This week's NME cover stars, Franz Ferdinand, allow us behind-the-scenes of their long-awaited third LP and tell us: "It's always gonna sound like Franz Ferdinand, but in a different way."
Our Tracks section gets a makeover with brand new feature 'the 10 tunes you have to hear this week'. The latest must-haves include U2, Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen.
Public Enemy's Chuck D tells us: "Some people don't seem to know that Public Enemy still exist because they don't see us on TV, but I don't mind that. If I want to be visible or famous, all I need to do is rob a gas station or something but who is stupid enough to do that?" Learn more about the hip-hop legend in the new issue of NME, on newsstands now.
Millionaires (featured left) are part of a new force currently storming the US, known as horra-hop (the next generation of emos to the rest of us). We describe the new nu-metal as "stranger than Justin Collins, Jimmy Carr and James Corden rapping about men boobs" only in NME this week.
Our Radar section features Marina And The Diamonds this week. The north-London-based songstress tells us: "I hated my first songs. If they ever came out, I would die!" Learn all about her in the latest issue, out January 28.
Upholding this week's strong Radar girl theme are Le Corps Mince De Francoise. We describe the Helsinki trio's sound as a "tropical rave of experimental pop-flavoured madness". Read the full report in NME, out across UK newsstands now.
Manic Street Preachers are currently readying the 'sequel' to their classic 1994 album 'The Holy Bible'. As NME revealed, the band have been working with legendary lo-fi producer Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana) on a collection of lyrics left behind my missing guitarist Richey Edwards. The band have told fans the album, set for release this spring, will be "a record that celebrates the genius of his words".
In the latest in-the-studio NME special, Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes, explains how her new album 'Two Suns' will be more "dynamic" and "lush" than it's predecessor, 'Fur And Gold'. Yeasayer will also feature on the LP, out this spring.
The nominations for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 are in, and Alex Turner and Noel Gallagher are going head-to-head with the most nods. Noel has seven with Oasis and as an individual â
Did you know that all four members of The View (featured left) branded themselves with hot crucifixes upon finishing their 2007 debut LP 'Hats Off To The Buskers' to solidify their band's unity? Learn more about our Dundonian heroes in NME, dated January 28, where we review second album 'Witch Bitch?'
In this week's Live, The Virgins play their first high-profile UK show of 2009. We sum up the gig by saying: "The Virgins have impressively made their case for being massive in 2009." find out exactly how in the latest issue of NME, out now.
Franz Ferdinand's frontman Alex Kapranos explains to NME how he finds out if his new songs are much cop. He tells us: "When we were writing the new record if we'd get a few songs together we'd just do a show, turn up in a pub, not really advertise it, and just send a few texts messages about it." Read more in this week's NME cover feature.
Animal Collective have already established themselves as early contenders for 2009's album of the year title, but things haven't always been so easy for Maryland's crazy pop scientists. Find out why in this week's NME, on sale now.
Bruce Springsteen is back with his 16th LP release 'Working On A Dream'. Find out which track reduced NME's reviewer Leonie Cooper to tears - in a good way â