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The Wire is the world's leading independent monthly music magazine. The first issue was published in 1982. More than four decades on the magazine remains committed to reporting on a dynamic global network of underground, alternative and experimental musics by publishing journalism and photography by some of the subculture’s most original and authoritative critics and observers.

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On the cover: L’Rain. Inside: Trevor Mathison, Blevin Blectum, Piotr Kurek, Al Karpenter, Kate Gentile, Minaru, Invisible Jukebox: Paul Rooney, Global Ear: Beijing, The Inner Sleeve: People Like Us, Epiphanies: Alvin Curran, Unlimited Editions: Red Hook Records, Unofficial Channels: DaMetalMessiah, and in the reviews sections: Jessica Ackerley, Armand Hammer, Stuart Dempster, Thurston Moore, Horace Tapscott, Etran D L’Aïr, and more.

Also this month: download Below The Radar 43 featuring new tracks by Iceboy Violet, Outside House, Selvhenter, Dhangsha, Nondi_, Rocheman, Mad Myth Science, Tomas Fujiwara, Ecka Mordecai, Salenta + Topu, Yol, and more. Get it here:

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: October 2023 (Issue 476)
  • Issue Count: 476
  • Page Count: 43,056
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502