Arcade Fire are among many acts that have come forward to contribute rare and exclusive tracks to a new compilation project - with Yeasayer and TV On The Radio also being recruited by Brooklyn band The National - for a special double album to raise money for Aids charity Red Hot.
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The Clash's Mick Jones tells NME: "You have to be a very well equipped emotionally to deal with fame and it's not easy to forget that being in a band is not reality." The legend also makes his feelings known on his old pals Pete Doherty and (the late) Sid Vicious in 'What Rock 'N' Roll Has Taught Me' - read it in this week's NME.
Meet Busy Signal - he's arrived from the Jamaican dancehall scene to offer a glimpse of hope for all of us who are becoming overwhelmed by the current urban apocalypse. Find out how he intends to revive us all in this week's latest issue.
Brooklyn's quirky duo MGMT sum up what has been one spectacular year in this week's latest issue - then share with the rest of us their cunning plan of how they intend to beat it in 2009.
Dizzee Rascal is joined in our Live section this week by Jay Reatard, Secret Machines and Dinosaur Pile-Up. Get the full lowdown on the shows in this week's issue of NME, on sale now.
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Fall Out Boy return to Albums this week with their fifth album 'Folie A Deux'. Find out which album cameos we approve of and what made us summarise the record as "madness" in this week's issue of NME, on sale now.
It's not uncommon to feel a slight twinge of resentment towards those that seem to just have it all - and this week Radar star Frankmusik brings all those feelings to the surface. Read his fascinating full story in the latest issue of NME, dated December 3.
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Sheffield's favourite son, Jarvis Cocker, helps one of the nation's favourite labels (Rough Trade) turn 30. Read how he delivered one birthday bash no one will forget in this week's Live section of NME.
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The new single by Oasis ('I'm Outta Time') features samples of the last ever interview by John Lennon in which the former Beatle opened up about his exile from Britain. Sadly he was killed just hours later. Read the full story in this week's NME, on sale now.
In the run up to Christmas we are certainly seeing some unlikely collaborations, and why should this week be any different? The Killers have become the latest act to jump on this bandwagon with the recruitment of Elton John for their seasonal offering. Get NME now for the full story.
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Love Is All's second album is reviewed in the latest issue of NME, along with a new Neil Young live offering, The Bubble Project and The Kinks' 6CD box set, 'Picture Book'.
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Titus Andronicus are firm believers that you should keep your enemies close - and are not afraid to voice such opinions in this week's issue. Singer Patrick Stickles explains to NME that "if all the bad people that pissed me off disappeared I don't know what I'd write about".
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Coventry's favourite trio The Enemy took a well deserved break from their studio in Wales to kindly launch voting for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 in a tiny south London pub last week (November 26). Head to NME.COM/AWARDS to have your say.
NME's Steven Wells believes that video games are now intrinsically linked with rock 'n' roll and with so many bands making tunes specifically for game soundtracks he delivers a fair argument in the latest NME issue.
The Wombats find time out from their busy Christmas schedule to play their biggest live show to date in their hometown of Liverpool in this week's Live. Singer Matthew Murphy admits to NME he has pre-gig jitters - "We never felt this nervy before, we always knew we wanted to finish the album here and just throw a massive party for everyone!"
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Despite all the success that 2008 has delivered, MGMT's singer and self-confessed Casanova Andrew VanWyngarden declares that his life will only be complete when he "makes out with Cindy Crawford". Get this week's issue as we unveil many more revelations in an exclusive interview.
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