The Wire

Archived since Summer 1982 (Issue 1) Complete Archive Monthly
476 issues
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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Latest issue
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:

Subjects: Culture, Music

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