Shockwaves NME Awards hosts Mathew Horne and James Corden introduce us to the special edition NME this week, which has our notorious awards covered from every angle. From backstage barneys to the very messy after-parties, it’s all here.
Today’s NME is a commemorative issue from last week’s Shockwaves NME Awards, which for Klaxons at least means mascara, dead crows and masturbating over the front cover of the mag. Get the issue for all the interviews, gossip, backstage pics and more.
A whole host of new albums get reviewed in NME this week, including latest efforts from Adam Green, Operator Please, Be Your Own Pet, Les Savy Fav and The Kills.
As well as our seven free glossy posters in the middle of the mag, NME today has a full page shot of We Are Scientists’ Keith Murray and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders, from their recent Shockwaves Album Chart Show gig last week. Pic: James Quinton
Vampire Weekend wrote the dictionary definition of crunk. No really, keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij actually did, during an internship for the Oxford English Dictionary. Find out more about it, and all the latest news, in NME, out today.
Are Paramore about to split up? Find out the truth behind their erratic blogs in NME this week. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Find out how wooden spoons and side-stepping puberty shaped troubadour Johnny Flynn into an astonishing songwriter in this week’s Radar section. Pic: Ellis Parrinder
This week’s NME has a load of free posters, featuring The Enemy, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Pete Doherty, Kate Nash, Muse, and this stunning glossy double page shot of last week’s Big Gig, which saw NME and the indie army take over London’s O2 for the night. Pic: James Quinton
The Hold Steady rock Glasgow’s Garage last week with support from The Haze. Read the NME verdict on this and the rest of the week’s gigs in today’s mag, which is a Shockwaves NME Awards special. Pic: Drew Farrell
The Wombats played a jam-packed Shockwaves NME Awards Show in London last week. Read all about it, and the pain support band Glasvegas suffered, in NME’s Live section this week. Pic: James Quinton
Kaiser Chiefs at the O2 Arena for last week’s Big Gig. Read all about their set – including press-ups and crowd-swimming – in this week’s bumper issue. Pic: Danny North
Enter Shikari live at London’s Astoria for their sold-out Shockwaves NME Awards Show. Last time they were here they also sold it out, despite being unsigned. Pic: James Quinton
CSS and Mystery Jets are caught live in this week’s issue, along with The Kooks, The Wombats, The Hold Steady, Cazals and an acoustic set from We Are Scientists. Pic: Guy Eppel
Last week someone from The Young Knives’ promotional team broke the finger of NME’s Alex Miller for his review of the band’s new album. Read what caused the ruckus in this week’s mag.
This week’s NME has all the carnage from the Shockwaves NME Awards. ‘The Mighty Boosh’ won Best TV Show for the second year running, and Julian Barratt broke a two-month spell of sobriety to celebrate. Read what he had to say about ‘finding out he was gay’ in the issue. Pic: Dean Chalkley
This week’s NME is a bumper issue commemorating the infamous Shockwaves NME Awards 2008. Inside, Best Live Band Muse tell us how a burning smell on their plane in Italy almost stopped them attending. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Well somehow we did it – we managed to cram the entire experience of last week’s Shockwaves NME Awards, from soundcheck to after-party, into one bumper issue. Inside, Arctic Monkeys talk to us about winning Best British Band, Best Video, AND Best Track. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Kimberly Stewart helps The Enemy celebrate winning Best New Band. Tom Clarke was off the booze at last week’s Shockwaves NME Awards. Read all about their day, which incidentally included having to get the tube there, in this week’s mag. Pic: Dean Chalkley
This week’s NME is a massive Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 special issue. All the conquerors, caners and casualties are here, plus seven free posters, a round-up of the final Shockwaves NME Awards Shows, the new Young Knives album reviewed, a bumper Radar section on the best new music you need to hear, the country’s biggest gig guide with 548 live shows listed, news on Damon Albarn’s next gig, a topless woman with CSS and loads more.