The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Everything Everything – ‘Re-Animator’ (AWAL)

In their first release since 2017’s awkward transitional album A Fever Dream, Everything Everything fall short in their endeavours to forge mountainous pop music. Re-Animator,…

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REVIEW: The Flaming Lips – ‘American Head’ (Bella Union / Warner Bros.)

With 15 previous albums under their belt, not including the numerous collaborations they have taken part in over the last ten years or so, The…

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REVIEW: Doves – ‘The Universal Want’ (Heavenly / Virgin)

The problematic issues surrounding guitar bands of years gone by announcing reformations and releasing new music after several years, if not decades, strangely don’t seem…

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REVIEW: Declan McKenna – ‘Zeros’ (Sony)

The fact that Declan McKenna’s debut record, What Do You Think About The Car?  was written and recorded at the tender age of just 17…

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REVIEW: JARV IS… – ‘Beyond The Pale’ (Rough Trade)

A vehicle for the ever-welcome and much needed voice of Jarvis Cocker, JARV IS… is a curious live-cum-studio project hastily assembled three years ago off…

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REVIEW: Bill Callahan – ‘Gold Record’ (Drag City)

The first words that Bill Callahan sings on his latest album Gold Record, in that sturdy yet silky baritone that’s long since become such a…

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Staff Playlists

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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PLAYLIST: August 2020

Check out our Spotify playlist of all the best new music released throughout August 2020! Happy listening! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4LrSNlnEfFGf1NhdVFUCsB?si=s9yz7zxfRsy-ZX7qqeZpHA

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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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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: 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: 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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CULT ’80s: Dead Kennedys – ‘Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables’

If there’s any classic album that illustrates the massive differences between the British and American experiences of punk and the similarly divergent paths they took,…

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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 Albums

1970s

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 ’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 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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