Oldie of the Week: ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ (1964) Sam Cooke

It’s not often that I can claim that Oxford’s nightclubs have been founts of benevolent inspiration for me. However, The Michaelmas Term iteration of The Oxford Soul Train last week left me once again at the mercy at The King Of Soul himself, Sam Cooke. Inspired by the American Civil Rights movement, ‘A Change Is […]

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Oldie of The Week: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1965) The Animals

A surprising classic of the so-called British Invasion, given its transatlantic origins as a 1964 single by Nina Simone. The Animals spiced up the original jazzy harp arrangement with simple side-by-side guitar and organ riffs, and of course, Eric Burdon’s almost pitifully bluesy vocals. Burdon’s signature deep, heart-on-his-sleeve vocals are what really make the song […]

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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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Review: ‘American Dream’- LCD Soundsystem

In the afterword to his 2005 treatise on post-punk music from 1978-84, Rip it Up and Start Again, Simon Reynolds theorised that, after this era, a primary pleasure for the hip listener of alternative dance-rock began to lie in the identification of an artist’s musical influences and of the allusions and citations in their song. […]

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The OxStu Guide to Oxford’s Live Music Venues

Though one would associate Oxford more with the average University Challenge music round answer than with live pop, the city nonetheless benefits from a rich vein of touring acts. Here, the OxStu offers up an authoritative overview of the options available for the discerning punter in and around the city’s dreaming spires. The O2  Oxford’s […]

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