The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, August 24th-30th

The best live music coming up in Leeds this week, including Cate Le Bon, Skunk Anansie and the fourth annual This Must Be The Place festival.

CLASSIC ’90s: Portishead – ‘Dummy’

Portishead may not have invented ‘trip hop’, but their endlessly cool and inventive 1994 debut album ‘Dummy’ came to define it completely.

REVIEW: Dry Cleaning – ‘Sweet Princess’ EP (It’s OK)

Spearheaded by the fantastic ‘Magic Of Meghan’, wry London post-punk quartet Dry Cleaning deliver an exceptional debut EP in ‘Sweet Princess’.

REVIEW: Friendly Fires – ‘Inflorescent’ (Polydor)

While it’s beautifully produced and often enjoyably OTT, Friendly Fires’ third record ‘Inflorescent’ isn’t worth the massive eight-year wait.

CLASSIC ’00s: The xx – ‘xx’

Minimalist, crystalline and intimate, The xx’s debut album contains the DNA of a subsequent decade of brilliant pop.

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 17th-23rd August

The best gigs coming up in Leeds this week, including Sharon Van Etten, Elephant Gym, White Fence, Madlib and Pizza For The People’s 14th Indie Banquet!

PLAYLIST: August 2019

All the best new music released in August 2019!

PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week, August 10th-16th

The best gigs coming up this week in Leeds, including Battles, Cultdreams, a 360 Club Punk Special and the legendary Yo La Tengo.

CULT ’70s: Talking Heads – ‘Fear Of Music’

Turning his neuroses inwards, David Byrne and Talking Heads delivered their first proper masterpiece in 1979 with third album ‘Fear Of Music’.