Sam Sparro, Plugs, OK Tokyo, Make Model and more go through the NME grinder in Tracks this week.
It’s a week of low-scoring albums this week. Fall Out Boy’s live LP only mustered a 6/10 while James stooped as low as 5/10 with their latest.
Razorlight’s drummer Andy Burrows releases his first solo album ‘The Colour Of My Dreams’on May 26. "’Andy Burrows goes solo!’" he laughed. "I was in sweats after hearing that for the first time."
The Courteeners head up an issue that sees everyone from Babyshambles to Razorlight, The Rascals to The Kooks crammed into 66 pages. Plus there’s 481 gigs in the country’s biggest gig guide, album reviews of The Long Blondes and The Breeders’ latest efforts, a chance to win Download tickets and loads more.
As Pete makes his way behind bars and Babyshambles vow to stick with him, news has emerged of their forthcoming DVD. Get the low-down on this and all the latest music news in NME, out today.
Another poster-sized pic, this sees Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo join The Cribs at their Music Hall Of Williamsburg show in Brooklyn on March 20. Pic: Guy Eppel
This full page shot in today’s NME is taken from We Are Scientists’ new video for ‘Chick Lit’ on Wicklow Mountain in Ireland. The dogs are pomeranians, Paris Hilton’s favourite. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The Enemy just completed a six-night stand at London’s legendary Astoria venue, beating the previous record of five nights by Blur. We spoke to frontman Tom Clarke to find out how that feels. Pic: James Quinton
Jarvis Cocker once likened Kate Jackson’s vocals to Barbara Streisand. See how that affects The Long Blondes’ new album ‘Century’ in NME’s Albums review section this week.
The Kooks’ new album ‘Konk’ got 5/10 in this week’s mag. See why their "brainless Britpop-by-numbers" particularly galled NME’s Leonie Cooper in the issue out today.
Team Waterpolo are set to hit the road on the Topman NME New Noise Tour with Crystal Castles, White Lies and Friendly Fires, so we went to check them out in Glasgow to see how they’re shaping up. Pic: Drew Farrell
The Teenagers held their own ‘under 18s only’ prom night at Islington Central Library in North London last week. NME joined them for a sneaky beer in the disabled toilets for this week’s Live section. Pic: Tom Oxley
The Futureheads disrupted Ross Millard’s neighbour’s Alicia Keys sing-along last week when they hosted a gig at his flat in Newcastle. We were down the front reporting for the Live section. Pic: Danny North
Simian Mobile Disco are reviewed live in this week’s mag from The American Museum Of Natural History in New York City. Pic: Guy Eppel
Nemo, pre-epic, or post-math? Forward, Russia! discuss their new sound, and a fair bit about puffins and ducks, with NME’s Gavin Haynes in this week’s mag. Pic: David Ellis
Fans of Felix Da Housecat, New Young Pony Club or Hercules And Love Affair should get this week’s NME to read about Sam Sparro, the genre-shifting Radar star. Pic: Tom Oxley
Manchester’s The Courteeners are this week’s cover stars. We find out how they think they shape up in a city of legends, and Liam Fray talks us through his top five Manc icons, including Tony Wilson, Noel Gallagher, Paul Scholes, Morrissey and Guy Garvey. Pic: Andy Fallon
This week’s NME is another bumper issue, and could possibly kick-start another few celeb spats. In the Courteeners cover story, frontman Liam Fray calls Lightspeed Champion a "div" and Joe Lean "a weird old careerist". Pic: Andy Fallon