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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.”

     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     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!      
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The Specials Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

Forty years ago this October, The Specials released their debut, an album that was black and white, diverse yet coherent, jaunty yet bleak and inspirationally political. It changed the world. As did its follow-up and several other singles. But within three years they’d dissolved in a rancour that persists to this day. Yet, as they tell Dorian Lynskey, the existing three members have never been happier. 

The Specials Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

Celebrating Definitely Maybe's 25th Anniversary In The New Q!

In the new issue of Q, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oasis’s classic debut album, Definitely Maybe. We salute a record that went to Number 1 and changed the rules of the game for everyone, for ever. In a huge feature, Hamish MacBain reveals its innermost secrets, track by track, and those who were there to recall the chart battles, sacked drummers and giant stages in the year that followed its phenomenal success.

Celebrating Definitely Maybe's 25th Anniversary In The New Q!

Florence + The Machine are on the cover of the new issue!

Florence + The Machine are on the cover of the new issue, out on Tuesday 2 July. Ted Kessler joins the band in London and New York as Florence Welch tells him why it’s time for a change.

Florence + The Machine are on the cover of the new issue!

Liam Gallagher is on the cover of the new issue!

Liam, the heavyweight champion of rock interviews, takes on Ted Kessler for 12 rounds of intense banter and psychedelic drinking ahead of his new single, his new film and his forthcoming second solo album. “Four more espresso Martinis please, barman!”  

Liam Gallagher is on the cover of the new issue!

Vampire Weekend Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

In the new issue of Q, out on Tuesday 7 May, we go deep into the world of Vampire Weekend. Over two meetings in Los Angeles, band leader Ezra Koenig talks to Niall Doherty about fatherhood, their excellent fourth album and why he can’t stop over-thinking. “The album is so colourful and diverse,” he says. “After all these years gone, I needed to re-establish a bigger world.”

Vampire Weekend Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

Primal Scream Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

In the new issue of Q, out on Tuesday 9 April, there’s a huge 10-page feature on Primal Scream as leader Bobby Gillespie looks back on a four-decade career in music. Primal Scream’s figurehead thinks that rock’n’roll, his very reason to exist, is dead. And, in a way, that means he is too. But he’s OK with that. “We gave our lives to rock’n’roll!” he tells Sylvia Patterson.

Primal Scream Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

Foals Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

Foals have established themselves as one of the most powerful British guitar bands of the modern era, but since we last met them they’ve lost a key member and have been going through some choppy personal waters. “This is the start of the next phase,” they tell Niall Doherty as he follows them from bowling alley to museum to pub to rehearsals. 

Foals Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

The 156 Most Influential Records Of All Time, In The New Issue!

In the new Q, out Tuesday 12 February, we reveal the most influential records of all time. Over the last few months, we’ve been polling our writers and a galaxy of musicians to find out which records would make the cut.

The 156 Most Influential Records Of All Time, In The New Issue!

"People Want Heroes!" 30 Years On: How The Stone Roses Changed The World

The new Q, out on Tuesday 15 January, traces the story of The Stone Roses and their game-changing debut album. To celebrate the record’s impending 30th anniversary, the band and their associates describe the trip from zeros to heroes and tell the tale of a record that changed the world. 

"People Want Heroes!" 30 Years On: How The Stone Roses Changed The World

"It's us, then everybody else." Arctic Monkeys are on the cover of the new issue!

The new Q, out on Tuesday 18 December, is our special review issue of 2018, including interviews with many of the artists who made the records in our huge Top 50 Albums Of The Year feature. There’s an extensive interview with cover stars Arctic Monkeys. Niall Doherty joins the quartet on the road in Seattle for merry drinks and the lowdown on how making Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino changed everything for them. “Arctic Monkeys is something I keep reminding myself has been around for half my lifetime,” says Alex Turner. “It’s never really not there.”

"It's us, then everybody else." Arctic Monkeys are on the cover of the new issue!

Weller, Wolf Alice & Noel on the cover of the new Q!

The new issue of Q, out on Tuesday, 20 November, is a Q Awards special. Q has witnessed some vintage awards nights in its 30-plus years, but 2018 was something a bit special. We put you right at the heart of the action over 50 pages of new interviews conducted with the stars while topping up their glasses. Big winning trio Paul Weller, Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice and Noel Gallagher appear together on the cover. 

Weller, Wolf Alice & Noel on the cover of the new Q!

The 1975 Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

In the new issue of Q, out tomorrow, we go in deep with The 1975. Sylvia Patterson spends time with the quartet in England and Los Angeles to hear the story of how they became one of the world’s biggest bands by stealth and finds out how frontman Matty Healy pulled back from the abyss so as to push his group into a new galaxy.

The 1975 Are On The Cover Of The New Issue!

"We miss having that gang..." Beastie Boys are on the cover of the new issue!

In the new issue of Q, out on Tuesday, 25 September, there’s an exclusive interview with Beastie Boys. The New Yorkers had one of the biggest-selling debuts of the 1980s and went on to record a string of era-defining, genre-busting records before Adam Yauch’s death in 2012 prompted Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz to pull down the shutters. After six years of silence and ahead of the release of their amazing career-spanning book, the remaining duo meet Eve Barlow in New York for their first interview since Yauch’s passing. 

"We miss having that gang..." Beastie Boys are on the cover of the new issue!

Their Time Is Now... Interpol Are On The Cover Of The New Issue

In the new issue of Q, out now, we go inside the world's biggest cult band as Niall Doherty joins Interpol in Copenhagen, Barcelona and London to hear the story of how Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino became one of the most important bands to emerge from New York in modern times. The trio have amassed a diehard fanbase with their strand of intense, emotive rock music but at the heart of the group are three distinct personalities who grew up on different sides of the globe and whose unlikely bond has powered them to huge success.

Their Time Is Now... Interpol Are On The Cover Of The New Issue

The French Revolution! Christine And The Queens Are On The Cover Of The New Q!

In the new issue of Q, we celebrate the return of Christine And The Queens as the French star comes back with a new identity – Chris – and a snappier sound built to swallow the globe. Singer Heloise Letissier, the artist behind the Christine And The Queens name, talks identity, sex, da funk and the meaning of life with Laura Snapes.

The French Revolution! Christine And The Queens Are On The Cover Of The New Q!

"We're making magic!" Iggy Pop Joins Underworld in the new issue of Q

Have a look at what’s in the new issue, including Iggy Pop, Underworld, Johnny Marr, Let’s Eat Grandma, Years & Years, Bon Iver and much more.

"We're making magic!" Iggy Pop Joins Underworld in the new issue of Q

Celebrating The Cure's 40th anniversary in the new issue!

In the new issue of Q, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Cure. We gather an army of famous fans and Q readers to tell us their favourite track and most cherished Cure memories as we salute the genius of Robert Smith and his group.

Celebrating The Cure's 40th anniversary in the new issue!

Around The World With Wolf Alice! Britain's Best Young Band Are On The Cover Of The New Issue

In the new issue of Q, out Tuesday 8 May, we go around the world with Wolf Alice, Britain’s best young band. Over two albums and four years, the London quartet have grown into an act with global potential, the best of their generation. Laura Barton joins them on the road in Bangalore, Manchester and LA to witness a group balanced thrillingly on the very precipice of greatness. “It could still be taken away from us very easily,” they tell here, warily.


Around The World With Wolf Alice! Britain's Best Young Band Are On The Cover Of The New Issue

"This could be final..." Manic Street Preachers are on the cover of the new issue!

In the new issue of Q, out Tuesday 10 April, the end looks nigh for Manic Street Preachers as they prepare to release their magnificent 13th album. Sylvia Patterson travels back to the scene of their earliest triumph to discover Nicky Wire standing on the precipice of an almighty midlife crisis. “Nicky’s retreated before. After the mega success of Everything Must Go, he was happier in his garden. But he is quite fragile. This could be final. This could be final,” says James Dean Bradfield. 

"This could be final..." Manic Street Preachers are on the cover of the new issue!

At Home With The King Of The Wild Frontier… Jack White Is On The Cover Of The New Issue!

In the new issue of Q, out Tuesday, 13 March, 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.

At Home With The King Of The Wild Frontier… Jack White Is On The Cover Of The New Issue!

The Photo Issue, Out Now!

The new issue of Q is a photo spectacular, featuring 75 stunning pages of classic rock'n'roll imagery. We hear the amazing tales behind classic, rare and unseen pictures of Bowie, Blur, PJ Harvey, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, U2, Bjork, Morrissey, Kate Bush, Joy DivisionFlorence & The Machine, OasisBlur, Manics, Skepta, Cat Power and many, many more from the photographers who took them.

The Photo Issue, Out Now!