Having a Field Day

Tom Hoskins champions Field Day With the vile loos, muddy campsites and topless teenagers absent, and taking place over just one day, it may seem strange to classify Field Day as a festival. Yet its music line-up and general atmosphere is able to rival even the best of the long weekend festivals. Last year saw […]

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Truck Festival

Olivia Arigho Stiles makes the case for Truck The Horrors are booming across an Oxfordshire field, you’ve got a Magners clasped in one fist  and you’re starting to feel the pleasant tingling from some nascent sun burn. Sounds like no Oxford weekend ever? Well, on 19th-20th July, head out to Truck festival at Hill Farm […]

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Glastonbury

Hettie Burn gives the lowdown on Glastonbury The reason that Glastonbury is unique – the reason that thousands of festival goers of all ages migrate to Somerset year after year – is that it is a festival to be experienced completely on your own terms. Firstly is the sheer breadth of experiences available, from the […]

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Bestival

Matt Jones champions this year’s Bestival   Now in its tenth year, and winner of best Major Festival 2012, Bestival has grown to the stage where it is well worthy of its name, it can proudly stand right up there amongst the best festivals in the UK. Bestival’s capacity (30,000 this year) may not come […]

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You Schubert-er believe it, music-lovers

Sam Hornby reminds us of the often overlooked flourishing classical music scene to be found under our Dreaming Spires Like most students I believe I work better when there’s music on, and like most students the reality check that is collections confirms I don’t. So in order to still live the dream American TV instils […]

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Still Movin on Up

Kate Bradley gives Primal Scream’s new album 4 Stars Primal Scream have been releasing albums since 1987. The iconic Screamadelica (1991) received a Mercury Prize, widespread critical acclaim and spawned some of the most famous indie tracks of the decade – who hasn’t seen summer in with a drunken rendition of ‘Movin On Up’, or […]

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Thinking outside the laptop’s tiny scope

Denise Koller is blown away by the experimentation showcased at the weekend of avant-garde post-digital music at Modern Art Oxford The basement of Modern Art Oxford is pitch dark, save for the eerie laptop glow that illuminates Tim Hecker’s face. The sound system his computer is connected to is monumental, and the music is very, […]

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Guilty Pleasures…Dubstep

Dubstep should not have to be my guilty pleasure. It is, as a genre, grossly misrepresented and misunderstood. I will go to great lengths to avoid using the term ‘dubstep’ as a descriptive when trying to coax most friends out to clubs and raves as I know it is very likely to put them off […]

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Something a little bit special

Matt Jones delves into the realms of music hall and silent film with Belfast-based singer-songwriter Duke Special The first thing I’m struck with on meeting Duke Special (apart from the hair, of which more later), is how welcoming and unassuming he is. This genuine warmth and enthusiasm, with not a trace of ego or pretence […]

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Let’s give Peace a chance

Matt Jones discusses love, life and Britpop with up-and-coming indie rockers Peace I just fed the swans, it was sick.” These are the first words that Harry Koisser, lead singer of Peace, delivers to a crowd of young, expectant indie-rockers at the O2 Academy, all set for a night of moshing and spilt pints. The […]

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City Slick Vamps

Tom Hoskins gives Vampire Weekends new album 3 Stars Modern Vampires of the City sees Vampire Weekend distance themselves from the influence of world-music and college life narratives. They now have more in common musically with traditional alternative pop than Graceland, and Ezra tackles far more universal themes than Oxford Commas and Horchata. “Obvious Bicycle” […]

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OxStu Playlist – 12/05/13

David Lee Astley gives the lowdown on this week’s offerings   Hookworms – Radio Tokyo   Having already released, for me, one of the best records of the year, Hookworms are back with a stand alone single for Too Pure. ‘Radio Tokyo’ combines the swirling guitars, pulsing organ and sharp vocals that married so well […]

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My favourite…decade in music, the seventies

Tom Hoskins explains how the 1970’s recipe of punk, soul and reggae provided an eclectic soundtrack to a background of political turbulence No decade has been better for music than the ‘70s. Not even the ‘60s with The Beatles, Hendrix, the Stones, the Velvet Underground, Dylan. Yes, they released some of the greatest albums, but […]

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Raise a quart to the Piatti

  This young, up-and-coming string quartet have been making waves for a few years now, garnering extensive praise from all corners as well as a pick-and-mix of awards and honours, including, most recently, their second award from the Hattori Foundation for the Music and the Arts. Their performance at the JDP Theatre here in Oxford, […]

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Public disservice info

Tom Hoskins gives Public Service Broadcastings latest offering 2 stars Using spoken word samples over music is by no means a new idea. David Byrne and Brian Eno did this on their revolutionary 1981 album My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, making samples  – not just of speaking voices but also of singers – […]

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Camden’s rock n’roll Tribes

Olivia Arigho Stiles talks social revolution, gigging in Dubai and living in Camden with indie rockers Tribes Johnny Lloyd, the Tribes leather jacket clad, trilby sporting frontman sounds utterly hungover; wholly unsurprising for an indie rock band who have ruthlessly honed a rock and roll image. After gaining prominence following a slot on the NME […]

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Oxstu New Music Playlist

David Lee Astley recommends some of the best new offerings from the music world   Rhosyn – Birds   Earlier this year Rhosyn released her great ‘Elbow of Capture’ EP on local imprint Blessing Force and this is her first video from that. Rose Dagul’s art centres on her, her cello and her sampler, creating a powerful […]

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