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Don't You Forget About These: New Compilation Salutes the 'Second British Invasion'

Eric Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Eric Williams

The track list of "Reign" skews toward, if not technically one-hit wonders, artists whose greatest popularity was concentrated in a brief timespan, and the song selections tend toward those which will likely get first mention in their originators' obituaries

Grammy-Winner Estelle: Being Told I Couldn't Make It Helped Me Understand LGBT Struggles

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.15.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Warning to small-minded people: Don't mess with Estelle's gay fans! With choice words for the narrow points-of-view which "seem to run the world," the Grammy-winning singer admitted negative attitudes toward the LGBT community "really bug" her.

Elbow's New Album: Still Savoring Big Ideas

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.12.2014 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

If a band like U2 uses a fisheye lens to transform its verses into panoramic sing-alongs to crowds of 80,000, then Elbow uses a telescope to go big or go home. It's micro love on a macro level; these songs are like personal stories beamed back to earth via satellites -- stuff that needs space and time.

There's No Downton It -- Americans Love Brit Culture

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Downton is the most watched show in PBS' history, but it's by no means Britain's only success story on U.S. television. Few cultural partnerships can match ours for closeness or longevity.

The Case for Barber and Britten

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

For the past six years I have directed a festival of 20/21st century music at the University of Arizona. Any festival worthy of the name has a vision or reason for being.

Bastille Storm the British Embassy

Patrick Davies | Posted 12.01.2013 | Entertainment
Patrick Davies

We did something unusual at the Embassy on Saturday: we hosted a rock concert. Bastille, one of Britain's hottest new bands, dropped by during their U.S. tour and played a short acoustic set.

You Can Sometimes Get What You Want: The Stones Play D.C. TONIGHT

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 08.24.2013 | DC
Sir Peter Westmacott

They may not be as young as they once were, but the Rolling Stones' energy and charisma remains, and thousands of their fans will flock to the Verizon Center tonight to see the Stones in action again.

Catching Up With Skye From Morcheeba

Salvatore Bono | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Salvatore Bono

After releasing her third solo album, Back To Now, last fall, she has been touring the world and also prepping with Morcheeba for a new album. I spoke to Skye about her music, Morcheeba, and her long career.

A Private View Into the Life of ... Swing Out Sister?!

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
Kristi York Wooten

Of all the musicians on social media, who'd guess that Swing Out Sister would be influential tastemakers in 2013? Judging from the Brit duo's highly engaged following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there's plenty of evidence that they are still crafting the soundtrack to our lives.

Robyn Hitchcock Celebrates His 60th Birthday with a Fine New Rock Album

Steven Rosen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

The English musician Robyn Hitchcock, who turned 60 on March 3, says this in the press notes for his new album, Love From London: "Rock and roll is an old man's game now, so I'm staying in it."

2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Why It Took So Long for the Experts to "Get" Led Zeppelin

Rob Asghar | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts
Rob Asghar

Rock critics could more easily identify with dweebs and geeks than with rock gods. Yet many young dweebs, like myself, looked to Zeppelin as the heroes that we wished we were and hoped we could be.

Fine Folks, Part III: The Dunwells Rise Above the Storm

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.17.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The measure of any emerging band seeking fame and fortune in America is the ability to survive any number of Armageddon moments on its first major tour. Or as the Dunwells like to refer to it, their "Lollageddon" incident.

The Music Of The 2012 London Olympics

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 08.07.2012 | Entertainment

LONDON -- At the London Olympics, Adele is served with tennis, Beyonce bounces around the basketball court and Queen's "We Will Rock You" spikes up be...

Revisiting Britpop in 2012

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 09.28.2012 | Home
Kayley Kravitz

Just as it had been in the swinging '60s, London was hip again. The '90s ushered in an era known as "Cool Britannia." Of course, most Americans didn't care but oddly enough, some of them (myself included) identified strongly with Britpop.

Emeli Sandé: Brit Soul/Pop At Its Best

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 08.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marlynn Snyder

At first listen, Emeli Sandé's voice is stark and urgent, especially in uptempo tracks. Her distinctive voice can rattle the senses and, in the very next breath, soothe any emotion.

Must See Bands At Glastonbury 2011

Jeff Pollack | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

In brief: The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is one of the best (and largest) festivals in the world. It began in the 1970s and ...

The xx's Oliver Sim Talks the Fame Game

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The polished-yet-young-as-hell London band "The xx" have deservedly been gaining momentum since dropping their debut album last August.

A Modern Classic: Young Knives' Superabundance, 2008, Post-Punk With Enthusiasm

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Derivative isn't a bad thing, provided you can come up with a good enough hook.