Rock/indie

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.

30 Seconds interview: The Red Lapels

Vintage rock and soul is the name of the musical game when it comes to labelling the sharp sound of The Red Lapels. This talented young quartet have been turning heads with their raucous gigs all over the UK’s capital. We find out how their music gives them hope of escaping the 9-5…

Session: Cloud Boat part two

Sam Rickett and Tom Clarke play Kowloon Bridge for us in the second instalment of an exclusive unplugged session filmed on the Thames beach by St Gabriel's Wharf. The duo are fine purveyors of shoegaze soul, drawing on influences as diverse as Bon Iver, James Blake and Four Tet to create their dreamy fusion of electronica and live instrumentation.

Playlist: Food and drink

Welcome to the latest Friday Playlist. The most recent series of Master Chef has just come to a conclusion so we’re taking comfort in a playlist devoted to food and drink. Whatever your flavour, there should be something to satisfy even the heartiest of musical appetites in this week's selections. Our tasty pick of aural treats features the likes of Snoop Dogg, Bloc Party and Silver Apples…