The Line of Best Fit

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The Line of Best Fit
The Line Of Best Fit.svg
Type of site
Online magazine
Available inEnglish
Created byRichard Thane
EditorPaul Bridgewater
Launched2007; 15 years ago (2007)
Current statusActive

The Line of Best Fit is an independent online magazine based in London, concentrating on new music.[1][2]

It publishes independent music reviews, features, interview, and media. Founded by Richard Thane in February 2007 and currently edited by Paul Bridgewater, the webzine's name derives from a song on Death Cab For Cutie's You Can Play These Songs with Chords.[1][3]

Album reviews by the webzine are used for music review aggregate sites AnyDecentMusic? and Metacritic.[4][5] The Line of Best Fit also publishes music premieres, exclusive live performances, podcasts, and playlists.[6]

The webzine has its own record label, Best Fit Recordings,[7] and since 2015, has hosted its own annual music festival in London, the Five Day Forecast.[8] It also presents a stage at SXSW. [9]


  1. ^ a b "About". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ Coldwell, Will (3 April 2017). "10 of the best music festivals in Europe". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Rich Thane". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ "The Line of Best Fit". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  5. ^ "The Line of Best Fit Profile at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ Cragg, Michael (15 August 2013). "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – This Life: New music". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ Cragg, Michael (24 April 2012). "New music: I Ching – It's Me". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "The 10 best things to do this week: Paramore, Terry Pratchett: HisWorld and Amadeus". The Guardian. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ "SXSW Announces More Than 300 More Bands, Including Wet Leg, Big Joanie and La Doña". Billboard. 26 January 2022. Retrieved 25 April 2022.

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