No band is an island. The best songwriters tend to be sponge-like soaker-uppers of music, film, fine art, literature and other forms of culture, be they popular or obscure, and these influences often find their way into the music, helping listeners branch out and develop new interests
In the history of rock music, there's no better fake cartoon group than Gorillaz. Granted, it's not a very crowded playing field, but we're still convinced that even if there were more than, say, a half-dozen of these bands out there, the indie-rock project fronted by Blur's Damon Albarn would still come out on top. They've released four albums over the
Here's a role Bruce Willis can definitely handle. The actor shows up as a mysterious badass driving a muscle car chasing down the animated Gorillaz animaniacs on the open road in this video for 'Stylo,' a single off the band's 'Plastic Beach' album, which dropped in 2010.
Bruce Willis, of course, is best known for
Coldplay, Depeche Mode and Gorillaz are among the bands that could be without a record label soon after regulators in Europe and North America have approved the sale of struggling British record label EMI to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion. On Friday, the European Commission approved the deal under the condition that Universal liquidate a third of EMI’s assets, including the Parlophone, Chrysalis and Mute offshoots.
When Damon Albarn announced the end of Gorillaz recently, he chalked it up to a falling out with partner Jamie Hewlett and alluded to "very juvenile" reasons for the split, which was triggered by the duo being at "cross purposes" on recent efforts. Happily, Hewlett offered a somewhat sunnier take on the end of the band during a recent interview -- and didn't rule out future collaborations with Albarn.
He's one of the most prolific artists in modern rock, and he's built an extensive discography over the last 20-plus years as a member of such popular acts as Blur and Gorillaz -- but when he releases 'Dr. Dee' next month, Damon Albarn will be stepping out as a true solo artist for the first time since he put out the double EP 'Democrazy' in 2003. That milestone could be what had Albarn in such a reflective mood during a wide-ranging recent interview with The Guardian that found him musing on his past, present, and future -- as well as the apparent demise of both Blur and Gorillaz.
The much-hyped collaboration between Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, former LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy and Andre 3000 of Outkast fame has finally surfaced, and it has certainly been worth the the wait. The track, 'DoYaThing,' is the latest from the Converse-commissioned “Three Artists, One Song” series which, true to its name, features three musicians or groups teaming up to record one song.