Inside the November 2018 issue of Q, 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.
Also in the issue, Rupert Howe traces the story of rapper Mac Miller, who tragically died earlier this month just as he was about to breakthrough to a higher echelon. Sylvia Patterson meets former Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, who shares his tale of defiance, depression, decadence and horny ghosts. Rachel Aroesti travels to Newcastle with firebrand singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, and Eve Barlow steps into the Chateau Marmont bungalow of American indie icon Cat Power to hear about entering the “sacred seventh dimension”.
Octavian, Gaika, Marie Davidson, Tirzah, Sudan Archives, Danny L Harle and Crack Cloud all feature in our special report The Shape Of Sounds To Come, shining a light on the acts currently designing the future. After the release of his incredible new album Negro Swan, we meet Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes in New York as he reflects on teenage wounds and identity while Niall Doherty speaks to the remaining members of The Cranberries as they release a 25th-anniversary edition of their debut album after the death of their singer Dolores O’Riordan earlier this year.
This issue’s Q Maverick is Echo & The Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch. Simon Goddard feasts with McCulloch in Liverpool as the motormouth singer casts his eye back over a career of everyday madness and haunting sadness while the subject of Cash For Questions is Jess Glynne, who answers your questions on Ed Sheeran, Arsenal and more. Mancunian grime king Bugzy Malone shares his 10 Commandments and Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum picks the eight records that shaped him in The Albums That Changed My Life. Gaz Coombes tells us where he is right now, reporting in from a backstage area in Sydney, Australia.
In the Q Review, we run the rule over new albums from Richard Ashcroft, Kurt Vile, Neneh Cherry, Elvis Costello, Marissa Nadler and more, and witness St. Vincent’s sparse, affecting show at London’s Cadogan Hall.