In News this week we catch up with Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, who talks about the completion of their ninth studio album 'Beautiful Future', due out on July 21. The album features the likes of CSS's Lovefoxxx and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Reportedly their 'poppiest' release to date, Bobby insisted it still has bite, saying: "It's like sugar-coated bullets."
In keeping with our summer festivals edition of NME we ask Babyshambles guitar hero Drew McConnell to divulge his all-time favourite festival moments. On the list? Gurning his face off to Orbital's 'Halcyon', Deftones' crowd-diving gymnastics during Glasto '98 and Radiohead performing 'Just' at Glastonbury in 2003.
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Hercules and Love Affair aired their smouldering disco anthems on May 23 when they played their first official UK gig at the Parlure Spiegeltent, Brighton. Read the full review in this week's issue of NME, which also features our essential guide to the summer's festivals.
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Who are the must-see bands of the 2008 festival season? Find out in this week's NME Festival Guide, on sale now (June 4).
MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser are the cover stars gracing this week's special festival edition of NME. The duo speak out about their plans for the summer and the new year, including a Jamaican vacation to start work on their new album, plus forthcoming appearances at Reading and Leeds, Glasto and T In The Park.
They've already joined forces live on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, now Johnny Marr and The Cribs are to record a full album together. Read the full story in the new NME, on sale Wednesday June 4.
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Weezer make their return with their eponymous sixth studio album this month. Is it any cop? Find out in the new issue of NME, on sale from Wednesday June 4.
'The Mighty Boosh''s Noel Fielding is pictured here alongside Kasabian's Serge PIzzorno at Reading's Madejski Stadium last week after they took part in the Soccer Sixes charity event. The duo ditched their trademark trendy outfits to flash their knees, donning white footie shorts and knee highs.
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"For one night only it's the Albert Hawley!" proclaimed one-time Longpig and Pulp legend Richard Hawley when he graced the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall for a very-special one-off gig, featuring VERY special guests, on Tuesday May 20. Read the full review in Live! in NME, on sale from Wednesday June 4.
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In Radar this week we unveil the LA punk duo set to get dancefloor feet stomping this side of the pond. The Pity Party, featuring M on guitar and vocals and flame-haired Heisenflei on vocals, drums, keyboards and whatever else she can lay her hands on, admit that their music has "an element of something strange and slightly creepy". We're calling them the "Wombles of DIY noise".
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NME peeks into the heart of the metal fenced fortress that is 'backstage' this week. Panic At The Disco take us AAA and reveal how to slip past on-site security, whilst the likes of Keith from We Are Scientists, Billy of The Subways and Rascal Miles Kane speak out about what's really going down behind the scenes. It's all in NME's Festival Special 2008, out across the UK now.
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Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, George Bush and a Romanian Rainforest, and a make-your-own-deli-sandwiches stall: MGMT reveal their fantasy festival in this week's issue of NME, out nationwide from today.
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In the new issue of NME, the world's hottest new band MGMT reveal how they used to perform in the buff and how they won over Jamie from the Klaxons during their first ever festival appearance at the desert scorcher, Coachella, earlier this year. Read the full story in the extra special Festival issue of NME, out today.
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NME trailed enraged My Chemical Romance fans down to the Daily Mail's London headquarters last weekend, where they were protesting against the paper's portrayal of emo as "a sinister teenage craze romanticising death". Read reactions from the fans in the new issue of NME, out today.
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The Killers star in NME's extensive Festival Guide 2008, on sale from today (Wednesday June 4). We speak to drummer Ronnie Vannucci about headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals later this summer, the new album, and his all-time fantasy festival line-up: AC/DC, an all-drumming super-group and Brian Blade on acid.
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Dirty Pretty Things featured alongside wrecking-ball art-rockers Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds and sublime '90s icons Spiritualized at the Nottingham leg of the Dot to Dot Festival. Read the full review by NME's Alex Hoban in this week's special issue of NME, which comes with a complete guide to this summer's hottest festivals.
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Scuzz noise merchants Times New Viking get their Radar debut in NME this week. The Matador signings hail from Columbus, Ohio and comprise keyboardist Beth Murphy, guitarist Jared Phillips and drummer Adam Elliot. Third new album 'Rip It Up' is out this summer.
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Pictured here are psych-pop Manchester exports, The Beep Seals, one of three majestic new acts that feature in NME's Radar section this week. The band release their debut album 'Things That Roar' on June 23, despite singer Jack's near-death experience involving choking on a large slab of cow and Sam the bass player's gout.
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We review Beck's new single, the Danger Mouse-produced 'Chemtrails', in the new issue of NME, on sale from Wednesday June 4. Also in Tracks this week, The Rascals step out (minus Alex Turner) with new tune 'Freakbeat Phantom', and The Music make their return after a four-year hiatus, with new LP 'Strength In Numbers'.