The Coalition has ravaged the arts in Wales. Cuts were staggered in a lot of places, but Wales has been hit worst of all. I live in Newport and in the last few years I've never seen such a fucking wholesale hammering and demolition of culture. The Chartist mural has been knocked down, the Art Gallery’s Temporary Exhibitions Programme has been axed, and now the Welsh Music Foundation, which supports the local music scene, is being forced to close.
It's been quite a few weeks for The Libertines, from their spectacular warm-up shows in Glasgow to their triumphant return at London's Hyde Park.
New trio Grubs feature Owen Williams from Joanna Gruesome and although they say they're based in Bristol, they live as far apart as Plymouth and Cardiff ("Bristol is just where we practice," they tell us), meaning there's been a lot of train travel involved just to get things off the ground. Live shows have seen them throw in a cover of The Muffs' 'Sayin
Pick up this week's magazine and you'll read staffer David Renshaw chewing the fat with Toronto fivepiece Alvvays.
Martyn's new album is called 'The Air Between Words' but it could easily be called 'The Air Between Genres'. Though often billed as a techno or dubstep artist, the Dutch producer hovers between a myriad of styles, more so now than ever before. His drum 'n' bass DJing days have long since passed and recent work, including 2011's 'Ghost People', sees him engaging with sounds on a larger scale, without committing to one in particular. The result is impressive and consequently it's been a regularly played album on the NME stereo this year. It's unpredictable, too.