The Wire


Current Issue 419

January 2019

+ Below The Radar 29

On the cover: 2018 Rewind: the year in underground music. Including: Releases of the year: We asked our contributors to nominate their top ten records, CDs, downloads and streams of the year, then we counted up the votes. Critics’ reflections: Our contributors look back on 2018’s cultural highs and lows. Black Noise: Reclaiming the racket. By Moor Mother. Climate Sounds: Blowing hot and cold. By Lewis Gordon. Minimal Rock: Beat the repeat. By Marc Masters. Jazz & Protest: Freedom fighters. By Daniel Spicer. Four/Four: Deconstruction time again. By Chal Ravens. Columnists’ charts: Our specialist critics select music that rocked their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to the outer limits. Artists’ reflections: A cast of 2018’s most active movers and shakers shine the spotlight on their cultural year. Archive releases of the year: Our contributors voted for their top ten archival records, CDs, downloads and streams, and we counted them all up. Plus, Kepla & DeForrest Brown Jr, Still House Plants, Big Joanie, Invisible Jukebox Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore, loads of reviews, and much more.

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