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Issue 1719

June nights are the longest of the year and we’re planning on taking full advantage. From flame-licked festivals to mind-bending performances, after-dark thrills can be found in all corners of the calendar.

There’s nothing that captures the eccentric energy of this month quite like RISING. The incomparable Fever Ray graces our cover this month, sharing secrets of boundless creativity from their home in Sweden. Fellow RISING stars Blonde Redhead dream about writing the perfect song, OneFour defy the odds to headline their first festival show and Dirty Three discuss the making of their first album in 12 years.

Elsewhere, Urthboy reminisces on the end of Elefant Traks, Oddisee breaks bread with Melbourne streetwear brand LOWF and Underscores discusses worldbuilding, road trip movies and Madonna.

If all that hasn’t got you heated up, we’ve also got a guide for beating those winter blues. As temperatures dive, our resolve to soak in the good times only gets stronger, because let’s be honest – the cold separates the casual music enjoyers from the real heads. Time to rug up and tough it out!