Blur have been officially crowned this year's band of the summer. According to NME's Festival Survey 2009, the comeback kings clocked up the most honours, with 'Tender' voted the ultimate summer anthem and the band's Hyde Park gigs hailed as the summer's most defining moment. Pic: Danny North
White Lies have made rare track 'Taxidermy' available as a download. The song, which forms part of the gloom-rockers' live set, became a fan favourite after it was released on the seven-inch vinyl version of their 'To Lose My Life' single back in January. Pic: Andy Fallon
Vampire Weekend have confirmed that the mysterious blonde we keep seeing on music sites is their doing. The snap, which had people puzzled when it appeared as an unexplained ad on websites last week, is actually the artwork for 'Contra', the New Yorkers' second album, which will be released on January 11. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Foals will debut new material this month to celebrate their label Trangressive's 10th birthday. "New songs will be played," Yannis Philippakis said of the September 25 show at Heaven in London. "Trangressive helped us out a lot when we first started," he added. "They put up with us when we spoke a lot of shit."
HEALTH are what Led Zeppelin would sound like if they formed today. The LA-based noise machine have just released their second album 'Get Color'. The band's singer Jake Duzsik confidently tells us: "There's something unique about our music, something that's very now." Pic: Andy Fallon
Simian Mobile Disco's Jas Shaw is petrified of milk. Jas admits, "It's the milk's milkiness that's bad," before the duo's other half [James] butts in, "You know the way you put milk into tea and it dissipates into water? Well, he [Jas] once said he found that sinister."
Example is ditching his rhymes for a career in teaching. The rapper reveals his intention to start a new life after telling us how he once snorted a line off someone's belly button. "I haven't taken drugs for some time, I was trying to be controversial," he says. "Anyway, once I've had five albums I'm going into teaching."
Dinosaur Pile-Up have told NME they are "over the moon" Pixies have asked them to open up their European tour. "They're legends to a lot of our generation. It'll be an honour and we will be very shy. It'll be awesome," said frontman Matt Bigland.
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NME has tickets to the forthcoming Fly53 NME Radar Tour up for grabs. Golden Silvers, Marina & The Diamonds, Yes Giantess and Local Natives are all on the bill and the tour kicks off on September 26 at the 02 Academy, Oxford. Head to NME.COM/winradar now to get your mitts on tickets. Pic: Andy Fallon
'The X Factor''s Simon Cowell says if The Beatles had appeared on the show, he would have told them to drop Ringo Starr, suggesting the drummer was not talented or good-looking enough. Pic: PA Photos
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O's song 'All Is Love' is featuring in adverts aiming to tackle the USA's youth obesity problem. The track, which features on O's soundtrack to the forthcoming film 'Where The Wild Things Are', appears on the 'Did You Play Today?' ad, aimed to encourage kids to be active. You can watch it here.
Speech Debelle will sing about Jade Goody on her next album. We caught up with this year's Mercury Prize victor after the ceremony, and she told us, "The only song I've written so far for the next album is about Jade Goody. There's so many things about her life that are lessons, know what I mean?" Pic: Tim Cochrane
Muse are preparing to resemble giant "prisons" onstage for their upcoming mega gigs. Matt Bellamy and co reveal their wacky plans in NME this week. "We're planning to create a group of utilitarian-style buildings onstage, like prisons that we're going to be locked in," Bellamy declares. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The best way to survive touring is to fly first class, according to Pixies legend Frank Black. "I've earned a reputation as being someone who doesn't like to fly, but that's not exactly true," he says. "I enjoy travelling quite a lot and any nervousness I have about flying is alleviated by flying first or business class."
You can win a limited edition boxset of Muse's new album 'The Resistance', courtesy of NME.COM. We've put together the ultimate goodie bag for you to celebrate the trio's grandiose new album, which includes band T-shirts, posters, an iPod shuffle, along with a very special boxset. Head to NME.COM/win now to enter.