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20 Greatest British Songs of 2013

The best year in ages for British music? It sure seems that way. Adele‘s general absence (outside of her Oscar win) from stages and radio stations may have taken focus off the U.K. recording industry on this side of the Pond in 2013. But a great diversity has taken root in Britain, with young artists […]

Benedict Cumberbatch

Brits with Birthdays: Felicitations Are Due Benedict Cumberbatch, and Others

Busy, busy Benedict Cumberbatch needs to make time in his busy schedule this Friday, July 19, to mark his 37th birthday. Last year, to honor the Sherlock star for his birthday, the fan web site Cumberbatchweb urged the actor’s acolytes to donate the money they would have otherwise spent on cards or gifts for their idol to the Teenage Cancer […]

Pet Shop Boys

The Brit List: 10 Greatest British Songs of 2012

Note: this is not a subjective list made by two members of the Anglophenia writing team. This is a statement of scientific fact. Despite what you may feel with your hearts and hear with your ears, there have been no better songs this year than these, these songs represent a colossal peak for in British art in […]

The Great British Songbook #5: ‘Rent’

Whenever a hoary old rock star decides to cover a bunch of old Cole Porter tunes, in evening dress with the bow tie undone, there’s an element of self-gentrification going on. “I’m not just the bloke who sang the song about being sexy,” they’re saying, with a roguish waggle of the eyebrows, “I’m also ready […]

Bryan Ferry

Five Great British Gentleman Singers

The British Gentleman Singer is a unique beast. Part peacock, part librarian, he exists in a strange world where being the beefiest, brawniest man in the room won’t necessarily get you all the girls. What you need is wit, sensitivity, good articulation and a tingling sense that it may not be solely the girls that […]

Music Roundup: Are the Libertines Are Over?

In the new issue of NME, Carl Barat reveals that the future of The Libertines isn’t looking too bright. Barat tells the magazine that while he and longtime bandmate Pete Doherty are in touch via sporadic phone calls, they are far from being on the same page. And the fact that Doherty was a no-show […]

Music Roundup: Glasvegas ‘Shine Like Stars’ Once Again

Glasvegas has experienced a helluva lot since issuing their critically-acclaimed eponymous debut nearly three years ago. The raucous set charted at No. 2 in the UK and earned the Glaswegian indie rockers a Mercury Music Prize nomination. They also embarked on several whirlwind tours of the U.S. and Europe, while landing opening spots with the […]

Music Roundup: The Bewitching Brilliance of Esben and the Witch

We fell madly for Esben and the Witch‘s goth-tinged soundscape upon hearing the eerie “Marching Song” last fall. And this week, the Brighton, England trio finally brings their long-awaited debut album, Violet Cries, to U.S. shores. “Dread is what Esben and the Witch do best, yet they’re not about cheap shocks, and they’re not kitsch […]

Music Roundup: Coldplay Rejoin Brian Eno for ‘Concept’ Album

When Coldplay frontman Chris Martin visited BBC Radio 1 earlier this month, he revealed that the band’s long-awaited fifth LP could be their “last big shot”. Just two weeks ago, the band sated fans with their holiday single, “Christmas Lights”. But now it’s back to business as Coldplay are tinkering away on new material with […]

Roundup: Cheryl Cole Debuts Her ‘Promise’ Ring

Can we all agree that the world belongs to Cheryl Cole right now? The foxy brunette beat malaria and her very public divorce to footballer Ashley Cole is officially behind her. She has a new album coming out in November and will be a judge on the American X Factor. Annnnnd America is finally falling […]

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