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The live setting serves as a magnifying glass. It amplifies every element of a band, turning successes into perfection and flaws into catastrophes.  So it was at Wavves’ gig at the Oxford Art Gallery, one...

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Interview: Villagers

January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bono once described his idol Leonard Cohen as a craftsman; a man who writes songs the same way a carpenter constructs a door. Though the description of Cohen is apt, it could also easily apply...

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Interview: Charlie Hole

January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Often times musicians – even those new to the business – like to play things very close to the chest. They cultivate a sense of ersatz mystery in the hopes that it will add intrigue...

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Time has spared John Farnham, though perhaps not entirely: even the Australian legend himself made fun of his less than peak physical condition, and by the conclusion of the show he was a sweaty, panting...

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It’s a rare pleasure indeed these days to witness an audience un-ironically waving their hands in the air. The gesture seems to have become relegated to the domain of the sarcastic, and the sardonic. But...

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Too often the parting of the Oxford Art Gallery’s heavy curtains seems out of place; an overly grand gesture not always befitting of the artists who are about to grace the venue’s stage. But as...

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Album Review: Sun O))) – Kannon

December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sun O)))’s Kannon is a gaze into the void; a terrifying, apocalyptic release so extreme that it virtually rules out any kind of communal listening. This isn’t an album that one can flip on at...

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“We’re new…Sorta,” intoned Thurston Moore near the beginning of his band’s set at Sydney’s Metro theatre. Sorta indeed. Not only is Moore a living legend, but so is every single member of his band: an...

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Interview: Nathaniel

November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

For all those who cheered him through his stint on The X Factor, Nathaniel needs no introduction. But, given the cross-over populist appeal of his debut album, Yours, the young musician is set to be exposed...

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“I’ll disappoint you, and I’ll let you down,” intoned Robert Forster early on during his set at the Oxford Art Factory. It was the only mistruth he spoke the entire night. Every other word that...

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Album Review: Adele – 25

November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Emotive yet defiant. Heartbreaking, yet resolutely, determinedly upbeat. Drenched in tragedy, but never passive. Adele’s 25 is a typically paradoxical Adele album, one that manages to combine fragility with ferocity. In that way, as in...

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Album Review: Beat Happening – Look Around

November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Speak to any die-hard Beat Happening fan about their first encounter with the band, and many will equate the experience to a kind of awakening, almost religious in its nature. Such is the warmth and devotion...

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Interview: Max Frost

November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Magical” is how Max Frost describes the process by which he makes his music, and indeed, there is something otherworldly – fantastical, even – about the man’s sound. Frost mixes genres with the best of...

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