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Songs and Stories Remembering Our Earth

Australian native singer-songwriter Susanna Orr Holland joins the American musician KeLan on a freezing February night to bring the audience gathered in the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s auditorium tales of shrinking sea ice juxtaposed with creation myths. It’s an odd and often precarious combination that misses as often as it hits and produces in equal parts […]

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Live Music

Live review: Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean is formed of bassist and vocalist Julia Cumming, guitarist Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber. They create a classic rock sound indebted to Fleetwood Mac, Queen and T-Rex as well as participating in the neo-psychedelia movement championed by bands such as Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Julia is a besequinned emerald spreading […]

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Interview: Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming

At the start of Sunflower Bean’s UK Tour The Student spoke to frontwoman Julia Cumming off the back of their sophomore album Twentytwo in Blue. Julia stresses that the difference between this record and 2016’s Human Ceremony lies in “find[ing] a deeper humanity within ourselves and hop[ing] that that reaches people in a different way. […]

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Sleaford Mods aggressively bite back

Still stoically minimal, Sleaford Mods return with a self-titled EP featuring more complex song structures and compelling storytelling. It begins with two tracks which both deal with the anonymity of trolling in the social media age and the desire to break past on-screen interaction, even if that then leads to physical confrontation. Alienation, as consistent […]

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Music Singles

Part Time tease new album with second sultry single

Part Time, contender for the world’s most unsearchable band name, is the musical project of David Speck and has been quietly releasing their unhinged take on the sultrier sounds of the 1980s across the best part of this decade. This single follows on from the collaboration with post-ironic pioneer Ariel Pink and is part of […]

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TV

Dr. Who’s LGBTQ Press Release Undermines its Legacy of Representation

Peter Capaldi will be back for his final series of Doctor Who, premiering on Saturday 15 April. He will star alongside the new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, who is being touted as the first openly LGBT companion. However, this appears insulting and misleading to any long-term fan of the programme, who will […]

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Live Music

Public Service Broadcasting take a trip out of this world at the International Science Festival

Tweed-clad, geektastic London-based duo, Public Service Broadcasting performed as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival at Usher Hall. The pair use samples from archive material and build compelling instrumentals around them. Alongside their usual accompanying ensemble of bass, additional keys and wind section, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Mr McFall’s Chamber (string […]

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Live Music

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival: Bonobo, Thundercat & Songhoy Blues @ Barrowland Ballroom

LA-based but Brighton-born electronica producer, Bonobo headlined the Barrowland Ballroom on the Saturday of the BBC 6music Festival in Glasgow. Bringing a talented array of musicians, he effuses tracks that already exist as meticulously honed studio efforts with a new exhilarating vitality. The sprung floor of the much-loved dance venue is put to good use […]