Diatribe on mediocrity

Kate Bradley gives the new Tribes album a paltry 2 stars The four members of Tribes – Johnny Lloyd, Jim Cratchley, Dan White and Miguel Demelo – began in different bands and came together to start this look-like-others, sound-like-others band. When Tribes first appeared in early 2011, they looked like the Libertines. When they first […]

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Back with real bite

Lewis Coenen-Rowe gives the Yeah Yeah Yeahs new album Mosquito 4 stars It’s now been ten years since Karen O and co released their debut album Fever to Tell and a lot has changed in that time. Their alt-rock compatriots of the early noughties seem to have faded into obscurity while YYY too have changed […]

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Making trul-imental music

Matt Jones talks Hackney origins, drum and bass and urban deprivation with electronic quartet Rudimental Rudimental are a band with real momentum. Their fusion of pounding, energetic drum and bass with soulful instrumentation and vocals, showcased in the singles ‘Feel the Love’, ‘Not Giving In’ and the recently released ‘Waiting All Night’, has meant that […]

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Wadstock and two smoking barrels

Olivia Arigho Stiles talks to the artists and organisers behind Wadham’s outdoor music festival Didn’t get those coveted Glastonbury tickets? Student loan unable to stretch to a stint at Outlook? Well, worry not because other than the prospect of a term long library lock-in for beleaguered finalists, Trinity term, crucially, means WADSTOCK. Featuring a diverse […]

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On hating hipsters

Kate Bradley examines the rise of the hipster cult Over the last few decades, inundated by changing fashions and passing fads, Britain’s cultural scene has become a centre of nihilistic skepticism and cynical snobbery towards anything that takes itself too seriously – or, indeed, anything that is too ironic. Passion is pitiable and integrity unfashionable, […]

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Iron and fine Wine

  Iron & Wine started as a lo-fi folk project with a four-track recorder and has been continuously developing his sound ever since. On the most recent two releases, the instrumentation and songwriting has become more varied, incorporatinghorns and African influences. Here Sam Beam turns to jazz for inspiration. This initially seemed surprising – I […]

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