In Albums in the new issue of NME, dated August 16, we review The Verve's returning album 'Forth'. We say that 'the most unthinkable of (second) reunions climaxes in a typically heavenly storm' - read the full review in the issue now.
This week's cover stars Muse are interviewed in the latest issue of NME magazine, which hits shelves throughout the UK today. The V Festival headliners reveal their plans to fly in to the Festival via UFO ("health and safety are ruining it all") and talk us through their South American holiday snaps ("In Rio, we took a helicopter and flew around Jesus. It had to be done"). Elsewhere in the new issue - The Streets talk about their 'final album', plus MCR reveal why they are putting everything on hold.
In News this week Oasis announce that comeback single, 'The Shock Of The Lightning', will feature their first ever official remix, produced by The Chemical Brothers. 'Falling Down' will accompany the single when it is released on September 29. For the full story check out the new issue of NME, dated August 16.
Jamie Hewlett's 'Sandy' is exclusively featured in the Gallery section of the latest edition of NME. The character from 'Journey To The West', his collaborative album with Damon Albarn, forms part of the BBC Olympics coverage. "Sandy represents all the moments that we get really depressed about the morning after," explains Hewlett.
In 12 Steps this week we traverse the binds that link Wakefield's rebel-rousing indie trio The Cribs, to '80s pop-royal Prince and Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp. Get the proof that everything IS connected in the issue which goes on-sale throughout the UK today.
In What Rock'N'Roll Has Taught Us, in the new issue of NME, we speak with The Charlatans about their legendary careers - from the tragic death of guitarist Rob Collins ("It took about 10 years beating myself up about it for me to get past what happened," reveals Tim), vices ("Some days were complete oblivion because of alcohol and drugs") and the benefits of astute book-keeping ("We got fucked by our accountant in 1999. He took nearly Â£300,000...we only found about it when he took all his staff to Paris on a jolly.")
In the new issue of NME we pay tribute to the late, great Isaac Hayes, pictured here onstage here during his 1972 Wattstax concert in LA. The soul legend died of a stroke at home in Memphis on Sunday (August 10) at the age of 65.
Mike Skinner, a.k.a The Streets, reveals why he will be releasing only one more album after fourth LP, 'Everything Is Borrowed', gets released on September 15. "The next album is the last album...maybe when I'm 40 and broke I might come back, but that all feels a bit pants," reveals Skinner in an exclusive interview.
NME reviews the vibrant and strange new project from Field Music man Peter Brewis, The Week That Was, in Albums. The self-titled debut record has been lauded as 'one of the curveball LPs of the summer', and is set for release next week.
Manchester's indie-techno shoegazers Working For A Nuclear Free City are interviewed for Radar in the latest edition of NME magazine. The US success stories reveal the details behind their double-sided US album release and explain how their Blighty take-over bid was thwarted by guitarist Gary's diseased liver: "We were waiting 10 days afterwards for Gary to take a shit or fart...once you've done that they send you home." Pic: Ed Miles
My Music in this week's new issue of NME sticks its mic into the ear of The Subways Charlotte Cooper, who reveals her musical top picks, including guilty pleasure Kylie Minogue ("she's been my favourite artist since I was about three") tearjerker 'Plans' by Death Cab For Cutie ("it makes me kinda hopeful again...") and her hero PJ Harvey ("being a female in the band myself, she's someone to look up to") Pic: Andrew Whitton
Baltimore-based art-poppers Ponytail make playground riot tunes to rival the anarchistic screech-levels of many an under-ten. "I'm pretty comfortable with going nuts," proclaims singer Molly Siegel, who alongside guitarists Dustin and Ken plus sticksman Jeremy, are interviewed in Radar in the new issue of NME, dated August 16. Read the full story in the magazine plus catch the foursome on tour throughout the UK this September. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Antipodean musical math-magicians Pivot are the focus of Radar in the new issue of NME that hits UK shelves today. The trio - guitarist Richard, electronics-brain Laurence and drummer Dave - are out to make the "perfect album...perhaps we never will, but that's why we keep trying". Decide if they've done it by checking out their second album and first international release, 'O Soundtrack My Heart', in the NME.COM Media Player now. Pic: Ed Miles
In our V Festival preview special NME interviews folk-poppers Noah And The Whale about their ascent to the charts as happy-clappy new single '5 Years Time' breaks into the Top 10 on downloads alone, as well as their freshly-found buzz-band status. "Going Top 10 doesn't mean anything to me," reveals dapper singer Charlie Fink. Read the full story in the new issue, plus catch the band onstage at V Festival this coming weekend.
Mudhoney's Mark Arm brings grunge to London's Kentish Town Forum. The Seattle legends performed a gig filled with their classics, including 'Suck You Dry' and 'The Lucky Ones' to a packed venue on July 31. Pic: James Quinton
Brit trio Metronomy hit the Big Apple. The dance-troupe performed a gig (illegally) on Friday August 1 in Brooklyn Union Hall. Read the full story in the latest edition of NME, dated August 16. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke onstage at Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival earlier this month. NME reviews the festival in full in the new issue, which hits UK shelves today, including storming performances from the likes of CSS, Black Lips, Rage Against The Machine and MGMT. Pic: Guy Eppel
In the new issue Craig Finn, iconic frontman of The Hold Steady, reveals the facts behind acclaimed new album 'Stay Positive' ("the record ended up being about holding on to youthful ideals") plus speaks out about getting older ("at my age there are a lot of men who are angry and bitter at things they would have done"). Catch The Hold Steady at V Festival this coming weekend. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem