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REVIEW: Tyler, The Creator – ‘Flower Boy’ (Columbia)

It’s hard not to have a strong opinion on California rapper Tyler, The Creator. Hell, the prime minister of the United Kingdom had such a strong…

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REVIEW: Avey Tare – ‘Eucalyptus’ (Domino)

As a permanent member and main vocalist for Animal Collective for two decades, David Portner (under his performance moniker of Avey Tare) has frequently been…

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REVIEW: Foster The People – ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ (Columbia / Sony)

By accidental stumble, or a sheer genius feel for dance beats, Foster The People stepped into grandiose fame after their debut Torches took over “indie”…

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REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’ (Polydor / Interscope)

Looking at her smiling face on the album artwork of her fourth album Lust For Life, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Lana Del Rey…

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REVIEW: Declan McKenna – ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ (Columbia)

Winning the Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 was definitely a milestone for Declan McKenna, as well as an alert for the public to…

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REVIEW: Shabazz Palaces – ‘Quazarz…’ (Sub Pop)

Music is changing, it has been for years. As we continue to delve into an age where music is consumed by the masses on our…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: June 2017

School may be out for the summer for university students by June, but 2017 is just getting started in terms of music, with the last…

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PLAYLIST: May 2017

Traditionally the month of revision, exams and deadlines, sitting inside musty airless libraries dreaming of pints while the sun emerges outside the window, May is…

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PLAYLIST: April 2017

It’s been a pretty memorable April for the wrong sort of reasons – namely, yet another national vote in Britain, and one that threatens to…

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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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LIVE REVIEW: Maxïmo Park @ O2 Academy, Leeds

Twelve years on from their 2005 debut album A Certain Trigger, a record which seized the fleeting zeitgeist for post-punk revivalism and combined it with…

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LIVE REVIEW: Live At Leeds 2017

Saturday saw the return of metropolitan music festival Live At Leeds returned for its 11th edition and as usual, it was a day to celebrate…

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Classic Albums

2000s

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 ’00s: Justice – ‘”Cross”‘

Influenced: Hot Chip, Klaxons, Simian Mobile Disco, Crystal Castles, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Rival Consoles, Classixx, Zedd Influenced by: Giorgio Moroder, Michael Jackson, New…

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CULT ’00s: Björk – ‘Volta’

Although her musical achievements have rarely been expressed by sky-rocketing sales, Björk has become one of the most authentic, startlingly original and consistently successful musicians…

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Classic Albums

1990s

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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CULT ’90s: Roni Size/Reprazent – ‘New Forms’

Influenced: The Streets, Aquasky, Audio Bullys, Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum, Chase & Status Influenced by: A Guy Called Gerald, Soul II Soul, Everything But The Girl,…

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CLASSIC ’90s: The Prodigy – ‘The Fat Of The Land’

Influenced: Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Death In Vegas, Gorillaz, Audio Bullys, Pendulum, Simian Mobile Disco, Chase & Status, Skrillex, Sleaford Mods Influenced by: Kraftwerk, Sex…

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Classic Albums

1980s

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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CULT ’80s: New Order – ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’

New Order’s second album both marked the true beginning of their career and a break from their past life as Joy Division in many respects.…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: Elvis Costello – ‘My Aim Is True’

Influenced: Ian Dury & The Blockheads, The Specials, Squeeze, The Pogues, Paul Weller, XTC, The Smiths, Billy Bragg, The Go-Betweens, Daniel Johnston, Aztec Camera, The…

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CLASSIC ’70s: The Stranglers – ‘Rattus Norvegicus’

Influenced: The Jam, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Auteurs, Blur, Elastica, Franz Ferdinand Influenced by: The Kinks, The Stooges, Dr. Feelgood, Roxy Music,…

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CULT ’70s: Kraftwerk – ‘Trans-Europe Express’

Influenced: Einstürzende Neubauten, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, Arthur Baker, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer, David Bowie, Gary Numan, Orchestral Manoeuvres In…

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Classic Albums

1960s

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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CLASSIC ’60s: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – ‘Are You Experienced’

Influenced: Jeff Beck, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Love, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Funkadelic, Parliament, Stevie…

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Staff Lists

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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The Top 50 Tracks of 2016

As we prepare to welcome 2017, here’s a quick whistle-stop run-down of our favourite 50 tracks of the past 12 months. There’s also a Spotify…

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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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