Maybe it was Foals' triumphant show at London's illustrious Royal Albert Hall in March? An early-year warning shot to those later to see them at Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds, which basically said 'we will own you'. Or maybe it was Arctic Monkeys' ballsy choice of comeback show at Glastonbury – a do-or-die moment which was either going to be a repeat of their jittery headline slot in 2007 or successfully launch the album of their career in front of an audience of millions (only one answer to that)?
Beyoncé has released her new, self-titled album online overnight with no fanfare, marketing campaign or lead-up. We knew she would put out a record next year - earlier this week, the chairman of her record label said the singer will "obviously" put out a new album some time 2014 - but today? It's Bowie levels of surprise.
This week mag's Lead Radar is East India Youth aka William Doyle. 'Total Strife Forever', his debut album, will be out on January 13 and you can catch him live from the end of January.
There's been a scrappy demo of Kagoule's 'Made Of Concrete' floating about for ages now. It's always been a popular tune - a signpost as to where the Nottingham band's capabilities lie.
Leeds heroes Menace Beach release new EP 'Lowtalker' on Memphis Industries on January 13, and we've got the premiere of 'Fortune Teller', taken from it, below. It's all about that sleepy twin guitar/Farfisa riff that kicks things off – busy as fuck and yet one of the most instantly-alluring things we've heard all year.