As everyone knows, history’s greatest leaders and geniuses have a knack for a memorable speech, a way with words that the average Johnny-come-lately could never pull off. In this week’s mag, we’ve got a brand new Noel interview full of our 2012’s Godlike Genius’ classic brand of wisdom, pithy bon mots and incisive character assassinations, the type that prove why people have been hanging off his every word for nearly two decades now – and will be for many, many more years to come.
There are also iconic free pull-out posters of Iggy, Zeppelin and Bowie, shot by legendary snapper Neal Preston, whose Gods & Rockers: The Rock & Roll Photography Of Neal Preston exhibition is showing at London’s Snap Galleries until March 3.
Upfront, we’ve got insider information on Jack White’s solo return – White Stripes songs in tow, by all accounts – Gorillaz’ sessions with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and a report from the first night of the NME Awards Tour. There’s also the lowdown on The Cribs’ “punk roots” comeback, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to each night of their totally sold out February/March UK jaunt. Full details inside.
Elsewhere, NME goes on the road and gets morbid with the death-obsessed Mastodon, Frank Carter’s Pure Love reveal their future plans, we profile incredible Brooklyn hardcore band The Men in Radar (seriously, if you’ve not heard their new track ‘Open Your Heart’ yet, where the hell have you been?), tand alk groupies with Howler’s Jordan Gatesmith.
Alongside the UK’s biggest and best weekly gig guide, we dole out high ratings to new records by Sleigh Bells and Perfume Genius, and get a first look at Chicago scruffs Smith Westerns’ new material live in New York.