Phew, 2012, eh? The year so far has already been a shower of riches, but it’s not over yet. The next five months will see an epic run of albums – and this week, NME goes behind the scenes to bring you all the juicy, behind-the-scenes details.

Muse Open A Door To The Future…
The inside story on their blockbuster new album ‘The 2nd Law’

Two Door Cinema Club

The secrets of their forthcoming album ‘Beacon’.

Bloc Party Back Together

They sound reinvigorated on new album ‘Four’

The Killers’ Live Comeback!
Brandon and friends unveil heroic new album ‘Battle Born’ in the sleepy town of Asheville, North Carolina

Uno! Dos! Tré!
Three new Green Day albums – and yeah, the third one is named after the drummer

The Vaccines
A track-by-track walk through ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’

And More Studio Reports From…
The xx! Mumfords! Crystal Castles! Tame Impala! Bat For Lashes

The Midnight Beast?
Is it funny? Two NME writers argue it out

New Releases
The Gaslight Anthem, Kyla La Grange and The Antlers under the microscope

Caught Live
Dizzee, Dylan, Miles Kane and The Horrors at Benicassim, Radiohead at Portugal’s Optimus Alive, and a bumper new bands special at Latitude

Rock’n’Roll Kills Braincells
Eeek! It’s Clown from Slipknot

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