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November 1, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Queen Tour Dates 2018

Head's up, Damon Albarn's supergroup will be touring again and the tickets are selling out fast. The supergroup recently decided to release a new album and they're out and about the UK playing again. For Blur fans out there this is a great chance to see some of Damon Albarn's finest work.

A little about the band- made from the finest of musical royalty, The Good the Bad and the Queen are a project from King of Britpop himself, Damon Albarn. After making his name with Blur and then stepping up his game with the critically acclaimed Gorillaz, Albarn has made a name for himself as one of the most accomplished and innovative musicians around. With Simon Tong (The Verve), Paul Simonon (The Clash), and Tony Allen, legendary drummer of Africa 70.

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Earlier this year, Visconti gave an update on the progress of the long-awaited new album:“In the middle of 2017, I started working with Damon Albarn,” he told The Irish Times. “We’re about two thirds of the way through and taking a break, as Damon is off on a Gorillaz tour, but we will resume in April and it will be probably be out before next Christmas,” he revealed.

The producer also said that the album was inspired by the North of England. “It’s an ode to the North of England, bizarrely…it’s sort of set in Blackpool, between Starr Gate and [historic pub] Uncle Tom’s Cabin, if you want to be geographically precise.”
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September 25, 2018

Graham Coxon creates new soundtrack for Netflix Hit Show

Once and future Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has cultivated a solo career since 1998 that has simmered in North America among the Britpop frontrunners’ ardent cult. He’s overdue for a visit, however. Coxon’s upcoming Chicago date is his first since 2005, and part of his first one-man North American tour. “It’ll mainly be acoustic guitar, but I’ll have an electric on hand to make some noise for people who like that sort of thing,” he says.

Coxon is beloved for the barely controlled chaos heard on Blur favorites like “Song 2.” As an ardent student of folk masters Bert Jansch and Davy Graham, Coxon is also adept at fingerstyle acoustic fretwork. His riotous side is deployed on delirious solo cuts like “Advice,” while his melodic acoustic sensibility manifests during songs like “In the Morning.”

“Both approaches have pluses and minuses,” says Coxon. “‘Advice’ is just kind of smacking the hell out of a guitar, whereas ‘In the Morning’ is quite long with a ton of fingerstyle playing.
“They’re exhausting in different ways,” he adds with a laugh.
The soundtrack for Netflix series “The End of the F—ing World” is Coxon’s ninth solo effort. The reception for the black comedy’s quirky score helped coax him onto the road. “It did get quite popular in America, so I thought I could go play that stuff,” he says.
The summery folk of “Walking All Day” taps Coxon’s intuition and spontaneity. “That came out of nowhere,” says Coxon. “The character is slashing with a stick through the forest in his jeans and no top, looking like something out of ‘Deliverance.’ I thought, ‘A country blues kind of thing might fit here.’ It was done in 40 minutes.”
The Snare” nods to Link Wray’s “Rumble.” “I’m a longtime fan of Link Wray,” says Coxon. “I love that 6/8 rhythm and twangy guitar. I was going for an approximation of underground ’50s and ’60s B-movie music.”
Coxon looks forward to touring on a smaller scale. “I like that romantic idea of having a dead simple setup that I could probably carry in a rucksack,” says Coxon. “I’m traveling in a van with minimal crew, and we’re just going to enjoy a bit of life on the road. Some of my fondest memories during my mid-20s with Blur were looking out the window at changing American countryside, and meeting people at truck stops and restaurants.”
In December, Coxon released “Falling” to support the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity directed at reducing suicide among men. “I’ll probably have a go at playing that on the tour,” says Coxon. “It was written by a family friend who took his own life. CALM encourages men to actually talk about stuff if they’re feeling rubbish — don’t keep it inside. It’s also important to care about friends openly and be available. I think men lead by example. If somebody confides in you, you’re more likely to confide in them.”
Coxon’s recent activity includes guesting on stage and in studio with Blur partner Damon Albarn’s band Gorillaz. Blur’s future is unclear, but Coxon isn’t pessimistic. “It’s a never-say-never thing, absolutely,” he says. “I think it’ll happen when we’re all really missing it and we’ve all got time to spare. It’s a lovely job. You get to play big places, you’re fed well and stay in a decent hotel. You play a nice guitar through an amplifier that’s turned up loud, and you see a lot of smiling faces.”
Graham Coxon, 8 p.m. Sept. 21, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, $29.50 (18+over);ticketfly.com.


August 13, 2018

Blur to make a New Album in 2019

Damon Albarn has once again stirred up emotions- and this time it's with the news that a new Blur album is possible in 2019. In a recent interview, the Blur frontman stated that:

“A reunion is never not a possibility. I think most definitely at some point we’ll play those songs again. I’d hate to think I’d never play with those musicians again. But it has just got to be the right time.”

"You want to feel that people really, really, really want you to do it, otherwise you’re kind of becoming a tribute act to yourself,” he explained. “You destroy everything that you’ve created if you do. Given the massive and always-rotating cast of characters in the Gorillaz’ vast universe, Albarn has even contemplated merging the two into one “Some days I really fancy doing a Blur song in the middle of a Gorillaz set,” he admitted. "I’ve never tried it, but I probably shouldn’t.”

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It looks like we'll be seeing a lot more Blur this year, and a lot more of Damon Albarn's creative energies.

As one of the most famous Britpop bands of all time, Blur has a huge legacy and a new album will be sure to top the charts. Stay tuned for more!


June 30, 2018

New Photos of Damon Albarn

Here are some relatively new photos of Damon Albarn, photographed on March 27, 2017 at The Greenwich Hotel in New York. This photo shoot is previously unreleased to the public.








June 26, 2018

Listen to the entire Gorillaz album now!

The Now Now, Gorillaz's new album has been streaming live in its entirety today, following a concert in Tokyo to the fans. Watch it below now!


June 19, 2018

Damon Albarn on Gorillaz's low-key album (featuring Noel Gallagher) The Now Now

So Damon Albarn has finally opened up about his mysterious new Gorillaz album, The Now Now. According to a recent interview, "Unlike so many of their previous releases, the band’s latest, The Now Now (due June 29), is a comparatively intimate affair, minus the usual wide-ranging guest roster — Humanz alone featured Noel Gallagher, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Popcaan, and Grace Jones, among others — and attendant Mt. Everest of studio coordination such a major undertaking involves.

Frontman Damon Albarn, who turned 50 this spring, was happy to swerve into Now‘s simpler, more stripped-down territory, enlisting drop-ins from just a few select friends (Snoop Dogg and 75-year-old jazz-guitar legend George Benson), and production by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Depeche Mode) and longtime collaborator Remi Kabaka."

Quoting from his latest interview in June 2018, Albarn says:

”This record was really easy to make. I did it in a month with just James Ford and Remi, and finished it at the end of February, which, that’s quite nice, you know?”

The album is mostly sung by Damon Albarn himself, instead of his usual hiding behind the multiple collaborators that made Gorillaz famous.

 “So if you don’t like my voice, it’s probably not worth investigating this record. If you do like my voice, I would strongly recommend you buy it. Not that it’s so divisive, but it’s an acquired taste, really.”

“My voice has gotten a lot better,” Albarn said. “A lot richer and deeper, I think. [But] I wouldn’t say I like it. I’m permanently dissatisfied, period, with what I do. I have little glimpses when I’m making something, like, ‘Ahhhh, I love this! This is great!’ And then that moment ends and I just sort of return to, ‘Am I ever really gonna find — I don’t know what it is, but am I ever really gonna find it?’ I don’t know.”

“The record’s all over the place, really,” he says, “but mainly, it’s songs written from the tops of buildings or on buses in America.” One track, “Idaho,” was in fact inspired by a specific trip out West. “We’d just played Red Rocks, so it was on the way from there to Seattle. We spent two days up in the mountains in this very beautiful place, very disconnected — almost like a land that time forgot.

I’ve visited the States a lot, but it’s the first time I actually paused in the great vast wilderness that is America. I couldn’t get enough of it, actually.” Those tracks called “Kansas” and “Hollywood” though? Don’t read too much into them. While he did book a recording session in an appropriately louche hotel penthouse overlooking Sunset Boulevard, “There’s no actual connection,” he says. “Sometimes my original GarageBand [software] titles just stay. I know where the words came from, but not why.”

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So apart from being inspired by America, what's next for Albarn? Lots, according to him.

“I’ve made two records this year so far,” he says. Well, technically it’s three. Gorillaz, one from the Good, the Bad, & the Queen, and a collaboration with South African artists. “I mean it’s only June,” he says, “and I’ve been in South Africa, I’ve been in Mali, I’ve been all over South America… Mali is fascinating, and I just keep going back there. It has a very strong classical tradition with a lot of complicated music that you have to learn from a very young age.

I struggle with some of it, I really do, but I love that about it. I’m just learning how to become adequate on the balafon, and I ended up having lessons with a 12-year-old prodigy, an absolute genius… I’ll actually be doing something soon in Mali and in Paris about Sundiata, who was a sort of semi-mythical first emperor.”


June 8, 2018

New Gorillaz Track- Sorcererz (Listen Here)

Gorillaz released their 4th album track "Sorcererz" online today, just minutes ago. Take a first look at the song below. Once again, it features a rotating visual illusion of a music video, with a catchy, beaty song.

The album seems like it's going to be awesome, especially with it's synth pop and more focus on 2D's vocals instead of the many collaborations found in Humanz.





June 5, 2018

Gorillaz Not Now Tour Dates 2018

Gorillaz will hit the road this summer with The Now Now Tour playing festival dates across Europe, to include a headline appearance at Boomtown Festival, Hampshire on 11th August.


See the tracklisting for The Now Now here:

1. Humility - feat George Benson
2. Tranz
3. Hollywood - feat Snoop Dogg + Jamie Principle
4. Kansas
5. Sorcererz
6. Idaho
7. Lake Zurich
8. Magic City
9. Fire Flies
10. One Percent
11. Souk Eye

See Gorillaz's The Now Now tour European dates:

1 June Rock IM Ring, Nuremberg - GERMANY
3 June Rock AM Park, Mendig - GERMANY
9 June - Malahide Castle, Dublin - IRELAND
15 June - Sonar, Barcelona - SPAIN
21 June - Messe Arena Hall, Tokyo - JAPAN
5 July - Werchter Festival, Werchter - BELGIUM
6 July - Open’er Festival, Gdynia - POLAND
7 July - Roskilde Festival, Roskilde - DENMARK
11 July - Gurten Festival, Bern - SWITZERLAND
12 July - Lucca Summer Festival, Lucca - ITALY
14 July - Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao - SPAIN
11 August - Boomtown Festival, Hampshire


June 3, 2018

First Look at New Gorillaz Song- Lake Zurich

New Gorillaz song "Lake Zurich" launched on May 31 2018. The new song is a bit retro, sounding like an 80s song with the constant back beat and the upbeat melody, and features a rotating, dazzling music video featuring a rotating optical illusion with the band members' heads.

The song is catchy and without much vocals, and sounds like something a Daft Punk album would include. In fact, it's better than any Daft Punk song!

Take a look below!


June 1, 2018

Firs Look at Gorillaz's New Song 'Humility'

Gorillaz's new track "Humility" has launched today (May 31st) on Youtube. The song features Damon Albarn's crooning vocals and features very few collaborators. In fact it seems like it's just him on the singing. It's a catchy, "The Fall"-esque track with an upbeat melody and synth sound.

Jack Black also acts as the main star of the video, and it has, as one Youtube comment says, got "summervibes"!

Their video features a sun-drenched new video for first track ‘Humility’ - feat George Benson, starring a roller-skating 2D and a busking Jack Black, was directed by Jamie Hewlett and filmed entirely in Venice Beach, California last month.





The brand new album from Gorillaz 'The Now Now’ drops 29th June & is available to pre-order now. Click HERE.


May 31, 2018

Damon Albarn drops New Gorillaz Song Tomorrow and album in June 29th 2018

Head's up- a new Gorillaz song will be dropping tomorrow and it's going to be fantastic. According to NME, there will be a new album out next month (June 29 2018) so fans won't have to wait long for new tracks to be on the way!

Over the weekend, it was announced that a mysterious website had been launched which led fans to believe that Gorillaz were set to release something in late June. After fans followed a website address found on a series of cryptic posters around London’s All Points East festival, they discovered a site which played a brief clip, showing off band member 2-D playing a guitar, while the words “The Now Now” are flashed on the screen.

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Although fans are speculating, the group remained silent on the matter, not confirming whether or not ‘The Now Now’ was the name of a song, album, or something else entirely.

As a source reports, the wife of Gorillaz’ graphic designer Jamie Hewlett, has confirmed the new album, sharing a post on Instagram which shows the artwork, and reveals that fans will only have to wait a month before it drops.

While Jamie Hewlett revealed last year that Gorillaz were planning to release a new album rather quickly to avoid falling into another period of inactivity, the group kept rather quiet about everything until earlier this month, when it was reported that Albarn had left the new album in a London taxi. “It was a disaster,” explained an unnamed source. “Damon oversees everything and, with Gorillaz, it’s not just audio – it’s the expensive visuals as well. The laptop’s contents are priceless.”

Who's excited for the news?

Watch 2 clips of the potential songs Hollywood and Idaho on the new album in which Albarn debuted recently.





May 28, 2018

What Will The New Gorillaz Album Be Like in 2018?

Recently, Damon Albarn reportedly caused a scare after he left a laptop containing a master copy of the new Gorillaz album in the back of a taxi. We're all eager to hear that, but it looks like we won't be hearing any of that anytime soon.

Having previously confirmed plans for a new record in 2018, The Mirror reports that the Blur frontman left the laptop in the back of a taxi after he went drinking at London’s Groucho Club.

“It was a disaster. Damon oversees everything and, with Gorillaz, it’s not just audio – it’s the expensive visuals as well. The laptop’s contents are priceless”, a source told NME.  “But after a night at Groucho, Damon accidentally left it in a cab and caused a huge panic.”

The article also claims that the album is strongly inspired by Albarn’s strong anti-Brexit views and will be released next month.


Now, Damon Albarn has been quite politically spoken these few years, with his public condemnation of Donald Trump and Brexit in the months leading up to these events. He has always been one to comment on social life, such as during his Blur days, when he was famous for writing satirical, sarcastic and scarily accurate songs about life- and politics.

Blur's famous "Modern Life Is Rubbish" is a predictor of the current times- people on their headphones, watching TV, advertisements- it's like something out of a Black Mirror, kaftka-esque world. His "Everyday Robots" is a condemnation of technology (or perhaps his lack of tech-skills) but it's really about someone who longs to have a real human connection.

Now, with Gorillaz on the line, what will the new album sound like? Will it be a throwback to the past, where technology is not present? Or will it be even more techno, strange and unusual like their Humanz album?

Who knows- only time will tell.





May 24, 2018

Don't Look Back In Anger: An Exhibion Celebrating 90s British Music, Art & Culture

Attention fans! Don’t Look Back in Anger, which takes its name from the hit song by Oasis, is an exhibition that celebrates 90s British life through art. The exhibition features Damon Albarn as well as Oasis, and it is a must-go for all Britpop and Blur fans. Here's a little more about the exhibition. 

For one night only, visitors will be transported back to the last years of the 20th century, in an interactive evening of retro nostalgia. The ticketed event will include food, live music, board games and screenings. All art showcased on the night will be for sale, and available for purchase online following the event.

Highlight Nation is a platform dedicated to the nurturing of up and coming talent, whilst the Underdog Gallery continues to represent some of the finest mid-level and established artists. This collaboration is the first of its kind, and comes less than a year after Highlight Nation’s debut 2Pac - Changes art exhibition in September 2017.

The gallery itself is located near the Shard, in an area that’s bustling, well connected and easily reached.

Picking up on the popularity of 90s-themed parties, Highlight Nation hopes to strike the perfect balance between an art event and music night, making this exhibition a truly multimedia affair

Don't Look Back In Anger: An Exhibion Celebrating 90s British Music, Art & Culture

Click here to buy tickets: Eventbrite


February 27, 2018

Gorillaz to play Dublin in 2018!

Breaking news! Right off the boat from their BRIT Award win, Gorillaz will play Dublin's Malahide Castle on Saturday, June 9th and as is their usual manner, Damon Albarn and co. will have several support acts in tow.

The three acts that will be joining the cartoon band at Malahide will be no strangers to Gorillaz fans, as they have collaborated several times over the years. Hip-hop trio De La Soul are one of them, alongside English rapper Little Simz and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.


Tickets are still on sale from usual outlets at €69.50 a piece (not including booking fee).

Get your tickets here!


February 6, 2018

3 Ideas For Gorillaz To Get Back In The Mainstream

This title shouldn’t come across as any sort of insult. Gorillaz still have a large, widespread fan base, and a devoted following never leaves a band. Plus, with a new album coming this year, there will (hopefully) be a whole new wave of publicity to go along with it. Nevertheless, it’s fair to say the group doesn’t quite get the international attention or general radio play it did back in the “Clint Eastwood” days. This will probably only change if the group strikes another hit (which we all know Damon Albarn is capable of doing). But just for fun, we have a few ideas for how Gorillaz can start generating some more attention again.

Go Political (With A Major Video)

Not every band wants to get political, or is even comfortable doing so. Gorillaz might not necessarily go this route, and in some ways that would be commendable. One could argue that opting to dive into politics is sort of an easy way to score points, particularly in today’s incredibly polarized environment. Both in the U.S. and in Western Europe, politics have been a little turbulent for the last few years, and a song that makes a political statement is nicely situated to make a splash.

Even if it might be considered pandering however, this isn’t a bad idea specifically where publicity is concerned. Consider the recent example of U2’s “Get Out Of Your Own Way,” a politically charged tune that earned itself a Rolling Stone feature because of the quality and impact of its music video. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the video is incredibly creative (the band employed an Israeli graffiti group to design a stop-motion animation video) – but it’s also because of the tone of the song. Now, U2 is always going to get attention for something like this, because the band is known for political activism. But it’s hard to imagine a group like Gorillaz putting out a similarly sharp social critique with a great video wouldn’t generate a lot of attention.


Get Into Gaming

The link between major artists and video games definitely seems to have gotten more noticeable in recent years. In fact, sometimes even deceased artists are getting mainstream popularity boosts via gaming. Case in point, a digital slot machine based on Jimi Hendrix and some of his hit songs is a fan favourite among innumerable similar games with different themes. Much of that probably comes down to people who happen to be Hendrix fans – but no doubt some of the player base consists of gamers who simply liked what they bumped into. This is just one example, but given that Hendrix has been gone for so long and his brand of music isn’t exactly at the top of the charts today, it’s probably the most impressive.

And wouldn’t Gorillaz be the perfect group to go into gaming? It’s already referred to as a “virtual band” and comes with its own animated characters (and to some extent personae). The group could easily lend its material for a game like the Jimi Hendrix one, or else work with a developer to put out a new and original mobile game (something the world famous DJ Steve Aoki did just recently). A Gorillaz game done right, and featuring a blend of old and new music, would definitely get people talking again.

Snag A Guest Rapper

For this one we really don’t need to go into too much detail, because the idea speaks for itself. A guest rapper can make a single these days, and it’s hard to imagine there wouldn’t be a line of popular artists willing to work with Gorillaz. Crossover material like this has become an incredibly valuable tool for artists, and in this case it would give a rapper a fun new sound to try out and give Gorillaz a (relatively) easy way to top the charts. It’s a win-win that the group really ought to try.


January 16, 2018

Jamie Hewlett talks about on Damon Albarn in his New Book

Famous for his work as the illustrator half of the band Gorillaz with Blur singer Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett has published an autobiography book on his life’s work. The artist’s first monograph contains more than 400 pieces of artwork, spanning the artist's career.

Get inside the mind of Jamie Hewlett - with influences ranging from hip hop to zombie slasher movies, Hewlett emerged in the mid 1990s as co-creator of the zeitgeist-defining Tank Girl comic. With then-roommate, Blur frontman Damon Albarn, he went on to create the unique cartoon band Gorillaz, a virtual pop group of animated characters, which recorded four studio albums and mounted breathtaking live spectacles.

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Hewlett also did a new interview on January 15th where he talks about Gorillaz, Damon Albarn and his new book's launch. He also talks a bit about how he met Damon Albarn, how he started Gorillaz and what inspires his Tank Girl character as well as his love for all things "girl power".

Buy his book on Amazon HERE.

Watch his new interview HERE


January 12, 2018

Damon Albarn - New Tour Date for 2018

Heads up! Damon Albarn is going to perform in Tigery, France on March 17th 2018 (Saturday) from 9:00pm onwards. This show marks the first for the Blur frontman in a long time, after his successful Humanz tour last year for his other project Gorillaz.

Albarn will perform with Jupiter & Okwess, a group Jupiter formed with Okwess International. The genre of their sound can be described as an experimental trance. This sound like no other was the delight of Damon Albarn during his album with Congo music and DRC Music in 2011.

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Gathering a tight slew of rhythmic patterns, Jupiter creates an electroshock, modern vibe using a traditional trance digest digested in the kinoise fashion. As Jupiter says, "They call me: Jupiter, Living Monument, Rebel General, Hope of Youth, Prophet of Congolese Music ... I accept all these nicknames! "

Book tickets HERE.


January 9, 2018

New Jamie Hewlett Interview - on the New Gorillaz Album

Hey all, sorry for the small hiatus! We're back to bring you more latest Blur and Damon Albarn news! This time, check out the latest interview with Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett!


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