Beardyman Plays Oxford Next Week

Beat-boxing sensation Beardyman will perform at the Oxford o2 Academy next Monday 7th March as part of this national “Where Are You Taking Me?” tour. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased here courtesy of WeGotTickets. Combining electro-house, mainstream pop and chart-bothering hip-hop Beardyman caters for all tastes in a live show using only a single instrument; his voice box. A live experience which is not only enjoyable, but a performance worthy of any of the best natural “entertainers” in the global music scene today.

Cat Matador – The Address EP

Describing themselves as “part pop and part misery”, Cat Matador’s The Address EP combines post rock aura entwined with an interesting art form of haunting folk floating eerily over the many collated guitar pedals. As promising as it may sound, there is something missing from this Oxford band’s latest release. The songs in general are full of good ideas though they never completely come together. When it builds, we don’t get lift off. Words by Kim Astley-Cooper.

Parts & Labour Share A Song

Ahead of the release of the their impending album, Brooklyn indie band Parts & Labour have decided to share a song with the rest of the world. Constant Future will be released courtesy of Jagjaguwar on March 7th and is already picking up plenty of positive press (“East Coast art-punk with a 21st-century overhaul.” – Q Magazine), but in the meantime why not listen to track from the album ‘Rest’. The band are also playing at this year’s SXSW Festival before a comprehensive tour of Europe which includes the UK.

Last Shop Standing: What Ever Happened To Record Shops?

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but Truck and Rapture have combined efforts to open an independent music store on the Cowley Road. This Saturday (26th February) sees the first of many in-store specials with a talk about “why we need to support independent record shops and independent record labels”. Graham Jones – author of Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops? and one of the founders of Proper Music Distribution – will be telling plenty of insightful and humorous anecdotes “about the music industry and revealing the truth about chart hyping and other shenanigans the industry got up to”.

Esben And The Witch – Violet Cries

Formed in 2008, and signed to home-of-Belle & Sebastian, Matador records, Esben and the Witch have been making quite a name for themselves, earning a nomination for BBC’s Sound of 2011. Violet Cries is what you’d get if Florence Welsh got up one day and, after reading a bit of Edgar Allen Poe, and listening to some Marble Index-era Nico, decided to find herself a band and make some good music. Words by Caroline Corke.