NME's resident dark soul Emily Mackay becomes your official gloom guide by delivering the A-Z of Goth; featuring 'R' for 'Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'K' for Killing Joke and 'L' for 'The Lost Boys'. Get your complete dictionary of doom in this week's special Awards issue, dated February 25.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs make the top spot of must-hear tracks this week with forthcoming single 'Zero'. La Roux (one of NME's hottest tips for 2009) also makes the cut with 'In For The Kill', which you can download from NME.COM's Daily Download blog now.
With the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 set for tonight (February 25), Electro duo Simian Mobile Disco played a Shockwaves NME Awards gig at London's KOKO venue last week (February 2). Read all about the show in our latest issue, on newsstands everywhere now. Pic: Tim Cochrane
White Lies are this week's special Shockwaves NME Awards issue cover stars, on sale today (February 25). Find out what does make these gloom-rockers smile, and the meaning behind their miserable facade.
Blur have declared their reunion shows this summer will see the band evolve musically â
Darker My Love are the focus of this week's Radar section. The LA-based psych-rock five-piece were formed by a bunch of high school buddies. Read more about them in this week's issue.
Dark indie-rockers White Lies tell NME this week: "People would love it if one of us hanged ourselvesâ
NME's photo gallery includes free posters of Pete Doherty, a family shot of all the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour bands 2009 together (pictured) as well as a giant Kings Of Leon picture.
Political rock-luminaries U2 are featured in this week's Albums section, as their new release 'No Line On The Horizon' is put under the microscope. The recording of the band's 12th LP in fact took place in four studios including Morocco, Dublin and New York before finishing up in London. You can read the verdict in the latest issue of NME, out now.
Aussie quartet Howling Bells return to our Albums pages this week with their newest offering 'Radio Wars'. Red Light Company's debut LP is also put through its paces. You can find the lowdown on all the latest album releases in NME, on sale at all good newsagents now.
You'll find our special Shockwaves NME Awards Shows reports special in the latest issue of NME, featuring a review from the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, where Mystery Jets, Little Boots, Amazing Baby and Stricken City all took to the London stage.
Cure legend and Godlike Genius Robert Smith guides us through the crew of indie superstars who have contributed to your exclusive free covers CD dedicated to the band, found in our special Shockwaves NME Awards issue this week. Editors are one of the many acts to brave Cure classics. Bass guitarist Russell Leetch tells us: "'Lullaby' may well be the best dark pop song ever."
Rainbow Arabia (featured left) are joined in this week's Radar section by Pocahaunted, Flying Lotus and Kesha as we explore LA's underappreciated new music scene.
The Whispertown 2000 (featured left) are the product of Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis' musical matchmaking after she ordered guitarist Tod Wisenbaker to start jamming with singer Morgan Nagler. Find out why he was at first reluctant to take on the project, only in the special Awards issue of NME, out now.
We're celebrating The Cure being crowned Godlike Geniuses with an exclusive Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 Souvenir Box Set. The free CD features 14 classic covers of our Godlike Geniuses The Cure, including 'A Forest' by British Sea Power and Dinosaur Jr's take on 'Just Like Heaven'.