Another Wednesday, another bumper issue of NME. This week we’ve got the first major interview with The Last Shadow Puppets, news on the new Raconteurs album, a round-up of the best bands from SXSW and loads more.
This week we meet uber-dark twosome The Gutter Twins, aka Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli, and NME’s Nat Cramp has a guide to their career highlights so far in Screaming Trees and The Afghan Whigs.
The Raconteurs managed to get their album from studio to shop in a staggeringly short 25 days. Find out how in news this week. Pic: Stephen Berkman
REM return with one of their best albums in ages this week, ‘Accelerate’. Get the full NME verdict in Albums this week.
Neon Neon, with Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, were one of the buzz bands of SXSW last week. We caught up with them for Live, and spoke to Gruff about festivals, broken gear and DJing in car parks. Pic: Andy Willsher
The Mars Volta, aka "the wankiest band this side of the River Styx" according to one NME reviewer that caught their three-hour show live this week. Pic: Drew Farrell
Radar this week introduces Ox. Eagle. Lion. Man., who talk God, the music industry, and singing in the shower at SXSW. Pic: Andy Willsher
Glasgow’s Make Model are among the plethora of new talent featured in Radar this week, alongside A Place To Bury Strangers, Pissed Jeans, White Denim and Fleet Foxes. Pic: Tom Oxley
Late of The Pier caught live at the Polish Eagle Club in their hometown, Nottingham, last week. They were supported by mentalist digi-punks Kap Bambino. Pic: Danny North
The Long Blondes are back, with a new direction (actually, there’s about seven new directions on the new album). They chose London’s Amersham Arms to preview the new material, and we were down the front. Pic: James Quinton
The Last Shadow Puppets – aka Miles Kane and Alex Turner – gave their first full-length interview to, guess who – NME. We found out how well the two know each other, and what the other three Monkeys think of the project. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Last Shadow Puppets are this week’s NME cover stars. Get the lowdown on the making of their debut album in this week’s mag. Pic: Dean Chalkley
At the Shockwaves NME Awards last month, Faris Rotter said of The Enemy before presenting their award, "they’re young, they’re beautiful and they laugh in the face of natural selection". Read Tom Clarke’s riposte in this week’s mag.
CSS in ‘hot sex’ video scandal! Read all about it in this week’s NME. Pic: Guy Eppel
Stars of our forthcoming Topman NME New Noise Tour 2008 Crystal Castles ripped up SXSW several times last week – check this full page shot out in NME this week. Pic: Andy Willsher
Back in ’86, the Beastie Boys’ ‘Licensed To Ill’ became the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard Album Chart. This full-page glossy shot of the threesome in Central Park sits opposite Peter Robinson Vs Yannis from Foals and brings another jam-packed NME to a close.
The Mystery Jets ditched their dad, ditched prog and are now all 80s-obsessed. We sent Gavin Haynes to meet them and find out what’s going on. Pic: Andrew Whitton