‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ at 50: Dave Davies of the Kinks Looks Back (The Interview)

‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ at 50: Dave Davies of the Kinks Looks Back (The Interview)

The Kinks were rock’s quintessential misfits, always out of step and out of time, but that seemingly self-enforced separation from their fellow contemporaries made them so gloriously unique. The band’s masterpiece, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, stuck out like a sore thumb in 1968, a quaint and reflective nostalgic song cycle of […]

Top 11 British Phrases Heard in Beatles Songs

Top 11 British Phrases Heard in Beatles Songs

Until 1964, Americans imagined Brits as businessmen in bowler hats and stuffy butlers who served tea. The Beatles‘ arrival on our shores changed all that. We grew our hair, dressed in Carnaby Street fashions and overnight, British words like “fab” and “gear” entered our language. But Beatles lyrics contain many expressions that many American fans […]

Arctic Monkeys’ Pair New Look with New Sound on ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ (New Music Friday)

Arctic Monkeys’ Pair New Look with New Sound on ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ (New Music Friday)

When Arctic Monkeys announced their new album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino a few weeks ago, the title was intriguing. So, too, was the fact that the hugely successful British rock/indie band would be premiering no songs ahead of its release (save for a few live performances), as well as their decidedly different visual aesthetic. […]

Nothing But Thieves Premiere Video for ‘Particles,’ from Their Eye-Opening Sophomore Album ‘Broken Machine’

Nothing But Thieves Premiere Video for ‘Particles,’ from Their Eye-Opening Sophomore Album ‘Broken Machine’

In late 2015, an upstart band from the U.K. named Nothing But Thieves turned heads with their self-titled debut album (click here for more on that), their blend of aggressive riffs, infectious harmonies and the soaring vocals of lead guitarist/singer Conor Mason helping them make an immediate impact. On Sept. 8 (two months ago), the band […]

Q&A: Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno Talks ‘For Crying Out Loud,’ Touring the U.S. and His Band’s Shape-Shifting Career

Q&A: Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno Talks ‘For Crying Out Loud,’ Touring the U.S. and His Band’s Shape-Shifting Career

Kasabian is practically a household name among alternative rock fans in Britain. Hailing from Leicester (located just outside Birmingham), the band’s 2004 self-titled debut record sold more than a million copies at home and spawned four top 20 singles. Since then, each successive studio release has entered the U.K. charts at No. 1. The four-piece […]

New Music Friday: Stream Squeeze’s ‘Cradle to the Grave’, First LP of New Material Since 1998

New Music Friday: Stream Squeeze’s ‘Cradle to the Grave’, First LP of New Material Since 1998

British rock legends Squeeze have returned with Cradle to the Grave, their first album of new material since 1998’s Domino. The record was released last month in the U.K., but had its North American release today. Stream the record below, via Spotify: Band leaders Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford are out on an acoustic tour […]

The Stone Roses Announce Three U.K. Gigs for 2016…What’s Next?

The Stone Roses Announce Three U.K. Gigs for 2016…What’s Next?

Since reforming in 2011, British music legends the Stone Roses haven’t done much. They did play a handful of live gigs, including a co-headlining Coachella appearance with Blur, but beyond some high-profile performances they didn’t do much else. This week, the band announced three massive gigs for summer 2016. They’ll play two shows at Etihad Stadium in […]

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