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The Wire is the world's leading independent monthly music magazine. The first issue was published in 1982. More than three 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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New turntablists: Maria Chávez/Mariam Rezaei/Victoria Shen, Dorothy Moskowitz, patten, Mihály Víg, Invisible Jukebox: Tatsuya Yoshida, Zoë Mc Pherson, Francisco Mela, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Global Ear: Belfast, The Inner Sleeve: :zoviet*france:’s Ben Ponton, Epiphanies: Francisco López, Paul St Hilaire, London Brew, Blacklips Bar, Scatter, Infrequent Seams, Kevin Rutmanis, billy woods, minimalism revisioned, Roscoe Mitchell, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Ephemeron Loop, Fugazi, Christian Marclay, Anne Imhof, Numero Twenty, The Residents, and much more. Also this month: download The Wire Tapper 61 featuring 16 new tracks by Sourdurent, Left Hand Cuts Off The Right, Teufelskeller, Ettab, Mungo′s Hi Fi, Mehmet Aslan and more. Get it here:

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: April 2023 (Issue 470)
  • Issue Count: 470
  • Page Count: 42,416
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502