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AUGUST 1995 • Blur vs. Oasis — battling bands release singles on the same day. Blur's "Country House" outsells Oasis's "Roll With It" 274k to 216k; they finish Nos. 1 and 2 on UK chart.
From Suede crashing the party to a 2000 wake-up call
| August 19, 2011
Don't look back in anger
It's been more than 15 years since Britpop's heyday, and with the exception of one man – the Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards, who disappeared suddenly in 1995 – the rest of the cast is still trying to get by, just like the rest of us. Here's what
Checking in with 14 former stars of Britpop to see if modern life is truly rubbish in 2011
| August 19, 2011
Flesh and blood
The acclaimed folk/Americana quartet resume the whirlwind promo stretch leading up to their third full-length release, following 2008’s critically-lauded breakthrough Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and their ’07 debut, What the Crow Brings .
Last year, the Low Anthem finished their third album and toured the world. During a freewheeling interview back home, they tell us all about it
| February 18, 2011
Fucked Up's career is a game of dares they're winning. Over the past few years, the Toronto band have trashed a bathroom on an MTV broadcast, played a 12-hour set in a NYC boutique, reeled in random notables like David Cross, Bob Mould, and Nelly Furtado
Fucked Up live to conquer the improbable
| February 19, 2010
The Big Hurt: Liam alone
Everyone figured that Noel Gallagher would go solo — it’s been hinted at for years — but the break-up of Oasis has made it a grim inevitability.
Can an Oasis spinoff help but suck?
| November 06, 2009
The Big Hurt: Bomb squad
Plenty of great shit to get excited about this week: new Wilco and Jarvis Cocker, tons of Rolling Stones reissues, a double-disc Jonas Brothers DVD spectacular, and the long-awaited 31st edition of the venerable Now That's What I Call Music! series. Bu
This week in optional listening
| July 03, 2009
Jarvis Cocker | Further Complications
For his second solo album, the former Pulp frontman lays waste to his typically polished sound with the help of de-prettier Steve Albini.
Rough Trade (2009)
| May 15, 2009
Puttin’ on the Brits
There’s a song on Logan 5 and the Runners’ first album, Featurette, where Dave Berndt sings, “I wish I could see you at night/Naked through your window.”
Logan 5 and the Runners go beyond homage
| January 13, 2009
Mason’s off-kilter lyrics and psychedelic sense of melody overpower the thrift-store Gary Numan and Depeche pastiches and the trite S&M vibe.
Pleasure Pressure Point | V2
| August 19, 2008
The week in boners
With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
| July 28, 2008
Readers' picks 2007: Arts and Entertainment
SPACE Gallery, Dock Fore, the White Heart, and more.
Best bar, best gallery, best jukebox, best happy hour, and more
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| April 27, 2007
If familiarity really did breed contempt, well, Kaiser Chiefs wouldn’t stand much chance of winning any new friends.
Yours Truly, Angry Mob | Universal
| April 03, 2007
Just like a woman
The new, improved, clean, sober, and buff Trent Reznor is no longer wrestling with downward spirals.
Spring brings new albums from Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys, Timbaland, and more
| March 15, 2007
During the heyday of the Kinks, Ray Davies wrote with compassion about people in small towns clinging to a faded way of life.
Jarvis Cocker’s still Jarvis Cocker on Jarvis
| January 29, 2007
Indie springs forward
For years we waited. And then we started making jokes about it. And then the jokes got old. So we waited some more. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Love Song No. 7" (mp3)
Clap your hands and say Axl
| January 02, 2007
Second-generation performers can remind us of their parents in all sorts of unexpected ways.
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s lush for life
| November 20, 2006
Fucked Up balances their use of "artier" methods with a desire to make hardcore dangerous again.
Canada's Fucked Up makes hardcore safe for indie rockers
| November 11, 2006
During the Bosnian War, Bon Savants frontman Thomas Moran used to divide his time between German punk shows and squadron airlifts. The Bon Savants, "Why This Could Never Work" (mp3)
Bon Savants aim for a bigger font
| November 07, 2006
Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited
Mark up another score for the seductive spirit of Serge Gainsbourg.
Various Artists| Verve Forecast
SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON
| August 01, 2006
The new British sound is marked by riot vans, rage-engorged faces in taxi queues, the mute vigilance of the cameras, and everywhere the sense of some remote flogging going on.
Hard-Fi fight for the right to, uh, party
| April 12, 2006
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