Joe Talbot’s visceral punk has a disarming tenderness at its heart

The IDLES frontman confronts people, politics and his own personal experiences with brutal honesty and wry humour

Bringing together the fringes of Bristol’s arts scene, Jo Bligh celebrates the outsiders

Meet the curator, producer and performer behind Thorny, a platform for Bristol’s marginalised voices

Meet Zozo, the DJ at the centre of Istanbul’s shifting underground scene

Nigar Zeynep’s blend of dark, crunchy techno and Turkish psych is earning her bookings around the world

10 years on, The Bug’s London Zoo is still a ferocious snapshot of an angry nation

Released in 2008, the raucous record was a pin-drop of discontent in the English capital

Queer Icons

7 Artists on Their Unsung Queer Icons

In celebration of the UK’s ongoing Pride Season, we asked some of our favourite artists to shout out their unsung queer icons, from Victoria Ruiz to Christine McCharen-Tran, Lotic and more

Love For The Streets are raising awareness for Manchester’s homeless community with arts and club nights

Manchester has one of the largest homeless populations in the UK. Meet the young promoters hoping to help change that.

Nines: Rise and Shine

Nines is a superstar in his area. As he overcomes legal setbacks, the chart-busting rapper is spreading light in his community. Ciaran Thapar spends a day with him in his neighbourhood for our July cover story.

New documentary Coda unravels the inner philosophy of Ryuichi Sakamoto

‘Coda’ explores the much-loved composer’s career, while piecing together the influence of events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, global warming and nuclear power on his extraordinary work

Look back on the history of Budapest’s Sziget Festival through these archive photos

From David Bowie to Nick Cave and mohawk-styled punks, trace the visual trajectory of one of Europe’s largest, and most celebrated, cultural events

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slowthai: The Prince of Northampton

Bursting with small-town angst and big dreams, we travel to his hometown to find the rising rapper standing tall with pride

From Abbey Road to Wyoming: What makes a legendary studio run?

A look back through moments where unique recording spaces became catalysts for new, ingenious sounds

Snail Mail

Meet Snail Mail, the artist who captures teenagerhood in all its awkward splendour

Lindsey Jordan’s guitar pop is shot through with a specific kind of anxiety and heartbreak. We find out what it’s like setting your growing pains to music

Retrospective Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne carved out an eccentric future for hip-hop on Tha Carter III

With a bulletin from Planet Weezy to New Orleans, Lil Wayne captured the attention of the whole world

We caught a bus to Kanye and Kid Cudi’s album launch bonfire in the middle of nowhere

The listening party of Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s much-anticipated collaborative album Kids See Ghosts was as weird as you’d expect

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Jorja Smith: Real Talk

There’s a timeless elegance to the breakthrough pop star, but her modern soul speaks directly to today’s youth

Print! Tearing It Up

The Print! Tearing It Up exhibition celebrates the resurgence of independent publishing

We caught up with the curators behind Somerset House’s upcoming exhibition to talk indie magazine culture, social activism and the direction of print