In NME this week, read the first live review of Jack White’s and Alison Mosshart’s new band The Dead Weather, as they shared their first night out together as a duo in New York City. We describe the pairing as a great match, and you can find out why – by picking up a copy of our latest issue. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Florence And The Machine’s debut album, ‘Lungs’, is finally complete after a surreal process of ‘method’ recording involving werewolves, sleep experiments and a bag of rose petals. Read all about Flo’s bizarre techniques in the latest issue of NME, where she also admits to being extremely nervous about the release, out July 6, because “it’s so personal”.
Complete with a glittery gimp mask, Peaches steps onstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and puts on a show that fans are unlikely to forget. Highlights from the night include a blue-haired girl wearing a teapot for a hat and a man in nude-boy tights and carnival mask. The barmy star even introduces her parents to a mortified crowd. Read the definitive report in the latest issue of NME, out now. Pic: Tom Oxley
In the latest issue of NME, we name who your new favourite bands should be – LA’s Music Go Music are top of our list this week, and are joined by newcomers Crippled Black Phoenix and The Yeah You’s in the Radar section. Pic: Pamela Littky
Franz Ferdinand are set to release a new album, ‘Blood’ – a dub mix of recent album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ – on June 1.The record was originally available only as part of a limited-edition of initial copies of their third LP, until fan pressure convinced the band to expose it to a wider audience.”It’s something that was evolving all the time while we were recording with (producer) Dan Carey,” frontman Alex Kapranos tells NME this week. Pic: Tom Oxley
This week’s Radar focus In Case Of Fire have already got the upper hand after being blessed with a big-name producer, a major label and Gallows’ management. But can anyone stop their mission to take over the world? And should we care if their shamelessly widescreen pop-metal takeover is scuppered? Find out in the latest issue of NME, dated April 22.
The Enemy’s second album ‘Music For The People’ is scrutinised this week. Was it worth the wait? All is answered in the latest issue of NME.You can also listen to the Coventry rockers’ LP at NME.COM/artists/the-enemy now.
Rock legend Bob Dylan’s 33rd album ‘Together Through Life’ makes an appearance in this week’s Albums review section, along with Golden Silvers, Madina Lake, Blue Roses and The Noisettes.
On the eve of the release of the remastered ‘Tank Girl’ series, Damon Albarn’s creative sparring partner Jamie Hewlett and the character’s creator Alan Martin reveal all about the origins of Gorillaz, and the most rock ‘n’ roll comic book character ever – only in NME this week.
In the new NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday April 22, you’ll find your Euro Festival Guide 2009 free inside. It’s all you need to know about this summer’s overseas festivals. And you could win tickets to every festival featured. Kings Of Leon (featured left) are set to headline T In The Park and Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer.
The Virgins are happy to not appeal to the masses. Joining them on the road in Paris, frontman Donald Cumming tells NME this week:”If people are offended by us, well, they should get the fuck off the bus, man, this is a rock ‘n’ roll tour.”
NME was lucky enough to be the only UK magazine to get down with the fans at Green Day’s hush-hush comeback hometown gig and their smallest show in years.Showcasing new material for a carefully selected few, everyone at the Oakland event felt very privileged to be there. Speaking to a fan afterwards, they told us: “We’re absolutely excited to see Green Day at such a small venue for 20 bucks!” Head to NME.COM/blogs to watch fan footage from Green Day’s homecoming now.
As you’ve come to expect, we recommend what 10 tracks you should be listening to and can download this week. Franz Ferdinand, Bjork and Conor Oberst have all made it, and are mixed in with a few hidden gems.
Did you know Ride were going to be called Donkey? But, thankfully, they eventually named themselves after a piece of typography former frontman Mark Gardener (pictured) produced at North Oxfordshire College in Banbury.You can read more revelations in this week’s NME, where the shoegazing star speaks frankly about whether his band will ever reform and his bandmate joining Oasis in ‘What Rock ‘N’ Roll Has Taught Me’.
Gracing the NME cover this week are Green Day – we get exclusive access at their secret hometown show. Find out how their new material went down, only in the latest issue. Elsewhere, we celebrate Tank Girl’s 20th birthday.