Issue #786 (May, 2017) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.
Our cover-story is an in-depth interview with chart-topping, misfit-turned-music sensation, Ed Sheeran.
Rolling Stone spends a day with Sheeran and talk the struggles of fame, his love life and anxious drinking habits.
What Sheeran is really looking forward to is his 26th birthday next week, which he and [girlfriend] Cherry will spend in the Austrian Alps. "It's awesome meeting famous people," Sheeran says. "But that's not life. That's not reality. One day this will fucking end. And I know the one person that's going to remain constant is Cherry. I should just enjoy this while it's there, but not let it become my reality. Because that's not the reality I want to live in."
This issue also features an insider's look into The Waif's 25-year folk-rock career, while political reporter Matt Taibbi shines a spotlight on Donald Trump's cabinet selections that look set to thrash the U.S. government and we talk to Sydney metalcore masters, Northlane, on the process behind their new album, Mesmer.
If youre filthy rich, live in New York and think the Hamptons have become a bit too Jersey Shore, then your probably have a mansion on New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong, an enormous stretch of water that buzzes with the sound of jet-skis each summer. In the off-season, however, it's a ghost town. Literally. "It sounded like someone was scratching on the window in the lounge," says Northlane guitarist Josh Smith, sipping beer in bandmate Jonathon Deiley's Melbourne apartment. Smith may be 16,000 kilometres away from Lake Hopatcon, but he's still spooked by the 'demon' that haunted the mansion the Australian progressive metal act called home for a fortnight last October.
The issue also features interviews with former Hunters & Collectors front man Mark Seymour, as well as features on Polish Club, Ice-T, Ali Barter, PVT, Living Colour, sleepmakeswaves, Alex Lahey and Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett.
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