RIP Mick Farren

Mick Farren, former NME journalist, singer and activist, has died aged 69 after collapsing on stage on Saturday (27 July).

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...

REVIEW: Eric Clapton FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Slowhand

Eric Clapton FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Slowhand by David Bowling From busking on street corners and playing local pubs, the raw blues of the Yardbirds, the rock/blues of Cream, the brilliance of Derek and Dominoes to his own solo career, Eric Clapton is recognised as a rock god.…

Interview: Chris Sharkey

Jazz and thrash metal may sound like two different worlds but experimental guitarist Chris Sharkey is doing his best to bring them together. We spoke to the Leeds-based musician on his involvement in Take 5 and how to survive as a jazz artist who doesn’t call London home…

30 seconds interview: Joseph Coward

Twenty-one year old Joseph Coward has carefully distilled the classic 4AD fuzzy indie sound of the late eighties into something fresh and exciting. With echoes of Deerhunter’s out-of-focus production style and Echo and the Bunnymen’s introspective songwriting, Joseph’s music holds enough heartbreak for a man twice his years. He’s already been championed by Clash and The Quietus, while associations with rising stars TOY and Charlie Boyer are helping to turn up the heat.

30 Seconds interview: Bleach Blood

Punk, pop and harmonies are the name of Bleach Blood’s musical game and it’s one they play wonderfully well. Led by former King Blues guitarist Jamie Jazz, the band has spent the last 12 months winning over hearts and minds with a string of gigs and releases. They've got a new single, H.O.P.E, primed and ready to do maximum damage over summer. M spent 30 Seconds with the band to find out why they love music and claim to be ‘too stupid’ to do anything else…