Burning Down The House @ Cirkus – is it worth the vodka?

Image credit: Connor Thirlwell. Description: Cirkus on George Street. Picture the scene… you’ve spent the whole day in the library, you’re sick of writing notes on spiders’ sexual behaviour, your eyelids are drooping, then somebody suggests to you: “Burning Down the House? Cirkus?” So, reluctantly, you are persuaded to down a double vodka cranberry and […]

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Public Service Broadcasting – White Star Liner EP – Intricate, disparate, and confusingly conglomerate

Image credit: Paul Hudson. Description: Public Service Broadcasting in performance. For those of us still reeling from Every Valley, getting news of Public Service Broadcasting’s new EP was like a punch in the face from the muse herself. White Star Liner is PSB’s second EP and tackles the Titanic, both semi-literally and metaphorically. It’s undeniable […]

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Black Peaks’ “All That Divides” – fresh, phat and completely together

Image credit: Black Peaks/Rise Records. Description: album cover of ‘All That Divides’. Black Peaks’ first album Statues, released in 2016, was one of the best debuts in rock music for at least a decade. Songs including Glass Built Castles and Saviour brought an explosive energy that, paired together with the band’s talented technical ability, made […]

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“We wouldn’t be a band without social media” – Superorganism talks to the Oxford Student

Image credit: Paul Hudson. Description: B from Superorganism performing live on microphone. Ahead of their headline show at the O2 Academy Oxford at the end of the month, we catch up with B from Superorganism on the phone to discuss technology, band politics and performing live. “There’s something so affecting in the reflections on my […]

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“I hope I make it home” – Gorillaz live at the Lucca Summer Festival July ‘18

Image credit: Bill Ebbeson. Description: Damon Albarn performing in 2010. Japanese culture considers it rude for someone to greet the day’s weather with impractical choices of clothing. Who knows if Damon Albarn is comfortable offensively sweating it out in a long-sleeve omelette yellow sweater and jeans on a sluggish, sultry evening in the Tuscan city […]

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Australian singer-songwriter Ruby Boots

“It’s like putting a bowling ball in your stomach…” – Meet singer-songwriter Ruby Boots

“So, you have one section of the farm there, one section of the farm there, one here and one here and one here…and then there’s ropes that are over-hanging on the water that are buoyed down and they go on forever…bangbangbangbangbang…” The Australian-born Ruby Boots has just finished her set at the Oxford O2 Academy […]

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Revolt after the Judgement of Sock – Green Man Festival 2018 – Part 3

Featuring: Sock, Stella Donnelly, Hayley Heynderikx, Kevin Morby, Sacred Paws, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Grizzly Bear Warning: Sexual assault, colourful language and content I’ll confess, readers, that I need a little cry after watching Sock. Not that they’re instrumental Mac Demarco jauntiness, which our ultra-hip Yorkshire camping neighbours had switched us on to, is particularly […]

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The Gizzard Ecstasy and fall-out – Green Man Festival 2018 – Part 2

Starring: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mount Kimbie, HMLTD, Boy Azooga, Bo Ningen, Baxter Dury, Goat Girl, Teleman, John Grant, Teenage Fanclub, Fleet Foxes, 9Bach Warning: Contains colourful language and content Friday Night has one more challenge for us: Aussie rock-warlocks King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The game: Survival. I’ve dropped half a […]

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Exorcism by Jonestown and other levitations – Green Man Festival 2018 – Part 1

The Exorcism. Rebuilding After the War. Starring: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Public Service Broadcasting, Park Motive, The Lovely Eggs, Amber Arcades, Omni, Snail Mail, Black Midi [pictured] Warning: Contains colourful language and content There are many things that I am hungry for.  A decent meal.  A good night’s sleep. An escape from this sweaty fag-butt […]

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