In the new issue of Q, out now, we join Jack White at home in Nashville as he prepares to release his third solo album. We hear how with each new record, White has to find a new way to make things difficult for himself. “I’m too strange for mainstream, I’m too mainstream for underground,” the former White Stripes frontman tells Dorian Lynskey.
Also in the issue, Andrew Perry hears how The Vaccines are rejuvenated and fighting fit, Stefflon Don tells Peter Robinson how she “always knew I was going to be everywhere” and MGMT talk us through the journey that has led to their most commercial album since their breakthrough debut. Niall Doherty heads to LA to go for tacos and tequila with Eels frontman E, Tom Doyle meets Simple Minds on home turf as the Glaswegians’ bandwagon gathers speed once more and Rebecca Nicholson joins emerging hip-hop star Reggie Snow in New York.
This month’s Q Maverick is Lawrence. Ted Kessler meets one of the greatest songwriters Britain’s underground has produced to talk legacy, death, Christian rock and Emmerdale’s Charity Dingle. “I sit here at night and think, ‘God, I feel so alone in the music world.’ I don’t relate to other musicians. I’m on my own. I’m right on the edge,” says Lawrence. To celebrate Damon Albarn’s 50th birthday, we ask some of his illustrious fans and collaborators to nominate their favourite Albarn song.
The subject of this month’s Cash For Questions is John Lydon, while Gwenno tells us about the albums that changed her life and Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos outlines his 10 Commandments. In the Q Review, we appraise new albums from Manic Street Preachers, Yo La Tengo, Goat Girl and more.
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