It's hard to define the overarching sound of '90s Britpop. Bands like Oasis produced straight-up "lad" rock while art school graduates Pulp explored more experimental roads. In the midst of the UK's '90s indie guitar pop boom came Gene, a London-based four piece.
Nothing is quite like seeing a great gig. Something happens; a collective tingling of "Spidey-Senses" towards a moment in time that we, the select group of fans, experience together through live music that will never happen again (at least not in that exact form).
A trip into the annals of '90s UK rock history will open the listener up to a world of amazing bands such as The Auteurs, the first of many musical endeavors by legendary English songwriter, Luke Haines.
hough they were often lumped into the Britpop category, Mansun's sound and message were very different from those of their contemporaries. The band drew their sound from new wave and even progressive rock.
Pulp had a sizable fan base in college radio crowds. Recently, they received the adoration of hipsters everywhere by being prominently featured at this year's Coachella festival and cruise. But what of my beloved Suede?
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.
For Morning Parade the dream they always wanted is only in its infant stages. "I get to play live and tour with my best friends," said Sparrow, a testament to what is important for this band -- not the money, not the fame.
With a sonic heat signature that converged somewhere between the raw power of The Stooges and the cerebral trips of Sonic Youth, Swerdriver's four full-lengths and underestimated rarities have grown in relevance with the flight of time's arrow.
On the opening night to the fashion world's biggest week, Fashion Night Out turns the streets of New York City into runways, the neighborhoods into the most trendy block parties and the stores into music venues