Review: ‘Music for the Age of Miracles’, The Clientele

‘Like a silver ring thrown into the flood of my heart / With the moon high above the motorway / I have searched for all your fragrance in the silent dark / Is that okay?’ Picturesque and breathlessly romantic, the lyrical climax to The Clientele’s 2000 single ‘We Could Walk Together’ sums up The Clientele’s […]

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Album Review: ‘Lotta Sea Lice’, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

The only bad thing about Lotta Sea Lice is in its prompting of a revival of that goddawful “Kurtney” Cobain and Love portmanteau. Mercifully for the listener, the record recalls the Travelling Willburys more than Nirvana or Hole, both in its sound and in its casual, hootenanny knees-up aura. In Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, […]

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Oldie of The Week: ‘Ten Years Gone’, Led Zeppelin (1975)

Oldie of The Week: ‘Ten Years Gone’, Led Zeppelin (Physical Graffiti 1975) During Jimmy Page’s talk at The Oxford Union last week, a certain unnamed section editor for The OxStu asserted that Led Zeppelin’s elusive epic ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is their best song (in fact, the greatest song of all time). In response, I’d like to […]

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New Releases: Franz Ferdinand, Teleman, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

‘Always Ascending’, Franz Ferdinand (released 25th October) The new single and title track from Franz Ferdinand’s forthcoming album set for release in February 2018  on Domino Records has dropped. ‘Always Ascending’ is the product of a new line up: long serving guitarist Nick McCarthy has parted from the group and new boys Dino Bardot and […]

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More than punch lines and rhymes: Dizaster v Oxxxymiron

In Los Angeles, on the night of October 15, two rappers, an American and a Russian, collided in a battle that is already considered historical by the followers of this cultural phenomenon. By now it has reached more than 7 million views on YouTube, making it the most-viewed rap-battle in a 24-hour period in U.S. […]

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Oldie of The Week: ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’, Cocteau Twins (1984)

Popular culture often leads us to believe that lyrics are the beating heart of a pop song. That the singer’s words can be mined for emotional gold, and therein lies a song’s power to move an audience. I’m not about to shun lyrics altogether, rather point out that they’re a wonderful but not essential shortcut […]

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Preview: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

‘Welcome to the void’, it proclaimed, slurring its words and beckoning with an unsteady hand: Psychedelia first captivated British music in the 60s with vivid and immersive soundscapes, exploring the known and unknown alike. However, it’s a mistake to think of the psychedelic heyday as a bygone era, as ambition and evolution continue to characterise […]

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Meet the locals: An interview with Lucy Leave

Protesting and sentimentalising on a winding tour through British politics, feminism in Africa, and the meaning of family, it’s little wonder Oxford locals Lucy Leave tend to divide opinion. The experimental trio have made their name on DIY psych-punk energy, and have been touted variously as ‘one of the most exciting bands in Oxford’, and […]

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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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Oldie of the Week: ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)

When you think of the songs that move you the most, what springs to mind? Songs of infatuation, unrequited love, and mortality tend to flood our cultural consciousness. It might seem odd, then, that somehow, effortlessly, ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ makes my list. Superficially, it’s exactly what it sounds like: One long splurge about the […]

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Live Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Cellar

Everything the Pains of Being Pure At Heart do seems effortless. Vocal hooks, effortless; Belle and Sebastian-esque vignettes ripe with detail and pathos, effortless; Jesus and Mary Chain feedback, Jonny Marr jangle, classics straight off a C86 compilation mixtape from the 1980s, all seem to breeze past without any exertion on the part of anyone […]

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