Today's LIFE lesson: go and see bands you've never heard of.

The Magic Numbers are back with snarling seventies guitars and a whole lot of goddamn irresistable melodies. Kane Howie shot their Esquires show.

We look back on when Hartlepool’s own Plaza kicked off Meet The North festival and peep their new video for 'In The Know'.

As Fluffer Pit Parties grow in numbers and reputation, their DIY danger might be dwindling, but the quality of acts certainly isn't.

So, Arcade Fire have done a U2… but to say they pull it off is the biggest understatement of 2018.

At the gigs Chris Patmore goes to, the male / female musicians split may even favour female artists, possibly because they're better performers on stage, as Pussyliquor demonstrated.

Dark synth pop band Poliça combine forces with classical-contemporary outfit Stargaze to showcase their latest collaboration LP ‘Music For the Long Emergency’ at London’s Oval Space.

Having become French music critics’ darling and conquered his home nation’s charts, DJ and producer Petit Biscuit reveals what the rest of the world has to look forward to.

“We didn’t expect it to be this big, we had no idea” humbly confessed Brad Barr as he showed his gratitude towards the sold out crowd at London’s Union Chapel.

Spring King kick off their UK headline tour with a stellar sold-out performance in Reading.

Punk rock etiquette doesn’t get much better than Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Sailor Jerry Rum.

Incredible annual concert in aid of Solace Women’s Aid, a London-based charity that supports women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Weaves don't like Buckfast. Raw Meat likes Weaves. Mike Sutton reports.

The War on Drugs mesmerised Mike Sutton with their bombastic wall of sound.

Le Son supported the nerve-tensing Gothenburg-based, Pale Honey in London's east end. Chris Patmore took pictures.

A dream line-up in London, through the eyes and ears of Chris Patmore.

Raw Meat's resident troubadour, Christopher Samuel is charmed and inspired in a Dalston basement.

We sent the unimpeachable Keira Cullinane to capture the hugs, sweat and beers of Fluffer Records' all-day July Pit Party. Featuring JAWS, PINS and a bunch of lower-case bands.

Difficult to classify and impossible to ignore, Queen Kwong more than live up to the clichéd “force of nature” tag.

London trio Theme Park make a fizzing return to the touring scene (and our lives) with their happy-go-lucky brand of indie pop, only this time with added synth and snare.

Superbly talented and all round lovely ladies Honeyblood treat the Wednesday-night crowd in Reading to an impeccable set, with two fantastic supports in tow.

Splashh have released their latest album, Waiting A Lifetime. We sent Sarah Doone to capture their live show.

With their latest album You Are We released only a few days before, While She Sleeps returned to London to put on an unforgettably sweaty and gnarly show.

Sheffield artist Black Mamba Fever tore a hole through a sadly small crowd in North London.

We sent Chris Patmore and his camera to see Leeds ladsladslads, Weirds before they head on tour with The Wytches next month and get egos.

"It’s early, it’s a Tuesday night, and The Hare & Hounds is packed." We jealously sent Tim Mobbs to see our newest favourite band.

Photographer Chris Patmore captured the mayhem of The Sly Persuaders album launch gig/party/riot. Featuring support from Bridport Dagger and Saint Agnes.

It’s a drizzly, grey Friday night in Reading town centre. To combat this we put our umbrellas away and got down to Hey Colossus’ sold-out show for two hours of noisy excellence.

Spanish-language re-workings of Morrissey songs. And that's that really.

“It feels weird standing up, we’ve been sitting down all week” explains Menace Beach’s main man, Ryan Needham.

Some bands, in some eras seem to have all the melodies, all the lines. Everybody longs to be able to say, "I was there. I heard those songs in a tiny venue, before they got…big."

A warehouse in a secret location; in true DIY spirit, Arrows Of Love’s Nima Teranchi joked, “It doesn’t feel like a gig, it feels like we’re throwing a massive party”.

SULK launched their brand new album, Illusions to an audience that were hooked on every riff.

There isn't a lot that we can tell you about Honey Lung just yet...

Plague Vendor, Love Buzzard and Chest Pains all in the games room at Brudenell Social Club on a Sunday night for free? Yes please. 

Dirty Otter are back ahead of their National Dirty Otter Day next week for a night of nothing but math-rock. 

Oxford dictionaries’ definition of ‘savage’ is something fierce, violent and uncontrolled. Urban dictionaries’ definition of ‘savage’ is something bad-ass and cool.

Touring riff-heavy album, Eleven Eleven, Dinosaur Pile Up hit Leeds with Hyena and Broken Hands for a turbulent show, fuelled by adrenaline and ecstasy.

Stopping off in Leeds on the second day of their UK tour, Nothing But Thieves prove exactly why they deserve their top ten spot in the album chart.

Since releasing ‘Oceans’ in 2013, Coasts have gone from strength to strength; with a recent new EP, a headline tour in September and a sold out show at Dingwalls in Camden.

A man attended this gig with a home-printed shirt that said, “This Dad Loves MisterWives”.

Turbowolf are a live force to be reckoned with: they’ve got thrashing heavy rock records that are backed up by an unconventional frontman.

Cat Tillekeratne hit Hackney's newest venue to hear the dulcet tones of Nadine Shah in person. Shah's new album Fast Food is out now.

Courtney Barnett and her band’s humble and unstoppable talent was irrepressible from the outset. 

Formidable indie rock talent, Wolf Alice stun the crowd at Reading in one of many sold-out shows on their UK tour.

Brawlers stopped off in Norwich at the beginning of their lengthy UK tour. With support coming from emo punks Milk Teeth; Brawlers and co. started the bank holiday with a bang.

We sent Cat Tillekeratne to find out about the lo-fi industrial punk of The Garden and the critics' favourite, Warpaint (both from the US) as they performed a mini-tour of Europe.

Emo-rockers Papa Roach hit the UEA student union like a tonne of bricks and Raw Meat snapper, Courtney Murison has the photographic evidence to prove it.

Peace embark on the first of two sold out shows at Epic Studios in Norwich and give an absolute belter of a performance. Their new album Happy People is out now via Columbia.

2-4-1 cocktails at a devilish £6.66 offer some explanation as to the merry mood at The Fighting Cocks...

J Mascis is a figure in music whose name needs no introduction.

I watched in awe as two previous Fresh Flesh bands, King No-one and Hyena supported the ever-climbing and unstoppable Beasts.

High energy indie bugs, Seazoo are releasing new single 'Panda Pains' on Label Fandango, out 19.01.15. We sent Suzy Creamcheese to take a really good look at them through her lense.

With their usual cultivated appearance, on this occasion stylishly matching white, Metronomy took to the stage at Alexandra Palace.

We at Raw Meat, were very much fascinated with The Xcerts latest album, There Is Only You. It gained a very respectable 9/10.

Norwich gigs are hit and miss. Being from Norwich and a fan of punk rock music, the music scene can be pretty lame. 

Since the release of Signals last year, Mallory Knox’s success has sky-rocketed.

Girlpool create a sound that's raw, but far from vulnerable. The remastered version of their self-titled debut EP is out now on Wichita Recordings.

Seeing Abjects, Skinny Girl Diet and The Coathangers was a life affirming and punk replenishing experience.

Arcane Roots' performance at Newcastle's Think Tank got Raw Meat's Tyler Marriott feeling all pensive.

We crashed Artrocker's 10th birthday party at The Garage in Islington for a night of Toy...

Tokyo psych outfit Kikagaku Moyo (meaning “geometric patterns”, named after the images drummer, GO saw after a seven hour sleepless jam session) have just wrapped up their UK tour.

Experimental pianist Hauschka, supported by Luke Abbott, could not have chosen a better setting than London's Union Chapel for his meditative and occasionally humorous compositions.

A mere twenty-four hours ahead of their headline gig in Newcastle, Losers announced a surprise set at Sunderland's Pop Recs.

What d’you get when you put Horsefight, Tigercub and Dinosaur Pile Up all on the same bill? Utter carnage. Hats off to Club The Mammoth - due to be at The Garage, Islington, Fridays.

Manchester Orchestra are neither Mancunian nor do they boast a brass section. 

There’s no argument that Jabberwocky’s cancellation wasn’t badly handled, but it did have the fortunate side effect of creating a weekend packed with unexpected shows by ATP bands.

Your intrepid Raw Meat reporters descended upon the sun-kissed environs of Brick Lane’s Vibe bar.

The Scotch of St James has an impressive history; its speakeasy décor has seen visits and performances from the Stones, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. 

According to Raw Meat’s Emily Pilbeam, the world has not been the same since Pulled Apart By Horses decided to take a year out to work on their hotly anticipated third album, due for release later this year.