Interview: ILL

‘If you are just making a bunch of happy love songs in today’s climate then you’ve kind of missed what music’s for. Or maybe you’re just having a nice time, I don’t know.’ So says Harri Shanahan of Manchester-based psych-punk agitators ILL.

Riding high: Pale Waves

We meet Pale Waves, one of the UK’s most hotly tipped new bands, to learn how they went from zero to hero in less than two years.

Interview: DJ Paulette

'I’ve been here since ground zero in terms of female DJs – I’m one of the original gangstas!' legendary Hacienda selector DJ Paulette on her life in music...

30 seconds interview: Whyte Horses

Get to know Manchester magpies Whyte Horses, who take their songwriting cues from tropicalia, psychedelia, cosmic soundtracks and sixties era Laurel Canyon...

Interview: Cult Party

Cult Party are a Manchester outfit melding soaring acoustics and pastoral folk into a stark musical template. Ahead of the release of their ace sophomore LP, we get the skinny...

Interview: LIINES

'Few of our songs reach the two-and-a-half minute mark, but it’s still a physically exhausting experience!' energetic trio LIINES give us the skinny on their debut LP...

30 seconds interview: Mali Hayes

Manchester's Mali Hayes whips up hip-hop, alt R&B and jazz into a forward-thinking new soul sound, which is like little else out there. Get to know before her Great Escape gig!

Mark E Smith RIP

It’s with a heavy heart we post the sad news of Mark E Smith’s passing – one of the UK’s last great musical mavericks.