This week’s NME (15 April 2009)

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On the eve of the release of Graham Coxon’s seventh solo album ‘The Spinning Top’, NME visits the Blur guitarist at home to see how he’s coping with the onset of the Blur reunion. Amongst many fascinating tales, he speaks frankly about the past and tells us: “I used to play so begrudgingly in the old days. I was such a mard-arse and I regret that.” You can watch Coxon play live on the rooftop of a hotel in Texas at SXSW last month at NME.COM/Video now. Pic: David Edwards

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Old skool ravers The Prodigy have officially become idols again after returning to the live stage in Cardiff last week. NME’s Martin Robinson was there reliving classics like ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ along with a crowd completely jumping out their
own skin. Read the energising review in full, in the latest issue, out now. Pic: Andy Willsher

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MGMT have shunned the urban sprawl of Brooklyn by heading into a forest deep in upstate New York to record their second album. The duo have ditched 24-hour convenience for a studio deep in the wilderness, Find out why in NME, out now.
Pic: Jo McCaughey

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Style: “Film2”

The Virgins self-titled debut album is put under the microscope in NME this week, where NME’s Rebecca Robinson warns that this LP is one that will mess with our heads – in a good way. Judge for yourself by listening to the album in full, from
Monday (April 20) at NME.COM/artists/the-virgins.

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Theophilus London is the latest hip-hop artist to hail from New York. The slick Brooklyn swagger talks NME through his fascinating songwriting process: “The first thing that comes to my heart is the first thing I go with. Then I sit and repeat the same thing in my head, and let it build on itself, like a mantra.” Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 – Show – London

Blur have given NME an exclusive look at the bills for their reformation shows in Hyde Park this summer. The comeback kings play two giant shows in London (July 2 and 3) and have hand-picked the bands who will play ahead of them. Foals, Crystal Castles and Friendly Fires are among the lucky few.  Pic: PA Photos

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We catch up with ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine’s new favourite band The Strange Boys in Radar this week. You can learn all about them, including why drummer Matt Hammer’s place in the band was guaranteed purely because he was a skater – only in NME, out now.

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Art Brut return to Albums this week with their long-awaited new LP ‘Art Brut Vs Satan’. Find out if the eccentric London punks managed to impress NME’s Gavin Haynes, only in NME, dated April 15. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Radiohead have been taking inspiration from some unexpected sources. Apparently the next album may betray a heavy krautrock influence. Read the intriguing report in full, in NME, dated April 15.

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As usual, we tell you which tunes you should be listening to this in our ’10 Tracks You Have To Hear’ section. Dizzee Rascal, Nine Black Alps and Oasis have all made the cut this week.

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Ex-Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell tells us this week: “Alcohol and drugs got in the way of what I wanted to do.” He also explains why playing solo beats being in a band. Find out why in the latest issue of NME, where the vocalist shares what rock ‘n’ roll has taught him.  

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As independent record shops around the world celebrate Record Store Day (April 18), NME’s Barry Nicolson looks at what these scared spaces mean for music and asks what the future holds for them. Read his findings in the latest issue of NME, out now, where we also name our favourite UK indie outlets.

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In this week’s issue of NME, you’ll find our special Stone Roses
edition. Inside, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s iconic
self titled debut album with the help of fellow Manchester tykes, the
Gallagher brothers’,  who explain exactly why they love them so.

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