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Britpop timeline

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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 19, 2011
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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
By KAYLEY KRAVITZ  |  August 19, 2011
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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
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 18, 2011
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Arty crashers

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
By REYAN ALI  |  February 19, 2010
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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?
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 06, 2009
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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 03, 2009


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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)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 15, 2009
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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
By MATT PARISH  |  January 13, 2009
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Black Affair

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
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 19, 2008
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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008
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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
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 27, 2007


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Kaiser Chiefs

If familiarity really did breed contempt, well, Kaiser Chiefs wouldn’t stand much chance of winning any new friends.
Yours Truly, Angry Mob | Universal
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 03, 2007
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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
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 15, 2007
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Pulp free

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
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  January 29, 2007
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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
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 02, 2007
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Pulp friction

Second-generation performers can remind us of their parents in all sorts of unexpected ways.
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s lush for life
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2006


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FUBARdcore

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
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 11, 2006
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Tracking points

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
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 07, 2006
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Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Mark up another score for the seductive spirit of Serge Gainsbourg.
Various Artists| Verve Forecast  
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  August 01, 2006
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Combat pop

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
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 12, 2006