Everyone loves playing with animals. But playing them as musical instruments?
Jamie Lidell is like a caged animal that has been given too many amphetamines in some sort of lab experiment.
People will tell you that Australia is the lucky country for a variety of reasons, one being that, as we are so isolated, we benefit from an unbiased appreciation of music from all over the world.
We feared the worst when we heard about the titty-girl videos, but Lethal Bizzle's album Against All Oddz is actually pretty good.
Stupid animalistic behaviour almost fucked up the Mitchell Brothers' career.
In Aix-en-Provence at the start of June, the only animals I really noticed were lizards, other than stacks of birds whose names I can never recall, and last time I checked they're reptiles.
Music that sounds like the Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, Shostakovich, and Aphex Twin all wrapped up in cotton wool soaked with Soviet sadness and a lot of hope.
Duke Da God is guarded by a gigantic macaw.
Sometimes dogs can remind you of wolves, I guess. Sometimes they couldn't be further from wolves, and they are more like floppy, wimpy dishrags.
The band are all about 12 years old and come from a small shithole town near Sheffield.
Up until Hole in the Sky, summer is bound to be slow, like one record label rep said "Nobody really buys black metal in June."
Rule Number 1: Don't hire any 'Grime Journalists'.
Did you hear about Vitalic? Some arsehole stole his laptop last month in that Cargo venue in Shoreditch just after he'd soundchecked.
If you're a wimp and can't just dive into some Cannibal Corpse, Pelican is the gateway drug to contemporary metal.
The Go! Team sponsor a chimp called Rocky from Dorset.
Although his logo is an adorable drawing of an iced-out snowman, Young Jeezy is more crafty than artsy.
Gary went to jail in the 70s on a weed-possession rap, but right before he did he recorded this beautiful, smoky album full of soft and mellow and soulful jams.
Is there anything worse than having cool parents when you're growing up?
Even after Jerry Garcia died, the Grateful Dead just kept trundling on.
We first met Bangkok Cobra at their high school when we were scouting for virgins for the Sex Issue fashion story.
Panico are a band from Chile and their debut album, Subliminal Kill (Tigersushi), sounds like they take a lot of psychedelics.
Driving cross-country with a bunch of mates can be a total prick.
Edan is the hip hop Syd Barrett.
Apart from consuming weed intravenously and the very occasional rock, your average grime kid isn't backing as much drugs as generations of ravers from years gone by.