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Yo Majesty's Shunda K boasts that her lyrics are "so gay theyâ

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At last year's South By South West festival an over excited fan grabbed one of Yo Majesty when they had stripped off. They administered physical justice upon him. Photo: Tim Saccenti

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Yo Majesty. A third member of Yo Majesty refused to tour the UK after delayed flights convinced her God was against the tour. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Yo Majesty are from Tampa, Florida and consist of Shunda K and Jwl B. Rapper Shunda K used to be married to a minister, despite the fact that sheâ

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The Ting Tings. So far the band have released two singles: 'Thats Not My Name' and 'Fruit Machine'. Photo: Claire Morris

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The Ting Tings. Singer Katie White couldnâ

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Ting Tings singer Katie White. Their debut singleâ

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Manchester's Ting Tings are Katie White and Jules De Martino. The pair used to be in a band called Dear Eskiimo, while Katie in a girl band called TKO as a teenager called TKO. They supported 5ive and Steps. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Rascals drummer Greg Mighall. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Rascals are: (l-r) Greg Mighall, Miles Kane and Joe Edwards. The band were previously known as The Little Flames. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Rascals' Miles Kane. The band list Queens Of The Stone Age as their biggest influence. Their debut EP, 'Out Of Dreams', is available now. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Liverpool's The Rascals. Singer Miles Kane is the cousin of two members of The Coral, has recorded an album with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and occasionally plays guitar with the Monkeys onstage. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Courteeners. "2008 could be our year", says singer Liam Fray in our NME New Noise issue, out now. Photo: James Quinton

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Liam Fray of Manchester hopefuls The Courteeners. Between its release as a single and it being recorded for the album Liam Fray changed the lyrics to the song â

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The Courteeners live. The band's debut single, 'Cavorting', was released in August 2007 and sold out immediately. A second single, 'Acrylic' was released in October 2007 and reached Number 44 on the UK Chart . Photo: Danny North

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The Courteeners are: (l-r) Michael Campbell, Mark Cuppello, Liam Fray and Daniel Conan Moores. Singer Liam also occasionally plays solo. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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The Courteeners. The band have regularly sold out huge Manchester venues without releasing singles. They've recently finished recording their debut album with Blur, Smiths and Babyshambles producer Stephen Street. Photo: Danny North

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MGMT tour the UK in February and March. Head to NME.COM/GIGS now to buy tickets. Photo: Guy Eppel

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MGMT's debut album 'Oracula Spectacular' is out officially in April, but available on iTunes now. Photo: Peiter M Van Hattem

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Brooklyn duo MGMT are Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. For live shows the band perform as a quintet. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Lightspeed Champion's Dev Haynes. Dev was born in Houston, Texas, to Christian parents and moved to London aged 4. Photo: Andrew Kendall

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Lightspeed Champion's debut album, 'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge' is released at the end of January and comes accompanied with a comic drawn by Dev himself. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Lightspeed Champion. Dev Haynes was formerly a member of London art-punks Test Icicles. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Dev Haynes of Lightspeed Champion. Dev once recorded an unreleased album of Killers songs which accidentally got deleted when his laptop broke. Photo: Sam Jones

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Joe Lean of The Jing Jang Jong. Read our interview with him in the New Noise 2008 Issue of NME, out now. Photo: James Looker

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Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong get wet. The band were signed after their seventh gig and have so far released one single, 'Lucio Starts Fires'. You can see them live on the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 tour. Photo: Ed Miles

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Joe Lean onstage. The singer's real name is Joe Van Moyland and he is related to the father of psychoanalytics, Sigmund Freud. Before he recruited the Jing Jang Jong Joe was a TV actor and played drums in Brighton girl group band The Pipettes. Photo: Sonia Melot

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Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong. The band are (l-r) Panda, bass, Tom Dougall, guitars, Joe Lean, vocals, Dom O'Dare, guitar and Bummer, drums. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Glasvegas. NME writer Tim Jonze liked the band so much he started a label to release their debut single. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Glasvegas live. The band have played gigs in prisons, while drummer Caroline McKay stands up to play, in the styleof Mo Tucker from The Velvet Underground or Bobby Gillespie in The Jesus And Mary Chain. Photo: Danny North

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Glasvegas. Ian Brown personally rang them up to ask them to support him after hearing a demo CD. Photo: James Quinton

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Glasvegas are: (l-r) Caroline McKay, James Allan, Rab Allan, Paul Donoghue. Rab and James are cousins. Photo: Danny North

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Friendly Fires live. The band once had their equipment stolen at knife point in the middle of a gig. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Friendly Fires singer Ed. The band hail from St.Albans, also home to Enter Shikari. They started out as a hardcore punk band called First Day Back. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Friendly Fires at home in St.Albans. They count newsreader Michael Buerk among their fans. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Friendly Fires live. The band mix '80s house with punk and were the first unsigned group to play Channel Four's 'Transmission'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Friendly Fires are: (l-r) Edd, Ed, Jack. Read our interview with the band in this weeks's NME. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Foals, this week's NME cover stars. Foals once made a MySpace movie with the cast of 'Skins'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Foals' debut album was recorded with top New York producer Dave Sitek, but the band decided to mix their own record, as they were unhappy with his efforts. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Foals. Singer Yannis recently broke his foot kicking an amp onstage. Photo: Ed Miles

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Yannis Philippakis of Foals. Before he formed the band, Yannis played in cult Oxford math-rock act The Edmund Fitzgerald. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Foals at last year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The band are (l-r): Jack Bevan, Jimmy Smith, Edwin Congreave, Walter Gervers and Yannis Philippakis. Photo: Danny North

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Black Kids live. To download the band's debut 'Wizard Of Ahhhs' EP for free head to www.blackkidsmusic.com. Photo: Richard Johnson

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Jacksonville's Black Kids. The band play at Club NME Canterbury on January 28th before setting out on a national UK tour with Kate Nash. Photo: Ellis Parrinder

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Reggie Youngblood of Black Kids. Read our interview with the band and our ten other tips for greatness in 2008 in our NME New Noise issue, out now. Photo: Richard Johnson

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Florida's Black Kids. Led by singer Reggie Youngblood (left), the band gained attention playing on the middle of a festival bill in Athens, Georgia, before their show at last year's CMJ Festival in New York became the most talked-about set of the week. Photo: Ellis Parrinder

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