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Class of 2020: Another Sky

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Class of 2020: Another Sky

Having spent the last twelve months expanding their darkly powerful offerings, the possibilities already feel limitless for this London quartet.

December 19, 2019 10:02am

Class of 2020: Squid

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Class of 2020: Squid

The Bristol-via-London-via-Brighton quintet enter the new decade ready and able to stamp their mark, mixing the avant-garde with raucous post-punk immediacy.

December 16, 2019 10:37am

Class of 2020: Biig Piig

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Class of 2020: Biig Piig

Fusing intimate music with buckets of personality and a multicultural background, this Piig’s got Biig plans.

December 10, 2019 3:34pm

Class of 2020: Talk Show

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Class of 2020: Talk Show

Are the South London quartet one of the most vital new live bands around? Quite possibly. And if they’re not now, Talk Show are ready to make sure they take the title soon enough.

December 9, 2019 2:14pm

Sunshine People: Friendly Fires

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Sunshine People: Friendly Fires

When perma-party-starters Friendly Fires started to question themselves, the result nearly finished the trio off for good. Now, they’re (finally!) back with a new album and a renewed sense of purpose.

August 14, 2019 1:46pm

Unite and conquer: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

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Unite and conquer: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Over the last five years, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have blazed a cathartic trail across the world. As they release third album ‘End of Suffering’, they dig deep for the sake of sparking hope.

May 14, 2019 12:55pm

Suspending the madness: Hayden Thorpe

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Suspending the madness: Hayden Thorpe

On his debut solo album ‘Diviner’, the former Wild Beasts frontman finds spiritual freedom in surrendering yourself to the universe, and the power of carving out new beginnings.

April 12, 2019 12:05pm

Burning down the house: The Japanese House

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Burning down the house: The Japanese House

The Japanese House’s long-awaited debut is fuelled by death and heartbreak, but there’s a defiance to it too. We meet Amber Bain in Berlin to talk mushrooms, weird dreams and new beginnings.

March 5, 2019 10:33am

Blonde Ambition: Du Blonde

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Blonde Ambition: Du Blonde

On 2015’s ‘Welcome Back To Milk’, Beth Jeans Houghton re-emerged under a new moniker. Now, with follow up ‘Lung Bread For Daddy’, she’s going even further along her own sweet way.

February 25, 2019 12:30pm

Class Of 2019: Fontaines DC

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Class Of 2019: Fontaines DC

Dublin’s voice is rising this year, with a host of bands giving the Irish capital a new reputation for breathtaking, important guitar music. Leading the pack are Fontaines DC.

December 14, 2018 3:00pm

Class Of 2019: slowthai

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Class Of 2019: slowthai

This Northampton rapper is bringing small-town life to the big stage, one semi-naked show at a time.

December 13, 2018 4:00pm

Class Of 2019: Whenyoung

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Class Of 2019: Whenyoung

From Limerick to London, this trio are building their own world of giddy escapism wherever they go. Dive in.

December 12, 2018 12:00pm

Class Of 2019: Sports Team

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Class Of 2019: Sports Team

Injecting guitar music in 2018 with a bravado often left in the ‘90s and possessing an arsenal of indie hits that could become classics, this six-piece want to inspire devotion and community.

December 7, 2018 12:05pm

Raw power: Nadine Shah

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Raw power: Nadine Shah

If 2018 pushed a series of fresh, politically-charged voices to the fore, then none used their platform with as much righteous gusto as Nadine Shah: an eloquent, outspoken force to be reckoned with.

November 27, 2018 3:42pm

His Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: John Grant

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His Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: John Grant

Funny, dark, vulnerable, angry and everything in between, ‘Love Is Magic’ finds John Grant diving even further into singular territory and holding up a mirror to the human condition like no other.

October 10, 2018 1:44pm

Weird world: Fucked Up

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Weird world: Fucked Up

On new album ‘Dose Your Dreams’ - an 85-minute, genre-bending behemoth - Fucked Up reinstate themselves as one of rock music’s most fascinating voices.

October 8, 2018 1:38pm

Fighting Talk: Miles Kane

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Fighting Talk: Miles Kane

It’s apt that Miles Kane has named his third album after a wrestling move; on ‘Coup De Grace’, the Scouser is back with a record that sees him fighting for his own glory.

July 30, 2018 4:27pm