Arts and Entertainment Jake Bugg's musical transition to America has not adversely affected his work

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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Making it all seem so easy could be the problem with the new Oasis album. By Nicholas Barber

Oasis lead the great guitar revival

After two decades of synthesised music, sales of pop's essential instrument are rising again, reports Mark Rowe

Living in the past

The new Oasis album has the swagger and singability we've come to expect. But, warns Andy Gill, don't expect innovation

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Noel and Liam open up for BBC

Despite his penchant for anthemic rock songs Noel Gallagher declares there is nothing for the youth of the Nineties to believe in anymore in a documentary to be shown next week. Instead Noel and his brother Liam extol the virtues of having fun in Oasis: Right Here Right Now which will be shown next Wednesday on BBC1, the night before the band's new album goes on sale.

The usual suspect

Need to add an undercurrent of cold-blooded menace to your thriller? Step forward Kevin Spacey... Until now. Ryan Gilbey meets the actor-turned- director whose latest role is, well, someone you'd like to take home and cuddle

A nation queues to find out what's the story on the Gallaghers' big day

Unable to buy the album last night, Oasis fans had to take home cardboard cut-outs of Noel and Liam at pounds 12.99 a brother instead.

Oasis put a spin on their latest release Oasis go bananas

While Beatlemania seemed to consist mainly of teenage girls crushing policemen and knocking their hats off, this month's Oasismania will be characterised by a carefully co-ordinated public relations plan that involves a television documentary, teasing out radio play and keeping fans hanging on to the last minute to get their hands on the new album, Be Here Now.

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Former Oasis drummer in new bid to call tune

The drummer with the pop band Oasis who was dismissed as they hit success in 1995 is to sue the band for his share in their fortune, it was claimed yesterday.

POP: Party spirit

Karl Wallinger of World Party (the one in the glasses) hits 40 soon, but the group's new album indicates that the songwriter is far from ready for a bus pass.

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