BritPop: A Marvelous Moment in Music
From Oasis to Blur, the 90s featured some ear-catching “Britpop” tunes. We take a look at some of the most inventive of the bunch.
The Gold Needles: 21st Century Psychedelia
The Gold Needles are what you might get by mixing the Byrds, the Beatles, the Beach Boys and XTC. With a dose of INXS thrown in.
XTC’s “Apple Venus” at 20
Down to just two members, XTC pulled off a remarkable project with “Apple Venus, Vol. 1” now celebrating two decades.
Two Beatles Experts: 10 Beatlesque Bands
Squeeze, Crowded House, Electric Light Orchestra, Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick all made one list. Guess what showed up on the other one?
Shriekback Is All About XTC’s Other Great Songwriter
Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding weren’t the only XTC members who could write catchy pop-punk tunes. Keyboardist Barry Andrews has built a solid rep on his own with Shriekback and their new album “Why Anything? Why This?” is totally delightful.