Inside the new issue, on sale from Wednesday 30 September, you'll find one of the more bizarre head-to-head interviews in NME's history: Jay-Z vs Ian Brown.
Find out what they had to say about politics, the Roses and Noel.
Plus: what rock and roll has taught Bernard Sumner
Wolfmother: do they still matter? Did they ever? And is frontman Andrew Stockdale a power-crazed egomaniac?
Why you need to hear Islet, the Welsh DIY no-wave phenomenone who shun the web.
Christ! John Homme's been working with Biffy Clyro.
That new Editors album: is it a grand folly, or just a terrible misjudgement? We meet them to find out.
2009: the year dubstep broke.
The weird, scary world of Fever Ray.
Should you be arsed about the Mumford And Sons album? Our verdict: Yes! Moderately!