The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Alvvays – ‘Antisocialites’ (Transgressive)

Alvvays, an indie-pop five-piece from Toronto, come back strongly with their sophomore album that follows a very well-received self-titled debut from 2014. Their newest LP,…

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REVIEW: Prophets Of Rage – ‘Prophets Of Rage’ (Concord)

Chickenfoot, Them Crooked Vultures and Black Country Communion are just a few of rock’s awe-inspiring supergroups that have come about in last decade or so.…

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REVIEW: Death From Above – ‘Outrage! Is Now’ (Last Gang)

Now the initial hype of their return from indie-obscurity has died down, cult Toronto twosome Death From Above (now with the '1979' absent from their…

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REVIEW: Sparks – ‘Hippopotamus’ (BMG)

For all the many sublime moments during Sparks’ 45-year pop career, you can never quite shake the feeling in the back of your mind that…

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REVIEW: Deerhoof – ‘Mountain Moves’ (Joyful Noise)

For a band defined by their consistent creativity within rock music, it’s strange that Deerhoof are so often taken for granted. By no means will…

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REVIEW: The National – ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (4AD)

If 2016 was the year of the political apocalypse, then 2017 is its gloomy aftermath. Just take a look at the year's most popular records;…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: August 2017

With the conclusion of Reading & Leeds Festivals and the August Bank Holiday weekend, the unofficial end of summer has passed. Time to think about…

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PLAYLIST: Indie Sunday

Here's an evolving playlist of songs for, or about, Sunday - to reflect the hazy hangovers, lazy afternoons, and fun activities of the day of…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Factory Records

August 10th 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of Anthony Wilson, the founder of Factory Records and an individual who arguably who…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

LIVE REVIEW: Swans @ LUU Stylus

It’s almost impossible to put into words just how incredibly loud and emotionally powerful Michael Gira’s long-standing noise-rock project Swans are in the live arena.…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’00s: Kanye West – ‘Graduation’

Has there ever been a more aptly-titled album than Kanye West’s Graduation? The rap megastar’s third studio album marked the culmination of the three-LP ‘education’…

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CULT ’00s: M.I.A. – ‘Kala’

Delivering a significant but little-observed shock to the system back in 2005, Maya Arulpragasam’s debut album Arular, recorded under her nom de plume of M.I.A.,…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Bon Iver – ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’

It’s the Saturday night headline slot at Glastonbury 2015 and Kanye West is stumbling through ‘Hold My Liquor’ from the experimental hip-hop of Yeezus, when…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Sugar – ‘Copper Blue’

Influenced: Teenage Fanclub, The Breeders, The Boo Radleys, Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, Idlewild, The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses, Drenge Influenced by: The Beatles, Big…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Oasis – ‘Definitely Maybe’

Oasis defined Britain in the 1990s possibly more than any other cultural phenomenon. ‘Wonderwall’, 'Don’t Look Back In Anger’, 'Live Forever’… these songs were the soundtrack…

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CULT ’90s: Primal Scream – ‘Vanishing Point’

Influenced: Atari Teenage Riot, The Beta Band, David Holmes, Massive Attack, Death In Vegas, Radiohead, UNKLE, The Kills, Kasabian Influenced by: The Velvet Underground, The…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Hüsker Dü – ‘Zen Arcade’

Influenced: R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, Pixies, Superchunk, Nirvana, The Afghan Whigs, The Breeders, The Lemonheads, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Guns N’ Roses – ‘Appetite For Destruction’

Influenced: Pearl Jam, Manic Street Preachers, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, The Darkness…

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CULT ’80s: Nirvana – ‘Bleach’

Influenced: Mudhoney, Alice In Chains, Faith No More, Beck, PJ Harvey, Weezer, Green Day, Bush, Sleater-Kinney, Sebadoh, Garbage, Dashboard Confessional, The Vines, Drenge, Wolf Alice,…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Talking Heads – ‘Talking Heads: 77’

Influenced: Gang Of Four, Prince, Blondie, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, XTC, The Smiths, New Order, R.E.M., Blur, Beck, Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, The Dismemberment…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Iggy Pop – ‘Lust For Life’

Influenced: Joy Division, Blondie, Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, Nirvana, The Dandy Warhols, Ash, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Strokes, The Libertines, Jet,…

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CULT ’70s: Dennis Wilson – ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’

Influenced: Todd Rundgren, R.E.M., Daniel Johnston, Yo La Tengo, Elliott Smith, Weezer, Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Neutral Milk Hotel, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes,…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: Pink Floyd – ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’

Influenced by: Sun Ra, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Roy Harper, William S. Burroughs, The Velvet Underground, The Doors Influenced: King…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

There can’t be that much left to say about the most popular band in the world ever, so I intend to keep this short and…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Influenced: Love, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, The Byrds, The Zombies, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Bee Gees, David Bowie,…

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Staff Lists

The Top 200 Albums of the 1990s

Traditionally, when it comes to arguments about which was the greatest decade in music, not many have spoken in defence of the Nineties. However, the…

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The Writers’ Round-Up: TSP Albums of the Year So Far

At a time when politics is almost as unpredictable as Liam Gallagher’s mood, it’s now more than ever that we turn to music to keep…

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The Top 200 Tracks of the 2000s

As a shorter companion piece to our '200 Greatest Albums of the 2000s' feature, we give you our run-down of the finest 200 tracks of…

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Artist Profiles

WOMEN IN ROCK no.4: Debbie Harry

This month’s Women In Rock profile will focus on the iconic Debbie Harry, most famously known as the frontwoman of Blondie. Harry is widely recognised…

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“Day Destroys The Night, Night Divides The Day”: An Introduction to The Doors

When one thinks about the idea of the ‘rock frontman’ as it has evolved over nearly six decades of popular music, it is certain that…

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“Well It’s True That We Love One Another”: An Introduction to The White Stripes

Influenced: The Black Keys, The Kills, Kings Of Leon, The Gossip, The Noisettes, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Alabama Shakes, The…

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