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This week's NME (11 June 2009)

  • Reverend And The Makers are a worthy replacement for The Enemy after Tom Clarke was forced to pull out of the first Oasis gig at Manchester's Heaton Park. "I got the call first thing this morning when I was in bed, and had to go round Sheffield rounding up the band," Jon McClure explained. "I called up my dad and he was like, 'I'm at work - what, playing with Oasis tonight? I'll get your mother, see you there'." Pic: Danny North

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  • Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal are set for collaboration number two. According to the 'Bonkers' rapper, their new single, set for release in August, is destined to be a summertime hit. "It's some knight in shining armour shit," he explained. "It's got some trance sounds but the tempo is quite slow - it's danceable, though, it's got a really summery feel."

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  • Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno reveals how cleaning products influenced a track on their new album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'. "['Swarfiga' is] an industrial cleaner you use after working with machinery, so it's what you need after a hard day's graft," he said. "This tune makes you think, 'Where's this album going?'" Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

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  • Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot frontman Wes Miles are hoping to take on the charts with their glossy, pop-influenced side-project Discovery. "Stuff like that song Eve did with Gwen Stefani, 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind', that was incredible," Batmanglij told NME. "We want people to hear that in Discovery. I see this album as 10 songs from a parallel universe - music to dance to."

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  • Edinburgh's Broken Records tell NME how being nice people from nice families ruined their chances of writing heart-wrenching anthems of divorce and despair. "We've played with Glasvegas and they've written some great songs," says frontman Jamie Sutherland. "Everyone would like to have a 'Daddy's Gone' in their set. We just don't have the balls to be rock'n'roll! Damn those middle-class roots!" Pic: Danny North

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  • Outlandish pop rebel Marina, from Marina And The Diamonds, explained how being covered in silver paint for her new video 'I Am Not A Robot' has its ups and downs. "It was probably the worst and best day I've had for the past five years," she said. "I don't think I've worked that hard for 16 hours ever."

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  • Lily Allen thinks you should pay for good music, because apparently the music industry is losing its way. "If what the consumer wants is good music then they need to start paying for it, because at the moment there is so little money in the music industry. And, as we all know, the music industry is run by a bunch of fucking idiots who have no idea what they are doing." Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Sonic Youth reckon there's nothing wrong with selling your records in a corporate coffee outlet. "Selling records in Starbucks is no different to selling in Tower Records," said Thurston Moore. "I want to sell our records where people go to buy things. I'd sell them in Dunkin' Donuts. Actually, I said that somewhere else and they [Dunkin' Donuts] sent all this promotional material to me."

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  • Sheffield's finest have been getting more hands-on with their third album, 'Humbug'. "We'll be getting into all that [designing] now," said Alex Turner. "We've got a new logo that [drummer Matt] Helders did," he explained. "I think there's something about this record that we were all more involved in. It seems more like it's our thing." Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Maximo Park's Paul Smith confirms that he really is a genuinely nice bloke. The frontman told NME: "All I ever wanted to do was write a song that sounds like me, pure and honest." Awww. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Masked duo Marmaduke Duke have revealed secret plans behind their upcoming Reading and Leeds performances. "We're working on special costumes - chainmail is appearing," JP Reid told NME. "We might include a couple of songs that we've never performed live to do something a bit special." Pic: Neal Smith

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  • The 2007 'American Idol' winner reveals how being a small female in a wartime situation has its plus points. "Short women can fit in tiny places," she explained. "Good for spying during a war."

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  • This week's Radar band, Django Django, reveal the story behind 'Love Dart', a sullen, forbidding tale of a gold-rushing cattle rancher distracted from his task by the sudden appearance of salacious beauties. "It turns out to be a mirage and he ends up in limbo, wandering the desert in circles," they said. Read more about these sound-forging cowboys in this week's issue. Pic: Andy Whitton

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