Critical darlings most promising

Art-pop quintet The Naked and Famous has been named as this year’s “most promising new act” by NME; post-award ceremony the band talks to Mark Savage of BBC 6 about their recent “good fortunes”. “How does it feel to win the NME Award?” Savage asks. “I was not expecting this,” vocalist Alisa Xayalith replies. “It’s really amazing, ‘cos we’re from the bottom of the world and here we are, winning this award. It’s a dream.” “How does it feel to be the critical darlings in the UK?” “It means we can keep doing what we do for the rest of our lives,” Xayalith says. “Or, at least, the rest of this year …” Passive Me, Aggressive You, is released by Fiction Records on 14 March in the UK.


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Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New has studied under conductors whose names are familiar well beyond the cloistered halls of classical music: Dudamel, Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas. The 35-year-old New Zealand native, recently made her…