Issue #791 (October 2017) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.
For the cover-story we catch up with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters ahead of the release of their forthcoming new album Concrete and Gold.
Editor, Rod Yates:
For all his success, Grohl refuses to acknowledge his abilities as a songwriter.
"I don't look in the mirror and think I'm the most handsome person in the world. I don't listen to my live recordings and think I sound like Pavarotti, and I don't look at my songs like I'm a great songwriter. I just keep chipping away at it, and imagine there's no finish line, that until the day I die I'll try and write the song I can finally rest upon."
The issue also features interviews with Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers, Beck and Tired Lion, on each of their new albums, as well as an in-depth look at Australia's current marriage equality debate.
Andrew P. Street:
This festival of dumbarsery began in 2004 when the government of John Howard decided to change the wording of the 1961 Marriage Act because it didn't specify that the people being married could not be of the same gender. At the time the UK were legalising same-sex unions, and then-Attorney General Philip Ruddock wanted to get the jump on it here before Australia's gay folks started getting uppity ideas about their own civil rights. Thus a line was added to make marriage "the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”. And thus was an entirely avoidable political problem created.
Alongside tributes to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, country-pop king Glen Campbell and Dr. G (penned by rapper Adam Briggs), as well as interviews with Angus & Julia Stone, the Bronx's Matt Caughthran and "the great pretender" Alex Cameron, Placebo's Brian Molko gives us a break down of the songs that have defined his life and X's Steve Lucas candidly talks about the punk band's destructive path, in the latest instalment of our Living Legend interview series.
Issue #791 also contains in-depth features on emerging pop star Khalid, hip-hop trailblazer Kendrick Lamar, and Neil Finn's new album, Out of Silence, the recording of which was live-streamed last month.
Further afield, Tim Dickinson looks at Rolling Stone's history of fighting for gun control in the U.S and Steve Knopper analyses the changing-state of concert security, as well as how streaming service Spotify (and its 60 million subscribers) has become the make-or-break platform for modern musicians.