45 reasons why 2009 will rock

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If 2008 saw Facebook take over the world, 2009 will be the year Twitter goes mainstream. Bands are starting to get involved, too. The Maccabees and Sonic Youth, to name two, are keeping fans updated with the recording and mixing of their new albums. To receive regular NME updates, find us at twitter.com/nmemagazine.

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The next big online music service? Well, aside from Spotify, look out for We7.com. It enables you to stream tracks for free, without even having to download an application or enter any information. We're impressed.

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Fans of Bruce Springsteen are in for a treat this year. Not only did The Boss play for Obama's inauguration this week, but he's back with a new album, has written a song for the brilliant new film 'The Wrestler' and is even rumoured to be playing Glastonbury. Oh, and he's giving away songs free through 'Guitar Hero'. Check out nme.com/artists/bruce-springsteen for all the details.

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According to Phil Schiller's keynote speech at Apple's MacWorld exhibition, all songs in the iTunes store are set to be DRM-free by this summer. That means you'll be able to download tracks from the store and stick them on any MP3 player, even if it isn't an iPod. It also makes copying these MP3s easier than ever but, of course, we're not suggesting you should do that.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star and 'Seinfield' creator Larry David is the new star of Woody Allenâ

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Latitude - aka the new, cleaner, more manageable Glastonbury and everyone's favourite new(ish) festival - gets even better this year as they've banned Labour Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon on account of his support for a third runway at Heathrow. Photo: PA Photos

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'Telstar', the film about the life of legendary producer Joe Meek, is set for release in Spring 2009. The film stars Kevin Spacey - as well as Dirty Pretty Things' Carl Barat and former Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins. Barat plays the part of '50s rocker Gene Vincent, while Hawkins plays Screaming Lord Sutch. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Hotly-tipped duo Empire Of The Sun have announced the UK release details of their debut album. The band, which features The Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele, release 'Walking On A Dream' on February 23. The album is preceded by a single, also called 'Walking On A Dream', on February 16. The band made NMEâ

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With all the hype surrounding Little Boots (she topped BBC's Sound Of 2009 poll), it's easy to forget that the Blackpool-raised synth-pop star has yet to release a 'proper' single. However, she is currently holed up in Hollywood recording her debut album, which is due for release in the Spring. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Specials are reuniting for a 2009 tour to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The legendary ska band have announced they are getting back together to play a series of UK gigs next April. The gigs will mark the first time all members of the Coventry band have worked together since 1981 (bar songwriter Jerry Dammers, who didn't want to take part). To check the availability of Specials tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now. Photo: PA Photos

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Watford punks Gallows revealed last week (January 14) to NME.COM that the new album will be entitled 'Grey Britain'. The band have also confirmed details of a UK and Irish tour for May, including a show at the London Forum. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Hugh Jackman's back to help us all forget that 'Australia' monstrosity with 'X Men Origins: Wolverine', a spin-off from Marvel Studio's X-Men series. Currently generating a rabid buzz among comic-book nerds, the big-budget film is due out in May.

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Minor players in the early-'80s thrash scene that spawned Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, Anvil are now the stars of the first muse-see music film of 2009. â

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Kate Nash has demoed 14 songs for her new album, the follow-up to her 2007 debut 'Made Of Bricks'. Although none of the songs are definitively named yet, Nash says one of the key tracks, provisionally titled 'Kiss That Girl', has a "'60s girl-group" feel. See the new issue of NME, an in-the-studio special, for more details. Photo: Danny North

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Vampire Weekend intend to waste no time in following up their self-titled debut album. In addition to stop-gap track 'Ottoman', which emerged in September 2008, they unveiled a number of new songs on their November/December UK tour. Expect a second album to emerge in time for the festival season. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Natasha Khan releases her second album 'Two Suns' on April 6. It's the follow-up to 2006's Nationwide Mercury Prize-nominated 'Fur And Gold', and features a heavy '80s synth-pop influence. Go to NME.COM/BLOG to read our preview.

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Metallica will become only the second band to get a 'Guitar Hero' game all to themselves, following in the footsteps of Aerosmith. The game, which is currently scheduled for release in May, will contain songs spanning the entire career of the metal legends. Photo: Danny North

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Morrissey was forced to delay the release of his new album 'Years Of Refusal' from 2008 until early 2009 (February 16 to be exact) after record label problems, but it will be with us soon. The record is raw and ragged, having been mostly recorded live. The star will be coming to the UK in May for live dates, including a show in Manchester on his 50th birthday, May 22. Photo: PA Photos

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Seven years after the release of 'Goldmember', Mike Myers is set to release the fourth film in the 'Austin Powers' comedy series. This time around the plot apparently focuses more on Powers' nemesis Dr Evil than the British super-spy. No firm release date is yet in place. Photo: PA Photos

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Glasvegas headline this year's Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, alongside Friendly Fires, White Lies and Florence And The Machine, kicking off on January 29. The band are also set to feature heavily at this summer's UK festivals â

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Fan of Editors? Interpol? Then check out White Lies' debut album 'To Lose My Lifeâ

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Florence And The Machine have already featured on the cover of NME this year, being one of strongest tips to break through in 2009. You can check her out on the Shockwaves NME Awards tour, which kicks off on January 29 at Liverpool University. Go to www.nme.com/gigs for ticket details. Photo: Richard Johnson

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The Cure will be presented with the Godlike Genius Award at this year's Shockwaves NME Awards â

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After kicking off in 2007, the Underage Festival will enter its third year in 2009. The wildly popular event is only open to 14-18 year olds, and takes place in London's Victoria Park. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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The next instalment of the 'Grand Theft Auto' series is out on March 20, and is only available on Nintendo DS. In 'Chinatown Wars' you play the part of a young Triad member who must recover a ceremonial sword and avenge his father's death in Liberty City. You can also recruit new Triad members and tattoo them using the DS's touch screen. Nice.

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Season 7 of '24' is gathering pace (it kicked off on Sky One on January 12), its launch having been delayed until this year because of a writers' strike in the US. And there's more good news for fans â

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Jack Black is the star of a forthcoming video game, 'Brutal Legend', set for release in late 2009 on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Black has also written songs especially for the heavy metal-themed game, which includes thinly veiled references to the likes of Metallica, Motorhead and Judas Priest. Geek heaven. Photo: PA Photos

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Lily Allen is this week's NME cover star (January 21). Inside she gives us an exclusive guide to her new album titled 'It's Not Me, It's You', set for release on February 9. You can also watch a revealing video interview with Lily at NME.COM/VIDEO.

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The Enemy are currently in Wales recording the follow up to their 2007 debut 'We'll Live And Die In These Towns'. New songs include 'Elephant Song', a Led Zep-style rock beast, and 'Time For Tears', which boasts bouncing keyboards and a Prince-like guitar solo. As yet, there is no firm release date.

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Of Montreal will kick off their European tour this month. The cult band, who recently released their ninth album 'Skeletal Lamping', will treat UK fans to an outrageous, theatrical live show: at one LA gig last year frontman Kevin Barnes rode onstage astride a white stallion. Photo: James Quinton

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Why put up with rainy British festivals when you can book a cheap flight to a sun-soaked foreign bash. We recommend EXIT in Serbia, which runs from July 9 to 12. Or you could jet off to California's Coachella (April 17-19), which if rumours are to be believed may feature a reunion performance from Pavement.

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No exact release date yet, but Arctic Monkeys are promising another album before the year's out (read more in this week's mag), and with an appearance at Norway's Oya festival already confirmed it looks like the Monkeys will be a welcome fixture out in the fields this summer. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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If you like your guitars loud and your rock down-to-earth, then we bet you're already pretty excited about the summer, when Oasis hit stadiums around the country. As well as tracks from 'Dig Out Your Soul', and the usual suspects, Oasis are bringing along a bunch of their worthy disciples, including The Enemy, Kasabian, Twisted Wheel and The Hours. Photo: Danny North

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'Flight Of The Conchords' returns to our screens in 2009 for a second series. Bret and Jemaine have described the writing of the apparently final series as akin to the writing of a "difficult second album", and put the smaller number of episodes down to the pursuit of "quality not quantity". In the first episode the duo fire Murray as their manager and get asked to write an ad jingle.

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This year's Camden Crawl (April 24 & 25) will boast 150 bands over 40 venues in Camden plus a whole load of afternoon gigs and after-parties. It's been legendary every other year and this one should be no exception. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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if you thought Kings Of Leon were everywhere in 2008, they'll be unavoidable in 2009. In addition to bringing some much-needed rock and roll to next month's Brits, they're also playing arena shows in London and Manchester in June, and are heading out to Benicassim festival in July. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Boxing Day represents the longest possible time until another Christmas - but it also means the halfway mark between Glastonburys, and we're way past that now, thundering towards another wild weekend in Pilton to mark the start of the festival season proper. Whether you go for the bands (this year offers a stunning line-up let us assure you), the raves, the films, the healing, the balloons in the Green Fields or even the mud, it won't be long now. Photo: Danny North

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The Coachella Festival has been christened 'Bunse'-fest in the NME office due to the amount of bands that have reformed to play shows there, lured by the offer of a big payday. Jesus And Mary Chain, Rage Against The Machine and Pixies all played their first major shows back there, and this year it looks like Pavement (pictured) might follow suit.

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With Klaxons promising some epic, prog and kraut-influenced songwriting on their follow-up to 'Myths Of The Near Future', and the trio headed to France to start work with Midas-fingered producer James Ford, expectations are high. We can't wait. Photo: Tom Oxley

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As festivals go, Benicassim is right up there with the best of them. It's minutes from the beach, boasts a backstage pool and serves beer in litre cups, and this year it already boasts Kings Of Leon, Paul Weller and Franz Ferdinand on the line-up. It kicks off on July 16. Photo: Tom Oxley

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2009 offers a feast of exciting new music, with a host of female electro artists leading the pack. We all know and love Little Boots - but La Roux is fast gaining on her. Keep an eye out for releases in the next three months and a support tour for Lily Allen in March. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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Blur are set to reform in the summer - the legendary four-piece, who haven't performed together since 2000, will play two massive shows at London's Hyde Park on July 2 and 3, and have said they'll play a number of top secret warm-up shows around the country before that. Unsurprisingly, Glastonbury rumours have also been flying around. Whether the old chemistry will return remains to be seen, though. Photo: PA Photos

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Series Three of 'Skins' begins next week, with a whole new class descending on Roundview College for another few terms of chaos. Leader of the girls Effy (pictured front) sets the lusty boys a series of challenges to win her affection in the first episode and they rise to it in style. Check out nme.com/skins for more.

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Following on from last year's excellent triumvirate of headliners (Kings Of Leon, The Verve, Jay-Z), this year's Glastonbury festival looks to be topped by an equally cast - if the rumours are anything to go by. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Blur are all tipped to top the bill this year. The festival takes place from Wednesday 24th June to Sunday 28th. Photo: PA Photos

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