The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Latest Reviews

REVIEW: Burial – ‘Claustro / State Forest’ EP (Hyperdub)

Burial’s identity within electronic music is near that of an urban myth. With only one proper image attached to his name, the South Londoner Will…

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REVIEW: Calexico / Iron & Wine – ‘Years To Burn’ (Sub Pop / City Slang)

It has been 14 years since South Carolina singer/songwriter Sam Beam (better known by the moniker Iron & Wine) and Arizona-based indie rock outfit Calexico…

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REVIEW: Mattiel – ‘Satis Factory’ (Heavenly / P.I.A.S.)

With an Americana bravado, the Atlanta-based outfit Mattiel, consisting of singer Mattiel Brown and the InCrowd - Randy Michael and Jonah Swilley in tandem working…

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REVIEW: Bill Callahan – ‘Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest’ (Drag City)

The subtle yet prominent evolution of Bill Callahan’s music throughout his career reflects the growth of any individual’s personality, and their perceived self-image. After finally…

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REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Western Stars’ (Columbia)

Bruce Springsteen’s newly released, 19th studio album Western Stars will not be his last. Approaching the ripe old age of 70, he and his faithful…

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REVIEW: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Black Star Dancing’ EP (Sour Mash)

It’s not known to many, but at one point in his career Noel Gallagher was dabbling in space rock – or at least his own…

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Staff Playlists

A Beginner’s Guide to Stereolab

As the Nineties indie scene begins to be re-appraised with more diversity and depth than it’s usually explored, groups like Stereolab are gradually coming to…

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PLAYLIST: June 2019

While summer seems to have deserted the country, in a case of nature reflecting the human condition as the grim politics of our present unravels,…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Moshi Moshi Records

Founded in late 1998 in London by two former major label A&R men, the avowedly independent Moshi Moshi Records has consistently played a small but…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 22nd-28th June

Ezra Collective @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 22nd June Ezra Collective, a brilliant London five-piece, is returning to Leeds this week for yet another exciting…

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LIVE REVIEW: Long Division Festival 2019

It’s a sunny day in Wakefield on the first day of summer for the 2019 edition of Long Division Festival, and the sound of first…

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PREVIEW: Mac DeMarco @ Halifax, The Piece Hall

If you want to go cheesy, you’ll call him the Canadian prince of indie rock. If you want to go overused, you’ll call him an…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’00s: Dirty Projectors – ‘Bitte Orca’

It was about Dirty Projectors’ incredible breakout album Bitte Orca that Time Magazine’s Josh Tyrangiel birthed the immortal critical phrase “making the critic’s job undoable”…

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CULT ’00s: The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’

Although they’ve now got a reputation as one of the country’s most prestigious and longest-running indie acts, at the start of 2009 The Horrors were…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘It’s Blitz!’

Looking back on the entirety of Noughties nearly a decade on, indeed as the following one is drawing to a close, it’s easier to get…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Californication’

Before the globe-conquering success of their 1999 album Californication, notorious Californian funk and alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers were in a state of turmoil…

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CULT ’90s: The Flaming Lips – ‘The Soft Bulletin’

Much was made a couple of years ago when Radiohead’s OK Computer turned 20 years old, with dozens of think-pieces and commentators pointing out the…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Weezer – ‘Weezer’ (‘The Blue Album’)

It’s been written about to death at this point, but it’s still difficult to truly emphasise how baffling Weezer’s career has been. After tearing up…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: The Cure – ‘Disintegration’

Since their inception in the late ‘70s in the wake of punk, Robert Smith and the rotating cast of The Cure have become a globally…

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CLASSIC ’80s: The Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses’

Three decades after the release of their self-titled debut album, there’s very little left to say about The Stone Roses at this point in history.…

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CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Doolittle’

Alternative rock legends Pixies have been chasing the reformation dollar for the last decade and a half, playing festivals across the world and becoming the…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’

Can there possibly be a more famous cult album in existence than Unknown Pleasures? In the four decades since its release in June 1979, it’s…

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CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

By the second half of 1978, David Bowie was in a curious point in his career. He’d left Berlin in February of that year, having…

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CULT ’70s: Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘The Scream’

Influenced: Bauhaus, The Raincoats, Public Image Ltd., The Cure, Young Marble Giants, Joy Division, New Order, Killing Joke, Japan, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins,…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Who – ‘Tommy’

The ‘rock opera’ has had a chequered history as it has evolved in the half-century since the archetype was established in 1969. Like its close…

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CULT ’60s: The Velvet Underground – ‘The Velvet Underground’

In between the dazzling avant-garde architecture of that 1967 debut album, still rightly celebrated today as one of the greatest albums in history, and the…

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CULT ’60s: MC5 – ‘Kick Out The Jams’

Influenced: The Stooges, New York Dolls, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine, Primal Scream,…

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Staff Lists

The Top 50 Tracks of 2018

As a companion piece to our annual end-of-year albums list published earlier this month, The Student Playlist presents The Top 50 Tracks of 2018. You…

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The Top 50 Albums of 2018

Although it’s been a year pock-marked with political and social uncertainty, that sense of upheaval and tension has resulted in some pretty fine art being…

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The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s

Revisiting any period in popular music is always interesting, insofar as one’s memories of it change and evolve as time passes and the present gets…

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Artist Profiles

“Listen To Me, I’m On The Stereo” – A Beginner’s Guide to Pavement

It’s been almost two decades since Pavement were active in any meaningful way, the group’s component parts quietly parting ways in the pursuit of solo…

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“Caught By The River” – An Introduction to Doves

It doesn’t matter how big you might have been, ten years is a long time to be away. Certainly enough for an entirely new generation…

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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Scott Walker

Dozens of icons of the world of independent and alternative music, as well as many in the world of pop, paid tribute to Scott Walker…

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