Bearded magazine No.8 (free PDF) has a four-page survey of the current indie music scene in Birmingham and Coventry.

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This tasty-looking magazine is published in Birmingham by Fleeing from Pigeons

“Free of charge, with 100% recycled, high quality, nice smelling paper entwined with outstanding writing, design and illustration. Bearded […] only covered independent music: no artists on “˜pseudo-indies’, no coverage of films, media or books – just 100% wholesome music.”

Judging from the latest issue, it also seems like a good outlet for faux-naif / lowbrow illustrators. No.8 has about six full-page colour illustrations…

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Illustration by David Callow.