Ooouuu, it’s only Young M.A on our cover. One of the most fascinating and vital rappers around, we’re so happy to have her gracing the front of LiS ahead of a debut London show at M.I.A’s Meltdown festival. Elsewhere we have interviews with our favourite Chicago resident, Jamila Woods as well as a chat with the thrillingly re-invigorated Marika Hackman. What else? Well (deep breath) there’s Tales From The City courtesy of Amber Arcades, Ulrika Spacek guide us around London, Afropunk take over our stereo with their top picks from the upcoming festival, there’s album reviews for Tops, Noga Erez, Ride, Big Thief and many more, Jake May recalls the glory years of blogging in Penny For Your Thoughts, this month’s anonymous In A Day’s Work is by a tour manager, we get excited about sandwiches, sci-fi, beer and more in Events plus, of course there’s all of June’s gig listings. And breath again. That’s issue 49, enjoy and see you next month for 50!

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