Live Review: John Murry at The Basement

Almost everything about John Murry is uncomfortable. From his dark backstory tracking lifetime cycles of addiction and mental instability, to the stark figure he cuts on stage, murmuring eccentric jests between sowwngs, and awkwardly outfitted like an Oscar Wilde caricature, in a suit with red velvet bow round his neck. If it weren’t for his […]

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Live Review: Sam Lee and Friends at the Wes Mem

With a background as a wilderness survival expert and burlesque dancer, Sam Lee is hardly your stereotypical folkie. Not one born into the tradition, London-native Lee discovered traditional British folksong through old field recordings, which he listened to in his West End dressing room, between glittery-hotpant costume changes. But to learn second-hand was not enough […]

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The Seasons: A Lecture with Brian Cox and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Going into this performance, I wasn’t quite sure which half of it I was more excited about! As a physics student, I was thrilled to be able to witness Brian Cox’s enthusiasm live, but as a keen music enthusiast I also relished the prospect of being able to hear all four of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” […]

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The Reign of the Beanie: Palace comes to The Bullingdon

You might not have realised it, but right now, you’re living through an era that in future times will be called The Reign of the Beanie. Experts are struggling to pinpoint the precise moment when it became the official headwear of the indie-kid, but suspect that it’s the nineties screwing with us again. Last Friday […]

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Live Review: Twin Peaks at The Joiners

When Chicago-natives Jack Dolan (bassist/vocalist), Cadien Lake James (guitarist/vocalist), Clay Frankel (guitarist/vocalist), and Connor Brodner (drummer) first formed Twin Peaks in high school and went on their first tour senior year, they could most likely be found in the basements and backyards of any locals or friends that were willing to lend them a space. […]

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Live Review: C Duncan comes to The Bullingdon

‘I am in tune, I was just playing the wrong chord,’ Duncan says, abashed, grinning endearingly at the crowd. It was perhaps the only mistake of the evening for the meticulous performer, who occupies a unique space in popular music. After studying music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he released his debut album […]

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Alt J left us hungering for more than just the pine

When the lights drop on London’s O2 Arena there’s a beat of shouts in the darkness, until a familiar pulsing note cuts through the air, accompanied with red flashing lights. It’s almost tense, the suspense hanging in the air as ‘Hunger of the Pine’ heralds the arrival of Alt-J. It’s a well-pitched opening, the longing […]

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Live acoustic review: Patrick Wolf

The church is pitched into darkness before lights illuminate the sanctuary alone. Patrick Wolf strides to where the altar should be, shaking his overgrown fringe out of his eyes and straightening a glittering collar which appears to be made of gold tinsel. Later mumblings about “Poundland” and “the recession” suggest that my suspicions of fashion […]

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Live Review: Newton Faulkner

Sarah Poulten reviews Newton Faulkner-featuring violent old ladies, dog food and Kermit the Frog impressions.  Newton Faulkner just about registers in my musical consciousness as the guy with rust-red dreadlocks (hence the nickname ‘ginger yeti’) who sung ‘Dream Catch Me’. Apparently, alongside this wistful love song that dominated the radio airwaves of summer 2007, he’s also […]

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