Rhys Buchanan

Porches – ‘Ricky Music’ review: low-key synth-pop that’s low on commercialism but high on self-belief

You get the sense that Aaron Maine has countless synth-pop bangers inside him, but instead he opts for tasteful bursts of colour amid the understatement

Black Lips – ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ review: a wild gallop over dusty old ground

About two-thirds into ‘Hooker Jon’, the opening track to the group's new record, Black Lips frontman Cole Alexander absently lets off a belch before...

Speedy Wunderground: The cult label on working with Squid, Black Midi and more

Speedy Wunderground's Dan Carey on the songs that made the label's year

Arxx – ‘Wrong Girl, Honey’ review: Brighton punks refuse to take any shit

The duo, who next week will play NME's latest Girls to The Front gig in London, part of our series that champions women and no-binary artists, are a vital addition to the punk landscape

“It started as a dumb idea I had at a bar” – here’s Drunk Dial, the label that insists artists record when trollied

The sleeve notes on a Drunk Dial release are pretty different from your usual credits: "These songs were recorded drunk on small-batch mezcal, a case of...

Liz Lawrence’s powerful new album ‘Pity Party’ is a sly middle finger to her doubters

Rejection isn’t easy to take - especially when you’re a scarcely out of your teens, finding your way in the music industry. After being...

“Rock stars are not our friends!” The wild story of CREEM magazine, America’s countercultural bible

“You’d go up these rickety stairs and it was like a crash pad: everything was dirty, there were stacks of papers, records, cigarette ashes," CREEM co-founding...

50 years of Elliott Smith: the tender songwriter’s greatest tracks, as nominated by his close friends and fans

August 6, 2019, marks what would've been the late Elliott Smith’s 50th birthday. While the widely adored singer-songwriter has touched countless lives with his...

“I see a ship in the harbour…” A flourishing New Order play the classics at Bristol quayside gig

New Order brought a whole new meaning to their iconic floor-filler 'Blue Monday' last night (July 18) as they performed in front of, well,...