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Interview: Counterfeit

If loud, heavy and angry are words that get your musical juices flowing, these punk rockers are your band. Fans voted them Best Live Act at the AIM Awards, where we caught up with them...

Interview: Beans on Toast

'People are never gonna stop congregating, drinking, dancing and listening to music': Beans on Toast on the future of independent music and picking up an AIM Award for his pal, Frank Turner...

Playlist: Meat Free

Manchester's Meat Free gals tell us what they're spinning, ahead of their next big night on 6 October. Expect a proper mash-up of sounds, from Omar Souleyman to Tin Man, Sarin to L-R...

Interview: ShaoDow

'I eat, sleep it'. Razor-sharp rapper and entrepreneur ShaoDow on his Hardest Working Artist win at the AIM Awards, carving his own distinct path and remaining fiercely independent...

Playlist: This is Tmrw

Responsible for bringing some of the most exciting alternative bands to the second city since 2006, we got the Birmingham promoters to curate a tasty playlist for us from the All Years Leaving lineup...

Playlist: Fèmmme Fraîche

Michelle Manetti is behind Fèmmme Fraîche - a girls-galore, no-holds-barred bi-monthly clubnight of disco debauchery and all-out electronic warfare. This week, she curates our playlist...