Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sounds of the city

The new issue of Nightshift is out now, containing the annual Tracks Of Our Year feature, which celebrates the best music to come out of Oxford in the last 12 months, which reflects the views of the magazine's writers (including yours truly) and which is as much a December tradition as mulled wine, mince pies and ill-advised office party dalliances. Glass Animals top the bill with 'Life Itself', while several of the tracks I voted for (by Maiians, Cassels, Cameron AG, Kid Kin and, of course, Radiohead) also make an appearance. As ever, it's testimony to the continued strength of the city's music scene - as also acknowledged in Episode 5 of Sounding Bored.

Elsewhere in the issue, there's a bumper gig reviews section, including write-ups of four shows I've been to in the last month or so: Audioscope at the Bullingdon, Three Trapped Tigers with The Physics House Band and Kid Kin at the Academy, The Wave Pictures at the Cellar, and Amber Arcades with Ella at the Cellar. The latter was my sole contribution to the issue - and, sadly, almost certainly my last contribution to the magazine full stop, with the move to Cardiff now looming large. Here's hoping there's something broadly similar in the Welsh capital that might be prepared to publish my dribblings...

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