There’s a world exclusive interview with The Streets in the new issue, out now. When Mike Skinner called time on his era-defining rap/production alias in 2011, the lights went out in him. Ted Kessler meets Skinner to hear about the long, lost journey out of the fog that led him to two brand new albums and a film. “A lot of this time has felt irrational,” he says, “but, looking back on it, it’s been totally rational.”
Also in the issue, musician, memoirist, critic, visual artist, actor and fashion designer Kim Gordon tells her story to Victoria Segal. It’s as a founding member of avant-punks Sonic Youth that she first carved out her legendary status, and it’s to music that she now returns, aged 66, with her first solo album. “People are ready for weirdness right now,” she declares.
After more than 30 years of feeling like the outsider, singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has come in from the cold as he prepares to release his third solo album. Tom Doyle meets a maverick soul.
Leonie Cooper visits Joan Shelley in New York to hear why she moved out to the Kentucky countryside, a place that reflects her music’s heady atmosphere, and how learning to love her roots was the greatest love of all.
Melbourne’s stylistically promiscuous psychedelic rockers King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have released 15 albums in seven years and toured almost constantly throughout. Eve Barlow asks main man Stu Mackenzie how they do it.
Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible is the subject of this issue’s Classic Album feature as Keith Cameron documents how they hit the reset button in brutal fashion and made their most definitive statement.
This month’s Q Maverick is Edwyn Collins. Tom Doyle meets him and his wife Grace Maxwell to hear about the long trek back to the top of the pile after the master song craftsman was struck down by two life-changing strokes.
We delve into the world of the touring musician, unpicking the secret ingredients who have to balance playing in the band while not actually being in the band. Five “road players” for Stormzy, Interpol, Manic Street Preachers and Arctic Monkeys tell us their stories.
This month’s Cash For Questions is Sam Fender, who gives us the lowdown on getting free Greggs for life, advice from Sting and more, plus we check in with Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein in Where Are You Right Now?, Kate Tempest tells us about the albums that changed her life and Supremes legend Mary Wilson outlines her 10 Commandments for living. We head Out To Lunch with Lucy Rose and Last Word goes to Richard Hawley. In the Q Review, we run the rule over new records from Foals, Angel Olsen, Danny Brown, Elbow and more and witness Slowthai charm Los Angeles with his exhilarating live show.
All this and more, in the new Q, out now!