In the new of Q, out on Tuesday 19 December, we join St. Vincent on the road in America’s Midwest as we witness an artist coming into her own. We hear how Annie Clark’s alter ego has redesigned pop and performance in her own image, and how she has designs on the film and art worlds in motion too. “I got all that shit done,” Clark tells Niall Doherty, “did all of it.”
Also in the issue, we look ahead to what is shaping up to be a vintage year, previewing new music in 2018 and speaking to the Manics, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, Wiley, The Breeders, Gaz Coombes, Jungle, Plan B and more about their forthcoming albums. We have Wild Beasts’ farewell interview as the quartet discuss their impending split with Laura Snapes. Andrew Perry heads to Paris with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to hear how the band who sought to save rock music at the turn of the century have overcome tragedy and madness and made an excellent new record. Laura Barton sets out on a mission towards South London to find out what makes mercurial young singer-songwriter King Krule tick. Laura Snapes joined Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile on tour to find out what brought them together, whilst this month’s Q Maverick is Wu-Tang leader RZA. We also speak to Stormzy, Depeche Mode, Sampha and more in The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year.
The subject of this month’s Cash For Questions are Wolf Alice, whilst Charlotte Gainsbourg tells us about the album that changed her life and David Crosby outlines his 10 Commandments. In Q Reviews, we run the rule over new albums from First Aid Kit, Neil Young, Shame, Django Django and more.