Rock/indie

Top 10 Green Man moments

M reports on the highlights from this year’s Green Man festival, with help from PRS for Music’s field team.

30 seconds interview: Islet

Rhythmic alt-pop quartet Islet definitely sound like they’re having fun making music. With the same maximum-impact approach as Neon Indian or Toro Y Moi, their music is layered, harmonic and very easy to dance to. New album Released by the Movement, sees the band mine their more experimental seam, with a looser approach to songwriting and form. It was recorded with Stephen Black, aka Sweet Baboo. We caught up with them to hear more about their musical merry-making…

Interview: The Sundowners

This new Liverpudlian five-piece are in thrall to the Laurel Canyon and the sixties folk-rock revival, creating a warm authentic sound that turns back the clock on 21st century indie. We spend some time with songwriter Alfie Skelly to discover how Liam Gallagher first persuaded him to learn guitar and hear how a teenage love of David Lynch has informed his music.

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...