In this week's NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday 22 October, we review The Cure's new album, '4:13 Dream', which you can listen to right now at NME.COM/ARTISTS/THE-CURE. Meanwhile, head to NME.COM/PHOTOS to discover 30 things you never knew about The Cure.
Take two twin sisters and one secret machine and this is what you get - School Of Seven Bells. In this weekâ
The Last Shadow Puppets are this week's NME cover stars. Here the pair are pictured playing at Wolverhamptonâ
Oasis will hit the road next summer with Kasabian and The Enemy in tow for a series of super-gig shows Noel Gallagher is already calling "the gigs of next year, if not the decade". The three bands will join up for eight UK and Ireland dates in 2009. Head to NME.COM/GIGS at 10am this Friday (October 24) to get your tickets.
In this week's NME we introduce La Roux. For those of you that haven't yet heard of her don't feel bad, after all she hasn't yet played a single gig yet, having boxed herself into the studio to finish her album. Head to NME.COM/RADAR for a free La Roux download.
Alex Turner and Miles Kane confess to NME this week that there will indeed be a second Last Shadow Puppets album in the future. Alex said: "We definitely will. It's a bit difficult getting a timeframe sorted though. Heâ
Another band featured in this week's NME are Rolo Tomassi. Specialising in "earfucks of lacerating noise", the Sheffield noiseniks are marked out by vocalist Eva Spence, whose voice sounds like "Satan's daughter swearing dark vengeance on the Lord".
The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture becomes the latest member to launch a side project this week. This one's with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. Fraiture revealed to NME that he got Zinner to play on his solo album after the pair found themselves with too much time on their hands.
Elbow prove they are now one of Britain's best-loved groups as they take to the Roundhouse stage in London. "It felt like we were playing in my frontroom," remarked frontman Guy Garvey, noting the warmth and affection coming from the crowd. The gig is reviewed in this week's NME.
Meet Boy Crisis. The band consists of Alex (bass, keys), Tal (vocals, keys), Victor (vocal, keys) and Lee (guitar, vocals). The foursome are currently poised to become the party band of 2009. You can download a free track at NME.COM/NEWMUSIC/RADAR. Find out more in this weekâ
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In the Live section this week we cover Bloc Party's 'overwhelming' show in Paris. We sum up the gig as follows: "They've left the gothic choir at the Roundhouse in London and the lasers at Reading and taken this tiny Parisian stage with the aspect of, well a punk rock band about to play some punk rock tunes."
In Features this week, we bid farewell to The Last Shadow Puppets, whose members are now set to return to their day jobs. Alex Turner looks back and makes some suitably grand statements, such as: "Onstage with Miles, it really were like being in The Beatles." Get this week's NME to read the Puppets final interview in full.
Wesleyan University in Connecticut has spawned artists such as MGMT, Amazing Baby and Santogold - and there's a lot more to follow. In this week's issue we investigate the university famous for producing endless writers, producers and general bigwigs in Hollywood.
In 12 Steps this week we explore the connections between Damon Albarn, Dr Dre, Snoop Dog, Blondie and Lily Allen. How exactly are these stars all related? Get this week's NME to find out.
In this week's issue of NME cover stars The Last Shadow Puppets give their final ever interview as a duo before Alex heads back to Arctic Monkeys. Find out how the affair ends, only in this week's issue.
Chairlift are the latest group to arrive from NYC and like Mirror Mirror or Effi Briest, look more like a cult to avoid than a band. Though we fail to dig their dress code, credit where it's due - each song on this record does fizzle with an admirable lyrical complexity.