Homegrown grooves: Alex Caballero reviews Oxford jazz-fusion outfit SNARP’s debut EP, All In

Slick production, funky grooves and tasty solos: whilst these things may not be commonly associated with student bands, all can be found in plentiful supply on SNARP’s debut EP, All In. Consisting of current and ex-Oxford students, SNARP demonstrate the prodigious talent that can be found within Oxford’s jazz scene, which venues such as The […]

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Opera for the modern age: Alex Caballero reviews the Oxford Contemporary Opera Festival

The words ‘contemporary opera’ are enough to make the average person somewhat nervous; quite frankly, even the word ‘opera’ is. Conjuring images of overdramatised and inaccessible performances, reserved for the upper echelons of society, one would imagine that marketing contemporary opera would be far from the easiest job in the world. However, attending the second […]

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Intergenerational punk: Jai Curtis reviews Fontaines D.C. at O2 Academy

Fontaines D.C., to put it lightly, have had a dramatic year. Touring their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album ‘Dogrel’ across fifty different cities throughout Britain, Europe and North America, the band have truly charged into the post-punk scene. Yet, at the height of Summer, Ireland’s biggest band made the ‘difficult’ decision to cancel a string of […]

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Nostalgia’s Rhythm

Above: Lake near Nisswa, Minnesota   My earliest memory of listening to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, his ‘Emperor’ Concerto is at my maternal grandparents’ house in Nisswa, Minnesota, a lakeside town in the Northern United States. That’s where my grandparents moved when Papa retired from his job with Ford Motor Company in 1994. My […]

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More is Less: The Murder Capital’s debut album, influences and upcoming (sold out) UK tour

I caught up with The Murder Capital’s drummer Diarmuid ahead of their performance at Oxford’s own Ritual Union festival on 19th October.  When I Have Fears is a staggering debut album for The Murder Capital. James McGovern (vocals), Cathal Roper (guitar), Damien Tuit (guitar), Diarmuid Brennan (drums) and Gabriel Paschal Blake (bass) haven’t been together […]

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Happiness and Misery: In Conversation with The Leisure Society’s Nick Hemming

(Image: The Leisure Society playing in London) Ahead of their gig at The Bullingdon on 20th September, I caught up with The Leisure Society’s frontman Nick Hemming to discuss their latest album, Arrivals and Departures, his biggest influences, and the creative process that shapes his songwriting. Currently on the second leg of their biggest tour, […]

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Sampling, Stealing and Influence: Music and Cultural Appropriation

On first listen, the soft-spoken melodies created by Australian rapper Genesis Owusu (born Kofi Owusu-Ansah) don’t immediately ring as political. Yet, his creative pursuits in both music and fashion speak out against racial inequalities and misguided preconceptions of his culture, with his lyrics consciously stemming from his own upbringing as a black person in the […]

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