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Album Review: Suede – Night Thoughts

January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bloodsports was an important album for Suede: It was a familiar record, one that played to their strengths and expanded upon them, creating a triumphant and well-received comeback after a seven year hiatus. Now that they’re well and truly back into the swing of things, the time to try something new has come. As such,...

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Irish indie/folk group Villagers have been renowned for their deep and meaningful lyrics and their captivating live shows. Their 2011 debut album Becoming A Jackal earned them an Ivor Novello Prize for its title track; it also won ‘Best Folk’ release at the Digital Socket Awards. The group’s 2013 follow-up {Awayland} won them the Choice Music Prize for ‘Irish...

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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 that saw the messy, surf-punk elements of their sound transformed into an all-out sonic assault, one that the frenetic moshpit...

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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 and enigma to their image. And while this attitude does sometimes have its positives, it also creates a strange disconnect...

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2015 has left Panic! At The Disco in a strange position. Following the official departure of founding member Spencer Smith, Brendon Urie remains as the only recording member of the band. While this leaves the band with its smallest line-up to date, it also gives Urie free reign to further experiment with their sound, beyond...

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Film Review – Carol

December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Carol adds another entry to the current trend of films released sporting festive names (see: Joy) that prompt notions of a dramatic Christmas tale, but in fact have little to do with the festive season. Starring Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Rooney Mara (Side Effects), Carol is instead an intoxicating story of forbidden romance that entrances through its lead’s...

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Film Review – The Revenant

December 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Revenant, defined, means “a person who has returned from the dead”. Except in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s American wilderness adventure story The Revenant, fur trapper Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) was never quite dead to begin with. Inspired by an already exaggerated tale of true events, The Revenant is an epic story of the now...

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If you are going to see someone like Elton John in concert at one point in your lifetime, then to see the iconic piano man performing his biggest and best hits from his half of a century long career is definitely the option to go with if you are presented with such an opportunity. The...

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Film Review – Youth

December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth is a tender look at the adages of old age that avoids being ruled by single notions of sentimentality or the jokes of dirty old men, and instead sets them aside for a serene reflection on mortality and regret. Staring veteran actors, Michael Caine (Interstellar) and Harvey Keitel (The Grand Budapest Hotel),...

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Surrounded by a beautiful collection of guitars, the occasional help of a friend on cello to provide a rich backing to several of his hits and a voice as distinctive as they come in rock music, as well as a hefty catalogue of records to form one hell of a set list, Soundgarden front-man and...

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Album Review: Chris Brown – Royalty

December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

After celebrating 10 highly successful years in the music business, Chris Brown continues to amp up the release of his seventh studio album, Royalty. For this release he’s taking the hype tracks down a notch, balancing smooth rhythms with a scattering of bouncing club bangers, putting a huge focus on his stellar vocals. On the...

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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 the fabric was drawn apart for Bully’s Sydney show, revealing the Nashville band standing taut and ready, soaked in red...

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Album Review: Nick Carter – All American

December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

He’s a 90s boy band hunk (but still owning that heartthrob badge of honour) and this all American product of pop still knows how make the catchiest of tunes with the bounciest of beats. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s latest offering, All American, is an 11-track collection of infectious songs that don’t take themselves too seriously....

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