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“There are loads of mistakes everywhere”: Everything Everything embrace imperfection on new album Re-Animator

Alex Robertshaw on crazy deadlines, intense pressure and pushing the boundaries even further on their latest LP.

The Big Listen: Biffy Clyro – A Celebration of Endings

The Scottish rock titans reconnect with their roots on an album that basks in the “ludicrous” brilliance of rock ‘n’ roll.

Introducing… The Beths: the NZ four-piece blending punky guitar hooks with four-part harmonies

As the Auckland band release their much-anticipated sophmore record, guitarists Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pierce tell us about how they ditched their jazz destiny, terrible self-modded guitars, and the search for “ultimate jangle”.

The Big Listen: Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today

Post-punk stalwarts tear down the set as their fifth act asks difficult questions amid a maelstrom of guitar chaos.

“I needed to make something that was really mine this time”: Lianne La Havas on her musical destiny

The London guitarist on why she had to sieze control of her own destiny on her self-titled third album and why she had to remind herself that playing guitar “is who I am”.

“Everybody wanted things to sound as huge as possible”: Japandroids on new live record, Massey Fucking Hall

Brian King on why the Canadian punk duo brought dirty punk club energy to one of Toronto’s most historic theatres on their album, and how a big room necessitated a rethink of his guitar staples.

“There’s so much going on that it flattens out into this layer of dread and terror”: Jeff Rosenstock on modern America

The punk troubadour about chaining fuzz pedals, why there’s no such thing as perfect tone, and trying to sleep while the world’s falling apart.

Introducing… Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, the rising stars of Aussie indie-rock

Guitarists Joe White, Tom Russo on cosmic rambling, hollowbody Gretsches and why going home is the best creative medicine.

Meet Muzz, indie-rock supergroup with members of Interpol and The Walkmen

As the New York trio reveal their long-gestating debut album, we talk to Josh Kaufman about stepping out from behind the producer’s desk, going direct and a guild of Guilds.

​The Big Listen: The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form

British megastars end to their ‘Music For Cars’ era with a diverse and unfocussed opus.