Lily Allen fights back in NME this week: "People think I’m an attention-seeker but I’m just honest. I can’t keep on living like this; it’s doing my head in." Read her frank interview, in full in the latest issue, dated January 21.
Could David Bowie really be the man behind the recession? NME journalist Gavin Haynes investigates if there is any truth in recent claims made on BBC’s ‘Today’ programme â
The Clash were once great fans of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (featured left). Having already covered ‘Police And Thieves’ on their debut album (a track co-written by Perry), Strummer and co enlisted Scratch to produce their third single, ‘Complete Control’, in 1977. Read about what rock’n’roll has taught the legend in this week’s issue of NME.
The Gossip’s leading lady, Beth Ditto explains how she has discovered her romantic side whilst producing the band’s new album. She tells us: "We’ve always been about dancing, but there’s a shitload of love songs in there. Writing down the tracklisting, we have 14 songs and seven had the word ‘love’ in the title."
Glasvegas are currently making some final preparations for the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, which kicks off this month (January 29). The Glaswegians have hinted their headline set could feature some songs from their forthcoming second album. The band will be joined on tour by Friendly Fires, White Lies and Florence And The Machine. Head to NME.COM/AWARDS now to get your tickets.
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The Prodigy will finally release their fifth LP ‘Invaders Must Die’ next month (February 23) after a disorderly period that nearly tore the band apart. Released through their own label Take Me To The Hospital, the record reunites Liam Howlett with Keith Flint and Maxim Reality on record for the first time since 1997.
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In this week’s in-the-studio NME special, Kate Nash explains how a year of constant touring has helped shape her new album’s material. "I’ve written more on guitar because of being on tour, and the ease of having a guitar there. It’s fun, it’s a lot rawer â
With the release of Lily Allen’s new LP ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ only a few weeks away (February 9), Lily explains to NME how she hopes that her second album will reaffirm her as a musician. She tells us: "It is important to me how this record is received, it’s not that I want to be taken seriously, but I would like to be known for something other than having my photo taken."
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Meet Fan Death. This disco duo have named themselves after a Korean urban legend’s tale of suffocating people as they sleep. You can read all about this mysterious pair in NME, out this week.
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Another band featured in Radar this week are Perth’s Tame Impala, who have just finished touring with MGMT in Australia. You can read all about them in the new issue of NME, on sale in all good newsagents now.
Radar stars Casiokids have released the first Norwegian-language single to get a proper release in the UK with ‘GrÃ¸nt Lys I Alle Ledd’. Find out more about them in the new issue of NME, on newsstands now.
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NME’s Martin Robinson comes face to face with some real-life desperate housewives when he joins LA troubadours, The Airborne Toxic Event, on their crazy Californian road trip. Read about the band’s on-road antics in full in NME this week, out now.
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In Albums this week, Franz Ferdinand’s long awaited third LP ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ is put under the spotlight. Singer Alex Kapranos tells NME: "It’s music for the dancefloor, (or) your bedroom as you psyche yourself up to go out, (or) a stranger’s bedsit coming down an hour before dawn." Read NME’s definitive verdict in the latest issue, on sale now.
Did you know that ever since Axl Rose labelled Eagles Of Death Metal (featured left)the "Pigeons Of Shit Metal" shortly before throwing them off a Guns N’ Roses tour, the band have since sold more ‘Pigeons Of Shit Metal’ T-shirts than their proper ones? Learn more about Josh Homme’s ‘other’ outfit in NME this week, where we review new album ‘Heart On’.
Pete Doherty and The Who’s Roger Daltrey are featured in Live this week as the unlikely duet took to the 02 Academy stage in Bristol to help boast awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust, of whom Daltrey is patron. Read the full report in NME, on sale in all good newsagents now.
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