The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Fontaines D.C. – ‘A Hero’s Death’ (Partisan)

Having only formed in 2017, the Dublin-based group Fontaines D.C. propelled into popularity following the release of Dogrel in 2018. An accomplished and intelligent debut,…

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REVIEW: Becky And The Birds – ‘Trasslig’ EP (4AD)

Swedish artist Thea Gustafsson is the performer, songwriter, arranger AND producer of all the material that is released under her pseudonym, Becky And The Birds.…

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REVIEW: Cub Sport – ‘Like Nirvana’ (Cub Sport Records / Believe)

Like Nirvana is the fourth LP from Australian pop group Cub Sport, a rapid-fire follow-up to their self-titled which came out just last year. Cub…

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REVIEW: The Harriets – ‘Hopefuls’ (self-released)

The Harriets are an indie-pop band hailing from the great city of Leeds. Previous to their debut full-length release, Hopefuls, they had released a range…

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REVIEW: Dream Wife – ‘So When You Gonna…’ (Lucky Number)

As tongue-in-cheek as ever, Dream Wife are back with their second album So When You Gonna, and whilst it’s not the furthest development from their…

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REVIEW: Lianne La Havas – ‘Lianne La Havas’ (Warner / Nonesuch)

Lianne La Havas’ first two records, 2012’s Is Your Love Big Enough? and 2015’s Blood, brimmed with vocal and instrumental talent but both fell slightly…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Ennio Morricone

Once you expand your conception and understanding of popular music to include soundtracks, it immediately becomes clear that Ennio Morricone, the much-revered Italian composer who…

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PLAYLIST: July 2020

Check out our playlist of all the best new music to be released throughout July 2020! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7CkuYG7VfgrfhJhR1Qcopd?si=qhLDkVygTOq2l2NA9muQSg

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PLAYLIST: June 2020

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout the month of June 2020 with our Spotify playlist, available here or at the bottom of this page. Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6dNLV16SWNitu8j7GVE1q0?si=ye2heACORyK9-VcSLMlyXw

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, March 14th-20th

All information correct at the time of publishing - to our knowledge! - regarding Coronavirus cancellations Band.io presents ‘Grl Pwr’ @ Hyde Park Book Club,…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, March 7th-13th

Mush @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 7th March Riding high on the recent release of their debut album 3D Routine, a collage of jaunty DIY…

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, February 29th-March 6th

Supergrass @ Leeds O2 Academy, Sunday 1st March Commercially successful yet perennially underrated in the context of Britpop, Oxford-based trio Supergrass announced last year that…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CLASSIC ’10s: Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’

It’s hard to remember a time when Arcade Fire weren’t a top-tier, festival headlining act. Right from their flawless first album Funeral, released quietly in…

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CULT ’00s: Modest Mouse – ‘The Moon & Antarctica’

Released in the summer of 2000 to only minor commercial success but avalanches of critical acclaim, The Moon & Antarctica played a key role in…

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CULT ’00s: Grandaddy – ‘The Sophtware Slump’

During the Nineties, a significant trend in popular culture fixated on the upcoming turn of the millennium, an anxious and often paranoid impulse that produced…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Scott Walker – ‘Tilt’

Although it was couldn’t possibly have been more out of step with the times when it was released into the height of Britpop in mid-1995,…

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CULT ’90s: Aphex Twin – ‘…I Care Because You Do’

Traditionally, and somewhat unfairly, …I Care Because You Do is viewed as a kind of awkward middle child in Richard D. James’ discography as Aphex…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Elastica – ‘Elastica’

Britpop is often regarded as one of the last great upheavals in popular music, but it was not a revolution in comparison to previous movements,…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: Joy Division – ‘Closer’

The story of Joy Division is such an oft-told one by 2020 that it’s amazing that anybody attempts to write about them at all anymore.…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Dexys Midnight Runners – ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’

To most people - certainly in America and, forty years on from their inception, probably most people in Britain too, sadly - Dexys Midnight Runners…

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CULT ’80s: Young Marble Giants – ‘Colossal Youth’

It’s very rare that a band seems to come out of absolutely nowhere to establish a completely new paradigm for thinking about the creation of…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: The Stooges – ‘Fun House’

Given their rightful status in music journalism circles as one of the very greatest garage-rock groups of all time, and certainly one of the most…

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CLASSIC ’70s: The Beatles – ‘Let It Be’

When considering Let It Be, the final album that The Beatles released in chronological terms but not the last music they created together, it’s hard…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Miles Davis – ‘Bitches Brew’

Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads. Dave Davies taking a razor blade to his amps for the fuzzy riffs of…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Rolling Stones – ‘Let It Bleed’

Pop critics and historians have never been able to agree on what exactly caused the Sixties utopian ideal of love, peace and understanding to expire,…

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CULT ’60s: King Crimson – ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’

Progressive rock, or ‘prog rock’, has consistently had something of a tainted reputation in the world of music criticism ever since the punk revolution in…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’

Not only is it one of the defining pop culture images of the 20th century, but, in retrospect, the iconic front cover of Abbey Road…

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Staff Lists

The Top 200 Tracks of the 2010s

The indestructible gold standard for pop since the dawn of the recording age, the single format benefitted from an explosion in technology that made its…

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The Top 200 Albums of the 2010s

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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The Top 50 Albums of 2019

The final year of this benighted decade we’ve been sometimes compelled to call ‘The Teens’, 2019 has been a strange one for music. As seems…

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Artist Profiles

“Motor Away” – An Introduction to Guided By Voices

Robert Pollard’s unique reputation and position within the American alternative music scene is legendary, known as the ultra-prolific songwriter behind Guided By Voices, a handful…

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“Out Of The Blue” – A Beginner’s Guide to Roxy Music

At a point when rock and pop music’s most legendary artists and bands are being increasingly commemorated in re-issue campaigns, reunion tours and think pieces,…

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“Never Exist Without Being Generic” – A Beginner’s Guide to The Cribs

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

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