Barnett announces US tour dates for 2021 and 2022

Watch Milan Ring put a soulful spin on two SZA gems for Like A Version

The Veronicas tap into their emotive side on the dancefloor-destined new single ‘Goodbye’

Hayley Mary announces ‘The Drip’ EP launch shows

Watch Amy Shark have some truly awful luck in the new video for ‘Worst Day Of My Life’

MONDAY, 21/06/21

Chuck D announces graphic novel to celebrate 30th anniversary of Public Enemy’s ‘Apocalypse 91’

Miiesha, RVG, Nina Las Vegas and more announced for Brisbane Winter Sessions festival

TUESDAY, 22/06/21

Tame Impala share psychedelic ‘Rushium’ teaser video

Interpol, Modest Mouse and M.I.A. lead the 2022 Just Like Heaven festival lineup

T-Pain says he slipped into depression after Usher told him he “fucked up music for real singers”

KoRn bassist Fieldy announces touring hiatus to deal with “bad habits”

WEDNESDAY, 23/06/21

Tyler, The Creator drops a lush new single and video, ‘WUSYANAME’

Snoop Dogg, Al Green, 50 Cent and more announced for Once Upon A Time In LA festival

Watch a face-painted Emerson Snowe stumble down the street in the video for ‘Man, It Don’t Matter (What They Say)’

NSW COVID-19 restrictions tightened for a week, outdoor concerts now capped at half capacity

THURSDAY, 24/06/21

Olivia Rodrigo to stream ‘Sour Prom’ concert film next week

Listen to Lucy Dacus put an ethereal spin on Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’

Watch Modest Mouse rock out performing ‘We Are Between’ on ‘Fallon’

Vince Staples to make his graphic novel debut with ‘Limbo Beach’

Tropical Fuck Storm share new single and video, ‘G.A.F.F.’, announce third album

FRIDAY, 25/06/21

Listen to the luminous new Fletcher single, ‘Healing’

Sleater-Kinney release Amazon-exclusive EP ‘Live At The Hallowed Halls’

RVG announce first interstate headline shows in support of ‘Feral’

Bootleg Rascal and Saint Lane join forces for funky new single, ‘All About You’

Foxing share explosive new single and North American tour dates supporting Manchester Orchestra

SATURDAY, 26/06/21

Cardi B says female rappers are “the most disrespected” despite making “great music”

Sleigh Bells confirm new music is on the way with ‘Unannounced Album Tour’

Chase Atlantic share Spanish-influenced new single ‘OHMAMI’