The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Jesse Casey

REVIEW: Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’ (Myra’s Child / Virgin)

The former Gossip frontwoman releases her debut solo album ‘Fake Sugar’, but it fails to live up to past glories.

WOMEN IN ROCK no.3: Kathleen Hanna

The third edition of our Women In Rock series looks at the iconic Kathleen Hanna – a figurehead of Riot Grrrl and the founder of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin.

REVIEW: Blondie – ‘Pollinator’ (Noble / BMG)

‘Pollinator’ stays true to Blondie’s classic sound while keeping it relevant and fresh for 2017, and shows there’s plenty of life in the band yet.

WOMEN IN ROCK no.2: PJ Harvey

Our monthly Women In Rock feature looks at PJ Harvey as her debut album ‘Dry’ celebrates its 25th anniversary.

WOMEN IN ROCK no.1: Amanda Palmer

The first of a regular series profiling women in rock, indie and pop, we look at Amanda F***ing Palmer and what makes her so cool.

REVIEW: The Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Third World Pyramid’ (‘a’ Records)

‘Third World Pyramid’ is a solid but very much ‘business as usual’ statement from a band that’s long since become an alternative institution.

REVIEW: Lady Gaga – ‘Joanne’ (Interscope)

‘Joanne’ is an incredibly strong album and does not disappoint her hardcore fans, and should even win back some of the ‘Artpop’ critics.

REVIEW: Donny McCaslin – ‘Beyond Now’ (Motema Music)

‘Beyond Now’, an album dedicated to David Bowie by his ‘Blackstar’ band-leader Donny McCaslin, is musically complex but easy to follow.