The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers – ‘If We Make It Through December’ EP (Dead Oceans)

When you think of Christmas songs, it’s probably the likes Mariah Carey, Wham! and Michael Bublé that spring to mind, that vast and unchanging canon…

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REVIEW: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘K.G.’ (KGLW)

The prolific psych-rock septet, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, have released yet another album, perhaps proving them to be the hardest working band in…

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REVIEW: The Cribs – ‘Night Network’ (Sonic Blew / P.I.A.S.)

At this point in their career, there’s not much left for The Cribs to achieve, neither in terms of commercial attainment nor the conquering of…

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REVIEW: Mamalarky – ‘Mamalarky’ (Fire Talk)

Across the promotion of their debut self-titled album, Mamalarky, led by former Cherry Glazerr bassist Livvy Bennett, proudly announced that they had had been working…

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REVIEW: Marika Hackman – ‘Covers’ (self-released)

On her fourth album Covers, British indie artist Marika Hackman both strips down and amplifies various songs about heartbreak. After the success of Any Human…

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REVIEW: Tiña – ‘Positive Mental Health Music’ (Speedy Wunderground)

South-east London band Tiña have released a phenomenal debut album entitled Positive Mental Health Music, through Dan Carey’s consistently excellent Speedy Wunderground label, chalking up…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: November 2020

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout November 2020 with our playlist over at Spotify, or by scrolling below. Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0QrG0DG1Zf0bhk8UbxjS0N?si=DhZwG_hSRMCZq1mShudtag

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PLAYLIST: October 2020

Catch up with all the best new music released throughout October 2020 with our playlist over at Spotify! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/06RkKq4skYnaS7c6BdzUrF?si=2aux5AEfSSip7KZgWDJUFA

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PLAYLIST: September 2020

Check out our Spotify playlist of all the best new music released throughout September 2020! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2p8Ez24lf3pJjKOhbKezry?si=RMkHFrkTTCmKrMWV6DuFEw

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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 ’00s: The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’

On the surface of it, the prospect of a six-piece Australian DJ collective spinning tunes sampling The Osmonds, Boney M and Madonna doesn’t sound like…

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CLASSIC ’10s: Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

It’s been a decade since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy graced pop culture with its presence – the record that is still considered by many…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Outkast – ‘Stankonia’

As the new millennium dawned, Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Outkast were in a very unusual position. They had emerged not only as one of the most…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Sparklehorse – ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’

While much is made of the studio in which an album is recorded, and often rightly so, it’s always worth remembering that less conventionally professional…

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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 Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: Bruce Springsteen – ‘The River’

Fairly or unfairly, double albums enjoy rather a checkered reputation, serving as a mental shorthand for mess, contradiction and general excessive indulgence. The River, released…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Talking Heads – ‘Remain In Light’

Critically acclaimed albums that appeal both to the intellectual, cerebral aspects of our humanity as well as the body, the heart and soul are few…

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CLASSIC ’80s: David Bowie – ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) has long shouldered the heavy burden of being dubbed the Last Great David Bowie album – or at least until…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: The Velvet Underground – ‘Loaded’

When thought of in the context of a three-year period that had seen the release of three avant-garde albums that have all gained enormous prestige…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Neil Young – ‘After The Gold Rush’

Throughout his career, now well into its sixth decade and showing no signs of slowing up in terms of productivity, Neil Young has alternated between…

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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 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

A Beginner’s Guide to The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Although they’ve been active for three decades at this point, it’s one of the great mysteries in alternative music’s history as to why The Brian…

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“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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