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Ash Compile the Indie-Disco Classics on 'Teenage Wildlife'

Ash harnessed their teenage angst and energy and built a career on it, as you can hear on Teenage Wildlife, a career-spanning, hit-filled compilation album.

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The Kooks Play It a Little Too Safe on 'Let's Go Sunshine'

The Kooks' newest release Let's Go Sunshine offers an anthemic take on garage rock.

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'As I Was Now' Is the Most Personal, Revealing Music That Tim Burgess Has Released

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess did some recording with his "dream supergroup" in 2008, then forgot to release it until now. Better late than never.

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Combining Hurt With Some Fun Works for Ash on 'Islands'

Now that Ash are back to making albums, they made one where all the songs truly count.

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Spacehog's Royston Langdon Returns As Leeds and Asks "What Became of the People" (premiere + interview)

Spacehog's Royston Langdon returns with a new guise and observations on isolation and the role of the artist with his new track "What Became of the People".

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Manchester's Lucas Immortalizes "Anne Marie" With New Video, Single (premiere)

With nods from Cage the Elephant and Jimmy Page, Lucas' time in the sun is just around the corner as "Anne Marie" proves.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Did DMA's Have to Grow Up So Fast?

On their second album, For Now, Britpop revivalists from Down Under DMA's grow up too soon.

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Dear Boy Reveal "Love Interest" (video premiere)

Los Angeles band with a predilection for English sounds, Dear Boy, gets visual ahead of a tour with Rogue Wave.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Should Morrissey and Richard Ashcroft Just Give It Up, Already?

The biggest problem with being a faded genius is that nothing he or she ever produces again can be analyzed, critiqued, or appreciated in a vacuum. It all comes in the wake of their prior transcendental music.

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Britpop Popped: An Interview with Ex-Mansun Frontman Paul Draper

Paul Draper discusses a variety of topics from his early years in Liverpool to the acrimonious split of Mansun to his visit to the unofficial capital of all things extraterrestrial.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Who Built the Moon?

Noel Gallagher's third solo release after Oasis is a marked shift from previous outings, delivering a desire for experimentation that demonstrates his continued relevance as musician, songwriter, and performer.

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Paul Weller, The Style Council, The Jam: Weller's Always on a Roll

Too prolific an artist to pin down, still, it's not hard to wish that this book about each and every one of Paul Weller's solo albums could have been more engaging.

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Uncool Britannia: Radiohead's 'The Bends' vs. Britpop in a Battle for the Soul of Britain

The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.

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Echobelly: Everyone’s Got One / On

Debut and follow-up albums from Echobelly re-released in expanded editions with b-sides, radio sessions and live material.

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Oasis: (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (Deluxe Edition)

Oasis' Morning Glory still holds up, which can be attributed to the fact that albums with this level of cultural clout and collective popularity tend to help define the sounds of their era.

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Basement: Further Sky EP

You might not be getting very much bang for your buck here, but the kindest thing you can say about this disc is that there's not a bad track in the bunch.

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The Crookes: Soapbox

Sheffield lads continue their run of exceptional, hook-laden indie pop with their latest release.

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For Tomorrow: The 10 Best Songs from Blur's "Life Trilogy"

Damon Albarn's got a new album arriving in a few days, and his band's most popular album commemorates its 20th birthday. What better time to pay tribute to the period when Blur put the "pop" in Britpop?

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The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas"

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.

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Sub Focus: Torus

It’s not for the hardcore heads, but it might sound nice to have some of that underground sound showing up on daytime radio.

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The Saint James Society: Bab(a/y)lon Rising

Ladies and gentlemen of the Saint James Society, it is time to get psychedelic.

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Post War Years: Galapagos

Galapagos can be said to be a record that’s in a perpetual state of flux, unsure of what it is that makes it truly special.

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Britpop Redux: The Top 10 Suede Singles

Here they come (again), the beautiful ones. As Suede returns with its first studio album in 11 years, PopMatters ranks the top a-sides by the influential yet seldom imitated band that kickstarted Britpop two decades ago.

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Counterbalance No. 105: Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe'

In my mind my dreams are real. Are you concerned about the way I feel about the 105th most acclaimed album of all time? Too bad, because tonight I'm a rock 'n' roll star. Oasis’ 1994 debut is next.

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The View: Cheeky for a Reason

Some have marked this as a career best for the View, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it has all come too late.

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Counterbalance No. 87: Oasis' '(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?'

Don't put your life in the hands of a rock 'n' roll band -- even if it did record the 87th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Oasis' Britpop colossus is next on Counterbalance.

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Ladyhawke: Anxiety

This is how the world ends; not with an ecstatic electro-bang but with a fuzz-bass Britpop whimper.

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Vinyl Floor: Peninsula

Vinyl Floor, a trio from Copenhagen, tinker with structure, format, and narrative on this concept record. Touching on the transition from Utopia to Dystopia, they ultimately explore how that can become cyclical.

Steven Spoerl
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New Cassettes: Winterhead

On its sophomore album, New Cassettes outfits its slick emo pop and Britpop with post-punk affectations. It's almost enough to make you overlook some lyrical incoherence.

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Viva Brother: Famous First Words

"Gritpop" revivalists Viva Brother have been marked for death by the UK pop establishment. But worst British album of the year, really?

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Suede... Reintroducing the Band

In the '90s, many were bigger, but few were better than Suede at their best, led by the dynamic duo of "glamly androgynous Dickensian whippet" Brett Anderson and "Danger High Voltage" whirlwind guitarist Bernard Butler. Just don't call 'em Britpop.

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The Hours: It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish

This album is made up of tracks from the band’s previous two European-only releases, tailor made for an American audience. And it is a stunner.

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Mt. Desolation: Mt. Desolation

Members of British pop/rock mainstays Keane take a break and decide to record a country album. What we get is mainly folk with hints of Britpop.

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Suede: The Best of

Removed from the overexcited hyperbole that heralded its arrival on the music scene, the band that kick-started the Britpop movement in the 1990s presents a new best-of compliation that does in fact compile its choice material while also indulging in its excesses.

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Ocean Colour Scene: Saturday

After 20 years of solid and dependable releases, Birmingham's Ocean Colour Scene have survived the Britpop era with flair, and pack their latest disc with good-time party jams that are guaranteed to keep you moving.

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