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Music's most fearless

  • In this week's NME we hail the 50 most fearless people in music. The list includes the likes of Rusko, the dubstep party boy who raises a middle finger to the purists.

    Photo: Richard Johnson

    Added: 08 Jun 2010

  • MGMT are in there too, on the strength of their polarising second album 'Congratulations'. "It's the kind of album critics may be writing reappraisals of 10 years from now," writes Barry Nicolson.

    Photo: Pieter M. van Hattem

    Added: 08 Jun 2010

  • Kele Okereke graces the cover of the issue, and gives a typically provocative interview in which he claims: "I don't listen to indie music any more."

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 08 Jun 2010

  • Damon Albarn makes the cut, since he's one of the 21st century's most rule-breaking figures, defining himself by continual unpredictable innovation.

    Photo: Andy Wilsher

    Added: 08 Jun 2010

  • Xiu Xiu are in there too, described by Lisa Wright as "a band that live, breathe and bleed their music."

    Photo: Matt Miller

    Added: 09 Jun 2010

  • As is Mike Sniper, lo-fi's new ringleader.

    Photo: Ben Rowland

    Added: 08 Jun 2010

  • Klaxons: "They take risks where other's don't even see the potential to take risks," reckons Gavin Haynes.

    Photo: Roger Sargent

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  • Diamond Rings: "He's a stereotype-exploding anti-hero and - if there's any justice - a megastar in the making."

    Photo: Jess Baumung

    Added: 08 Jun 2010

  • The Knife make the cut on the strength of their opera soundtrack, 'Tomorrow, In A Year', a creation that challenges the concepts of both classical and modern music.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 09 Jun 2010

  • Paul Weller might seem an odd choice, but his new album 'Wake Up The Nation' is surprisingly experimental.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 08 Jun 2010

  • And of course, how could such a list be complete without long-necked troubadour Darwin Deez? Check out the new issue of the mag for the full list - and suggest your own trailblazers over on the office blog.

    Photo: Danny North

    Added: 08 Jun 2010