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This week's news in pictures (6 December 2008)

  • The Cribs are set to release a triple-disc DVD capturing their special 2007 'Cribsmas' shows in Leeds. 'Live At The Brudenell Social Club', out on December 15, captures the band performing all their three albums â

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  • Starsailor have announced details of a new UK tour. The jaunt kicks off in Glasgow on March 26, calling at various places across the UK, including Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and London. Tickets for the gigs go on general sale on December 5, although a pre-sale on the band's (website) gives fans the opportunity to buy tickets from 9am on December 3. To check the availability of Starsailor tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now. Pic:Andy Willsher

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  • Little Joy, the side project of The Strokes' drummer Fab Moretti, have announced their first UK dates. The band will play a series of gigs across the UK in January, shortly before Moretti is scheduled to rejoin his bandmates to start work on the follow-up to 2006's 'First Impressions Of Earth'. Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • The View, Black Kids, Howling Bells and Roots Manuva are to play Shockwaves NME Awards shows in London in February next year. Meanwhile, Ida Maria, Tricky, Iglu & Hartly and The Wombats will play shows in Manchester and Glasgow. The bands join the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Simian Mobile Disco and Mystery Jets, who had already been confirmed to perform. To check the availability of Shockwaves NME Awards shows 2009 tickets, go to NME.COM/GIGS now. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Coldplay, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Kanye West have received multiple nominations for the forthcoming Grammy awards. Lil Wayne is up for eight gongs, Coldplay are in contention for seven, while Jay-Z, Kanye West and Ne-Yo have received six. The nominations were announced via a televised concert that featured Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and BB King.

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  • Coldplay have added an extra London Wembley Stadium date to their forthcoming UK tour - with a very special support act. Girls Aloud, a firm favourite of Coldplay singer Chris Martin, will also play on the newly announced September 18 date. The gig will be the first of two shows the band play at the massive venue - they had already confirmed a show there, set to take place on September 19. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Gallows previewed material from their new album at a tiny pub in central London this week - although the gig was marred by a 'groping' incident. The band took to the stage at the Old Blue Last shortly after 9:30pm (GMT) to play a set that included new material. From the off, frontman Frank Carter was in buoyant form, although late into the band's set the singer became embroiled in an altercation with an audience member. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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  • Morrissey has revealed the cover art for his forthcoming new album, 'Years Of Refusal', set to be released on February 23. The cover for the follow-up to 2006's 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors', which will be preceded by a single, 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris', features the former Smiths singer clutching a baby.

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  • Britney Spears tickets have gone on sale today (December 6) for her tour to support the release of brand new album 'Circus'. Spears, who celebrated her 27th birthday this week, will kick off the live shows in her home state of Louisiana at the New Orleans Arena on March 3. Pussycat Dolls will be the opening act.

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  • Nickelback will play a five-date UK arena tour next May. Chad Kroeger's rockers will kick off the jaunt at the Manchester MEN Arena on May 22 and wrap it up at the London O2 Arena on May 28. To check the availability of Nickelback tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Pigeon Detectives have cancelled two tour dates after singer Matt Bowman was struck down with a chest infection. The Leeds band cancelled this week's (December 1) show at the Glasgow Barrowlands after Bowman was examined by medical staff at the venue. They were then forced to postpone the December 2 show at Nottingham's Rock City. Pic: James Quinton

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  • The View have announced details of the release of their second album, as well as a UK tour. The band release the record, called 'Which Bitch?', on February 2, and hit the road the following week. The tour includes an NME Shockwaves Awards show at London's KOKO on February 10. To check the availability of The View tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Pic: Ed Miles

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  • Guns N' Roses insiders are supposedly blaming the band's (relatively) poor chart placing for comeback album 'Chinese Democracy' on Axl Rose. The album was beaten to the top of the UK charts by The Killers' 'Day And Age' last week (November 30). Sources have said that record bosses are fuming because Rose has been AWOL for the last two months - meaning he hasn't done any promotional work for the album. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has hinted that their forthcoming new Butch Vig-produced album could take a "power pop" direction. The frontman did not reveal song titles or details of the songs they are currently working on in the studio, but namechecked The Creation, The Who, The Beatles, Cheap Trick and The Jam as possible influences. Pic: Dean Chalkley

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  • The Specials are reuniting for a 2009 tour to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The legendary ska band have announced they are getting back together to play a series of UK gigs next April. In an exclusive interview in this week's issue of NME, frontman Terry Hall said that the band were playing in 2009 to celebrate their significant birthday, having considered reuniting five years ago. Pic: PA Photos

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