Over the last 10 years, Transgressive has gone from a bedroom-run indie to one of the most well respected labels in the UK, releasing records from the likes of Foals, Mystery Jets, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Subways, Circa Waves, Alvvays and Johnny Flynn to name a few. You can read what some of those bands have to say about the label and the masterminds behind it – Toby L and Tim Dellow – in this week's magazine.
Putting a claustrophobic art-school spin on the chiming indie-pop of bands like The Smiths, The Cranberries and Dunedin Sound cult heroes The Chills, Brighton indie sophisticates Fear of Men released one of the British debuts of the year in 'Loom' way back in April.
East India Youth, aka William Doyle, was "sat down, a bit half cut and ready for mind-expansion" the first time he encountered London duo Grumbling Fur, live at Incubate festival in 2013: ideal conditions for revelling in the London duo's astral-planing, shapeshifting avant-popscapes.
"He’s a penny pincher." Ask a Toronto taxi driver how their crack-smoking, stupor-drunk mayor Rob Ford ever gained so much support and he’ll give you a simple answer. He’s known as the man who cuts waste. You can’t escape austerity anywhere, yet Canada’s music scene is thriving. I came here to find out why. The next morning, before the award of the annual Polaris Music Prize, I have breakfast downtown with founder Steve Jordan.
Each week, NME chooses the best books, clothes, boxsets, DVDs and more that you need to get your hands on. It could be pretty much anything. This week, it's Lena Dunham's first book to Ben & Jerry's Bob Marley ice cream. Book: Not That Kind Of Girl - Lena Dunham "I'm already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you with this book," writes Lena Dunham in the blurb for her first book.