It’s back! Last January, NME and all your favourite artists got together to bring you a very special guide to all the lost albums and forgotten gems we thought you needed to hear. Now, due to huge demand we’re back with part two. This time we’ve asked everyone from The Horrors, Kasabian, Fucked Up and John Lydon to help us pick another ton of under-loved albums for you to go out and hunt down. Join us as we go nosediving into a mountain of incredible, untapped music and select 100 Great Albums You’ve Never Heard.
Also in this issue, Pulp are announced as recipients of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music and we reveal their special NME Awards plans. You could be there yourself as we give one lucky reader the chance to win two VIP tickets to the most rock’n’roll’s party of the year at Brixton Academy on February 29. Full details inside.
If you can’t wait til the NME Awards, then worry not, as the NME Awards Tour kicks off this week. Headliners Two Door Cinema Club, plus Metronomy, Tribes and Azealia Banks tell NME all about their plans for a rowdy and badly behaved 13 date trip around the UK. “What do you want? Drugs and prostitutes?” says Tribes’ frontman Johnny. We’re staying out of it…
Plus, free for every reader, we’ve got two iconic cult heroes posters starring Richie Manic and Ian Curtis. As well as that we give you the lowdown on Alabama Shakes, the new band that’s got everyone gabbing, and send a heartfelt plea out to dubstep behemoth Skrillex… “Dear Skrilly-poos, we promise not to make any jokes about your haircut”.
And if that’s not enough, we review a week of amazing live music and all the key record releases, plus the UK’s biggest and best weekly gig guide.