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Playlist: Sam Lee
Playlist: Sam Lee

18 September 2013

Folk musician Sam Lee came to wider prominence last year when his debut album, 'Ground Of Its Own', was nominated for the Mercury...

Playlist: Sky Larkin
Playlist: Sky Larkin

12 September 2013

Sky Larkin are due to release their third album, 'Motto', through Wichita on 17 Sep. Recorded in Seattle with producer John Goodmanson, the...

Playlist: Sam Amidon
Playlist: Sam Amidon

1 May 2013

American folk singer Sam Amidon releases his latest album, ‘Bright Sunny South’, on 13 May – his first for Nonesuch Records, the label...

Q&A: Scroobius Pip
Q&A: Scroobius Pip

17 April 2013

Last week Xfm announced that it had hired rapper and poet Scroobius Pip to join the station’s presenter team. From 27 Apr, Pip...

Q&A: Susanne Sundfør
Q&A: Susanne Sundfør

26 March 2013

One of CMU's Artists Of The Year in 2012, Susanne Sundfør released her debut UK album, 'The Silicone Veil', through Sonnet Sound last...

Q&A: Steve Mason
Q&A: Steve Mason

12 March 2013

Former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason released his first solo album under the name King Biscuit Time in 2006, returning as Black Affair...

Playlist: Stornoway
Playlist: Stornoway

14 February 2013

Having become the first unsigned band to play on 'Later... With Jools Holland' in 2009, folk quartet Stornoway signed to 4AD in March...

Playlist: Stealing Sheep
Playlist: Stealing Sheep

28 November 2012

Releasing their debut EP in 2010, Liverpool folk trio Stealing Sheep then put out a number of further releases through indie labels Red...

Playlist: Stay+
Playlist: Stay+

14 June 2012

Stay+, aka producer Matt Farthing and visual artist Christopher Poole (or DEERHEAD as he is professionally known), first began making waves under the...

Playlist: Sub Focus
Playlist: Sub Focus

7 June 2012

Having first begun producing drum n bass tracks while at school, Sub Focus, aka Nick Douwma signed to Ram Records in 2003 and...

Q&A: Saint Etienne
Q&A: Saint Etienne

23 May 2012

This week Saint Etienne released their eighth studio album, 'Words And Music By Saint Etienne', their first since 2005's 'Tales from Turnpike House'....

Q&A: School Of Seven Bells
Q&A: School Of Seven Bells

11 April 2012

School Of Seven Bells released their debut album, 'Alpinisms', in 2008 to much acclaim. Then a trio fronted by identical twin sisters Alejandra...

Playlist: Soap&Skin
Playlist: Soap&Skin

8 March 2012

Austrian singer-songwriter Soap&Skin, aka Anja Plaschg, released her debut album, 'Lovetune For Vacuum', in 2009. Just nineteen when it came out, the album...

Playlist: Slow Club
Playlist: Slow Club

29 September 2011

Long-time residents at London-based label Moshi Moshi, folk-pop partnership Slow Club released 'Paradise', the successor to their 2009 debut 'Yeah So', earlier this...

Q&A: Sondre Lerche
Q&A: Sondre Lerche

28 September 2011

Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche released his debut album, ‘Faces Down’, just after his 20th birthday. His smart, charming songwriting skills quickly won him...

Q&A: The Silver Seas
Q&A: The Silver Seas

31 August 2011

At the heart of Nashville-based indie outfit The Silver Seas' winsome folk appeal is singer-songwriter Daniel Tashian (son of Barry Tashian, one-time frontman...

Q&A: SCUM
Q&A: SCUM

19 August 2011

Shoegazing post-punk quintet SCUM first formed in 2008, releasing their debut single 'Visions Arise' on Loog Records that year. In possession of a...

Playlist: Sound Of Rum
Playlist: Sound Of Rum

5 August 2011

Formed in 2008 by rapper Kate Tempest, guitarist Archie Marsh and drummer Ferry Lawrenson, Sound Of Rum blend musical styles from jazz to...

Q&A: Steve Spiro
Q&A: Steve Spiro

1 June 2011

Having worked as a producer for the likes of Pet Shop Boys and The Farm, Steve Spiro began to pursue a solo music...

Q&A: She Wants Revenge
Q&A: She Wants Revenge

18 May 2011

Formed in 2005, Californian darkwave duo She Wants Revenge is comprised of Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield. SWR's eponymous debut album was released...

Q&A: Skindred
Q&A: Skindred

28 April 2011

Welsh metallers Skindred were formed in 1998 by vocalist Benji Webbe, who recruited bassist Daniel Pugsley, axe-man Mikey Demus, and drummer Arya Goggin...

Q&A: Sea Of Bees
Q&A: Sea Of Bees

10 February 2011

Sea Of Bees is the pseudonym of Julie Ann Baenziger, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist from sunny Sacramento, California. Having left home at 23 to...

Q&A: Seefeel
Q&A: Seefeel

20 January 2011

Founder members Sarah Peacock and Mark Clifford formed Seefeel in 1992, pioneering a smooth shoegaze/rave amalgam that typified the music of the era....

Q&A: Spokes
Q&A: Spokes

13 January 2011

Originally formed in Preston in 2006, close-knit Mancunian outfit Spokes first gained recognition in 2008 with their self released EP ‘People Like People...

Q&A: Screaming Females
Q&A: Screaming Females

26 October 2010

Formed in 2005, the then underage members of The Screaming Females found it difficult to find venues where they were legally allowed to...

Q&A: Someone Stills Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Q&A: Someone Stills Loves You Boris Yeltsin

7 October 2010

Formed in 2002, American indie types Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin released their debut album, 'Broom', through Generic Equivalent in 2005, re-releasing...

Q&A: Superchunk
Q&A: Superchunk

6 October 2010

Formed in 1989, punk-influenced indie-rockers Superchunk released their debut single, 'Slack Motherfucker', the same year, via Merge Records, a label founded by frontman...

Q&A: Steve Ignorant
Q&A: Steve Ignorant

29 September 2010

Steve Ignorant formed anarcho-punk band Crass with drummer Penny Rimbaud in 1977. Before the band split (as planned) in 1984, they'd been investigated...

Q&A: Swans
Q&A: Swans

16 September 2010

Influential post-punk band Swans was formed in 1982 by multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira, and they went on to release eleven studio albums...

Q&A: Stars & Sons
Q&A: Stars & Sons

7 September 2010

Turning his focus to music in 2007 after a series of low-profile failures in other careers, Brighton-based former hotdog vendor Mike Lord...

Q&A: Saint Saviour
Q&A: Saint Saviour

24 August 2010

Currently fronting Groove Armada on tour, after co-writing tracks on their latest album 'Black Light', Saint Saviour, aka Becky Jones, is also a...

Q&A: The Saturdays
Q&A: The Saturdays

10 August 2010

Right, here come the all important facts, people. Consisting of Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Wiseman - formerly of S Club 8 formerly S...

Playlist: School Of Seven Bells
Playlist: School Of Seven Bells

24 July 2010

Formed by ex-Secret Machines guitarist Benjamin Curtis and identical twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of On! Air! Library!, School Of Seven...

Q&A: Sia
Q&A: Sia

26 May 2010

Sia, born Sia Furler, is a soulful jazz-styled pop singer-songwriter from Australia. Her independently released debut album 'OnlySee' came out in 1997, though...

Q&A: The Sunshine Underground
Q&A: The Sunshine Underground

18 May 2010

The Sunshine Underground are an indie rock four-piece based in Leeds. Their debut album, 'Raise The Alarm', was released in 2006 on City...

Q&A: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Q&A: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

5 May 2010

One time indie girl Sophie Ellis-Bextor first arrived on the pop scene a whole ten years ago now, reaching number one with Groovejet's...

Playlist: Scouting For Girls
Playlist: Scouting For Girls

1 May 2010

They may be a band who divide opinions, but you can't deny that the Scouting For Girls boys have been pretty damn successful...

Q&A: Steve Mason
Q&A: Steve Mason

28 April 2010

Steve Mason is best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band. After they split in...

Q&A: Steve Hillage
Q&A: Steve Hillage

21 April 2010

Starting out as the guitarist in prog rock band Gong in the early 70s, over the last two decades Steve Hillage has immersed...

Q&A: 65daysofstatic
Q&A: 65daysofstatic

20 April 2010

Starting out back in 2001, 65daysofstatic are an instrumental electronic and post-rock band from Sheffield. They mix heavy, progressive, guitar-driven instrumental sections with...

Q&A: Scouting For Girls
Q&A: Scouting For Girls

8 April 2010

So, I think you either love them or you hate them, but you can't deny that the Scouting For Girls boys have been...

Q&A: Sound Of Guns
Q&A: Sound Of Guns

10 March 2010

Hailing from Liverpool, Sound Of Guns are Andy Metcalfe, Lee Glynn, Nathan Crowley, John Coley and Si Finley. With anthemic power chords and...

Playlist: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Playlist: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

27 February 2010

Hip hop duo Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip first came to wider attention with the release of their debut single, 'Thou Shalt...

Q&A: Sisters Of Transistors
Q&A: Sisters Of Transistors

9 December 2009

The brainchild of 808 State's Graham Massey, Sisters Of Transistors are an all female 'combo organ' quartet based at the South Manchester Museum...

Q&A: The Slew
Q&A: The Slew

10 November 2009

A couple of years ago, master turntablists Kid Koala and Dynomite D were asked to record a soundtrack to a documentary. They had...

Q&A: Super Furry Animals
Q&A: Super Furry Animals

3 November 2009

Since arriving on the scene way back in 1993, Super Furry Animals have released no fewer than nine studio albums in a career...

Q&A: Skunk Anansie
Q&A: Skunk Anansie

30 October 2009

British rock band Skunk Anansie first got together in 1994, drawing some influence from the likes of the Sex Pistols and Blondie, as...

Q&A: Steve Reid
Q&A: Steve Reid

29 October 2009

American jazz drummer Steve Reid has played with a wide range of artists including the likes of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, James Brown,...

Q&A: Subsource
Q&A: Subsource

6 October 2009

Subsource popped up on our radar about a year ago, when a copy of their debut EP, 'Dark Is The New Light', was...

Q&A: A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Q&A: A Sunny Day In Glasgow

1 October 2009

A Sunny Day In Glasgow's second album 'Ashes Grammar', released this week by Mis Ojos Discos, is a shift away from their debut...

Q&A: Sean Kingston
Q&A: Sean Kingston

21 August 2009

Still only 19 years old, Sean Kingston returns with his second album, 'Tomorrow', next month via Sony/RCA. Born in Miami, Kingston moved to...

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Q&A: Sal

19 August 2009

Formed in 2001, Welsh rockers Sal released their second album, 'Conversations With My Therapist', in June via Copro/Casket Music. Amongst the tracks on...

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Q&A: Set Your Goals

14 August 2009

Playing pop-punk, though with 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore influences to flesh it out a bit, beyond the other run-of-the-mill stuff that...

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Q&A: Sister Sledge

7 August 2009

Sister Sledge, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you, are legends of 70s disco. Formed in 1971 by sisters Kim, Debbie,...

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Q&A: Sian Alice Group

6 August 2009

Formed by Rupert Clervaux, Ben Crook and Sian Ahern in 2006, the Sian Alice Group released their debut album, '59:59' last year. Featuring...

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