This week’s NME is jam-packed with features, reviews, interviews, acerbic wit and unrivalled knowledge. Here’s what you can expect…

Minimalist heroes The xx make their NME cover debut.

Radar introduces us to Sleigh Bells and a load more new names.

Arctic Monkeys talk about their Shockwaves NME Awards nominations, and we reveal the full list.

Vampire Weekend caught live.

We examine the legacy of David Bowie.

Plus – the ten tracks you have to hear this week.