Six months ago no one on earth had heard of Lana Del Rey. Right this second, she’s the biggest and most talked about new act on the planet. In a rare and totally off guard interview, the artist formerly known as plain and boring Lizzie Grant shakes off the bullshit and reveals the woman behind the (defiantly not surgically-enhanced) mask. “I’m a psycho!” “I’m so nervous…” “Is this real?” Time to meet the real Lana Del Rey.
Also in this issue, why is Noel Gallagher pronouncing himself “a genius, just like God”? Because NME has just announced that everyone’s favourite motormouth and architect of more indie anthems than any individual in British music history is to be honoured as NME’s Godlike Genius 2012. “I’ve dreamt of this moment since I was 43 years old,” he tells us. Find out exactly why he deserves it inside.
Plus, following a slew of new Pete Doherty tracks appearing online, we ask the question: Will he ever release another album? We also head down to Brixton to see his comeback show. Did he turn up, and was it any good? And with their album charting at number four, why are Enter Shikari so angry? The small matter of a fucked-up world on the brink of collapse could be the answer.
As well as all that, there’s your chance to win four tickets plus accommodation to ATP Festival in December, where The National will headline and curate, Graham Coxon tells us about the time he touched Morrissey, Karen O joins Santigold on stage (and does some shrieking) and we give the verdict on Pulled Apart By Horses’ gut-busting new album.
Oh, and there the small matter of four amazing iconic free posters featuring the legendary Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Syd Barrett and Bob Marley.