Kaiser Chiefs are back but are they better than ever? Phrases like 'indie by numbers' and ''Grange Hill'-esque' pop up in this week's review for the Leeds lads' third album - but that might not be a bad thing. See for yourself in this week's NME, on sale October 8.
In Albums this week, volatile punks Fucked Up prove they are more than just a messy gimmick with their second full-length album 'The Chemistry Of Common Life'. Listen now in full on NME.COM and decide for yourself.
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Keane are back with their 'piano piffle' in this week's Albums. NME reckon it sounds like 'some dodgy old guy at a bus stop telling you he digs Klaxons'. So what have the Sussex-based band done to warrant such an outburst? Get this week's NME, on sale October 8, to find out.
In News this week, Dirty Pretty Things reveal the truth behind the recent band break-up. Speaking to NME, Carl BarÃ¢t explained the band had become "business-like" and "un-Libertine". "People weren't turning up to stuff. I had a moment of clarity during my illness (BarÃ¢t recently had acute pancreatitis) - it didn't feel right, I wasn't happy." For the full report, buy NME, dated October 8, on newsstands now. Pic: Roger Sargent
The 'sensational' Friendly Fires rock the Adelphi in Hull in this week's NME, on sale October 8. NME's Martin Robinson even suggests you 'see them while you can still get properly biffed by their bacon'. Praise indeed? Pic: Tim Cochrane
In this week's NME news gallery, we witnessed Late Of The Pier kick off their warehouse tour in Scotland in typical raucous fashion - the Scottish crowd formed a circle pit which frontman Sam Eastgate dived headfirst into. See next week's NME for the full carnage report.
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Vivian Girls are the main focus of Radar, in this week's issue of NME, dated October 8. These insurgent girl warriors have taken their name from name from Henry Darger's 15,000 odd-page fantasy epic - 'The Story Of The Vivian Girls'. We say: "The DIY riot grrl aesthetic meets garage rock and '60s girl group harmonies that they produce are resolutely rebellious." Decide for yourself by heading to NME.COM/NEWMUSIC/RADAR now. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Radar stars Tubelord were given a very harsh minus 100 out of 10 by thrash bastards Municipal Waste. Find out what on earth caused this harsh review and why the pop molesters think it's better than 7/10 in this week's NME, on sale October 8. Pic: Tim Cochrane
We introduce Pablo DÃaz-Reixa, aka El Guincho, in Radar this week - the musician who hates instruments. Described as a 'Latin Sesame Street puppet' (his words not ours), Pablo's style was first inspired by mashed calypso music, Brazilian legends and African tribal records swiped from his dad's record collection. Be convinced in the new issue of NME, out now. Pic: Tom Oxley
Crystal Castles, a.k.a. Alice Glass and Ethan Kath, are the cover stars of this week's NME, on sale October 8. In their frank and, at times, bizarre feature interview, the duo give us a glimpse into their dark past to see how they've become modern icons. And that is actually Kath's blood - "It tastes like kool-aid", claims Glass. Pic: Tom Oxley
'Alice in Murderland' is just one of three short - and predictably disturbing - stories written by Crystal Castles' Alice Glass in this week's cover interview. The duo also talk sex in robot suits, chaos and nihilism. Read the full interview in this week's NME, on sale October 8.
In 12 steps this week, we take Yeah Yeah Yeahs and map out links between them and Marilyn Manson, Radiohead and even Nelly Furtado. For proof that everything is most definitely connected, get the new issue of NME, on sale from today, October 8.
NME's Gavin Haynes heads to his native South Africa with White Ribbon Alliance in this week's magazine, on sale October 8. Spending 10 days in a van from Johannesburg to Cape Town, he finds out is there's more to the country than a lame Afrobeat revival. Get your cultural music fix in this week's NME.
In this week's 'What Rock 'N' Roll Has Taught Me', Jason Pierce of Spiritualized shares stories on shoegazing, getting high and his views on the primitive world of rock 'n' roll. Hear his full words of wisdom in this week's issue as he shares his thoughts on all of the above and more, including his battle to stop writing about fire.
My Music sticks the microphone into the electro ear of Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor. He shares his top musical picks including at karaoke ("I have been straining a bit to hit the notes as well as Phil Collins does on this one ('One More Night')") and his first record (My dad took me into Our Price and bought me a cassette of Prince's '1999'"). Get this week's NME for his full list of revelations.
This week's cover stars Crystal Castles give a full interview on everything from dead rats and crack heads to prostitutes. Elsewhere in the issue, meet Oasis' new singer, plus get album verdicts on Kaiser Chiefs, Fucked Up, Los Campesinos! and Keane.
This week's NME features a live report on Weezer's giant show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The verdict? Rivers Cuomo has finally cast off the sulky facade to do what he does best - put on an incredible rock show.
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