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If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.

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BY THE demanding standards of bad behaviour which the rock group Oasis have set for themselves, they were a model of restraint during a brief concert appearance in Hong Kong. The audience suffered no more than minimal abuse, Noel Gallagher only threatened to walk off the stage once, and they only kept the fans waiting for an hour or so.

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A state of denial: They're so out of it they can't face reality (the law-makers, that is)

Here I am back in the land of freedom and reason, having just returned from a few days in Iceland (a real nanny state), and what do I find but an unbelievable muddle about a ten-quid deal in a pub. It all makes me want to inhale. Inhale, as in a sharp intake of breath. I realise, of course, that even to use the word is controversial in these zero-tolerance days. If you ask me - and why would you, when my mind has been addled by substances that cabinet minister X's son can only dream about - Tony Blair's joke that unlike Clinton, had he smoked dope he would have inhaled reveals him to be not a great wit, but something of a social outcast.

Oasis `embarrassed by the hype', says Noel

Don't bother to buy Oasis's eight minute-single All Around the World on 12 January, still less their latest album. At least, one might be forgiven for holding on to one's money after comments its writer Noel Gallagher, reported yesterday.

No regrets as Oasis admit they stole tunes

Rock'n'roll bad boys Oasis have confessed to stealing some of their best tunes from other artists - and dared one of them, David Bowie, to sue.

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Preview: look was there then

You probably won't stand a chance of blagging a ticket for tonight's Earl's Court extravaganza but if you need a fix of Oasis, head for north London where you can view the boys Gallagher almost in the flesh. Noel Gallagher is rumoured to have come up with the title for Jill Furmanovsky's photographic tribute to Oasis, for which she was allowed unprecedented access backstage. The Was There Then exhibition features more than 200 shots of the band live in concert, in the studio and in private. In response to fans' insatiable desire for still more background to the band's activities, Furmanovsky has used the most up-to-date technology to produce images that are the closest you'll ever get to the band in real life. Be here now.

Nothing going on but the songs

Oasis launched their national tour in Exeter on Saturday. Though perhaps launch is too dynamic a word, writes Magnus Mills

Mummy's boys

Travis, a much-hyped Glaswegian guitar band, will never be short of a fan. The mother of frontman Fran Healy took out a loan to pay for the recording of their first EP. It was money well spent, mam

Eating Out: Simply Heathcotes - Up north and mad fer it

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