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' 'Saying Goodbye', while the two tracks below are out on a split between New York label Aloe Music and Scottish start-up Cool Your Jets.
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.
It's a festival tradition and an iconic sight - the Pyramid stage crowd at Worthy Farm all lit up in red. But should flares be allowed at Glastonbury and other major British festivals? That's the debate this week after reports of people throwing flares at other festival-goers at Libertines comeback show in London on Saturday.
If you thought all this nonsense about ‘British values’ was whack, then you ought to try living in Russia. Not content to just repress anyone’s sexuality that isn’t the common or garden variety according to the gospel of Vladimir Putin, now the prez is taking his new puritanism to vertiginous heights by banning profanity from the arts.