• Mumford & Sons: We're an American-ish Band

    Mumford & Sons: We're an American-ish Band

    How the four English lads of Mumford & Sons discovered old-timey music via a Coen Brothers movie, spun it into arena-friendly gold, and became the rock stars of their wildest nightmares. [Magazine Excerpt] It's the day after St. Patrick's Day in Dublin's Temple Bar district, and the locals have skipped the hangover and gone straight for mass retox. Today the English arrive for an international rugby game and the rivalry is being played out in new sideshow competitions, which we might call Extreme Beer-Chugging, Next-Level Shouting, and Advanced Stupid-Hat-Wearing. Into this mayhem walk three members of Mumford & Sons. Lead singer Marcus Mumford nurses a sore throat, but with two hours to kill before their show at the city's Olympia Theatre, Ted Dwane, "Country" Winston Marshall, and Ben Lovett navigate the throng in an attempt to find a pub. Not just any old pub.

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    Tough Questions for Liam Gallagher

    In August it'll be 20 years since Gallagher and his brother Noel first took the stage as Oasis. It'll be almost two since they broke up backstage in Paris in a shower of guitar splinters. As in a proper divorce, Noel cited Liam's "verbal and violent intimidation." Meanwhile, Liam, 38, took custody of guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell (now on guitar), and drummer Chris Sharrock, renamed the group Beady Eye, and recorded Different Gear, Still Speeding (Dangerbird). Fresh from rehearsals for their inaugural tour, he swaggers into the band's London management office wearing a green parka and a fedora from his Pretty Green clothing line. Today he had an epiphany: "Guess what, mate? I reckon I'm in the best fucking band in the world. Twice that's happened now. Mega, isn't it?" Is Beady Eye really a new band? It's Oasis without the songwriter. Course it's a new band.

  • Lily Allen: The Girl Can't Help It

    Lily Allen: The Girl Can't Help It

    "Do you want some lunch?" Lily Allen answers the door of her West London flat this chilly November afternoon, quelling a halfhearted attack from her new dog Mabel, who greets me with a succession of snarls, barks, and exploratory lunges. Upon entering, I quickly realize that Allen's home is not so much a three-bedroom apartment as a living autobiographical art installation. On the wall near the front door hangs a two-by-three-foot print of her police citation for a March 2007 assault on a paparazzo. In the open-plan kitchen/living-room area, there are portraits of her baby half sister, Teddie Rose, and of her godfather, Joe Strummer of the Clash. Allen's bedroom, the nexus of so much dramatic fodder on her new album, It's Not Me, It's You, is a large, girly den: a Victorian rolltop bath set into the middle of the room, an unmade bed.

  • Noel Gallagher / Photo by Alan Clarke

    The SPIN Interview: Noel Gallagher

    He may not be Oasis' frontman — that'd be his little brother Liam — but Noel Gallagher has never been afraid to shoot off his mouth. "Ten years ago we told everyone with a mic we were the greatest thing ever," he says. "Now we just quietly believe it." A beaming Noel Gallagher strolls across the floor of a North London photo studio enthusing about a new and exciting phase of his life, looking lean and reasonably healthy in every­bloke casualwear: blue checked shirt, jeans, and desert boots. It's not just that he has a seventh Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul, ready for release or that he has spent a morning play­ing with his one-year-old son, Donovan, whom he describes as "an absolute diamond." It's the fact that he has started sleepwalking. "Last night I got into bed with me missus and woke up on the middle floor of the house on the couch," he says. "Amazing!

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