The Horrors deliver the album we’ve all been waiting for with their second offering, ‘Primary Colours’. NME’s Martin Robinson is certainly impressed and sums up his review by saying, “This feels like the British art-rock album we’ve been waiting for.” Judge for yourself by listening to the album in full at NME.COM/artists/the-horrors now. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Peaches, Gallows and The Maccabees are also put through their paces in Albums this week, where we deliver our definitive verdicts on their latest releases. You can read the reviews in full by picking up the latest issue of NME, on sale now.
In this week’s NME we explore the possibility that The Big Pink are the world’s most well-connected band, linking the epic duo to My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Crystal Castles and many more. But how? Find out in our brand new issue, out now.
NME takes a trip to a disused radio complex in Berlin to find out how The Rakes’ new album, ‘Klang’, came together. Singer Alan Donohoe bluntly explains why recording on home turf was not an option. “The London music scene is so dull right now, it’s a swamp of shit,” he says. “We wanted to make our third record somewhere inspiring, away from the distractions of home.” Pic: Tom Oxley
LA teens Mika Miko are the stars of this week’s Radar section and they explain how tough it is being young in the music business. “We began to hate not-all-ages places because we wouldn’t be allowed to be in the club, we’d have to be in some back room in a closet or leave straight after we played,” says singer Jennifer. “So I feel like we always wanted to play all-ages shows so everyone can come, music is something which by definition should not be exclusive.” Pic: Pamela Littky
Also featured in Radar this week are Parisian four-piece Koko Von Napoo, who are on a mission to put French music back on the map with their sexy vibe. Find out if we think they’ve managed it or not in the latest issue of NME, out now.
Kasabian brought Camden Crawl to a europhoric end last weekend (April 25), showcasing their new album ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ to a rapturous crowd at the Roundhouse. Singer Tom Meighan was in energetic mood throughout, blowing kisses to fans in the front row. You can watch exclusive footage of Tom and his bandmate Sergio Pizzorno backstage at the gig at NME.COM/video now. Pic: Richard Johnson
PJ Harvey takes to the stage at Oxford Brookes University Student Union with John Parish and puts on an utterly spellbinding show. As the duo play material from their new album ‘A Woman A Man Walked By’, Polly yelps, woofs and demands the “fucking ass” of a man with “chicken liver balls”. Crikey. Read the full review in this week’s NME, out now. Pic: Andy Willsher
CSS singer Lovefoxxx has banned herself from making music. Apparently the trials of life on the road have put her off and she says that touring “sucks your soul”. Read the full story and find out what’s next for the band in this week’s NME. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Manchester gets treated to the voodoo ritual that is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ live show. NME’s Martin Robinson was awe-struck down the front and recommends you rob your own grandmother for a ticket to see them! Read his live review in the latest issue of NME, in which we also pick out the best bits of Coachella 2009. Pic: Andy Willsher
Beth Ditto makes her long-awaited return in 10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week with the Gossip’s comeback single ‘Heavy Cross’. Jarvis Cocker, Kasabian, Deerhunter and Ebony Bones have also made it into the mix.
Did you know that, contrary to popular belief, the first song Graham Coxon wrote and sung in Blur wasn’t ‘You’re So Great’ on ‘Blur’? Check out ‘Red Necks’ on the B-side to ‘End Of A Century’ to hear his first offering. Then pick up the latest issue of NME, where the Blur guitarist shares his views on Twitter, Peter Doherty and why he hates east London in What Rock’N’Roll Has Taught Me…
After the recent protest at Coachella and the frosty reception The Killers have had in their native US, frontman Brandon Flowers lashes out and tells NME, “We have been embraced in Britain in a way that I’ll never understand and it’s so wonderful. But, here, people are so obsessed with Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, those sorts of bands. It’s not just us; there are a lot of great bands that have been confined by the influence of these people we’ve put up on a pedestal.” Pic: Dean Chalkley
In the new NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday, April 29, The Killers prepare for a traditional British summer – playing headline slots at V, T In The Park and Hard Rock Calling – and Brandon Flowers is coming out fighting. “There was a petition to stop us playing Coachella,” he tells us. “They can fuck off.”