Rock/indie

30 seconds interview: Kiran Leonard

Mercurial talent Kiran Leonard creates atmospheric folk-rock that sounds like it’s being transmitted through a sock. Muffled guitars and chanting vocals are often smothered in an all-encompassing electronic grime, while a generous smattering of reverb boosts outdoor recordings to max out the ambience. We caught up with him ahead of the release of his debut album later this summer to find out what makes him tick.

Featured artist: The Divers

If you're into US alt-rock from 1991 onwards, chances are your ears will be sympathetic to The Divers. This new London based quartet reference the likes of Pearl Jam, Wilco and Band Of Horses with their rich melodies and anthemic sound. Since they formed last summer, the band have been cutting their teeth the old fashioned way on the capital's live circuit. We caught up with ring leader Pete Hickman to find out more…

M meets… alt-J

The ultimate buzz band reveal their desire for endless rounds of sarnies & a preference for songwriting in the bathroom

Playlist: Him & Her

Welcome to our latest playlist. This week's theme is 'him and her' so we've compiled a stack of hits from our favourite male and female solo artists and picked off some great tunes from bands that reference lads and lasses. You'll find odes to long lost lovers, lamenting R&B divas, good-time disco and some starry-eyed pop classics. Tune in now...

Interview: Tim Burgess

Solo artist and Charlatans front man Tim Burgess talks songwriting and why the music biz needs more ‘fun and chaos’

30 seconds interview: Thought Forms

Thought Forms are a Bristolian three-piece whose atmospheric shoegaze sounds like a lost collaboration between early nineties indie stalwarts Kevin Shields, David Pajo and Liz Fraser. We catch up with guitarist and vocalist Deej Dhariwal before they embark on a festivals tour to find out what makes the band tick...

Competition: win a Rotosound guitar pedal & strings

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Rotosound to offer one lucky M reader a legendary Vintage Fuzz Pedal and one runner-up will get their hands on a year’s worth of guitar strings. This competition is now closed.

PLAYLIST: TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

Welcome to this week's playlist. The M team are heading off in all directions for the Bank Holiday weekend and wanted some sounds to make those roadblocks, train and plane delays a little less arduous. So dive into our Travel & Transport playlist - it includes Catatonia, The Clash, Daft Punk, Metronomy, Vitalic and Jessie Ware...

30 Seconds Interview: Candy Says

Candy Says are Juju, Elisa, Ben and Mike, who make 'lo-fi chic pop' that has an affirmative feel good factor, reminiscent of early Slow Club and Regina Spektor. They liken themselves to both Velvet Underground and ABBA, and are adept at delivering infectious, alt-pop that has pricked the ears of BBC 6 Music's Lauren Laverne. We catch up with the quartet as they prepare for the latest leg of a jam-packed UK tour.