Features & Interviews

Body Type are reclaiming their place in a male-dominated industry (Line of Best Fit)

  • “Someone one asked me whose dick I had to suck to be able to go on tour,” McComish says, a cheery expression on her face as she recalls the memory from her home in Sydney via Zoom. “That was probably the worst I’ve had. I should’ve punched him in the face. But then I just sent an e-mail to a manager.”

Sports Team: Let Them Entertain You (DIY Mag, cover story)

  • Having conquered the UK with their debut, Sports Team are looking to the rest of the world with ‘Gulp!’. Kicking things off with an impromptu NYC run, we join them to let the sweaty good times roll…

GRRLS ALOUD: The Linda Lindas (DIY Mag)

  • When their single ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ went viral, The Linda Lindas staked their claim as the next in line to the feminist punk throne. ‘Growing Up’ finds the quartet making a whole lot more noise.

How UK Rap Fell in Love with Football (VICE)

  • Drill and grime lyrics are crammed with Premier League references, but the relationship between music and sport goes deeper than you think.

Can Marcus Rashford change the world? The power & poison of social media (Goal)

  • At 23, Rashford has become the first footballer to publicly challenge the government – beginning with an open letter calling for a continuation of free school meals during the non-term time – and using his Twitter account to spotlight local businesses helping the disadvantaged across the country.

Dry Cleaning blur the lines between the hyperreal and surreal (The Line of Best Fit)

  • Dry Cleaning’s poker-faced observations on the mundanities and anxieties of everyday life have made them one of the most exciting bands to come out of South London.

On the Rise: Meet Me @ the Altar (The Line of Best Fit)

  • As the first all-female band to sign to the infamous record label Fuelled by Ramen, Meet Me at the Altar are helping to carve out a space for people of colour in the archaic and white-washed genre of pop-punk.

Empire State of Mind: IDLES (DIY Mag)

  • With fourth album ‘CRAWLER’ making sonic and lyrical leaps forward, we join IDLES in New York to watch its visceral message unfurl firsthand…

The power of refusing to play: Landon Donovan’s ‘people first, players second’ solution to racism and abuse (Goal)

  • The U.S soccer icon outlines his compassionate, considered approach to dealing with abuse and reflects on his team’s recent experiences with it

Kneeling is a gimmick, slogans do nothing: Football cares more about anti-racism PR than progress (Goal)

  • Players and people within organizations have their hearts in the right place, but that isn’t enough – they must do more to tackle discrimination

Bully’s Alicia Bognanno is allowing herself to fully enjoy the creative process (Line of Best Fit)

  • Alicia Bognanno, the brains behind Bully, has always felt that she had something to prove. Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, engineer, producer; you name it, Bognanno was it. But following the release of her sophomore record, Bognanno’s self-confidence and self-worth hit rock bottom—until she learned the beauty of letting go.

How a Junior Girls’ Football Team Went Unbeaten in a Boys’ League (VICE)

  • You may have heard about the under-12 team that made history in May. Now, they’ve got their sights set on a national tournament

Learning About Indonesian Ghost Culture After My Aunt’s Death (VICE)

  • After my aunt Gita died, her spirit came to watch over my family. I learned how ghosts can help comfort the grieving

How watching Salah taught me I was allowed to be a Liverpool fan (Goal)

  • I’d grown up thinking my Reds support mattered less because I was Asian-American, and not white British – until the Egyptian arrived at Anfield

USWNT world champions vs USMNT whipping boys – The truth behind toxic prize money partition (Goal)

  • There are multiple solutions for those in the sport could consider – the only obstacles are greed, pride and a refusal to see women as equals

Diet Cig are finding ways to adapt to life in lockdown whilst thriving amidst the chaos (Line of Bset Fit)

  • After recently shedding the imposter syndrome that came with the release of their debut album, which catapulted them to cult status on the indie scene, Diet Cig further cement their place at the top

On The Rise: Pizzagirl (Line of Best Fit)

  • Pizzagirl‘s romantic, cozy, lo-fi jams evoke nostalgia – not just for other decades – but for long lost love and what-could-have-been

Between punk rock and a hard place with Tacocat (Line of Best Fit)

  • Against a backdrop of political punchlines and peak meme culture, Seattle punks Tacocat are the real, rainbow deal

Julia Shapiro in her most natural state (Line of Best Fit)

  • A year and a half on from a personal crisis that left Chastity Belt lead singer Julia Shapiro on the verge of an emotional breakdown, she tells us how she found her way back to make her debut solo album

At The Party with Black Belt Eagle Scout (Line of Best Fit)

  • Growing up in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington state, Paul was eventually lured away by the riot grrrl and grunge scene of the Pacific Northwest – home to Bikini Kill, Hole, and Nirvana.
  • Dilly Dally are a Toronto four-piece band who have returned from the brink of self-destruction

Hinds: “I feel like an awesome guitar hero” (Drowned In Sound)

  • Madrid-based garage-rock band Hinds have never been afraid to embrace their imperfections

Superorganism: ‘We started this project for our own amusement’ (Drowned In Sound)

  • By all accounts, Superorganism shouldn’t make sense as a band. And yet they perfectly encapsulate the modern 21st-century generation rooted in cyber-space

Interview: Kurt Vile ‘n’ Courtney Barnett (DIY Mag)

  • What d’ya get when you blend one of Philly’s brightest talents with Melbourne’s finest? ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ – a meeting of minds, spanning the Pacific ocean – was an accidental collaborative album

Theresa Wayman: “I used the pain as an art form instead of letting it distract me from my music” (DIY Mag)

  • ​As Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman gears up to release her solo debut as TT, she talks just how liberating it was to work on her own terms

Brandon Can’t Dance (But he’s pretty good at the music thing!) (DIY Mag)

  • Alex G’s pal Brandon Ayres is yet another fired up talent emerging from Philly – he chats debut album Graveyard of Good Times

The blind recluse who became a secret synth pioneer (Huck Magazine)

  • Blind since birth and reclusive by nature, Pauline Anna Strom’s spacey electronic music has been building a cult following for decades – but she remains little-known in the mainstream music world

The all-women zine fusing fashion and football (Huck Magazine)

  • Smashing stereotypes in a male-dominated industry, SEASON is a new publication devoted to female football fans. Founder Felicia Pennant explains why it’s time we levelled the playing field

The all-women collectives revolutionising the music industry (Huck Magazine)

  • With music festivals still dominated by man-heavy lineups, a group of homegrown, DIY collectives are fighting for change

Hooton Tennis Club – Interview (London In Stereo)

  • Story-truth is a genre of fiction that combines realism and the make-believe. It’s this approach to storytelling – and songwriting – that Merseyside quartet Hooton Tennis Club have long since used

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