30 seconds interview: Russell C Brennan

Russell C Brennan has been writing songs since the early eighties for cult acts including Eleanor Rigby and Ministry of Ska. Since then, Russell has managed a London record shop, launched a record label and penned an insider’s guide to the music industry. He is now working with singer Joannaa T on a new indie-pop project. We caught up with him to find out more...

In session: Ryan Keen

Emerging singer songwriter Ryan Keen has had the kind of year that most upcoming acts could only dream of. In the last 12 months he has been the special guest on Newton Faulkner's tour, collaborated with Wretch 32 and supported Plan B at the iTunes festival – becoming the only unsigned act to appear on the month-long bill. We caught up with him before his headline slot at London Folkfest to watch him perform his track Old Scars.

30 seconds interview: Sara Lowes

Sara Lowes’ music is perky, poppy and very clever. If Sean O’Hagan from The High Llamas ever jammed with Jane Weaver and The Nice they might come close to sounding a bit like her latest EP. But they haven’t, so for now Sara is alone in her kaleidoscopic prog groove. The past 12 months has seen the Mancunian songwriter work with Jens Lakeman, The Earlies and Marina and the Diamonds. We grabbed 30 seconds in her busy schedule to find out more.

Playlist: Latitude Festival

With thousands of revellers descending on Southwold, Suffolk, this weekend for Latitude Festival, we take a look at all the acts who will be delighting crowds in the sunshine over the next three days. With a line-up that boasts Kraftwerk in 3D, Bloc Party, Disclosure, Foals, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, alt-J and much much more, it was tricky to pick our favourites for the playlist this week...

Pet Shop Boys: pop time lords

As Pet Shop Boys release their 12th studio album Electric this week, Russell Iliffe takes a look at the singles that have helped the pair to achieve their status as pop time lords.

Interview: Tony Mortimer

Back in the nineties, British boy band East 17 enjoyed a hugely successful career with sales of over 20 million records worldwide and 18 UK top 30 hit singles. If Take That were the clean cut Northern boys next door, East 17 were the more rebellious East End likely lads. We talk to the band's chief songwriter about his return to music.

Playlist: Wireless festival

This week we're celebrating the Wireless festival, which returns today for a three day musical extravaganza at London's Olympic Park. Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Miguel, Wretch 32, Emeli Sande, Daley, Nas, Frank Ocean and dozens more acts from the UK and around the globe will descend on east London for a weekend of music and mayhem. You'll hear classics from Nas and A Tribe Called Quest, alongside solid tunes from Katy B, Mikill Pane, Rita Ora, Earth, Wind & Fire, Devlin, Roses Gabor, Mausi and more...

Interview: AlunaGeorge

We find out what it's like to be the buzz act of 2013 and become best buddies with chart-smashing house duo Disclosure

Interview: Jammer

Grime pioneer Jammer is an MC, DJ, producer and party animal who blends killer pop hooks with bass and a keen sense of mischief. M spoke to him ahead of the release of his Living the Dream album to discuss songwriting, the state of grime and dressing up as a superhero…