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The Wire magazine reaches its 400th issue, as always it is jam packed with news, reviews, features and much more. Huge congratulations for being one of the most long-standing and utterly vital print magazines in underground music!
Wire 400: The Wire celebrates its 400th issue with a series of special essays surveying the still fertile territory between word and sound. By Clive Bell, Alexander Hawkins, David Keenan, Meredith Monk, Chal Ravens, Greg Tate and David Toop
Matt Loveridge: Having retired his Team Brick moniker, the Bristolian polymath has splintered himself into parallel personas including MXLX, Knife Liibrary, Fairhorns and Gnar Hest, each with their own ambitious sonic agenda. By Noel Gardner
Weasel Walter: Demanding the unreasonable and refusing to accept reality have resulted in several decades of unboundaried noisemaking for The Flying Luttenbachers’ aggravator-in-chief. By Marc Masters
Bites: Discwoman: The intersectional collective and booking agency are transforming dance culture. By Aurora Mitchell
Nick Hakim: The New York based vocalist and sound manipulator drags R&B into the twilight zone. By Neil Kulkarni
Peter Kutin & Florian Kindlinger: The Austrian duo investigate the tonal properties of bullets on glass. By Tristan Bath
Svart Records: The Finnish label explores psych, metal, electronics and as yet unnamed genres. By Noel Gardner
Global Ear: Yerevan: The relative isolation of the Armenian capital has birthed a self-contained music network. By Ella Kanegarian
Invisible Jukebox: Louis Moholo-Moholo: The South African jazz drummer gets in the swing of The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes
The Inner Sleeve: Jon Forss on Suede’s Coming Up
Epiphanies: Keith Rowe finds guidance in Chinese wisdom
On Screen: New films and DVDs: Florian Kläger, Tobias Adam and Markus Milcke’s A Story Of Sahel Sounds; Hazel Hill McCarthy III’s Bight Of The Twin
On Site: Recent exhibitions and performances: FMP: The Living Music, Munich, Germany; Khaled Kaddal, London, UK
Print Run: New music books: free jazz and harmolodics, prog rock, Japanese art punk memories, and more
On Location: Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Big Ears, Borealis, Thundercat, Joe McPhee, and more
Soundcheck: Ellen Allien, Chino Amobi, Huxley Anne, Caterina Barbieri, Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, Bonaventure, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bottle Tree, Anders Brørby, Cakewalk, Shanti Celeste, Dale Cornish, Dale Cornish & Phil Julian, Carl Craig, Crescent, Taylor Deupree, Aaron Dilloway, Dread, Bob Dylan, faUSt, Will Guthrie, Peter Jakober/Ensemble Hiatus, Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique, Kimbanguiste, Joey LaBeija, Kendrick Lamar, Jlin, The Last Sound, Daniel Levin/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Chris Corsano, Eliza McCarthy/Oliver Coates, Alex Mincek, Juana Molina, Thurston Moore, Richard Moult, Chris Newman, Jérôme Noetinger/Anthony Pateras/Synergy Percussion, Octo Octa, Old Tower, Anthony Pateras, Prescott, Gavin Prior, Queen Kopetzky, The Radiophonic Workshop, Raphael Rogiński, Paul Rooney, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Oumou Sangare, Eric Schaefer, Shelter, Slackk, Staub Quartet, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, Storm Bugs, Véronique Vilhet & Dominique Grimaud, WaqWaq Kingdom, Nate Wooley, Żywizna, Various Exotic Ésotérique Vol 2, Various Jungle Judgin’/Holypalms Remix Compilation
The Boomerang: Marc Barreca, Brother Ah, Donald Byrd, Alice Coltrane, Miles Davis Sextet & Duke Ellington Orchestra, Deathprod, Bob Downes, Shamek Farrah, Flying Saucer Attack, Ragnar Grippe, Pep Llopis, Michele Mercure, Wolf Vostell, Barney Wilen