Review: Laura Marling, at Gloucester Cathedral

The wafts of myrrh in Gloucester Cathedral were like an olfactory invitation to another world. As a music venue it’s both intimate and grand: the softest noises go soaring through the rich acoustics of the vaults, bouncing around the stone. Clever you, whoever devised Laura Marling’s ‘When the Bell Tolls Tour’, performed entirely in cathedrals. […]

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Stormzy was a big winner at the 2018 BRITs

The BRITs 2018: actually surprisingly okay

As someone tasked with reviewing the BRIT award I watched last Wednesday night with both trepidation and excitement: trepidation that something horrendous might be about to unfold, excitement about being able to write about it. Such is the cultural moment we live in that anyone with Twitter may fear awards ceremonies for the fierce backlashes […]

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Broken Bells ring true

Whoever said “opposites attract” clearly had Broken Bells in mind. The two man band, consisting of one half of Gnarls Barkley, Brian Burton (alias Danger Mouse), and his unlikely partner, James Mercer of The Shins, smashed any preconceptions about the incompatibility of musical spheres through their hugely underappreciated, eponymous debut album of 2010. Now, after […]

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The OxStu’s Mercury Awards Playlist

Week 3’s playlist is Mercury Awards themed. Get a flavour of the nominees with our selection of their finest efforts:   ‘Arabella’ – Arctic Monkeys ‘Life Round Here’ – James Blake ‘Voyeur’ – James Blake ‘The Next Day’ – David Bowie ‘How Does the Grass Grow?’  – David Bowie ‘Lightning Bolt’ – Jake Bugg ‘Ballad […]

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Storning-away through Cowley: Interview with Stornoway

Few bands have come to amass such a loyal Oxford fan-base than Stornoway. Although the band doesn’t actually come from Oxford – Jon Ouin met Brian Briggs as post-graduates at Wolfson College in Freshers Week  where Brian was doing a PhD in “ducks” and Jon a Masters in Russian Literature, references such as  “zorbing through […]

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Bellowing their own trumpet

For anyone who thought folk music was languishing in the musical hinterlands of dusty folk clubs frequented by the grey-haired and bearded, Bellowhead will come as a source of suprise. The 11-piece folk band play traditional English folk songs and by using over twenty different instruments, showcase a bombastic theatricality which has secured them the […]

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Gathering Festival: Hey Sholay, Bastille, Dry the River and Lucy Rose

  Sarah Poulten reveals the ups-and-downs of the Cowley carnival Hey Sholay have only a twenty five minute set in which to impress, and waste a good fifth of it tinkering with the same buttons and wires they’ve been fiddling with for a quarter of an hour already. But their outfit choices entertain in the […]

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Latitude: middle-class beatz and literary longings

The self-proclaimed “grown-up-Glastonbury” arts festival was back for its seventh year on the rather soggy weekend of 12th-15th July. As a festival virgin, and a Radio 4 junkie to boot, I was keen to sample what calls itself “More Than Just A Music Festival”. Latitude’s tagline speaks the truth; turns out I didn’t need to […]

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