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Live Review: Little Dragon at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall (5/29)

There is very little neutrality towards Sweden’s Little Dragon. You either love them or you hate them. But if you’re of the former, you’re going to be deeply invested. Just go ahead and ask the likes of Damon Albarn, …

Blur Is Back, With an Album So Good Even Noel Gallagher Likes It

Nobody’s buying many albums these days, certainly not like they were in the late ’90s and early aughts during Blur’s commercial peak. But for Damon Albarn, front man of the British quartet, there’s at least one tangible benefit to having a new record, The Magic Whip, his band’s first in... More »

Photos, Videos: Blur Baptize Brooklyn In First US Show In Decade

   "It's been a long time," Damon Albarn said as he emptied water bottle after water bottle upon the ecstatic crowd at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Friday night. He wasn't exaggerating: this was Blur's first show in America in over a decade, their first show here with brilliant original guitarist Graham Coxon in even longer than that. Show More Summary

Noel Gallagher declares himself “the last true rock star”

Oasis guitarist also talks upcoming plans, collaborating with Damon Albarn during Reddit AMA.

De La Soul Raise Over $600,000 in Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Image via Kickstarter De La Soul recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their eighth album, their first since 2004's The Grind Date. The LP will feature Damon Albarn, David Byrne (on a track called "Snoopies"), 2 Chainz (on "Whodini"), and Little Dragon (on "Drawn"). Show More Summary

The Strange Pseudo-Comeback of a Middle-Aged Blur and Their 'Magic Whip'

There was no reason to expect we'd ever hear another Blur album. Sure, the London-based band reunited in 2009 for a host of incredible (wallet-swelling) reunion shows, but pinning down Damon Albarn—now one of modern music’s most inventive...Show More Summary

Blur vs. Gorillaz: Where Does Damon Albarn Truly Belong?

Photograph by Robert Altman Damon Albarn is one of those rare artists in popular music whose cultural stock must be measured across multiple projects. Along with Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, and Alex James, Albarn helped steer Britpop in a more …

Album Review: Blur – The Magic Whip

It's as if Damon Albarn and co. have been cryogenically frozen since the early 2000s.

Primer: Where to start with the many projects of Damon Albarn

Primer is The A.V. Club’s ongoing series of beginners’ guides to pop culture’s most notable subjects: filmmakers, music styles, literary genres, and whatever else interests us—and hopefully you. This installment: Damon Albarn. Damon Albarn 101 Any conversation about the mercurial singer-songwriter Damon Albarn begins with Blur. Show More Summary

Blur Rise Above Nostalgia on Strong, If Overstuffed, New Album ‘The Magic Whip’

On the hidden song at the end of what the world thought was Blur’s final album — 2003’s Think Tank — Damon Albarn asked, “Why am I here? I’m here cuz I got no fucking choice.” He was referring to his country of origin, but listening to the record, it was not an unreasonable question for Blur’s leader to ask himself in the context of his band. … Read More

De La Soul Tease New Album With 'God It,' Featuring Nas

De La Soul have teamed with Nas for a jazz-inflected new track titled, "God It." Although the hip-hop trio is currently working on a new record with planned appearances by Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz and Little Dragon, they're saying the track is just a fun one-off. "While busy at...

De La Soul – “God It” (Feat. Nas)

The great golden-era rap trio De La Soul has turned to Kickstarter to fund their next album, and they’ve lined up a roster of guests that includes Damon Albarn, David Byrne, and 2 Chainz. And though it’s not part of the forthcoming album, they’ve also linked with fellow boom-bap hall-of-famer Nas for a new track […]

De La Soul Team With Nas on "God It"

Photo by Robbie Jeffers De La Soul recently launched a Kickstarter to fund their eighth album, which will feature Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and Little Dragon. Today, they've shared a new track that won't appear on that album, but it also features a huge guest star: Nas. Show More Summary

Shorties (Stoner Books for 4/20, Rock Memoirs Worth Reading, and more)

Bustle recommended stoner reads for 4/20. The Irish Times listed rock memoirs worth reading. SPIN listed essential Damon Albarn albums not by Blur. Literary maps of the United States, NPR Music is streaming Paul de Jong's album IF. Litro interviewed...

Damon Albarn Sounds Sad On Blur's Moody New Song

Three singles from Blur’s comeback LP The Magic Whip have already dropped, and they're all pretty great. Collectively, “Lonesome Street,” “There Are Too Many of Us,” and “Go Out” channel the infectious yet wounded post-Brit-pop punch of Blur’s later, American-influenced albums. But the moody new single “My Terracotta Heart” has... More »

Malian band Songhoy Blues released Nick Zinner-produced 'Music in Exile,' touring in June (dates & LP stream)

by Bill Pearis Songhoy Blues fled their home of Northern Mali when armed Jihadists took control and banned music altogether. In Southern Mali city of Bamako, they caught the attention of Damon Albarn who was there in 2013 with his.....

Gorillaz Artist Jamie Hewlett Returns to Tank Girl in '21st Century Tank Girl' [Preview]

Ten years before artist Jamie Hewlett became a global pop culture phenomenon as the co-creator of Gorillaz alongside Damon Albarn, he made his other best-known cultural contribution in the late 80s with writer Alan Martin; Tank Girl....Show More Summary

De La Soul New Album on Kickstarter Doubles Goal in One Day

De La Soul is funding their first album in 11 years via Kickstarter and they doubled their goal in a day. So far Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (of Talking Heads) have been announced as collaborators. The post De La Soul New Album on Kickstarter Doubles Goal in One Day appeared first on Rickey - Entertainment News and Videos.

De La Soul fund new album via Kickstarter in 1 day; set to feature Damon Albarn, Little Dragon, David Byrne & more

"Thank you all for showing up and playing your part in our success of reaching the goal!! Continue to spread the word!" - De La Soul photo: De La Soul at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared) Legendary rap...

De La Soul already reach Kickstarter goal, announce forthcoming LP featuring David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Imagine Dragons… and you?

De La Soul decided to run a Kickstarter campaign to fund their latest album (shout out to Complex for the heads up), and unsurprisingly, the group reached their goal of $110,000 within a few days. But the campaign is still running here,...Show More Summary

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