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Damon Albarn | Dr Dee

"I think my greatest achievement is to keep ensuring that I am beginning again," conceded director Rufus Norris, one half of the creative partnership behind Dr Dee, an opera delving into the life of 16th-century alchemist and astrologer John Dee.
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By RYAN FOLEY  |  May 11, 2012
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Britpop timeline

AUGUST 1995 • Blur vs. Oasis — battling bands release singles on the same day. Blur's "Country House" outsells Oasis's "Roll With It" 274k to 216k; they finish Nos. 1 and 2 on UK chart.
From Suede crashing the party to a 2000 wake-up call
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 19, 2011
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The Dears: Degeneration Street

This fifth and latest album from the Dears suggests that these Montreal natives need to clear out some Britpop cobwebs.
Dangerbird Records (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  February 11, 2011
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Gorillaz | Plastic Beach

Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
Virgin (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 19, 2010
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Broken Bells | Broken Bells

Danger Mouse ( né Brian Burton) had a pretty good run through the '00s, a decade that saw him go from a mash-up nobody to producer du jour for a motley assortment of artists.
Columbia (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 12, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Liam alone

Everyone figured that Noel Gallagher would go solo — it’s been hinted at for years — but the break-up of Oasis has made it a grim inevitability.
Can an Oasis spinoff help but suck?
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 06, 2009


Crossword: ''Go digital''

Turning over a new page
Turning over a new page
By MATT JONES  |  April 01, 2009
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Rockers moonlighting with non-rock producers

The Killers first worked with Stuart Price on a dance remix of their hit “Mr. Brightside” — and so far, this blend of rock-band brawn and electro-dance bliss has worked smashingly.
. . . or are we dancey?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 20, 2009

Action steps

The Killers go through some new motions
The Killers go through some new motions
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 20, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Dr Pepper sickens Axl

Unless we act fast, the darkest chapter in American æsthetic history may soon be revisited.
Plus Creed threaten to exist again; Camp Freddy awful
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 09, 2008
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Gorillaz

It’s a butcher’s trashcan of a double-length album.
D-Sides | EMI
By PATRICK CATES  |  January 07, 2008


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Kaiser Chiefs

If familiarity really did breed contempt, well, Kaiser Chiefs wouldn’t stand much chance of winning any new friends.
Yours Truly, Angry Mob | Universal
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 03, 2007
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Cibo Matto

You really can fit all of the hipster downtown NYC-by-way-of-Japan duo’s essential tracks on one disc without leaving anything out.
Pom Pom: The Essential Cibo Matto | Warner Bros./Rhino
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 27, 2007
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London falling

Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007
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DARE

Although Gorillaz musical mastermind Damon Albarn is busy recording with the Good, the Bad and the Queen, all’s not quiet on the Gorillaz front, at least not on the commercial front.
Don't waste your dollars
By WILL SPITZ  |  November 13, 2006
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Best Music Poll 2006

The results are in for the 18th annual FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll. Gorillaz, Matisyahu, Dropkick Murphys, Dresden Dolls, and Apollo Sunshine top your charts.
In our annual readers' poll, the sky's the limit
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 18, 2006


Gorillaz in the midst

Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006

Gorillaz at the Apollo

There were puppets, singing and dancing middle schoolers, a gospel choir, a 14-piece string section from Juilliard, a who’s who of guests, including Neneh Cherry, De La Soul, Ike Turner, and a lollipop-sucking Shaun Ryder. But no Jamie Hewlett animations
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By WILL SPITZ  |  April 10, 2006