Alfie was the very first independent act we championed in 2018 who back then an act who had never played outside the towns he had lived in, 2 years on he’s a confident maturing artist who is comfortable in his home studio as well as his wide collection of instruments. Having been dotted on a […]

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  We’ve already learnt to expect the unexpected from Munky, one of last year’s great discoveries. The wry observations, indeed pure sass of their debut e.p. Un, Deux, Trois, Cat soon took a much darker turn within the unsettling, almost apocalyptic imagery and heavy guitar onslaught of follow-up Megaton. News of an unexpected new Munky […]

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The latest from pan-Anglian shoegaze collective The Death Of Pop is a hazy slice of blurry-eyed dream-pop of the highest order. Angus James’ somnambulant guitar weaves in and out of one of the funkiest basslines this side of Thundercat’s new album, settling into a punchy but sublime rhythm that forces thoughts of another month in […]

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Following a BBC 6 Music live session and a soundtrack collaboration for actress Milly Bobby Brown’s fashion line, in addition to an impressive 16 million Spotify streams already under their belts, Derbyshire-based trio Patawawa have slowly become an act to watch, offering a selection of energetic, synth-indie pop tunes since their debut singles in early […]

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Deputy Editor Iain Dalgleish looks at communal listening, then and now, as Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties steal the headlines and hog the social media trending during COVID-19 lockdown. So much changed, within a generation. My teens were spent poring over every word in the music press, watching triumphantly as the occasional band I loved managed […]

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A couple of weeks ago we caught up with Franky to talk all things pop, yes pop. Pop in the indie scenes is often an overlooked genre, discredited as naff, but pop is derived from the term ‘popular music’ and therefore pop has produced some of the greatest songs out there. Franky is that zest […]

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During a time full of delayed releases and postponed tours, Laura Marling has flipped the switch by bringing forward the launch of her seventh solo album, Song For Our Daughter. The decision to release a week ahead of schedule came from a desire to “provide some sense of union” in these strange times. Marling says […]

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  The last time Underscore Part 3 caught up with China Bears, for their punchy Glastonbury Calling set at the tail end of February, they were buzzing with excitement for their first Stateside dash, as part of Fierce Panda’s SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas. Fast forward six weeks and the world feels a very different […]

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