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Top 40 Greatest Britpop Albums

Following in the wake of Madchester and defying American grunge's fatalist attitude, Britpop ruled Britannia and provided a glimmer of sunshine to the drab and overcast streets of 1990s UK. From the bouncy rhythms of The Farm to the seductive lyrics of Pulp, we take a look at the 40 best Britpop albums that changed Britain for the better.

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Daughters | You Won't Get What You Want Album Review

You Won’t Get What You Want feels almost wholly unlistenable. Bar the demented yet groove-ridden highlight that is ‘Less Sex’, Daughters’ fourth effort pushes the boundaries of what can be accepted as enjoyable art.

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John Butler Trio, Bobby Alu | Live At Eventim Apollo Review

The crowd tonight can be described in two words - multicultural and relaxed. Eventim Apollo’s interior lighting of green and pink provide a warm aura surrounding the thousands of roots rock fans waltzing through the doors.

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Hollow Graves | Hollow Graves Album Review

Canadian post-punk outfit Hollow Graves have proved that it’s not just Europe (and specifically, Britain) that struggles through grey days. Their self-titled debut exhibits influences from Joy Division to Two Door Cinema Club and refreshingly, lots of talent.

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A Q&A With: The Lids

Hailing from Leicester, The Lids are an exciting indie rock trio. Citing influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro, the three produce a smirking rock sound evident on their latest single, ‘I’m So Bleak’. From supporting The Sherlocks to having a fan in Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs, The Lids are already turning heads (and ears).

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John Butler Trio | Home Album Review

“Songs have always been my friends. No matter what I’m going through, they help me convey the things my heart feels but my brain is too afraid to say,” said a reflective John Butler about his most recent ordeals. The result of such experiences is titled Home - Butler’s seventh effort, the record looks to explore some of the singer’s past, as well as his insecurities.

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Alice In Chains | Rainier Fog Album Review

The Seattle group's first album recorded in their hometown for over 20 years is all gloom and doom - much like their 1995 self-titled effort made in the same place. The echoes of late frontman Layne Staley are still relevant, but leader Jerry Cantrell is still pushing Alice's sound while maintaining their signature, gut-busting aura.

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Top 50 Greatest Albums Of 1987

In a year that could certainly be argued as music's best, we take a look at the greatest albums and the enormous range of genres they covered, from soul and the end of gothic rock to the birth of conscious hip hop and the introduction of shoegaze.

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A Q&A With: Caiti Baker

Hailing from Darwin, Australia, Caiti Baker's story is nothing short of extraordinary. While few soul and R&B artists today maintain artistic integrity on their paths to becoming superstars, and many crumble under the weight of their past experiences, Baker, through battling chronic fatigue syndrome and losing contact with her father, emerged triumphant and released her formidable soulful debut, Zinc.

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An Interview With: Ethan Tate of Tate

I hurry to the Half Moon pub in Rayleigh to find Ethan Tate grinning in the corner. I curse my poor time management but I am grateful for his relaxed nature. He notices my phone background of Ian Curtis and we quickly obsess over Joy Division, and how Curtis has influenced Tate to become more energetic on stage. “It’s like he’s actually being electrocuted,” he starts. “It’s awful, but fascinating to watch.”

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A Q&A With: Anthony Orzel of Pacific

Cheshire band Pacific are fronted by Anthony Orzel, a cool and collected vocalist focused on cementing a piano based sound in indie rock. With regular radio airplay, recognition from DJs such as BBC’s Huw Stephens and Mark Radcliffe and festival experience alongside Maximo Park, Razorlight and Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Pacific are looking like strong contenders for the next breakthrough indie act of the summer.

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