Kings of Leon’s Mark Ronson remix of ‘Pistol Of Fire’ makes the top spot of must-hear tracks this week. Ryan Adams, The Maccabees, Howling Bells and The Jesus And Mary Chain have also successfully made the shortlist.
Gerard Way is this week’s NME cover star, dated February 18. Inside, the My Chemical Romance frontman exclusively tells us why his graphic novel ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is set to be turned into a Hollywood film.
Green Day have announced that they will release new album ’21st Century Breakdown’ in May. However, the cover of the trio’s eighth studio album (featured left) features a kissing couple stencilled on a wall, and immediately prompted fans to contact NME suggesting that the design is not dissimilar to Blur’s 2003 effort ‘Think Tank’.
Cure legend and Godlike Genius Robert Smith tells NME: "I don’t care if I don’t get paid again for anything I ever do. I’ve earned far more than I ever thought if I’d been running the fucking world." Smith also explains how to become a successful diva when explaining what rock ‘n’ roll has taught him this week.
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We review the Manchester leg of The Cribs’ five-date mini tour in this week’s Live section. The gigs served as a road-test for the new songs Johnny Marr and co have been writing together before they head into the studio. Read the report in full, in NME, on sale at all good newsagents now.
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Speaking to NME this week, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way (featured left) has revealed that Hollywood is looking very likely as the destination for his graphic novel series ‘The Umbrella Academy’. He told us: "The film got optioned a couple of weeks before San Diego Comic-con (last July) by Universal Pictures."
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Kasabian are set to make their live comeback by headlining this year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton. The chart-conquering rockers will top the bill at the seaside event, which takes place at venues across the city between May 14-16.
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This week’s issue of NME includes free posters of ‘Skins’ star Kaya Scodelario (Effy in the show), MGMT, Klaxons and Muse (pictured).
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Pete Doherty gave a lecture to the University Philosophical Society at Dublin’s Trinity College last week (February 4). There to impart his learned wisdom on "life, love and much more", NME listened in to what he had to say. You’ll find the best bits from Pete ‘historic lecture’ in the latest issue, out now.
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The Prodigy make their long-awaited return in Live this week with their fifth LP ‘Invaders Must Die’. Find out if their new rock’n’rave onslaught for a new generation impressed in the latest issue of NME, dated February 18.
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U2’s The Edge tells NME this week: "I tried to talk Bono out of meeting George Bush." Find out exactly what happened behind closed doors when we were kindly invited into the political titans’ Dublin studio for three days, only in our latest issue.
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Sebastien Grainger (featured left) of now split dance-metal duo Death From Above 1979 returns to Radar this week with his project Sebastien Grainger And The Mountains. Fans of the old chaos need not be disappointed. "It’s still a rock ‘n’ roll show," Grainger admits. "I still talk shit, scream and get bloody. We just to have a good time and freak out."
Meet Radar stars The Temper Trap. We predict these Aussies are destined for major things, and even remark on similarities with one of Nirvana’s first shows by saying that "you could almost see the lighters and the big stadiums". Learn more about them in the latest issue of NME, dated February 18.
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