British rock today

January 08, 1998|By J.D. Considine

Given the relative lack of enthusiasm with which American listeners have greeted the new Oasis album, "Be Here Now," it would be stretching it a bit to describe the group's current tour as a new "British Invasion." But with Cornershop rounding out the bill, the show does offer a pretty impressive picture of contemporary British rock.

Oasis is a rock band in the classic English style. Raucous, arrogant and the subject of much celebrity gossip back home in Britain, the band manages to recall both the Beatles and the Stones while still seeming thoroughly modern. And without the extra instrumentation that left "Be Here Now" so cluttered, it ought to add extra punch to its current material.

Cornershop, by contrast, isn't nearly so oversized, either in sound or image. But this Anglo-Indian quintet is far more audacious in its approach to sound, drawing on everything from basic guitar rock in "Brimful of Asha" to club-style sonic collages in "Coming Up," a combination that has made the group a critical favorite on both sides of the Atlantic.

Oasis and Cornershop play the Patriot Center at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $25. Call 410-481-7328 for tickets, 703-993-3000 for information.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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