In NME this week we pay homage to the enigmatic legend Dennis Wilson. "Everything that I am or will ever be is in the music," he once said. "If you want to know me, just listen."
Britain’s best new band, Scots rockers Glasvegas, grace this week’s issue of NME, dated June 21. NME visits the band in their recording studio in Brooklyn, where we find them putting the finishing touches to their debut album, scheduled for release this autumn.
NME explores the depression, addiction and turmoil behind Leeds-based foursome The Music, and looks ahead as the band make their long-awaited musical return with new album ‘Strength In Numbers’. Listen to it in full in the NME Media Player.
In 12 Steps in this week’s NME we prove that everything – from The Jesus And Mary Chain to Shane MacGowan and Michael Eavis – is connected. Read our twelve step breakdown in the issue.
We investigate the strange case of the ‘Bruised Madonna’ t-shirt in this week’s issue of NME, dated June 21. The increasingly iconic Crystal Castles t-shirt, which features a painting of a black-eyed Madonna by underground artist Trevor Brown, takes its own bashing as we look at the darker side of the debate. Fashion statement – or plain bad taste?
Austin garage-rock trio White Denim release ‘Workout Holiday’ on June 23. NME reviews the unexpectedly joyous album from the lads in the new issue, out today, plus you can hear the album in NME.COM’s Media Player from Friday (June 19).
Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros return this month with their fifth studio album, ‘Meo suo Ã
Johnny Borrell, helmsman to indie-pop titans Razorlight, performing onstage at the Scotland-based Rockness Festival on June 8. NME’s Jamie Crossan finds out how the likes of The Cribs and CSS went down with the punters, in the Live section. Pick up your copy of NME today. Pic: James Quinton
Kings Of Leon onstage at Cruzan Amphitheatre on West Palm Beach, Florida, last week. The Pearl Jam support gig was the band’s first show since February. They opened with a brand new tune, ‘Crawl’, taken from their fourth album, scheduled for release in September. Pic: Jo McCaughey
In Radar this week NME gets the low-down on Kid Sister, aka Melissa Young – rap’s coolest new talent. The Chicago-based, irrepressible electro hip-hopper’s radio-slaying single, ‘Pro Nails’, features none other than Kanye West. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Conor Kiley of Holy Ghost Revival howls "You’re all a bunch of fuckin’ pussies!" to hyped-up, booze-fuelled punters during their Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes gig on June 5. We review the audience-bating, beer-stealing psycho-rockers London show, in the Live section. Pic: Guy Eppel
The Radar section also takes a look at psychedelic, funky bright young things, Golden Silvers, who’ve bagged themselves a slot on the Other Stage at Glastonbury while still technically unsigned. Pic: Andy Fallon
In NME this week indie hot shots Glasvegas divulge what it’s like to shoot from obscurity into being ‘the most important British band of your generation’. "We’re a long way from the Tesco Value range these days," quips frontman James Allan.
Glasvegas frontman James Allan divulges his musical fears: "Sometimes when I’m writing music, I’ll have sleepless nights because I’ll be wracked with doubt." Read the full interview in the new NME, dated June 21. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
The News section in this week’s NME checks out Franz Ferdinand’s tiny gig at east London’s Macbeth pub. The group plan to play more small shows as they finish their new album, to showcase some of their ‘pretty heavy’ new songs. Pic: Andy Willsher
Check out this ace full-page picture of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl at London’s Wembley Stadium in the Gallery of this week’s new issue of NME, out now. Pic: Tom Oxley
In My Music this week, Guy Garvey of Manchester indie veterans Elbow reveals his musical picks – including Sting’s ‘Englishman In New York’. "Sting can write a song…but I can’t forgive him for ‘Rise And Fall’ with Craig David. That’s the most ridiculous shit I’ve ever heard."
Pic: James Quinton