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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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Juggernaut Still Rides: Behind the Scenes and Times of Swervedriver

Swervedriver have been away for so long that most assumed they were never coming back. Yet here they are, 17 years after their debut, in the midst of a full-scale tour. This is how they lived to tell.

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The Beautiful & Damned [Los Angeles]

Embodying the labyrinthine decay and assured swagger of their Hollywood home, the Beautiful & Damned are fueled by a bit of literary pretension and a drive to expose the grandeur in the intimate and ugly.

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Blacklist [New York]

Born out of twin interests in art and activism, the murky and even problematic practice of either has given way to a band that perches on the ledge between hipster fashion and scene critique.

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The Brother Kite: Waiting for the Time to be Right

The Brother Kite released their sophomore album more than a month ago, and while the album is easily one of the best you’ll hear this year, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of it until now.

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The Cinematics

Still in the larval stages, guitarist and vocalist Scott Rinner explains how the Cinematics have found themselves on the verge of breaking big, and what that means for establishing an identity.

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The Kooks: Inside In / Inside Out

Not ones to be bashful or to hold back, Brighton’s The Kooks open with a whiplash-inducing clutch of certain singles.

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Soft

Defying both the myth of club life and New York City's grueling scene, these Madchester revivalists are setting their sights on the stars, one methodical, careful step at a time.

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The Gun Shys

Casually confident and ready to rock, the Gun Shys are quickly ascending the ladder of the Los Angeles scene.

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The Departure: Dirty Words

In an era of bands obsessed with the glassy disembodiment of Joy Division, the Departure are the first band to nail Curtis's alien menace, to wipe away the last identifiable traces of the human artist.

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The Boxer Rebellion: Exits

The Boxer Rebellion defies the 'rock 'n' roll paradigm' to great effect on this ambitious, if spotty, debut.

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Mansun's Lonely Love Song: Kleptomania Steals One Last Glimpse of the Band that Never Was

Mansun often seemed to be mocking, not just the trappings of rock stardom (which had become commonplace in the Britpop era), but themselves-the whole ridiculous notion that four kids from Chester could possibly be cut out for this monumental task.

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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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The Strokes

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Adom: Idiot Savant

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The Mars Volta: 24 July 2003 - Chicago

For now, The Mars Volta live experience and the album remain separate entities as opposed to complementary halves.

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