This week’s NME (October 7 2008)

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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.

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Style: “Daylight pop plus”

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.
Pic: Danny North

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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.

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Late Of The Pier // Glasgow

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.
Pic: Danny North

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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

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Crystal Castles

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

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