The World of Portico Quartet

The world according to Portico Quartet is filled with constant inspiration. A band whose name stems from their adaptability to their environment, they see the value in their surroundings as an influence for their creativity. Milo Fitzpatrick, their double bassist, says, “Whatever you’ve absorbed [in your life] you kind of reflect. You express it outwardly.” […]

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Album Review: Caramel

‘Forever Dolphin Love’ was both one of the oddest titled and utterly brilliant releases of 2011. Its genre ignoring blend of folk, psyche and Connan’s falsetto vocals led it to being included in many ‘Best of 2011’ lists and making a surprise star out of the New Zealand born artist. Two years and a tour […]

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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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Gig Review: Mac DeMarco

Live at Scala, 28.10.13 Jonathan Richman is Mac Demarco’s role model as “it seems like he’s just had a very enjoyable time his whole life”. Judging by his Scala show, Mac doesn’t seem to be struggling to replicate this lifestyle. He’s not blind to the bad, but he manages not to let it get him […]

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Album Review: Bland Pearl Jam

Opening track ‘Getaway’ has Eddie Vedder singing “Everyone’s a critic looking back up the river.” Surely even the most die hard Pearl Jam fan (okay, yes, me) knows that 20 years into their career, Pearl Jam are far from their peak. It’s hard to listen to what is the band’s tenth studio album without thinking […]

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A short introduction to… Chillwave

Synthesizers have been used in music since the 80s but only recently has it experienced such a heavy revival, particularly in the indie music scene. The genre, chillwave, has emerged with its heavy use of, you guessed it, synthesizers, sampling, and drum machines. It’s been called names such as glo-fi and summer music due to […]

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Album Review: Crooks on Tape

Crooks on Tape is the intersection of Rick Lee of Enon, John Schmersal of Enon and Caribou, and Joey Galvan. The group thrives on an slapdash rationale which sees them filter through hundreds of hours of recordings of impromptu sessions, piecing together samples, laying down vocals, and arriving at a veritable salad of a record […]

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GATHERING FESTIVAL SPECIAL: OxStu Playlist

The OxStu’s Gathering Playlist ‘You & I’ – Local Natives ‘Hey You’ – London Grammar ‘Shelter Song’ – Temples ‘Funeral’ – To Kill A King ‘People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck’ – Drenge ‘Life Size Ghosts’ – Mt Wolf ‘Wolves’ – Denai Moore ‘Walk Like a Man’ – Ruen Brothers ‘We Say’ – Chasing […]

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A Short Introduction to: Noise Rock

Isn’t all music noise? Well, yes, but genre tags don’t always paint accurate descriptions. Noise music — primarily underground sounds that value volume and dissonance over structure and melody – is nothing new; its forefathers, Sonic Youth, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine et al, all reached heights of popularity […]

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