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The Growlers – City Club

After a two-year wait to see what The Growlers would come up with next, City Club is arguably quite the let-down. To be fair, any fan should have seen it coming. The Californian group have made a move from their ‘beach goth’ roots – dark lyrics accompanied by a mix of psychedelic, pop, country, and […]

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A New International: frontman Biff Smith talks about his definition of music

Beginning as the Starlets, this Glasgow-based group was met with unprecedented support in Japan, Holland and other parts of Europe. As their music progressed, the band became known as A New International. They are receiving increasingly more attention in the UK, as they continue to create beautifully innovative music and perform captivating live shows. Frontman […]

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Walk The Moon: “It’s A Big Year”

The Ohio-based alternative group Walk The Moon has been going non-stop since the release of their full-length studio album Talking is Hard in 2014. Before their show at Edinburgh’s own Queen’s Hall, The Student caught up with the band to talk touring, upcoming festivals, and new releases. “Oh, man. It’s a big year”, guitarist Eli Maiman […]

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David Bowie – Blackstar

David Bowie’s twenty-seventh album Blackstar was released on the popstar’s sixty-ninth birthday, 8 January – only two days before his passing. The album is quite short when compared to previous releases from Bowie, with just seven tracks (two of which are remastered, previously-released pieces) which make up about forty minutes. Blackstar strays surprisingly far from […]

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Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

As the iconic band’s eighth studio album release, it is safe to say that Sonic Highways is the worst thing to happen to Dave Grohl since the end of Nirvana. The album is significant only in its striking insignificance. Any Foo fans hoping for an exciting follow up to Wasting Light are sure to be […]

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Cold War Kids – Hold My Hand

Cold War Kids’ fifth studio album is just as electrifying as its predecessors. They have again managed to produce a compilation packed full of bluesy, soul-infused magic that will impress current fans and new listeners alike.

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The Vamps – Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)

This track, although mildly catchy and enjoyable, is simply a sick and twisted form of plagiarism. As the fifth single off of The Vamps’ debut album, the very idea of originality is abandoned as the clean-cut British lads rob Simon & Garfunkel of a catchy classic. ‘Cecilia’ was released by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970, […]

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Irish crooner follows up on single with great debut

Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s debut album is the most innovative compilation that the alt/rock scene has witnessed in a long time. Known simply as Hozier, the Irish artist is now widely recognised for his first single ‘Take Me To Church’, taken from his debut album Hozier.