On The Road With The Arctic Monkeys – Inside This Week’s NME (Nov 5)

Join us as we hook up once more with Arctic Monkeys, as they try to survive the madness that is touring the US of A. In between 20-hour drives along the freeways (filled with ‘Dual Survival’ and games of dice) and some of the best gigs they’ve ever played, there is talk of new songs and new haircuts, before one night takes a totally unexpected turn into a blacked out limo. Which is then followed by one of the craziest parties you could ever wish to attend, at the mansion of the guy who invented the ice cream cone. This is not a joke. Make sure you don’t miss out on the Monkeys’ craziest adventure ever.

Also in this issue, we meet up with Johnny Marr. The former Smith is now done with being a member of The Cribs, or Modest Mouse and, having painstakingly remastered every song in the Smiths’ catalogue for a box set, is now gearing up to get back out full-time as frontman for Johnny Marr & The Healers. Well, full-time if you don’t count the film scores, the autobiography, the collaborations with Best Coast…

Also, there’s a countdown of the 20 Best Dance Acts on the planet. From Noel G collaborators Amorphous Androgynous to dubstep pioneers SBTRKT, the state of electronic music has never been healthier, with new and exciting sounds popping up from new and exciting artists all over the globe. Here we present our list of the finest, and why you need to stand up, put them on loud and get on the dancefloor.

Oh yeah, and there’s the small matter of an interview with Damon Albarn. As ever, he’s got a ridiculous amount of things going on, from a gig with The Good, The Bad and The Queen to a completely new band, to God knows what else. But maybe most exciting of all is the prospect of new Blur activity in the not-too-distant future…

Plus, there’s a review of David Lynch’s first foray into music, and a brilliant review of the mighty SWN festival.

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