Dream Wife, not your typical stepford wives

A sugar coated, glitter covered, kitsch cake, stomped on by a holographic heel. This is one of the many highlights from the video for ‘Believe’, Dream Wife’s first single. The single and video typifies the band’s self proclaimed ‘pool side pop with a bite’ combining ethereal dreamy vocals with catchy grunge-like guitar riffs. The band, […]

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Review: Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear

I will freely admit, I’d never listened to Father John Misty, that intriguing creature devised by former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, before hearing I Love You, Honeybear. Despite the heartfelt recommendations of more than a few close acquaintances, he’d always managed to slip under my radar. His brief tenure with the afore-mentioned folk band […]

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Prepare to be dazzled by early music’s rising stars

Keble College Early Music Festival returns for its second year from 25th February to 1st March to present seven exciting concerts. The line-up consists of a mix of free concerts given by college-based musicians and professional recitals given by world-renowned artists from the early music scene, mostly based in the atmospheric surroundings of Keble College […]

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Duck! Troyka handles Ornithophobia badly

Experimental jazz trio Troyka’s latest album (its name inspired by guitarist Chris Montague’s real fear of birds, and gesturing perhaps towards Charlie Parker’s similarly named ‘Ornithology’ with which it shares melodic intricacy and frenetic pace) seems in many ways a logical progression from their 2012 album Moxxy. With contorted time signatures and fast, almost brusque […]

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An intimate voyage to a Romantic musical realm

Following the success of their first concert last term, St Peter’s College Chamber Orchestra returned to give a concert of Debussy, Mahler and Vaughan Williams. The program posed a series of challenges for a chamber orchestra consisting of only seventeen players, as this repertoire is usually played by a symphony orchestra consisting of around ninety […]

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Alt J left us hungering for more than just the pine

When the lights drop on London’s O2 Arena there’s a beat of shouts in the darkness, until a familiar pulsing note cuts through the air, accompanied with red flashing lights. It’s almost tense, the suspense hanging in the air as ‘Hunger of the Pine’ heralds the arrival of Alt-J. It’s a well-pitched opening, the longing […]

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Hozier takes the Oxford O2 Academy to church

Often when we talk about musicians with a very rapid move to success, we rely on the same tired, old phrases: stratospheric rise, catapulted to fame, meteoric trajectory, pushed into the limelight. They’re words full of movement, but they’re kind of empty – used so many times that the meaning has been lost. So how […]

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