2016: The End of the Golden Ages

There is no denying 2016 was the grim reaper of years for the world of rock and pop music.  According to research by BBC Radio 4’s More or Less Programme, the number of obituaries for celebrity deaths showed a shocking five-fold increase compared to the statistics from 2012. The Daily Telegraph gallery of notable deaths […]

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Looking ahead to F1 2016

With the first pre-season test of the 2016 Formula One season done and dusted, time has come to reflect on what we might have gleaned from four days of relentless running around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, and look ahead to the season as a whole. F1 pre-season tests are notoriously misleading (Ferrari finished fastest in […]

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Review: Ezra Furman

When Ezra Furman laughs that the crowd is ‘starting to get the hang of it’ three songs into his frenetic, marathon set, the crowd understand exactly what he’s talking about. Resplendent in a pink shirt, skirt, red lipstick and pearls, Ezra Furman is by no means a typical rockstar. Raising money on Kickstarter for his […]

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Interview: Wolf Alice

2015 was an impressive year for British-band Wolf Alice. Having secured a Brit award nomination for Best British Breakthrough Act and a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance (with their track ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’), the band are now getting ready for another UK tour. They play at the O2 Academy in Oxford on Sunday 13th […]

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Interview: Hugh Brunt, OUO’s guest conductor

On 13th February OUO performs their termly concert in the Sheldonian Theatre. Continuing on from last term’s massive undertaking of Mahler’s 7th Symphony, OUO will perform Debussy’s Ronde de Printemps from Images, Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest, culminating in Stravinsky’s earth-shattering Rite of Spring. Hugh Brunt, chief conductor of London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) and alumnus of New […]

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Can’t buy me love?

Why the Beatles Still Deserve our Attention On 24th December last year, the Beatles released their back catalogue onto several major streaming platforms; they now sit in the 50 most listened-to artists on Spotify. Although they’re by no means threatening to challenge Justin Bieber’s hegemony over the charts, that’s an impressive figure for a band […]

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Keep Hush: Walk. Thru

Preview with Fred Conybeare-Cross After another success at The Bullingdon in November last year, creative community Keep Hush are returning to Oxford on 4th February for another of their immersive Walk. Thru nights. Keep Hush founder Fred Conybeare-Cross describes how the concept came about, and what makes it unique within Oxford’s nightlife: “I studied fine art […]

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