The Big Read

Iggy Pop: “I assumed things would quiet down once I turned 65. That hasn’t been the case”

On his upcoming album ‘Every Loser’, the Godfather of Punk comes back swinging with the same primitive energy he used to change music forever

MUNA: “We believe in people taking moments of freedom and love where they can find it”

After being dropped by a major, the US trio bounced back by signing with Phoebe Bridgers’ label for their self-titled third record. With support dates with Taylor Swift beckoning, NME heads down to the tour that dreams of a “joyful queer revolution”

Nia Archives: “Jungle music has always been a strong sound of the underground”

Following a breakout year, the Yorkshire-born musician and DJ is now leading the charge for a new generation of ravers. NME pulls up a pew and raises a toast to the rising star in her east London local

Confidence Man: “Our live shows? It’s all the fun without any faff”

Light-up bras, champagne popping and heart-racing dance moves: the Aussie band’s gloriously fun live show makes for an unmissable night out. NME heads backstage on the year’s wildest tour

Japanese Breakfast: “There’s freedom and creative growth in not having anything to prove”

Following the success of third album ‘Jubilee’, as well as her stunning, soon-to-be-adapted memoir Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner is currently operating at the peak of her powers

Charli XCX: “I like playing games with pop music. I enjoy poking fun at it”

The pop innovator’s blood-splattered, chart-topping fifth album ‘Crash’ embraced the dark arts of the music industry. Following its immense success and the end of her record label contract, Charli’s destiny is in her hands

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard: “If something is shit and no one likes it, you just put out another one the next month”

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard are releasing three albums in one month and playing the biggest shows of their career. NME catches up with them on the road to talk the Coltranian complexity of new album ‘Changes’, prolificacy over perfectionism, and their glorious jam band era

Arctic Monkeys: “We know more tricks now, but we’re still rolling on that same instinct”

After a glorious, but divisive, sonic shift, the Sheffield band double down with their lush new album ‘The Car’, proof that they’re ready to follow wherever the road takes them

The 1975: “I’d rather be a pretend supervillain than some pretend hero”

How does an artist who lived and died by the sword of social media fight back? By having a laugh and with a little sincerity, Matty Healy tells NME

Slipknot: “Nobody created us except us – we have always drawn our own map”

Nearly three decades and seven albums deep, Slipknot have navigated a rocky path of brilliant highs and crushing lows that would put paid to most over bands. But, as their latest record ‘The End, So Far’ attests and frontman Corey Taylor tells NME, the metal icons are far from finished just yet.