Peter Doherty has a new ambition - he's out to knock Oasis off their perch as Britain's biggest band. Despite having embarked on a solo career and with a Libertines reunion still a possibility, the singer has told NME his next album will give the Gallaghers a run for their money. Read the full story in the latest issue of NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday 6 May. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Paramore have swapped the wilds of Nashville for the sunshine of California to record their third album.The band have hooked up with Green Day and My Chemical Romance producer Rob Cavallo, and last week kindly invited NME along to the producer's private studio in Malibu. Read our report in the new issue of the mag, dated May 5. Pic: Pamela Littky
To help us get excited about summer '09, Lily Allen shares her impressive tales of festival fun in NME this week."I rang up Mohammed Al Fayed and asked if I could borrow his helicopter...we were at Glastonbury about 20 minutes later," the singer recalls. She also shares her top festival survival tips in our special Festival Guide issue. Pic: Tom Oxley
In Live this week, we cram into lots of north London pubs to report back on the bands that impressed at 2009's Camden Crawl. Our favourites include Samsung NME Radar stars The Chapman Family, Art Brut, Madness, The Big Pink, Little Boots and Kasabian. Plus, watch exclusive footage of Kasabian before they closed the show at NME.COM/video now. Pic: Richard Johnson
Your summer begins in our latest issue of NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday May 5. Inside, we name the 10 bands you must see this year, including Fleet Foxes (pictured), as well as the 10 new acts not to miss, and the 10 festival anthems that we reckon will soundtrack the summer. Pic: Nilina Mason Campbell
Those of you Blur fans who are hoping for a Blur reunion may have a long wait ahead, as it appears guitarist Graham Coxon is far too busy making his best solo album to date, 'The Spinning Top'. You'll find our trustworthy verdict on this release, as well as Maximo Park's latest offering, in the latest issue of NME. Pic: David Edwards
In Albums this week, we put Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' under the microscope. NME's Mark Beaumont was impressed with Billie Joe and co's power-pop manifesto. You can watch the video for new single 'Know Your Enemy' at NME.COM/video. Pic: Marina Chavez
No matter which festival you're going to, creating a decent playlist for the summer is just as important as packing your wellies...well, almost. To help, we've named the 10 tracks we believe will provide the high points of your summer in NME this week. And yes, Dizzee Rascal, The Horrors and The Prodigy have all made the cut.
Burt Bacharach may have inspired indie's biggest names, but the legendary songwriter has remained humble throughout his career. In 'What Rock 'N' Roll Has Taught Me' this week, he explains he's still very much learning his trade: "The most important thing I've learned is never be too comfortable. You've got to constantly work and craft".
VW Brown, The Breeders, Little Boots and Enter Shikari all have slipped into this week's 10 must-hear tracks.You can also watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage taken on the video shoot for Enter Shikari's new record 'Juggernauts' at
We kick start your summer in this week's NME, dated May 5. Inside, you'll find your Festival Guide for 2009, which includes listings, essential survival tips from Kasabian, White Lies and La Roux. Plus, Lily Allen shares her festival tales and remembers those spent with Liam Gallagher and Joe Strummer.