Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure is set to lead a mix of political debate, comedy and late-night parties at this year's Reading And Leeds festival. McClure and the Instigate Debate team are set to lock horns with a panel discussing the issues of the day on both sites. You too can get involved and join The Rev on this year's panel – head to NME.COM/win to find out how. Pic: David Edwards
If you're struggling to book a table in a fancy restaurant you can use the name Julian Casablancas. The frontman, who is the last Strokes member to go solo, has added restaurateur to his many talents. "It wasn't my brainchild. I went to check it out and it really blew my fricking mind. Can you use my name to get a table? You might be able to. They use my name to advertise it", laughs Julian, discussing his LA eatery. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
We Are Scientists' newest member (ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows) has been everywhere but the studio, after teaming up with the duo. "I've been down to Athens [Georgia], it sounds off the beaten track, but my time there has not curbed my ability to spend the entire night hanging out and wake up with a hangover that impedes my day," he brags. Next stop Miami.
Remi Nicole is not a fan of Kasabian and can't sit through an entire set. "Kasabian are overrated, when I went to see Oasis at Wembley it was the worst line-up ever - it was Reverend And The Makers, The Enemy, Kasabian and then Oasis," she said.
Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno is not always well-received onstage. "We played one night with Arctic Monkeys in Japan, they were in a Karaoke bar and Alex was like 'Come down and have a go'. The only one I could muster was 'Come On Eileen' - I remember it not going down too well. Everyone was looking at me going, 'You knob, what are you doing?", he confesses to NME. Pic: Andy Whitton
Jane's Addiction are on a global mission following their recent brief 24-hour London tour. Perry Farrell is determined to keep Jane's going: "I want us to be recognised as one of the great live groups on the planet. I can't perform like that at 80 but I can do it at 60, so we've got 10 great years left." Pic: Phil Wallis
Graham Coxon's riffs and crazed onstage antics have helped make Bombay Bicycle Club. Guitarist Jamie explains how: "I play mostly rhythm guitar and he's (Coxon) a good example of a really, really good rhythm guitarist, there's hooks in his rhythm guitar-playing. He is such a different guy onstage to his personal life". Vocalist Jack then adds: "I think that's another similarity to us. We're really quiet then we get onstage and we actually rock out a lot and act quite mad." Pic: Ed Miles
Blood Red Shoes think The Libertines are overrated. "The Libertines are what you get when you take the music out of rock'n'roll. A load of chancers who jumped on The Strokes' bandwagon, but wrapped in a Union Jack - yet even the feeblest Strokes out-takes shits over anything they did," said the duo when asked to take part in our poll of the most over-rated bands and artists. Pic: Ed Miles
Young Rebel Set are fast movers. It took just four days for the Northern England newcomers to form the band and play their first gig. Gruff frontman Matt bravely explains how they coped by hitting the bottle and how those times are already behind them. "The band was just a piss-up and now we had to take it seriously," he said. Pic: Danny North
There would be no Duran Duran if there was no Clash or Sex Pistols. The band's keyboardist Nick Rhodes reminisces about the early days and expresses his gratitude to his punk heroes in NME. "I remember going to a punk show in Barbarellas in Birmingham and seeing someone onstage and actually thinking, 'I can play all that. All the chords on the guitar. I could do that'. That was a real epiphany for me." Pic: PA Photos
The XX got their name from typing out potential combinations on a word processer - they just liked how the 'X's looked together. London's barmy gloom-rockers have streamed their debut album 'The XX' on NME.COM a week early. Judge their release for yourselves by heading to NME.COM/artists/the-xx and listening in full. Pic: Tom Oxley
MGMT have recruited Spaceman 3 legend Pete 'Sonic Boom' Kember for their second album after they met earlier this year at a London nightclub. Kember says fans should expect to be taken on a special evolution. "They certainly aren't looking to make 'Oracular Spectacular' 1.2. Without a doubt the new album is broader in its sounds, arrangements and emotions than anything they've done before - it's set to be an avatar of its era."
Speculation that Julian Casablancas' decision to go solo means the end of the band is just that. The Strokes mainman tells NME in a world exclusive interview: "We've got lots of songs, we want to knock it out of the park! We're pretty much ready to go but, at the same time, we're not going to rush anything. By early next year we should be done for sure."