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We’re back! After a much deserved break and we’re all refreshed and looking forward to the year ahead. There’s been a bit of a gig lull recently but we’re pleased to see things are picking up this month with a bonanza of live music across the region. We’ve cherry-picked some of the highlights to whet your appetite, including a full and frank interview with Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, Bath DJ Danny Byrd and London newcomers The Vaccines. Without wanting to overdo the whole Valentine’s Day thing we couldn’t let the month pass without at least a sniff of love so we’ve sprinkled a bit of pink onto the Contents pages with this wonderful illustration. Our retail page also showcases some of the coolest, loosely themed Valentine’s kit around and the fashion shoot – well, well, well, see for yourselves it’s hot to trot and just the right side of kinky! Competitions wise we’ve bagged tickets to some big gigs coming up this month, including the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour (with Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines) and the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour (with Good Charlotte, Gang Of Four and Framing Hanley). We’re also giving away a copy of the most intriguing sequal ever – Titanic 2. On top of this we’ve got all of our regular listings, the latest Street Art news and some awesome animal pics from Bristol Thekla’s New Year’s Eve Noah’s Ark bash. Happy Belated New Year!