The Enemy head up another bumper NME magazine this week. We speak to Emily Eavis and Manic Street Preachers, review the new Last Shadow Puppets album and catch Dirty Pretty Things live, plus there’s a chance to win some special Blood Red Shoes T-shirts. Plus there’s the country’s biggest gig guide, with 583 live shows listed. All this and more for just over two English pounds.
What do David Bowie, Damon Albarn and Alex Turner have in common? They’re all massively inspired by the legend Scott Walker. To find out why, and for the essential guide to his top ten moments, get this week’s NME.
Get today’s NME for the latest in the world of indie, including Liam Gallagher’s football plans, Faris Rotter’s Charlatans artwork, and ‘Skins’ Vs Foals rivalry round one.
As news emerges today of Pete Doherty writing IOU notes for drugs in prison, we speak to some of his friends and bandmates about the situation, and how he’ll cope.
All the love at the NME Awards was too much for Manic Street Preachers, and the following day they called each other up and vowed to get in the studio and make "a right old dirty racket". Find out more in NME magazine today.
Iggy, topless of course but this time with a stool on his head, is the star of our weekly glossy pull-out poster this week, in a shot taken from 1977. Pic: Chester Simpson
In Tracks this week: the sound of Bono’s state funeral (White Lies – pictured), a fat squelch of a disco track (Cut Copy), faux-epic string effects (Delays) and lots more.
As Santogold tops the Club NME chart in this week’s issue, we speak to her about punk, politics, and getting bugged by the FBI – and meet her party set of friends including Spank Rock, MIA, Diplo and Switch. Pic: Ed Miles
The Last Shadow Puppets release their semi-concept album based around a heartbreaker of a girl, ‘The Age Of The Understatment’, this week, and we’ve got the full verdict in today’s mag.
The Enemy previewed a new song during their Coventry Ricoh Arena soundcheck for NME, which they called "a cross between Led Zeppelin and The Verve". Find out more in their cover feature in this week’s mag. Pic: Tom Oxley
As The Enemy celebrate their homecoming, at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in front of 16,000 fans, NME was there to catch the exhilaration. The venue had to build an extra fire escape to handle the extra people they accidentally sold tickets to. Pic: Tom Oxley
Elsewhere in Live this week, and NME’s intrepid reporters caught The Ting Tings in Northampton, Boredoms in New York and Noah And The Whale in Leeds. Guess which one used a ukulele… Pic: Tim Cochrane
Dirty Pretty Things caught live at Snowbombing 2008, aka Bestival-on-Ice. Get the full round-up on the frosty fest, including sets from Madness, Lightspeed Champion and The Pigeon Detectives, in this week’s Live section. Pic: James Quinton
The Cool Kids played S.O.B’s in New York last week. Find out how cool they actually are, and what happened at the gig, in this week’s Live section. Pic: Guy Eppel
Blood Red Shoes talk exclusively to NME this week about Laura’s new boyfriend (Felix from The Maccabees) and life on the road together, plus there’s a chance to win a special Blood Red Shoes T-shirt. Keep clicking for more info on this week’s NME, out now! Pic: Ed Miles
Ladyhawke leads this week’s Radar section, which also introduces you to Teenagers In Tokyo, The Joy Formidable, and James Klaxons’ new favourite artist, John Maus. Pic: Ed Miles