Watch Johnny Marr and Jake Bugg duet at London Royal Albert Hall gig

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg and Johnny Marr duetted at London’s Royal Albert Hall last week (February 21) – click below to watch.

Bugg invited the former Smiths guitarist to perform with him during his gig, with the pair performing a take on the Nottingham singer-songwriter’s track ‘Kingpin’ from his second album ‘Shangri La’. Bugg has recently been giving songwriting tips to teenagers at the Albert Hall in a series of seminars, which saw him teach 16 to 18 year old students how to play his song ‘Broken’.

The singer is nominated for Best Solo Artist at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas which happens this week on Wednesday (February 26). The ceremony, which will be streamed live for the first time in its history, is taking place at O2 Academy, Brixton and fans will be able to watch all of the action, including performances from Metronomy, Drenge and Godlike Genius recipients Blondie.

The NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter and NME columnist Huw Stephens. Paul McCartney will attend to collect the special, one-off honour of NME’s Songwriter’s Songwriter, while Damon Albarn will collect the brand new NME Award For Innovation.

Blondie have been named this year’s Godlike Genius, and the band will collect the award in person and perform at the show. In addition, Belle & Sebastian will receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and will also perform live.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with eight in total, while Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. Voting has now closed.

Watch Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays gig with disco side-project.

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala – Photo: David Edward

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has begun work on a disco side-project – click below to see fan footage of the group, who are called AAA Aardvark Getdown Services, playing live.

The outfit includes Parker plus Tame Impala and Pond members Jay Watson and Cam Avery and former The Chemist singer Ben Witt. Speaking to The West Australian about the group, who performed at Australia’s Festival Gardens over the weekend (February 22), Watson said: “Kevin’s been writing all these disco, Michael Jackson mega-hits that he wouldn’t use for Tame because he’d be too sheepish about it but i’m trying to convince him to because they’re all next-level ‘Thriller’-pop.”

He added: “It’s pretty much Kevin’s home recordings, kind of electronic but with Ben Witt who plays guitar and maybe another guy and Cam playing with Kev.” According to Perth Now, meanwhile, their set was filled with songs which were influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, Chic and Blondie.

Speaking in December last year, Parker revealed that he is currently working on Tame Impala’s next album. Commenting on its progress, he said: “The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous. I write songs everyday, but I don’t necessarily get to record them. I just record whenever I can, whenever I’m home, whenever I have access to something that can make music.”

Tame Impala are set to play this summer’s Latitude festival. They will join headliners Two Door Cinema Club and Damon Albarn on the bill, with Agnes Obel, Jungle, Damien Jurado, Julia Holter, Valerie June, Koreless, East India Youth, Kwabs, Eagulls and Fat White Family also included on the line-up.