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The Big Listen: Buck Meek – Two Saviors

With Big Thief back in the studio working on a new album, their Texan guitarist Buck Meek treats us to a second solo record in three years.

“This is folk music”: Bonny Light Horseman on celebrating the classics

A year on from the release of Bonny Light Horseman’s stunning debut album, Josh Kaufman reflects on breathing new life into centuries-old folk songs, reducing Justin Vernon to tears and lending The National his guitars.

The Big Listen: Shame  – Drunk Tank Pink

South London post-punkers Shame exploded onto the scene in 2018 with their debut album Songs Of Praise. They return with an updated guitar sound, determined to innovate.

​The Big Listen: The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art

When a global pandemic threatened to jeopardise this Canadian trio’s third album, guitarist Luke Bentham stepped up to complete a masterclass in power-punk in just 32 hours.

The biggest names in effects tell us what they have planned for 2021

With 2021 likely to be another strange year for many of us, we caught up with the great and the good of the effects world.

How the pedal industry has thrived in 2020

Despite everything else that’s been going on in the world, effects pedal builders have been seeing record sales and huge successes during the pandemic – here’s how they did it.

How Kurt Cobain inspired The Cribs and Dave Grohl saved them from oblivion

Cribs guitarist Ryan Jarman explains why being a musician is something worth fighting for and what it’s like being in a band with Johnny Marr.

The Genius Of… Heaven Or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins’ sixth album was a work of genius helmed by their influential guitarist and producer Robin Guthrie. Despite the album’s troubled gestation, it soars higher than anything else in the band’s catalogue.

“I was a man on a mission”: Jason Lytle on 20 years of Grandaddy’s The Sophtware Slump

Grandaddy’s creative genius explains why he’s returned to the band’s prescient DIY opus two decades later for a one-instrument reinvention.

The Big Listen: Paul McCartney – McCartney III

Half a century after his first self-titled solo volume, and 40 years on from the synth-heavy second entry in the series, Paul emerges from ‘rockdown’ with part three