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Rated Reads this week takes a look at the 25th anniversary of Oasis' 'Be Here Now', a new all-women music festival and the decline in dating apps.
You can’t get more Oasis than the gloriously overproduced hubris of Be Here Now
It’s 25 years this summer since the record that plenty of people have called the beginning of the end for Britpop – the third Oasis studio album, ‘Be Here Now’. With the milestone coming up, The AV Club looks back at a grandiose experiment that ended up encapsulating the tensions and overambition that would end up toppling Oasis – and finds something to enjoy in its sheer excess. I’d want to be a fly on a wall when they were mixing “D’You Know What I Mean?”, to be fair.
Are dating apps dead?
Even before the Tinder Swindler showed us all the unusual dangers of dating apps, the flaws of this digital romantic ecosystem were all too apparent: excessive focus on snap judgements, a litany of gross and harassing users, way too many Office fans. Günseli Yalcinkaya takes a look at how habits might be beginning to change, with plenty of people turning to real-life events as a substitute for the swipe-eat-swipe world of the apps. Not a moment too soon.
Risen: The music festival with no men on the line-up
As festival culture spins back into motion, there’s an increasing drive to platform voices other than what can often be the male default, such as a focus on gender-balanced line-ups. A new festival takes that one step further – this April, Risen, a dance music extravaganza, heads to Hackney Wick for a musical feast populated solely by women and non-binary artists. The crew behind the festival chat to Evening Standard about why now was the right time to launch their festival, and their hopes for raising up a new crop of diverse and exciting talent.
Mark Lanegan defied darkness to become one of his generation’s most soulful singers
The musical world suffered a huge loss on Tuesday as Mark Lanegan, most famous for being the frontman of grunge staple Screaming Trees. For The Guardian, Steve Chick pays tribute to how Lanegan – who also served stints with Queens of the Stone Age and The Gutter Twins – crafted great art out of his struggles with addiction, including a highly successful and experimental solo career.