Jess Colman

Fingerprint EP

As most students will have discovered, Coventry isn’t exactly the musical hub or fiery core of culture that we all wish it was. Amongst the dreary high rise buildings, ever-stretching suburban roads and the dispiriting dominance of Primark in the city centre, all traces of creativity seem to have been...
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Posted Oct. 27, 2009

Bombay Bicycle Club

Inspiration for band names comes from all over the place these days. Belle and Sebastian named themselves after a French children’s book, the Maccabees allegedly found theirs in the Bible, and Bombay Bicycle Club christened themselves after a string of Indian restaurants in London. First making their way in the...
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Posted Oct. 13, 2009

Out with the old and in with the new

Since the university’s establishment in 1965, its union had played a welcoming — and seemingly auspicious — host to some of the most prominent bands in the music hall of fame. We’ve had the weird and the wonderful; bands newly-formed and bands already steeped in the limelight; tantrums on stage...
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Posted Oct. 4, 2009

The Bachelor

Infamous for his changing hair colour, bizarre assortment of instruments and extravagantly outlandish fashion sense, Patrick Wolf has made sure that he has never been able to fit into any mould or fall into any distinct category. This is immediately apparent with the way in which he has gone about...
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Posted Jun. 22, 2009

The Glass Passenger

Conjured up by Andrew McMahon of American rockers Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin is your typical generic American band; guitars, pianos, a whiny singer and a dash of emo thrown in for good measure. Like the majority of such bands, McMahon also has the extraordinary ability of empowering the feelings revealed...
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Posted Apr. 27, 2009

March of the Zapotec

The music of Beirut cannot ever be described as anything in any way remotely resembling cool; it’s most certainly not the kind of thing you would hear in nightclubs, being sung along to in shops, or even being played on the radio. Instead it is far more reminiscent of an...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2009

Which Bitch

Having exhausted the length and breadth of the country with an immense tour consisting of thirty-five gigs last year – thankfully there wasn’t one in Birmingham – The View have already announced another set of tour dates for this year to accompany the release of their new album, Which Bitch....
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Posted Feb. 3, 2009

Fine Fascination

Oh, what wonders the internet does for music nowadays. This band, the rather scantily-named Red Light Company, owe it completely for their present-day line-up, with several of the band members having met on the web back in the now-distant mists of 2007. These days, after a couple of years of...
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Posted Jan. 20, 2009

Decent Works for Decent Pay: Selected Works Vol. 1

For all the time that I have spent listening to music (and lastfm tells me that’s an awful lot), I have always found myself very cautiously approaching remixes of songs with a bargepole. I might be being narrow-minded, but in my opinion making a remix is the equivalent of re-creating...
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Posted Nov. 18, 2008