Renforshort: "I get surges of creativity at 3 in the morning – I'll be up in bed, trying different tunings and seeing if I come up with anything cool"

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Though she is yet to release a full-length album, Renforshort - the moniker of Canadian artist Lauren Isenberg - is already set to be around for the long haul. At only 19 years of age, the singer-songwriter has been applauded by NME for her handle on “raw rock anthems'', and heralded by Rolling Stone as a “grunge-pop star.” 

But even behind a heavenly body, there’s a constellation of fellow musical acts reflecting the light. In Isenberg’s case, that’s everyone from Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda to production wunderkind Jeff Hazin (also behind rising pop gem Anna Sofia). Isenberg’s most recent musical adventures have also seen her team up with Brazilian virtuoso Mateus Asato for a guitar-heavy reimagining of Gorillaz single Feel Good Inc.

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.