PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.
The fifth and final part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, includes Portishead, Blur, Björk, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and more.
Blur's Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett created the cyberworld Gorillaz as a critique and subversion of manufactured music. Does it succeed in its intentions?
Blur's bi-coastal arena shows beckoned fans far and wide as the band performed songs from The Magic Whip and lots of other hits and rarities. Their documentary New World Towers is part of the DOC NYC festival this Sunday.
Britpop was alive and well at the start of May as Blur took to Brooklyn for the first time in 16 years. Now, you can watch the whole concert right here on PopMatters.
Blur brought plenty of tracks new and old -- in addition to massive squalls of feedback -- to their recent gig at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg.
At their recent Brooklyn gig, Blur performed several classics alongside the material from their new record, including Parklife's "Trouble in the Messenger Centre".
Blur performed to a packed and enthusiastic crowd last week at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg; these performances of two Magic Whip tracks document the fun.
After a 16-year hiatus from New York City stages, Blur came back to Brooklyn with a new album in tow, the much-acclaimed The Magic Whip.