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Tragic Kingdom: The Good, the Bad & the Queen Live in Berlin

Damon Albarn's "third official band" is bittersweet, endearing, and profoundly moving during an intimate, politically-charged gig in the German capital.

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The Oxford Handbook of Music & Virtuality

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?

Sheila Whiteley and Shara Rambarran
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Lewis Carroll's Alice Goes Digital in the Ambitious New Musical 'wonder.land'

Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini’s musical is set in the contemporary world of social media, RPGs, and mean-girls, with results that veer from ingenious to awkward.

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Blur + Courtney Barnett Played MSG (Photos) + Blur's 'New World Towers' Documentary Coming Soon

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.

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Blur - "Go Out" (video) (Single Review)

Blur's big comeback single turns out to be a weird little number that will appeal to only hardcore fans. Thank goodness.

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Tony Allen: Film of Life

As Tony Allen and Afrobeat continue to influence the music world at large, the master drummer lets the music world at large continue to influence him.

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Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots

Even if you think that Damon Albarn has done it all by this point in time, Everyday Robots is a new gold standard in contemporary pop songwriting.

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For Tomorrow: The 10 Best Songs from Blur's "Life Trilogy"

Damon Albarn's got a new album arriving in a few days, and his band's most popular album commemorates its 20th birthday. What better time to pay tribute to the period when Blur put the "pop" in Britpop?

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Blur: Parklive (Special Edition) (take one)

Blur's biggest, most triumphant concert ever -- playing at Hyde Park as part of the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies -- is given a large, multi-disc treatment.

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Blur: Parklive (take two)

Parklive may have a lame title, but that's the only thing lacking here.

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'Blur 21': The Best of the Rarities

The most compelling reason to opt for the CD version of the Blur 21 box set is the inclusion of four rarities discs covering the span of the revived Britpop group’s history.

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Why the Blur 21 Box Set is Worth Your Time

Oh goodness yes, another box set from another highly-regarded band, but before you hit your cultural snooze alarm, take a look closer: this actually has everything fans could want, and more, especially when we hear it direct from the horse's mouth.

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Bobby Womack: The Bravest Man in the Universe

Comeback by the inimitable soul singer, who gets a little help from Damon Albarn and, to a lesser degree, Lana Del Rey.

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Damon Albarn: Dr. Dee

Creative mastermind Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, Rocket Juice & the Moon) releases the soundtrack to his opera, based on the life of John Dee. It's a stunning work on its own, but just doesn't find its footing unaccompanied by visuals.

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Rocket Juice & the Moon: Rocket Juice & the Moon

This debut showing from the team-up of Damon Albarn, Flea, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen is surprisingly unambitious but solid and fun.

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Damon Albarn Tackles Opera with 'Dr. Dee' (new album / video)

Blur frontman Damon Albarn is flexing his artistic muscles, tackling perhaps the most difficult musical form to master... opera.

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Gorillaz: The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Tracklist-wise, The Singles Collection 2001-2011 may as well have been constructed by Wikipedia.

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A Cold Day in Springtime... Damon Albarn Is My Hero

In a weekend where Gorillaz closed out Coachella and Blur released its first single in a decade, one man swoons over the force at the center of it all.

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Blur: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

Sure, Blur were at times all over the map, but this two-disc set actually accentuates the incongruities of their occasional diversity by odd selection choices, bizarre sequencing, and about as much focus as a shuffle button.

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Amadou and Mariam: Welcome to Mali

If Amadou and Mariam's last album felt like a shift in the couple's career, then Welcome to Mali feels like an even greater one.

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Monkey: Journey to the West

A musical, circus stage show based on a 16th century Chinese novel about a monkey who dreamed of being a god? Damon Albarn must have something to do with it. But stripped of the fancy visuals, the music is left wanting.

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Bit of a Blur by Alex James

Blur was one of the biggest bands of the 1990s, a fact that everyone in the world was keenly aware of unless you lived in the United States.

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Gorillaz: D-Sides

What's so odd and peculiar about this album is simply how this set of song sketches and rejected ideas not only rivals its parent album in terms of quality, but, in many ways, it absolutely surpasses it.

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