Ley Lines Festival Announce Stage Times

Ley Lines Festival have announced the stage times for the all day festival which takes place on Saturday 15th October up and down the Cowley Road. The most riveting inclusion on the line-up is the inclusion of a “Secret Headliner” who will be performing at the O2 Academy Oxford between 21:45 and 22:30. Who could it be? Artists who have been officially annoucned for Ley Lines Festival include: Jamie Woon, Futures, Toddla T, Dog Is Dead, Theme Park and many more.

Live Preview: Spring Offensive

This Friday at The Bullingdon Arms, PinDrop Performances presents an evening of Oxfordshire indie, folk and electro. Self proclaimed local “wimpy miserablists” Spring Offensive will headline with support coming from Flights Of Helios and The Cooling Pearls. The evening will also feature DJ sets from the guys who run Oxford indie club night Progressively Less Elephant. Tickets cost £6.

Live Preview: To Kill A King

Sunday October 9th, at The Jericho Tavern, sees the first in a series of Oxford shows hosted by Communion Music, the musical venture established by members of Mumford And Sons. This month, To Kill A King headline and if you’re a big fan of what Communion have doen in the past, chances are that you’ll like these guys too. Spring Offensive, Wide Sea and Juan Zelada make up the rest of the bill.

The Reaper – Don’t Stop The Blood

There’s a disclaimer on The Reaper’s official wesbite – “Don’t think of them as a novelty kids band. Appreciate them for what they are – An AWESOME METAL BAND!!!” Yep, the recording is dodgy (the kick drum sounds like a coke can opening), you’ve heard that guitar sound on every Metallica fan’s home recordings since ‘91 and Joey Kenney’s lyrics are perhaps wholly on the terrible side of good, but fuck it, they’re 13 fucking years old and they’re playing heavy fucking metal. Words by Biu Rainey.

Richmond Fontaine @ The Bullingdon Arms – 16/09/11

One of the best sets at this year’s Truck Festival was Richmond Fontaine’s acoustic performance on the Saturday; front-man Willy Vlautin and guitarist Dan Eccles strode onto the Main Stage and, despite being dwarfing physically as a lonesome duo on the festival’s largest stage, Willy’s vivid storytelling and Dan’s mesmerising guitar skills ensnared the doting crowd. It was with great anticipation that I went along to see the whole band perform at The Bullingdon Arms on Cowley Road. Words by Tom Jowett.

WATERS – Out In The Light

WATERS have delivered a fine debut full of catchy songs, exquisite instrumentation and faultless production quality. Chances are most people will go out and buy the new Girls album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, but for those who find themselves disappointed and craving more songs like ‘Vomit’ should definitely give this album a go, it’s full of them! Words by Tom Jowett.

Live Preview: Upstairs At o2 Academy Oxford w/Coloureds

This month Upstairs at o2 Academy Oxford, in association with BBC Intorducing in Oxford, presents the very best of the city’s electronic artists. So dust off your best dancing clobber, crank your spirits to “high” and get ready for achey feet syndrome on Sunday morning. Watch exclusively filmed live sessions with Coloureds, Grudle Bay Riots, We Are Ugly (But We Have The Music) and Tiger Mendoza here.

New Video: Eleanor Friedberger

It’s hard to measure genuine eccentricity these days. Is it for real or just for show? Nowadays, it seems that you have to stand-out from the crowd in order to sufficiently blend into the background. But being quirky with no substance, is there any greater sociable sin? Eleanor Friedberger is one who we should admire for, not only being a top songwriter, but for also being a genuinely intriguing musician. ‘My Mistakes’ is the first single to be taken from her debut solo album, Last Summer.