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Wales: So "Cool Cymru" Part II

Not so beholden to British traditions, Welsh bands are as likely to be influenced by US music as UK music. Indeed, Cardiff is sometimes called the “New Seattle” due to its prevalence of (post-)grunge bands.

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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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Manic Street Preachers: Lifeblood

While far from a smashing return to form on par with Everything Must Go (their career high-water mark), Lifeblood should reassure the public that the Manics are not yet artistically bankrupt.

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