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.
Say hello to a new track from Glasgow duo Honeyblood, a song about goodbyes. Not the sad, sorry, tearful kind of so-longs, but the ones you relish and bask in as you bid farewell, having finally mustered the courage to leave behind a "city that's killing" you, where "the smog gets under your skin" and the people are poisonous.
Prepare to fall into a dark, electronic summer haze: the debut album from transatlantic three-piece The Acid is here, and it's every bit the broody, boundary-crushing gem their early tracks suggested it would be.
This week at NME we're going big on one of our favourite breaking artists, 19-year-old Shamir Bailey. The Las Vegas newcomer has just released a new EP called 'Northtown' (listen below), which takes it's name from the place he grew up and lives in. As is explained in this week's mag, it's a world away from the vices, glitz and glamour of the Hollywood version of Vegas.