Having kept the world guessing, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse have broken their silence to NME, revealing all about their unconventional album 'Dark Nights Of The Soul'. Boasting collaborations with the likes of The Strokes, Pixies, The Shins, and even legendary film director David Lynch, the pair have been working on the record in secret for the last four years. You can read all about the word's most collectable album in the latest issue of NME, out now.
Late Of The Pier certainly have a reputation as one of the highest-octane bands around, thanks to kinetic hits such as 'Space And The Woods' and 'Bathroom Gurgle' and their penchant for stagediving. However, frontman Sam Eastgate has told NME that it'll be more beanbags and lava lamps then moshpits and grazed knees for the immediate future. You'll find the bizarre report only in the new issue of NME, on sale now.
Jarvis Cocker stars in our Album section this week along with Phoenix, Passion Pit, Madness and Tori Amos, where we deliver our definitive verdicts on all. Pick up the latest issue of NME to find out who we're listening to in the office this week. Pic: Tom Oxley
This week's Radar focus are supersweet New Yorkers The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart, who are enjoying showering in the fountain of eternal youth. The outfit's keyboardist Peggy Wang tells us: "Playing in this band helps me hold onto the feeling of being young." Learn more about the young ones in the latest issue of NME, out now. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Hole-punching, vacuums, bottles and old CD racks...it's all in the new issue of NME, when Gavin Haynes visits Micachu And The Shapes and finds out about their home-grown mad musical world. Micachu, amongst many other fascinating revelations, confesses: "I like shit recording equipment, the outcome is much less obvious." Pic: Sam Jones
Marina And The Diamonds proof that a gig in a church doesn't have to be a reverential affair in Live this week as they play Leeds' Holy Trinity Church. Find out how the congregation reacted in NME this week, plus read reports from Scotland's Hinterland Festival and the Dark Was The Night event in New York. Pic: Danny North
In this week's issue of NME, we speak exclusively to Manic Street Preachers about their new album 'Journal For Plague Lovers'. Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield also gave us a track-by-track guide through the LP from the rooftop of the NME offices when they visited us last month, and, of course, you can read that too.
Pick up your latest issue Of NME to read about the retro-fantastic extravaganza that is the Samsung NME Radar Tour. La Roux, The Chapman Family, Magistrates and Heartbreak grace our Live pages this week, having travelled around the country on a mission to take us back to the '80s, singing to kids in sequins. Find out how the shows went down in NME this week, before heading to NME.COM/newmusic for more pictures and news from the tour. Pic: Andy WilIsher
With the sun shining, we seized the moment to take a trip to the seaside in Eastbourne with The Maccabees. Guitarist Felix tells us: "When all the touring finished, there's a moment when you're suddenly made aware you're doing this thing your friends would love to do as a job. So you have to try and make the best of it". You can read all about our trip to the coast in the latest issue of NME, where we also learn The Maccabees aren't too confident about their new album, despite rave reviews. Pic: Emilie Bailey
Alex Turner has told NME that the Arctic Monkeys' next album was almost scuppered after his bag was stolen. The band are currently finishing their third album in New York with producer James Ford, after sessions last year with Queens Of The Stone Age's mainman Josh Homme. However, the Sheffield group's singer revealed he had a bag stolen, which contained all of his lyric ideas for the new record. Read all about the incident in the new issue of NME, plus make sure you get next week's NME for the latest on Arctic Monkeys' third album, straight from the mixing desk. Pic: Tom Oxley
As usual the '10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week' spread is your one-stop-shop for the best new music and where to hear it; including newies from Tiny Masters Of Today, Just Jack, Archangel and Jamie T.
When Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995, he left a book
of lyrics in the safe hands of band mates Nicky Wire and James Dean
Bradfield. Now, just for NME, the Manics unravel the dense brilliance of
the guitarist's words used on their new album. In this week's Manics
special James explains: "I kept getting Richey's lyric book out then
putting it back - it was scary."
Did you know Husker Du and Sugar legend Bob Mould has also recorded electronic albums under the pseudonym of loudBomb (an anagram of his name)? Learn all about the man himself in his own words in 'What Rock 'N' Roll Has Taught Me' this week - he even confesses to enjoying a nice bit of speed back in the day.
In this week's NME, we speak exclusively to Manic Street Preachers about their new album, and working with ex-bandmate Richey Edwards' lyrics. You’ll find never-seen-before photos and original lyric sheets in our latest issue. Plus - Nicky and James Manic decode the new album 'Journal For Plague Lovers' for us.