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The Flaming Lips, Royal Albert Hall, London: Saturday April 22

Woah! Watch out! Tonight, singer Wayne Coyne kicks off proceedings by surfing the crowd in a gigantic plastic bubble. He then performs surrounded on...

Primal Scream: Astoria, London: Thursday April 6

"HEY ROCK’N’ROLL DOCTOR! ROCK’N’ROLL NURSE! GIVE ME A SHOT! GIMME SOME PILLS!” Bobby Gillespie, punk puritan, disciple of debauchery and 43-year-old father-of-two twists his...

We Are Scientists: The Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth: Wednesday April 5

“Y ’know,” mugs Chris Cain, practically twirling his chemistry teacher moustache in anticipation of another knockout comedy roundhouse, “it seems like we haven’t been...

Snow Patrol: Opera House, Toronto: Thursday, March 30

On this, the last night of their mini north American run in preparation for their upcoming UK dates, Dundee’s finest are doing their damnedest...

Hope Of The States: The Late Room, Manchester: Wednesday, March 29

Pissed-up Manc bruiser: “Put some bollocks into it!” Dazed Sam Herlihy: “I’m trying to put some bollocks into it! Jesus Christ!” Girl clinging to the bar...

The Long Blondes: Club NME at Future Punk, Selfridges, London: Friday, March 24

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the birth of British punk, Club NME hijacked the basement of London’s mecca of posh, decked it out...

The Subways: Various venues and dates, Austin, Texas

Despite sounding like many other grunge-themed American power trios, Home Counties heroes The Subways are currently in the process of winning hearts and minds...

The Ordinary Boys: Leeds University, Thursday, March 23

If The Ordinary Boys’ astounding career renaissance is testament to anything, it’s that there’s always hope for the humble indie band who’ve fallen on...

The Young Knives: Barfly, Cardiff: Monday, March 13

Oxford’s The Young Knives are not your typical indie heartthrobs. Trussed up in suits, bassist The House Of Lords securing glasses on his head...

Klaxons: Metro, London: Monday, March 4

And there I was thinking the only people who ever liked hardcore rave were me, John Peel and Leeroy, the one-toothed crystal meth dealer...

Dan Sartain: The Harrison, King’s Cross, London: Sunday March 5

Did you guys not get the memo?” drawls the bastard child of Bruce Lee and Johnny Cash, Alabama’s very own pint-sized rock’n’roll dervish, Dan...

Dirty Pretty Things: The Cockpit, Leeds: Friday March 3

If there is one thing that Babyshambles have taught us, it’s to think twice before making a king out of a Libertine. In 18...

Semifinalists: Bar Academy, Birmingham: Tuesday March 7

It’s nice to know the art of being modest isn’t dead. Aside from calling themselves Semifinalists, this trio exhibit the kind of sheepish body...

Two Gallants: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Tuesday, February 28

It could partly be down to the hazy delights of the local delicacies, but tonight NME doesn’t half enjoy the sound of Two Gallants...

Kanye West: Hammersmith Apollo, London, Sunday, February 12

Kayne West doesn’t do things by halves. When he’s talking up a new album, then music’s very future depends on it. When he sees...

Goldie Lookin Chain: Astoria, London, Wednesday, February 15

Q: What happens when you can’t find a date of your own age to take to the GLC ShockWaves NME Award show? A: Invite...

Biffy Clyro/Oceansize/The Like: KOKO, London, Monday, February 20

Unusual openers for tonight’s very rock bill, The Like appear as cynical as the hardcore Biffy crowd before them. “Thanks for being here, even...

Elbow/The Duke Spirit/¡Forward, Russia!/Larrikin Love: Astoria, London, Tuesday, February 21

There may have been a hugely varied array of bands on display at the ShockWaves NME Awards Shows these past two weeks but, really,...

The Cribs/The Automatic/Giant Drag/The Long Blondes: Astoria, London, Sunday, February 19

Being raw and raucous showcases of new talent, the ShockWaves NME Award Shows are not for the faint of heart. Tonight is no exception,...

Panic! At The Disco Bowery Ballroom, New York, Wednesday February 8

Panic! At the Disco – a Vegas-based group of synth-pop meets dance-punk heartthrobs – may be young, but they’ve already established the kind of...
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