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Issue 254

April 2005

Mike Patton
Phil Freeman meets the voice of unreason behind Fantômas, Tomahawk, various John Zorn collaborations and Ipecac

Invisible Jukebox: Ira Cohen
The poet and photographer on WS Burroughs, Angus MacLise, Cecil Taylor and more. Tested by Edwin Pouncey

Antony & The Johnsons
Marc Masters talks to the androgynous, falsetto balladeer about The Johnsons and his work with Lou Reed

Elliott Sharp
The New York guitarist/ composer discusses his cyberpunk take on avant rock, Improv and the blues with Phil England

Primer: Grime
Simon Reynolds investigates the bustling UK microculture of So Solid Crew, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Kano and more

Richard Barrett
Philip Clark meets the militant composer/ improvisor at odds with the niceness of the British music establishment

Venetian Snares
The Canadian drill 'n' jazz producer explains the links between breakcore and crack to Susanna Glaser

Maya Arulpragasam raps knuckleheads as she protests the war in Sri Lanka. By David Stubbs

Global Ear
Ana Garcia discovers new underground hybrids flourishing in São Paolo

Dutch anarchist group The Ex teach Mia Clarke how not to follow leaders

Print Run
Rip It Up And Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984, by Simon Reynolds; Cuba And Its Music: From The First Drums To The Mambo, by Ned Sublette; Satchmo Blows Up The World: Jazz Ambassadors Play The Cold War, by Penny M Von Eschen

Cross Platform
Chris Rose meets the visual artist, musician and documentary maker Luke Fowler.
Plus: reviews of Kill Yr Idols and Moog on film; Legong, Dance Of The Virgins and Nor Noise on DVD; plus Visual Music exhibition at Los Angeles MOCA, as well as JG Thirlwell aka Foetus on Alice Cooper in The Inner Sleeve.

On Location
Slint's All Tomorrow's Parties, UK; Ustad Vilayat Khan Tribute, UK; What Is Music 2005, Australia; TUMFest, Finland