Eleven years after his death and punk legend Joey Ramone is still one of the most oft-referenced, highly regarded musical icons of our time. Next week, his second posthumous album ‘…Ya Know?’ gets a release, and to celebrate we’ve dug behind the scenes, talking to the people who knew him best, to learn the real story of the man who changed rock’n’roll forever.

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Elsewhere in the mag we chat to Thurlow sisters 2:54, whose doomy aesthetic has a touch of the Ramones about them too, get the lowdown on 2012’s most eccentric new popstar Willis Earl Beal (spoiler alert: he thinks he’s a wizard) and catch up with Newcastle comeback kids Maximo Park about why we’re all doomed.

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Then head over to Radar to crib up on our in-depth guide to the hottest new acts at last weekend’s Great Escape festival. There’s a Geldof involved, and it actually isn’t crap…

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Plus, ahead of their super exclusive comeback shows this week, we try and work out what The xx have been up to since the release of their Mercury-slaying, self-title debut.

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Also, following the tragic death of Adam Yauch, we take a look back at the Beastie Boys' legacy and weigh up which of their classic albums is at the top of the pile. Whether you're a fan of 'Licensed To Ill', 'Hello Nasty' or anything in between, you can't argue that there's some gems to be found in the Boys' collection.

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And if that’s not enough we’ve got reviews of new releases from The Enemy, rising hip-hop star Mac Miller and Aussie favourites The Temper Trap, as well as mammoth, inter-city festival gig reports from the Camden Crawl, Bristol’s Simple Things and Live At Leeds.

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