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 31, 2018

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen are releasing their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land, on November 16. Previously they shared its title track (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Now the super-group has stopped by the BBC music show Later... with Jools Holland to perform "Merrie Land." 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

Stream the New Album by Gorillaz – “The Now Now”

The Now Now Out Now via Warner Bros.

Jun 29, 2018

Damon Albarn's Gorillaz released a new album, The Now Now, today via Warner Bros. Now that it's out, you can stream the whole thing here. More

Jun 21, 2018

Damon Albarn's Gorillaz are releasing a new albumThe Now Now, on June 29 via Warner Bros. Now they have shared another song from the album, "Hollywood," which features Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle. Listen below via a "visualiser" video for the song that features Snoop Dogg, followed by Gorillaz's upcoming tour dates. More

Gorillaz Announce New Album, Share Jack Black Featuring Video for “Humility (Feat. George Benson)”

The Now Now Due Out June 29 via Warner Bros., They Have Also Shared "Lake Zurich"

May 31, 2018

Damon Albarn's Gorillaz released a new album, Humanz, just over a year ago, but now they are already returning with another new album, The Now Now. There have been Internet rumblings about the album in the last week, but now the album has been officially announced and the cartoon band has shared two tracks from it, album opener "Humility" (which features the great jazz guitarist George Benson) and "Lake Zurich," which is a near instrumental track. More

Apr 24, 2017

Damon Albarn's Gorillaz are releasing a new albumHumanz, this Friday (April 28) via Warner Bros. and now they have shared another song from it, "The Apprentice," mere days before the album's release date. The track features Rag'n'Bone ManZebra Katz, and RAY BLK and appears on the deluxe edition of the album. 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

Sep 10, 2014

The Mercury Prize short list was announced today. More

Damon Albarn Reveals Work on New Musical

Also See Albarn and Graham Coxon Peform "Tender" at Latitude Festival

Jul 21, 2014

Hardly sitting idly by after releasing his debut solo album Everyday Robots earlier this spring, Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has revealed that he's begun work on a new musical. More

Jul 02, 2014

Tony Allen, once described by Brian Eno as "the greatest drummer who ever lived," just announced a new album, Film of Life, which will be out this October. As well as a brief teaser, he's released a track called "Go Back," which features vocals and keyboards from none other than Damon Albarn. More

Watch: Damon Albarn on “Fallon”

Performs "Lonely Press Play" and "This Is A Low"

Jun 06, 2014

In New York to perform at the Governors Ball this weekend, Damon Albarn made a pit stop over to The Tonight Show last night where he performed tracks off his debut solo album Everyday Robots. More

May 13, 2014

Fresh off releasing his debut solo album Everyday Robots, Blur frontman Damon Albarn has premiered a loving music video for "Mr. Tembo." More

Damon Albarn Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Everyday Robots Out Tomorrow

Apr 28, 2014

Poised to release his debut solo album Everyday Robots in the states tomorrow, Blur frontman Damon Albarn has announced plans for a number of new U.S. shows set to take place this June.  More

Apr 22, 2014

Damon Albarn's new solo album Everyday Robots is due out April 28 on XL.  More

Mar 24, 2014

Damon Albarn’s new solo album Everyday Robots streets April 28 via Parlophone. More

Watch: Damon Albarn on “Jimmy Kimmel”

Performs "Mr. Tembo" and "Lonely Press Play"

Mar 13, 2014

This week Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been broadcasting from Austin for SXSW.  More

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

Watch: Damon Albarn Debuts New Song “Lonely Press Play” at Sundance

Featured on Upcoming Solo Album Everyday Robots

Jan 24, 2014

Announcing just a few days ago the release of a new solo albumEveryday RobotsDamon Albarn payed a visit to this week's Sundance Film Festival where he played an intimate set of songs, including new material from the upcoming LP. More

Jan 20, 2014

Damon Albarn has announced the upcoming release of a new solo album titled Everyday Robots. More

Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Holy Other, Nick Zinner, and More Announce “Maison Des Jeunes”

Album Due Out December 9 Via Transgressive also Features Members of Metronomy and Django Django

Nov 14, 2013

As previously announced, Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Holy Other, and more had headed to Mali to record a collaborative album with local Malian musicians. More

Oct 14, 2013

Continuing work with his Africa Express project, where western and African musical artists join forces for a musical collaboration, Blur's Damon Albarn has recruited the likes of Brian Eno, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Holy Other, actor Idris Elba, and other special guests to work on a new album in Bamako, the capital of Mali.  More

May 28, 2013

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

Damon Albarn, Charli XCX, and Others to Tour UK Via Train

The Africa Express To Begin This September

Jul 25, 2012

After completing his obligations with Blur at this year's closing ceremony celebration for London's Olympic Games, the nonstop projects of Damon Albarn will continue when he joins Africa Express, a collective of African and Western musicians that Albarn himself helped put together, as they perform a series of live shows throughout the UK.  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

May 02, 2012

Last night UK program Later... with Jools Holland welcomed both St. Vincent and Damon Albarn for an evening of televised music. More

Damon Albarn Denies the End of Blur and Gorillaz

Backtracks On Earlier Comments

Apr 25, 2012

A few weeks back Damon Albarn was quoted by The Guardian saying that any potential work down the line with either Blur or Gorillaz was "unlikely." Albarn has now come forward to say that neither project has reached their ultimate conclusion. More

Apr 23, 2012

While a number of its tracks have made their way across the web to listen to, Damon Albarn's forthcoming opera-work Dr. Dee is now streaming online in full.  More

Listen: New Damon Albarn - “The Dancing King”

Dr. Dee Will Be Released May 8th

Apr 18, 2012

A couple of weeks ago we got the first listen from Damon Albarn's soundtrack to his opera, Dr. Dee (due out May 8th). Now, following "The Marvelous Dream," we can listen to the album's closing track, "The Dancing King." More

Damon Albarn Says Future Projects With Blur, Gorillaz Not Happening

Blur's Last Performance Will Be At the Olympic Games' Closing Ceremony.

Apr 09, 2012

Despite showing little signs of stopping his obsessive, musicial multi-tasking, releasing two new albums this year (one from his Flea/Tony Allen supergroup Rocketjuice And The Moon and the soundtrack to his own Dr. Dee opera) songwriter Damon Albarn revealed over the weekend that the likelihood of doing anything after this year with his biggest projects, Blur and Gorillaz, is extremely unlikely.   More

Mar 28, 2012

As previously reported, exceptionally busy Brit Damon Albarn will be releasing the soundtrack to his recent opera Dr. Dee, a stagework inspired by the life of the Elizabethan scientist and royal advisor. 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

Listen: Lana Del Rey - “Born to Die” Damon Albarn Remix

Six-Minute Take on Now Familiar Single

Jan 23, 2012

Following in the footsteps of Clams Casino and Woodkid, Blur/Gorillaz songwriter Damon Albarn has produced a new remix of Lana Del Rey's single "Born to Die."  More

Aug 31, 2011

As previously announced Damon Albarn has been hard at work on a “Congo” album—inviting musicians and producers to collaborate in the Democratic Republic of Congo.We have additional details.  More

Damon Albarn Congo Project On Its Way

New Details on Forthcoming LP

Jul 22, 2011

Damon Albarn is planning a unique way to make an album, inviting various artists, producers, and DJ's to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and collaborate with the region's local musicians. 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


Governors Ball: Jack White, Grimes, Jenny Lewis, Damon Albarn and more, June 6th - 8th, 2014

Jun 10, 2014

In its third year on Randall’s Island, New York’s Governors Ball—named for its previous setting, on Governors Island—seems to have finally found steady footing. More

Everyday Robots

Everyday Robots


Apr 28, 2014

It's hard to believe 20 years have passed since Britpop turned the U.K.'s music scene on its head. In the following two decades, many of the movement's mainstays have either accepted defeat and returned to their day jobs or tried to rekindle their burned-out careers through shambolic reunions. More

Dr. Dee

Dr. Dee


May 07, 2012

There's something noble about Dr. DeeDamon Albarn's latest passion project, a mostly folk record about 16th-century British mathematician and occultist John Dee. Albarn's desire to rescue a critical historical figure (Dee served as advisor to Elizabeth I and once owned perhaps the greatest library in England) from relative obscurity is certainly commendable. As a piece of music, however, the operatic folk of Dr. Dee doesn't leave much of an impression. More