Sam Sparro released his debut album this week. We gave it 6/10. Find out why in the mag, out today. Pic: Tom Oxley
Could Lightspeed Champion be planning a Michael Jackson covers set for his Reading and Leeds festival shows? He’s talking to us about his summer plans in news this week. Pic:Andy Willsher
Americana, electro and raggae all play a part on Albert Hammond Jr’s debut album ‘Como Te Llama’. Read the full interview with the man – including his promise that "The Strokes ain’t dead" – in NME today. pic:Tim Cochrane
They’ve been through facial paralysis, jail, and divorce, but indie’s unluckiest band have survived it all and made it into this week’s Radar. Get NME today to meet The Envy Corps. Pic: Pieter Van Hattem
Football chants and a dedication to "The Roses, Oasis, The Smiths, James and New Order" from Liam Fray can only mean one thing – The Courteeners play their homecoming in Manchester. Pic: Andy Whitton
Evan Dando, shot for NME in 1993 (when they were known just as Lemonheads), is the full-size glossy poster at the back of this week’s mag. The Lemonheads’ ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ won the classic album award at last week’s NME Awards USA.
The first ever NME Awards USA saw Los Angeles taken by storm last week. Mark Ronson stagedived, Kelly Osbourne got in a verbal spat with that host, and Klaxons got elegantly wasted – again. We’d expect nothing less, and the full report is in the mag today.
Tokyo Police Club didn’t manage to get their merchandise past customs, but they still made it to their gig at New York’s Bowery Ballroom in time. Read the full report in NME, out today. Pic: Guy Eppel
The Ting Tings do the triple this week, getting a third Track Of The Week award for their new single ‘That’s Not My Name’.
Get today’s mag for live reviews of Ladyhawke (pictured) at the Camden Crawl, The Raconteurs in Nashville and Tokyo Police Club in New York. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Ipso Facto, at London’s Underworld during Camden Crawl, were probably the only band to drink red wine onstage that night. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Green Day are this week’s NME cover stars, and we take a look at how they’re planning the follow-up to ‘American Idiot’, and bring you the full guide to all their side projects.
Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Ipso Facto, Future Of The Left and Operator Please are some of the bands we caught during last week’s Camden Crawl in London.
"There’s things on this [new] record that make us really disturbed. This album’s a lot less silly," Lovefoxxx, frontwoman of CSS, tells us about the group’s new LP ‘Donkey’ in this week’s mag. Get the full lowdown in the new issue, out today.
Pic: Tom Oxley
Crystal Castles’ self-titled debut album heads up our reviews section this week, which also sees the NME verdict on Scarlett Johansson’s debut record and Sam Sparro’s new effort.
We asked The Courteeners’ Liam Fray about the sound problems at their recent Manchester gig and he replied, "What sound problem? Was that when the crowd went over 400 decibels? That was the only sound problem I noticed, when the crowd were deafening."