On the cover this week: the judges have spoken, and The Cure will officially be crowned Godlike Geniuses at next year’s Shockwaves NME Awards. We catch up with frontman Robert Smith to get his reaction and talk about all sorts from tennis to suicide. We get excerpts from Pete Doherty’s new book, as well as rare images from ‘Cobain Unseen’, plus lots of lovely posters. All in this week’s NME, on sale October 29.
Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane talks Michael Jackson, Def Leppard and D’Angelo in this week’s My Music. Get his full selection in NME, on sale October 29.
Charles R Cross’ new book, ‘Cobain Unseen’, claims that traces of the Nirvana frontman can be found on the banks of Wishkah and his pets were his inspiration. Get more unseen pictures and revelations in this week’s NME, on sale October 29.
Rolo Tomassi may appear fresh-faced in Live this week, but don’t be fooled by their innocent appearance. There’s much more about this Sheffield band than meets the eye in this week’s NME, on sale October 29. Pic: Drew Farrell
Foals fill Brixton Academy in this week’s Live. The venue has housed many a legend in the past, so did the Oxford-based band successfully step up to the plate? Find out in this week’s NME, on sale October 29. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The festival season held onto the bitter end in Iceland last week for the annual Airwaves Fest – featuring the likes of Biffy Clyro, Vampire Weekend and CSS. Stage invasions, sex-faced blues and anthems a-plenty in this week’s Live section of NME, on sale October 29. Pic: Tom Oxley
Six years and five albums later have Girls Aloud succumb to generic, mundane pop nonsense? Of course not, see what surprises the girls’ new album has up its sleeves in this week’s NME (on sale October 29).
Razorlight are back with their third album offering ‘Slipway Fires’ in this week’s Albums, complete with ‘pearl fricking necklaces’. It made NME’s Hamish MacBain laugh, but was it through genius or idiocy? Get the mag and find out – it’s on sale October 29.
NME caught up with the easily excitable Florence Welch, frontwoman of Florence And The Machine, over in Iceland for this week’s NME. The well-spoken 22-year-old tells us all about being a rubbish student and her novel way of dealing with the haters. NME is on sale October 29. Pic: Tom Oxley
Sebastian and Ali from Heartbreak are well and truly flying the flag for the Italo disco resurgence in this week’s NME. "People think we’re taking the piss. [We] get written off as merely tongue-in-cheek. We get a lot of hate-blogging but that’s how we know we’re doing the right thing." Pic: Ellis Parrinder
Dinosaur Pile-Up are the third and final band to get the Radar treatment this week. Read all about the ‘foo-inspired beasts’ in this week’s NME, on sale October 29. Pic: Sam Jones
NME introduce the London/Brighton quartet Flashguns in this week’s Radar. They’re compared to The Maccabees and The Strokes. See why in NME, on sale October 29. Pic: Tim Cochrane
"Hip-hop with a conscience, hefty beats and nice trainers" – praise indeed for Radar star Master Shortie in this week’s NME (on sale October 29). Pic: Sam Jones
A shot taken from this week’s NME Gallery of the Klaxons. The band made their live return with a series of gigs in Holland, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Argentina and Chile last month. Get this week’s NME on sale October 29. Pic: Rogerio Stella
Bloc Party played their most unusual gig to date last Thursday (October 23)- inside Berlin’s Tempelhof International Airport ahead of its permanent closure on October 30. This shot is of frontman Kele Okereke before the show, featured in this week’s NME. Pic: Andy Willsher
Franz Ferdinand finally release news of their next album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ in this week’s NME, on sale October 29. Frontman Alex Kapranos told NME: "It’s taken so long because we’ve been enjoying ourselves so much!" Buy the mag to see when the release date is set to be. Pic: Richard Johnson