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In this week's NME... (21/06/11)

In this week's NME...

Are U2 a stroke of genius or a festering turd of a mistake? Will Beyonce booty shake her way into festival folklore? Will The Horrors be braving the mud with Tesco bags over their winkle pickers or slapping factor 50 over their palid skin?

Yup, Glasto fever hits NME this week, and to celebrate we’ve got 16 pages of festival overload to get you excited whether you're going or staying home, including Katy B’s guide to having a banging time, Bobby G’s advice to Rastamouse, and Ricky from Kaiser Chief’s festival survival guide. “Don’t be civilized. Don’t eat. Don’t take acid.” How can you argue with the man?

But it’s not all Glasto this and Glasto that. Elsewhere in the issue Arcade Fire take us inside their brilliant new Spike Jonze-directed movie and build up for their huge Hyde Park shows next week, Damon Albarn reveals his brand new project, a wife-swapping opera (seriously), and Bombay Bicycle Club debut songs from their upcoming new album at Rock Ness.

As well as that we celebrate the return of the main man Lee Mavers and his influential band The La’s, announce the winner of our nationwide search to find Britain’s best small venue, and Lee from Brother upsets the space/time continuum by name-dropping Oscar Wilde.

Plus this week’s albums reviewed and rated, the week's essential gig guide, the best new bands you have to hear and loads of other stuff that will banish the blues even if it pisses down all weekend.

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In this week's NME... (14/06/11)

In this week's NME...

Once upon a time, Morrissey and Johnny Marr were the most creative powerhouse in British music. Their crowning glory, 'The Queen Is Dead’, is 25 years old this month, and to commemorate that landmark anniversary we’ve talked to everyone involved in the record (OK, one of the interviews was done waaaaay back in ’86) to get the full uncensored story. Apparently Andy Rourke was on smack, Morrissey was writing about farts and Johnny was smoking 15 spliffs a day. Somehow, a masterpiece was born.

Elsewhere in this week’s issue we go behind the scenes at Glastonbury to see how the site is shaping up for the arrival of over 100,000 mentalists in a fortnight's time. According to the druid we spoke to, it’s not going to rain. We believe him. He’s a druid, for fuck’s sake.

Plus Foster The People tell us how they wrote the summer’s biggest tune, Beyonce gets a shoeing from one of our writers about her dodgy Gadaffi gig, and we give you the full, freezing-our-nads-off verdict on Arctic Monkeys’ epic Don Valley shows.

As well as that we’ve got this week’s gig guide, every album that matters reviewed and all the breaking line up news for the Reading And Leeds Festivals. Plus Nicola from Girls Aloud – yes, you heard us right, Nicola from Girls Aloud – goes down the pub with Joe from Metronomy. Did they win on the bandits? Did they get thrown out for falling asleep in the corner and pissing their pants? There’s only one way to find out.

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In this week's NME... (08/06/11)

In this week's NME...

Back in the groove, back on form and back home in Sheffield. Yup, Arctic Monkeys are back, and this time they’ve come dressed as wacky students with ironically crap taste in shirts. Well, we say ‘they’, we mean Nick O’Malley. Alex Turner would never wear a shirt like that. He’s more a billowing, frilly blouse man. In the week their brilliant new record comes out, we find out just how excited they are about those massive Don Valley shows.

Elsewhere in this week’s issue Kaiser Chiefs reveal their evil masterplan to overthrow the music industry as we know it and turn us all into money-shitting machines. Okay, so what they’ve really done is bring out a new album with a novel new way of promoting it, but either way, it’s bloody exciting.

Plus we get the lowdown on the live comebacks from Kasabian, Pulp and The Darkness, and enter the twit-storm around the new Coldplay single.

As well as that we pay tribute to the late, great Gil Scott Heron, give the verdict on Wu Lyf’s debut record, hit the road with Naked & Famous, and hear all Sean Ryder’s fucked up druggy stories from nightmares past. Apparently he once had a bath with Bez, some girls and a load of Es. Get that man a doctor.

Plus reviews, the week's essential gig guide, and loads of other stuff that will BLOW YOUR MIND.

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In this week's NME... (31/05/11)

Sound the alarms, warn your elderly relatives and lock up your sausages…

Kasabian are back and just as batshit as ever. Things have definitely been a bit quieter since Tom and Serge buggered off to California to record the new record, so you’ll be glad to know that that Mr Meighan is as crackers as ever. Apparently Cumberland sausages have got weed in them. Good to have you back, boys…

Elsewhere in the mag we get the full lo-down from The Horrors about the ‘baggy’ vibes of their upcoming new record, give the definitive verdict on Arctic Monkeys’ epic new album, ‘Suck It And See’, and finally rip those wafty bandanas off Wu Lyf’s faces and find out if they’re actually any good (they are).



As well as that, Brett Anderson takes us on a druggy journey through Suede’s history, Miles Kane bangs on about how much he loves Liam Gallagher (whodathunkit) and These New Puritans leave their watermelons at home for their biggest show since Hidden Live.

Plus reviews, the week's essential gig guide, and loads of other stuff that will make you HAPPY.

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In this week's NME... (23/05/11)

In this week's NME...

It's a Cult Heroes special, in which some of the biggest names in music - Bowie, Alex Turner, Matt Bellamy etc. - tell us about their favourite cult icons. Yep, the freaks and oddballs who never made it big, but whose influence was immense. We're proud to have Syd Barrett as our cover star for it...

Elsewhere in the mag we've got the latest on Noel Gallagher's solo album, speak to Frank Turner about his dream of 'Being Freddie Mercury", and check out The Strokes live...

Also we join Bombay Bicycle Club in the studio to find out about their new album, take a long hard look at Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way', and tag along with Wild Beasts on the road, in the process getting the low down on who's got the biggest penis in the band ...

Plus reviews, the week's essential gig guide, and loads of other stuff that will make you a WINNER.

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In this week's NME... (17/05/11)

In this week's NME...

We're celebrating the release of a new film about Creation Records with a massive special on the label. 'Label'? More like 'rock n roll training camp for lunatics'. We speak to Alan McGee, Bobby G, Noel G, G Rhys and all the rest about the rise and fall of the label that put out 'Screamadelica', 'Definitely Maybe', and that Kevin Rowlands one where he's in a dress on the cover...

Black Lips are mental, right? Noisy garage rock slaggy fuck-ups. Heroes, in other words. And just when you thought they couldn't get any better, turns out they nearly killed Mark Ronson.

Elsewhere we interview Battles and Faris from the Horrors, check out Mona's debut album and Death from Above 1979's live return, and have a chat with the newly emerged Tom Vek...

And we're also down the front at Pete Doherty's solo return. And yes, blood is spilled...

Then there's the gig guide, reviews and all those other little cool bits that makes your bosom swell. Buy it, or we'll send you back in time to be a tour manager for Jesus & Mary Chain in 1985...

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