The Student Playlist

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REVIEW: Passenger – ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ (Black Crow)

For nine years now, singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg has made a name for himself under the alias of Passenger by tailoring melodic, coy acoustic songs for…

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REVIEW: Merchandise – ‘A Corpse Wired For Sound’ (4AD)

The evolution of Tampa Bay rockers Merchandise has been an interesting one to see develop over the years; starting as a post-punk DIY band that…

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REVIEW: Boxed In – Melt (Nettwerk)

Singer-songwriter Oli Bayston introduced the British EDM scene to his Boxed In project in early 2015 with a self-titled debut, which was welcomed with open…

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REVIEW: Warpaint – ‘Heads Up’ (Rough Trade)

Throughout the last few years, L.A. indie quartet Warpaint have provided music fans with an ever-recurring foundation for debate. Back in 2014, their self-titled second…

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REVIEW: Preoccupations – ‘Preoccupations’ (Jagjaguwar)

Not many bands get to make a second first impression. Having formed Viet Cong out of the ashes of the art-rock act Women and released…

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REVIEW: Cymbals Eat Guitars – ‘Pretty Years’ (Sinderlyn)

When they originally arrived seven years ago with their uninhibited debut Why There Are Mountains, New York foursome Cymbals Eat Guitars were seen by some…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: August 2016

by Ed Biggs August has been a terrific month for music: not least because of the headline-grabbing return of Frank Ocean with not one, but two…

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PLAYLIST: July 2016

by Ed Biggs Wow. July went past really quickly, didn’t it? Perhaps it’s been because of news and culture in general seeming to move very, very…

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PLAYLIST: June 2016

by Ed Biggs The world basically seemed to fall apart in June 2016. Brexit, the day many assumed would never come, actually did, and now everybody's…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

LIVE PREVIEW: The Secret Festival @ Lotherton Hall, Leeds, 03/09/2016

by Ed Biggs This weekend sees Yorkshire’s own Embrace return with the third annual edition of The Secret Festival, staying at last year’s site of Lotherton…

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LIVE REVIEW: The Cribs @ Millennium Square, Leeds, 22/07/2016

by Ed Biggs and John Tindale The angular, acoustically unfriendly environs of Leeds’ Millennium Square is the setting for The Cribs’ latest homecoming spectacular. The square has always…

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PREVIEW: The Cribs @ Millennium Square, Leeds, 22/07/2016

by Ed Biggs Once described by Q magazine as “the biggest cult band in the UK”, there’s something comfortingly authentic about The Cribs’ career trajectory over…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’00s: TV On The Radio – ‘Return To Cookie Mountain’

by Ed Biggs Ten years after the wider world took notice of them for the first time, TV On The Radio have long since cemented their…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Hot Chip – ‘The Warning’

by Ed Biggs Hot Chip’s signature song, the maddeningly catchy chart smash ‘Over And Over’, very quickly became their passport to mainstream attention and remains one…

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CULT ’00s: The Knife – ‘Silent Shout’

by Lauren James As The Knife's Silent Shout celebrates its 10 year anniversary, it’s necessary to look back on this landmark electronic album, whose aftershocks can still…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Weezer – ‘Pinkerton’

The story of how Weezer’s second album Pinkerton went from critical ridicule to adoration is not only incredibly heartwarming, but also a reminder that both…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’

When we think about the great records of the ‘90s, there’s always that same few that will eternally remain engraved within our minds. Whilst some…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Primal Scream – ‘Screamadelica’

September 1991 was a red letter month for pop music that saw the release of two iconic records that would change the shape of the…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: New Order – ‘Brotherhood’

By 1986, New Order had almost completely divested themselves of their previous incarnation as Joy Division, rising magnificently from the ruins of their personal tragedy…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Run-D.M.C. – ‘Raising Hell’

by Ed Biggs Although they hailed from the comparatively affluent neighbourhood of Hollis in Queens, the trio Run-D.M.C., consisting of rappers Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl…

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CLASSIC ’80s: The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’

by Ed Biggs By 1986, nearly three years of quality singles and equally great albums and compilations had established The Smiths as one of the most…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Ramones – ‘Ramones’

by Ed Biggs Although they’re one of the most iconic and important guitar bands of all time, Ramones sold way more shirts than they ever did…

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CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Station To Station’

by Ed Biggs Station To Station is noteworthy in Bowie’s discography in as much that it serves to represent a transition between eras, from the Ziggy…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Bob Dylan – ‘Desire’

by Ed Biggs Though Bob Dylan’s reputation and power is inextricably bound up with the 1960s, the middle of the next decade saw him briefly recapture…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Revolver’

by Ed Biggs By the time 1966 rolled around, The Beatles had unquestionably re-asserted their primacy in British pop music as a creative force, in addition…

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CLASSIC ’60s: Bob Dylan – ‘Blonde On Blonde’

by Ed Biggs The final instalment of the triptych of masterpieces that made up Bob Dylan’s imperial phase of the mid-1960s, Blonde On Blonde is arguably…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beach Boys – ‘Pet Sounds’

by Ed Biggs Given the endless summers, sun, surfing and convertibles with which The Beach Boys’ early career is always associated, the manner in which they…

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Staff Lists

The Top 50 Albums of 2015

2015 has been our first year of operation under our new name The Student Playlist, and it’s been a year of steady expansion. There are…

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The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s… So Far

To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium,…

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Artist Profiles

PROFILE: An Introduction to Red Hot Chili Peppers

by Hannah Binns Having just released their 11th studio album The Getaway, more than 32 years after their first performances together, Red Hot Chili Peppers have…

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PROFILE: A Beginner’s Guide to Led Zeppelin

by Hannah Binns Led Zeppelin is one of Britain’s most beloved rock bands ever, with a distinctly colourful history and four exuberant members. Nicknamed 'Lord of…

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PROFILE: SFA OK! An Introduction to Super Furry Animals

by Ed Biggs With their debut studio album marking its 20th anniversary of its release in May 2016, it is well beyond time that the Super…

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