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Issue 47 edition featuring Tiny Masters of Today
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Artrocker magazine is an independent monthly publication, concentrating on music and modern culture, that is available across the United Kingdom. Though stocked in larger branches of newsagents, its main availability is in music stores. The magazine started life as a weekly email newsletter before evolving into a printed magazine. Issue one featured KaitO on the cover and was released on October 4, 2004. The publication appeared on a bi-weekly basis until November 2007 (issue 72), when the magazine began publication on a monthly basis.
The magazine provides an outlook on modern culture, with information on the UK music scene and the main emphasis firmly being placed on London. There are also sections dedicated to covering art and fashion, and classic bands from the past. Due to the demise of Melody Maker and Sounds, the magazine is one of the very few rivals to the NME. The magazine claims a circulation figure of 30,369, under current editor-in-chief Tom Fawcett, compared to around 68,000 for the NME.
There is a certain rivalry evident between Artrocker and the NME, with Artrocker writers and readers apparently referring to the NME as "the Comic" and accusing them of jumping on "any old bandwagon".