In NME this week, we take a trip to the Big Apple to reveal the latest on Arctic Monkeys’ new LP. During our visit, leading Monkey Alex Turner reveals that it may not be completely what we’re expecting and tells us: “The next record will be full on. There’s a bit that’s like Sabbath on there.” Read our findings in full, in the latest issue of NME, out now. Pic: Tom Oxley
The Redcoats and raincoats go head-to-head at Butlins in Minehead for ATP in Live this week, where Devo, Killing Joke and Future Of The Left all took to the holiday camp stage. NME’s Emily Mackay was sent to join the party for the weekend. Pick up the latest issue of NME to find out who made her wish it could last forever (trust us, she’ll make you sorry, if you missed it). Pic: Danny North
LA plaid warriors Local Natives are the focus of this week’s Radar section. You can learn all about the band in NME this week, then we recommend you head to NME.COM/newmusic/radar to download exclusive track ‘Sun Hands’. Pic: Pamela Littky
Eminem returns to Albums this week with his eagerly awaited release ‘Relapse’. Find out why NME’s Louis Pattison is less than excited by the LP and even describes as “too joyless” to truly count as a return to form, in the latest issue of NME, dated May 23.
Guts, gore and bile – Future Of The Left are back, still singing about the darker side of life. NME’s Jamie Fullerton was sent to find out if they’re as twisted as their lyrics suggest in the latest issue. Speaking about the new album, which is set for release in June, FOTL singer and guitarist Andy ‘Falco’ Falkous explains: “It’s about a guy who’s a Santanist trying to cope with every day life.” Read the report in NME this week and discover how you could get a goat to a bloody orgy – if you ever wanted to that is. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The Specials shrugged off illness to play five London shows on their reunion tour last week at the 02 Academy Brixton – and we, for one, were glad to be there. Terri Hall was in fine voice as the band played an uplifting hit-packed set before a devotional crowd. The set included classic tracks ‘A Message To You Rudy’, ‘Gangsters’ and 1981 UK Number One single ‘Ghost Town’. Read the live report in full, in the latest issue of NME, on newsstands now. Pic: Andy Willsher
Having stormed the charts with Number Two hit ‘In For The Kill’, La Roux’s Elly Jackson has revealed that she is to make the surprise move of being a songwriter for other musicians under a secret pop pseudonym after recently being headhunted. Though she can’t say who, she does share how she is enjoying conjuring up her alter-ego for the job in the new issue of NME, out now. Pic: Andy Whitton
Leading Horrors Faris Badwan (featured left) shares his top musical picks in My Music this week. Inside, he reveals what he’d wish he’d written and what he plans to play before he dies. ‘Some Velvet Morning’ by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood gets a mention, as does Rowland S Howard’s ‘Autoluminescent’. For Faris’ ultimate party list, pick up NME this week. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The new season of ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ is here, so we shipped Alan Woodhouse off to a swanky hotel in the windy city of Chicago to find out what comedic delights are in store this time. You can read our findings in the latest issue of NME and watch behind-the-scenes footage at NME.COM/office now.
Pic: Tom Oxley
This week’s Radar focus are San Francisco’s oddly named psych-pop outfit Girls (they are actually guys). The pair recall the moment they were united to sing about heartache and prescription medicine: “I met JR (Chet White) through my girlfriend,” says Chris. And then, when we both broke up with our girlfriends, we just starting phoning each other to hang out.” Read their heart-warming tale in the latest issue of NME, out now.
In our Albums section this week, the legendary Iggy Pop makes a return with his newie ‘Preliminaires’. Plus, you’ll also find trustworthy reports on Grizzly Bear, Marilyn Manson, Mika Miko and Post War Years.
This week’s helping of free downloads and video clips includes new tracks from Florence And The Machine, The Field, Dinosaur Jr and Regina Spektor.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor tells us this week: “We get some weird requests from fans. One guy got us to sign his asshole. But I didn’t look.” Find out what other tough lessons rock ‘n’ roll has taught the masked legend in NME, out now.
In a world exclusive, we take a special trip to New York City and spend 24 hours locked-up in a studio with Arctic Monkeys to witness the making of their third album. You can view the findings, in the new issue of NME, dated May 23. Plus, we explain exactly why Eminem’s new album sucks so much.