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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.