RADIOHEAD - We knew they were up to something, but it was still a surprise when Radiohead suddenly sprung new album 'The King Of Limbs' last Friday. Here's how it happened, followed by NME's definitive review...
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE are up for a ruck, battling for rock against pop, for art against fame, and for a new, colourful, daring aesthetic. The fight is on - and Dan Martin is tonight's referee
BETH DITTO - Remember Beth Ditto? After years in the wilderness, size zero's enemy is back, and as she happily admits, she's never been less hip. James McMahon gets reacquainted with the queen of uncool
JAMIE SMITH - "Pieces Of Me"
The xx player reveals the family pictures, brainy books and Brit TV that have shaped his life
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2:54 - The sibling duo bringing desert rock out from indie's shadows
BEADY EYE - With the year's most eagerly awaited album about to drop, NME sits down with Liam Gallagher and co then delivers the final verdict on their debut LP
NOAH & THE WHALE - Laura Marling? "Bumfluff & Sons"? Charlie Fink from Noah & The Whale is over all that. Mark Beaumont unravels the mysteries of indie's most complicated frontman
GRUFF RHYS' new solo album is all about breaking the rules. Mike Williams finds out why turning 40 has helped the Super Furry Animal find his true voice