It's another bumper issue this week, with exclusive interviews with The Killers and The View, MGMT caught live and Glasvegas' Christmas album reviewed, plus the UK's biggest gig guide and all the insight and razor-sharp wit you've come to love and expect from your favourite rock weekly.
In the latest in our series of 'What Rock And Roll Taught Me' features, New Order/Joy Division bass hero Peter Hook talks about Ian Curtis' epilepsy, working with producer Martin Hannett and dog shit on door handles.
The Faces recently announced they're reforming. In this week's mag Hamish MacBain tells you why you should care about the original "gloriously shambolic rock'n'roll mess". Got to be better than Rod's solo efforts right?
Britney's back bitch, with her new album 'Circus'. Find out what NME's Hamish MacBain gave her latest effort - along with the definitive verdicts on new singles from Young Fathers, Dead Kids and Neon Neon - in the mag this week.
The Bronx's Matt Caughthran told NME magazine this week how punk saved him from being homeless, broke, and hooked on crystal meth. He's still no good at Jenga though. Get this week's mag to find out more... Pic: Danny North
London electro prodigy Dan Black spent two hours in NME photographer Tom Oxley's back garden jumping up and down on a trampoline for this week's Radar. The least you could do is buy the mag and stick the picture on the wall. Pic: Tom Oxley
Carl Barat spoke to us this week and revealed he wants "to be a selfish bastard". Find out what the ex-Dirty Pretty Thing has planned in this week's jam-packed news section. Pic: Joe Plimmer
Franz Ferdinand have just been announced as opening the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows next January. They'll be followed by the likes of Ida Maria, Simian Mobile Disco and Iglu & Hartley. Get this week's mag for the full listings - plus your voting form for the awards themselves.
This week a pile of new releases go through the NME grinder, including new efforts from Take That, Britney Spears, Justice's 'A Cross The Universe' DVD and Glasvegas' Christmas album. Pic: Andy Whitton
It's been quite a year for Brooklyn's MGMT. From nowhere they rose to transatlantic adoration, dropped a massive psychedelic masterpiece and provided us with some of THE moments of the summer festivals. We headed out to France to see how Andrew and Ben wrapped up their triumphant year for this week's Live section. Pic: Tom Oxley
Vulcan salutes and girls humping pillars: just your average NERD show. We were there to catch the carnage for NME's Live section this week. Pic: Richard Johnson
Meet Officials Secret Act, the Leeds foursome who are resurrecting the best bits of Echo & The Bunnymen and Fire Engines and must be the best band we've heard fronted by an eyebrow-less singer ever. Pic: Sam Jones
Screaming Tea Party: for fans of Pete & The Pirates as much as Slayer according to Rebecca Robinson, who met the threesome for their Radar feature this week. Pic: Tom Oxley
We hit the road with The View in a flurry of gigs, kebabs and bare arses to get the comeback interview and the first insight into their new material inspired, we kid you not, in part by Gustav Mahler. Pic: Ed Miles
Check out this week's mag for an insight into the always intruiging minds of The Killers - and their premiere tribute act The Fillers. Pic: Dean Chalkley