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10 Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, The Homesick, Best Coast, and More

Plus Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Graham Coxon, Jehnny Beth, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 08, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. The last three weeks we could only come up with a Top 8, instead of our customary Top 10, but this week's choices were surprisingly much stronger once we did some deeper digging. More

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen Share Black & White Video for “The Truce of Twilight”

Merrie Land Out Now via Studio 13; Video Directed by the Band’s Paul Simonon

Mar 12, 2019

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen released their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land, last November via Studio 13. Now the band has shared a video for "The Truce of Twilight." The band features Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz), Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, Paul Simonon (of The Clash), and Simon Tong (of The Verve). Simonon directed the video. More

Jan 31, 2019

San Francisco-based indie/electronic songwriter Micropixie (née Neshma Friend) has shared a new single, "The Universal," and we are pleased to premiere it. The track is a cover of the Blur song by the same name from their 1995 album The Great Escape and will be featured on Micropixie's forthcoming album Dark Sight of the Moon, which is due out on March 8 (International Women's Day).  More

7 Best Songs of the Week: Karen O and Danger Mouse, Mercury Rev and Margo Price, and More

Plus Ryley Walker; The Good, The Bad, & The Queen; The Twilight Sad; and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 16, 2018

This the closest we've come in awhile to skipping Songs of the Week due to a lack of truly worthy songs. But we were able to at least come up with a Top 7 (as opposed to our usual Top 10), even if it includes two covers and two album tracks. One thing that saved it was our #1 song, which was released this morning. More

Album of the Week: The Good, The Bad, & The Queen

Merrie Land Out Now via Studio 13

Nov 16, 2018

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen released their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land, today via Studio 13 and it's our Album of the Week. More

Nov 16, 2018

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen have released their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land, today via Studio 13. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing here. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Good, The Bad, & The Queen; Piroshka; Cherry Glazerr; and More

Plus Murray A. Lightburn, Julia Jacklin, Nilüfer Yanya, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 09, 2018

There might still be nearly two months left in 2018, but 2019 album announcements have been coming hard and fast of late. The Top 10 of this week's Songs of the Week is packed with first and second singles from albums due out next January or February, although not our #1, that album is due out next week. More

Nov 05, 2018

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen are releasing their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land, on November 16. Now they have shared another song from the album, "Gun to the Head," via a video for the song that features a man pretending to be a puppet as he sings the song. The band features Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz), Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, Paul Simonon (of The Clash), and Simon Tong (of The Verve). More

Oct 23, 2018

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen have announced their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land, and shared its title track. The band features Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz), Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, Paul Simonon (of The Clash), and Simon Tong (of The Verve). More

Jan 18, 2018

Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon has done the soundtrack to The End of the F***ing World, the new dark comedy series from Netflix and Britain's Channel 4 based on Charles S. Forsman's comic book series for Fantagraphics (which had the uncensored title of The End of the Fucking World). More

Watch Blur Perform “This Is a Low” in a New Clip from “New World Towers” Documentary

To Screen in U.K. Cinemas December 2, An International Release to Follow

Nov 30, 2015

Blur recently announced a new documentary/concert film entitled New World Towers. The film chronicles the making of the band's long-awaited new album, The Magic Whip, which was released earlier in the year by Warner Bros. and also features performance footage from both a June show in London's Hyde Park and another concert in Hong Kong.  More

Blur Shares New Clip from “New World Towers” Documentary and Concert Film

To Screen in U.K. Cinemas December 2, An International Release to Follow

Nov 11, 2015

Blur recently announced a new documentary/concert film entitled New World Towers. The film chronicles the making of the band's long-awaited new album, The Magic Whip, which was released earlier in the year by Warner Bros. and also features performance footage from both a June show in London's Hyde Park and another concert in Hong Kong. More

Oct 21, 2015

Blur played Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood Bowl last night for their rendition of "Parklife," the title track to their 1994 Britpop masterpiece, they brought out a special guest Damon Albarn simply referred to as "Fred." Of course it was none other than Portlandiastar/co-creator (and ex-Saturday Night Live cast member) Fred Armisen. More

Blur Announce “New World Towers” Documentary and Concert Film, Share Trailer

To Screen in U.K. Cinemas December 2, An International Release to Follow

Oct 19, 2015

Blur have announced a new documentary/concert film entitled New World Towers. The film chronicles the making of the band's long-awaited new album, The Magic Whip, which was released earlier in the year by Warner Bros. and also features performance footage from both a June show in London's Hyde Park and another concert in Hong Kong.  More

Watch: Blur - “I Broadcast” Video Featuring Lots of Fan Footage

The Magic Whip is Out Now via Warner Bros.

Sep 08, 2015

Blur have shared a video for "I Broadcast." It features a bunch of footage and home movies shot by their fans. The video first played behind the band when they performed the song at their June show in London's Hyde Park.  More

Jun 26, 2015

Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz has already composed two operas (Dr Dee: An English Opera and Monkey: Journey to the West), but now he's set his sights on a musical.  More

Jun 15, 2015

Blur have announced a pair of U.S. shows for October and they are big ones. On October 20 they will be playing the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and on October 23 they will be playing Madison Square Garden in New York. Also, last Friday the band performed 13 single "Coffee and TV" on a special 20th anniversary episode of the British TV show TFI Friday. More

Watch: Blur – “Ong Ong” Video

The Magic Whip is Out Now via Warner Bros.

Jun 03, 2015

Blur's mainly animated video for "Ong Ong" is inspired by such classic video games as Super Mario Bros. and Pong. It features the bouncing ball from the "Go Out" video who is in a video game world out to save his lover and at the end of each level must face off against a character representing a different member of Blur. Blur show up dressed as the characters in live action segments that bookend the video. More

May 04, 2015

Blur's been in the news a lot lately. It's no surprise, considering their first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, came out last week. More

Watch: Blur - “The Magic Whip: Made In Hong Kong” Album Making Of Documentary

"It was sort of a series of unfortunate events, I've been calling it, that got us to this point." - Graham Coxon

May 04, 2015

Blur's long-awaited new album, their first in 12 years, came out last week. Now the beloved Britpop veterans have released an album making of documentary titled The Magic Whip: Made In Hong Kong. More

May 01, 2015

Last night, making their first U.S. television appearance in 15 years, Blur were welcomed as the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. More

Blur to Play Free Show in Brooklyn This Friday

First NYC Show in 15 Years to Feature Original Lineup

Apr 28, 2015

Britpop legends Blur are releasing their long awaited new album, The Magic Whiptoday via Warner Bros. In honor of its release the band has announced a free concert to take place this Friday (May 1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY). More

Apr 27, 2015

Due to release their long-awaited new album The Magic Whip stateside tomorrow, Blur recently paid a visit to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 where they performed acoustic takes of their singles, "Lonesome Street" and "Terracotta Heart." More

Apr 21, 2015

Next week Blur return with The Magic Whip, the revered band's eighth studio album and first LP since 2003's Think Tank. More

Listen: Blur - “My Terracotta Heart”

The Magic Whip Out April 28

Apr 20, 2015

Adding to the list of shared tracks from their forthcoming new album The Magic Whip, including "Go Out," "There Are Too Many of Us," and "Lonesome Street," Britpop veterans Blur have premiered one more with "My Terracotta Heart." More

Watch: Blur - “Lonesome Street” Video

Featuring the Phoenix Fly Line Dancing Group of San Francisco

Apr 02, 2015

Blur have premiered a brand new music video featuring their single "Lonesome Street." More

Mar 25, 2015

Returning with their brand new album The Magic Whip on April 28, last week Blur performed the entirety of their record at an intimate gig in London to an audience of just 300 fans. More

Listen: Blur - “Lonesome Street”

New Album The Magic Whip Out April 28

Mar 23, 2015

Following last week's track premiere of "There Are Too Many of Us," Blur have offered up another new song titled "Lonesome Street" from their forthcoming record The Magic Whip. More

Listen: Blur - “There Are Too Many of Us”

New Album The Magic Whip Out April 28

Mar 20, 2015

Returning with their first album since 2003's Think TankBlur have premiered a brand new track from their forthcoming LP The Magic Whip. More

Feb 19, 2015

On April 28, Blur will release The Magic Whip. More

Jun 30, 2014

Celebrating 20 years of Britpop's influence, the BBC will be releasing a new best-of compilation this month called Britpop at the BBCMore

Feb 27, 2014

Damon Albarn's "Lonely Press Play" marks the second single from Blur frontman and musical polymath's upcoming solo debut Everyday Robots.  More

May 28, 2013

Britpop veteran Damon Albarn has revealed plans to release his first proper solo album sometime this year.  More

Blur May Record New Album in Hong Kong

Have A Week to Kill China

May 07, 2013

Britpop icons Blur may potentially lay down some new material for an upcoming album, according to frontman Damon Albarn. More

Apr 21, 2013

April 19 marked the second weekend of Coachella’s 2013 run. We sent photographer Helen Boast down to cover the action.  More

Mar 25, 2013

Over the weekend a number of Britain's musical finest came together to perform for the Teenage Cancer Trust at London's Royal Albert Hall. More

Nov 21, 2012

As previously reported this coming Dec. 3 Blur will release Parklive a five-disc CD/DVD set capturing the band's Hyde Park performance earlier this summer coinciding with the Olympic's closing ceremonies. More

Nov 14, 2012

On Dec. 3 Blur will release Parklive a five-disc CD/DVD set capturing the band's Hyde Park performance earlier this summer during the Olympic's closing ceremonies. More

Blur to Headline Primavera Sound

In Barcelona and Portugal

Oct 08, 2012

After deciding to stick around a bit longer, Blur have confirmed two more festival appearances in 2013: Barcelona's Primavera Sound on May 24 and Porto's Optimus Primavera Sound on May 31. More

Blur Sticking Together a Bit Longer

Headlining Belgian Festival Next July

Oct 05, 2012

Well that didn't last long. After all kinds of conflicting reports and admissions that their Olympic Games performance in Hyde Park would be their last, Blur have announced that they will serve as headliners for next year's Rock Werchter Festival, taking place in the Belgian village of Werchter July 4-7. More

Blur Release Live Album of Hyde Park Performance

Parklive Available Digitally Now

Aug 14, 2012

Over the weekend as part of the closing celebration of London's Olympic Games, Blur gave a live performance in Hyde Park that may very well have been their last. More

Aug 13, 2012

Last night at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games the evening was filled with a wide-ranging mix of British musical talent, including a headlining performance by The Who, and appearances by the Spice Girls, Muse, Fatboy Slim, Ray Davies, and Liam Gallagher. More

Blur Announce iPhone/iPad App

A Tie-In to Their Forthcoming Boxset

Jul 23, 2012

On July 30, Blur will release a 21-disc retrospective boxset. Ahead of that, today the band made a complementary iPhone/iPad app available to their fans. More

Jul 09, 2012

Releasing their much-anticipated new songs "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan" last week, Brit-rock veterans Blur recently debuted a music video for the former track. More

Jul 03, 2012

As promisedBlur properly debuted two new tracks yesterday via Twitter broadcast from an undisclosed London rooftop. More

Blur to Debut New Songs Via Twitter

Playing “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” On July 2

Jun 25, 2012

Other then their scheduled performance in Hyde Park celebrating the closing ceremonies of the Olympic games, Blur have made it near impossible over the past few months to make sense of their own are-they-aren't-they/will-they-won't-they existence as a band. More

Damon Albarn Halts Work On New Blur Album

Producer William Orbit Says Sessions Stopped "Suddenly"

May 23, 2012

In yet another mixed signal about the future of Blur, Damon Albarn has reportedly halted work on the band's current recording sessions. More

Blur Announce UK Shows

Olympic Training Starts in August

May 14, 2012

Before potentially playing their last live show ever during the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, Blur have announced a select number of warm-up dates throughout the UK. More

Apr 19, 2012

Blur have announced the upcoming release of Blur 21, a career-spanning retrospective box set that will include all seven of the band's albums in two-disc, deluxe edition formats, four discs of rarity tracks, three DVDs of previously unreleased footage, a collectible 7'' of the rare but popular song "Songman," unseen photographs,  and last but not least, a massive book featuring interviews with the band. More

Mar 07, 2012

Last year, Damon Albarn wrote and starred in the opera Dr. Dee, and will be releasing the music in its entirety on May 8. Dr. Dee is based on the life of 16th century scientist and advisor to Queen Elizabeth, John Dee. More

Feb 22, 2012

After debuting a brand new song at a charity performance and announcing that they'd be headlining a closing ceremony concert for the 2012 Olympics, Blur took the stage at the Brit Awards yesterday to accept the evening's award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.  More

Blur To Play Closing Ceremony Concert For 2012 Olympics

Joined by New Order and The Specials

Feb 21, 2012

As evident in the incredibly awesome poster pictured, Blur is scheduled to perform at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in London's Hyde Park on Aug. 12. More

Feb 20, 2012

Recently confirming to The Daily Record that a new Blur album is in the works, Graham Coxon joined bandmate and frontman Damon Albarn last night at a War Child benefit show in London and debuted a brand new song called "Under the West Way." More

Blur Talks Unreleased Song/Potential 2012 Tour

Plus: Hear Songs From Albarn’s Opera

Nov 03, 2011

Are Thom Yorke and Damon Albarn having some kind of “who can get mentioned the most in the indie press” contest? Well, if so, point to Albarn. Today the busy musician  (see, Rocket Juice and the Moon, The Good the Bad and the Queen, Gorillaz—and probably a few to be named later) announced he’s been palling around with old band, Blur. More

Watch: The Get Up Kids Cover Blur for A.V. Club

Check Out “Girls and Boys”

Jul 19, 2011

The Onion's A.V. Club is doing a project called the Undercover Series. More

Listen: Damon Albarn “The Reigning Queen”

Hear Song from Forthcoming Opera

Jun 30, 2011

Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn has created Dr Dee: An English Opera in collaboration with director Rufus Norris. Check out the new song from the opera, "The Reigning Queen." More

Blur Announces Record Store Day Single

First New Material In Seven Years

Apr 09, 2010

After last year's Hyde Park reunion shows, hopes were high that Blur would return with new material. As reported by The Guardian, hopes have come to fruition as the band has reunited once again for an exclusive Record Store Day single. More

Mar 15, 2010

Massive Attack's new music video for their Damon Albarn collaboration "Saturday Come Slow" is more like a short film. The main topic discussed is the usage of ear-splitting music as a torture device in detention camps such as Guantanamo Bay. More

Oxfam Auction to Benefit Haiti Includes a Song Written for You by Damon Albarn

Other Unique Memorabilia on the Block Includes Instruments, VIP Tickets, and More

Jan 22, 2010

Oxfam has put up unique music memorabilia on the auction block to raise money for Haiti, including a song written just for you by Gorillaz's and Blur's Damon Albarn. More

The London Times to Release Live Blur CD with Sunday Edition

Free CD to Feature Live Recordings from Reunion Show

Nov 20, 2009

The London Times will be releasing a free Blur CD with this coming Sunday Edition. The CD will feature tracks from this past summer's live reunion shows. More

David Bowie and Blur Become Legos In New “Rock Band” Video Game, Out November 3rd

Other "Block Heads" Include The Hives, Vampire Weekend, Supergrass, and The Zutons

Oct 15, 2009

On November 3rd, David Bowie and Blur will be joining the ranks of Rock Band luminaries The Beatles and Nirvana…with one small difference. More

Damon Albarn in the Running to Direct Olympics Opening Ceremony

Blur/Gorillaz Frontman in Consideration for 2012 London Games

Sep 24, 2009

Damon Albarn, he of Blur and Gorillaz, is in the running to be the artistic director for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, according to the British newspaper The Independent. Albarn has had preliminary discussions with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog). He is one of several people in the running for job. Oscar-nominated film director Stephen Daldry (The Reader, Billy Elliot) is also a strong contender for the position. Locog has also considered having four different artistic directors for the opening and closing ceremonies of both the Olympics and Paralympic Games. It could take up to six months for an artist director or artist directors to be chosen. More

Blur’s Reunion Performances to Be Released as Live Albums

The Hyde Park Shows to be Recorded and Released

Jun 29, 2009

Upcoming Blur reunion shows in Hyde Park are set to be recorded professionally and released within a week of the performances.  More



Reviews

The Magic Whip

The Magic Whip

Warner Bros.

May 08, 2015

Discussing Blur a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine posited that they were always the most progressive of the big Britpop bands.  More

Parklive (Deluxe Edition)

Parklive (Deluxe Edition)

VIRGIN

Jan 04, 2013

As the 1994 album Parklife was stirring America’s earliest interest in Blur, it blew up into what came to be seen as a for-the-ages classic in Britain.  More

“Under the Westway”/  “The Puritan” 7”

“Under the Westway”/  “The Puritan” 7”

Parlophone

Aug 09, 2012

At the time of this writing, the 2012 London Olympics are just around the corner and, despite this release fairly coinciding with the announcement of the Team GB athletics squad, most of the talk on these shores still seems to center on how the opening and closing ceremonies will showcase the best of British culture. Blur will headline a closing ceremonies concert in London's Hyde Park, and to celebrate, they continue to consolidate their status as the band that matured post-Britpop with a new single. More

Blur 21: The Box

Blur 21: The Box

Virgin

Jul 30, 2012

It's been 21 years since Blur released its debut, 1991's Leisure, an album that picked up where The Stone Roses left off and represented the first step in a career that both defined and shaped what we know as Britpop. With this anniversary of sorts, the band decided it was a great time for a career-spanning box set.  More

Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur

Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur

Virgin

Sep 17, 2009

In 2000, Blur released The Best of Blur, an 18-song set that represented the band's '90s peak, with all the hits included. Midlife, released in conjunction with the band's U.K. reunion concerts, totals 25 tracks and avoids some of the hits that were represented on The Best of Blur ("There's No Other Way," "Country House," "Charmless Man," "End of a Century"). But forgiving these omissions, Midlife is a stellar compilation. Excitingly, 1993's "Popscene" is included, despite its being left off the 2000 comp. More