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Watch Blur Play “Tender” With Jimmy Fallon Backstage At The Tonight Show

When Blur played The Tonight Show last week, the whole massive expanded ensemble reconvened backstage to record an unplugged rendition of “Tender,” the timeless opening track from 1999’s landmark 13, with Jimmy Fallon sitting in. Below, watch a whole roomful of people singing a fantastic song. More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 4, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Watch Blur’s Documentary About Their New Album The Magic Whip

Last week, Blur released their reunion album The Magic Whip, and they also played their first New York show in 12 years. The album came about in an unconventional way. The band members had reunited for shows, but they didn’t expect to record anything new. However, a Japanese festival cancelation led to a week i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 4, 2015 - 9:23 am

Blur Take Magic Whip To First NY Show In 12 Years

Scott called it a week ago, when he heard Blur were playing Fallon. Hell, for all I know, Scott made the whole thing happen through sheer force of will. Or maybe it was just magic. This is what he tweeted on Friday, April 24:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Watch Blur Reassemble, In All Their Glory, On The Tonight Show

Blur have landed! The Britpop greats have only played two U.S. shows since their 2009 reunion (both at Coachella), and they haven’t been on American TV all together since Graham Coxon left the band in 2002. But Blur have a new album, The Magic Whip, that came out this week, and they’re playing a freeMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2015 - 8:32 am

Blur – “Y’all Doomed”

Blur’s comeback album The Magic Whip is a quiet, experimental piece of work, but the lads still found time to record something zany. The hilariously titled bonus track “Y’all Doomed” is a playfully frantic, mostly instrumental rave-up that maintains the album’s darkly contemplative mood while also sounding like a cartoon. It was released as a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 29, 2015 - 10:06 am

Blur Are Playing A Free Show In Brooklyn On Friday

After breaking up in 2003, Blur have only played two American shows since their 2009 reunion, and both of them were at Coachella. They haven’t played New York in many, many years. But on Friday, they’ll return to play an incredibly small free show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Rolling Stone reports that the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Stream Blur The Magic Whip

After a long run of singles that included “Go Out,” “There Are Too Many Of Us,” “Lonesome Street,” and “My Terracotta Heart,” Blur has made their new album The Magic Whip available for streaming. It’s their first record together since 2003’s Think Tank. You can listen to the whole thing via iTunes First Play. More »

By: James Rettig / April 21, 2015 - 7:04 am

Blur – “My Terracotta Heart”

We’ve heard a bunch of songs from Blur’s new Magic Whip album already — “Go Out,” “There Are Too Many Of Us,” “Lonesome Street,” and a live debut of “Ong Ong” — and here’s another one to add to the pile: “My Terracotta Heart,” a lush new track that’s on the more contemplative side of… More »

By: James Rettig / April 17, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Watch Blur, Laura Marling, & Natalie Prass Perform On Jools Holland

Later … With Jools Holland had its season premiere today, and the British show kicked things off with a bang by having three musical guests. Blur did their Magic Whip track “Ong Ong,” Laura Marling sang “Strange” from her new album Short Movie, and Natalie Prass performed an extended version of “Bird Of Prey” accompanied… More »

By: James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Blur – “Lonesome Street” Video

Blur’s shared a video for their new Magic Whip single “Lonesome Street,” which was directed by Ben Reed and features dancers from the Phoenix Fly Line Dancing Group Of San Francisco. And like the videos for fellow Magic Whip tracks “Go Out” and “There Are Too Many Of Us,” this is another take on Asia… More »

By: James Rettig / April 2, 2015 - 9:26 am

Watch Blur Play “There Are Too Many Of Us” At Magic Whip Secret Show (Stereogum Premiere)

Last Friday, Blur played a secret show for 300 people at the West London club Mode. Can you even imagine? I’m a lifelong Blur fan who has seen the band at clubs that would, in most circumstances, be considered pretty small, and I will be the first to say: That is a goddamn TINY room… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 27, 2015 - 9:59 am

Blur – “Lonesome Street”

Blur’s grand comeback album The Magic Whip, their first in 12 years, looms imminent. Before this morning, they’ve shared two of its songs, the wiry “Go Out” and the ponderous “There Are Too Many Of Us.” Now, they’ve got a third one, and it’s way closer to “Go Out,” which means it’s also closer to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015 - 8:39 am

Watch Blur Play “Trouble In The Message Centre” For The First Time In 20 Years At Last Night’s Secret Magic Whip Show

Last night, at an intimate secret show in West London, Blur performed their upcoming album The Magic Whip in its entirety. During the encore, as a treat for the assembled fans, the Britpop legends also played Parklife deep cut “Trouble In The Message Centre” for the first time in about 20 years. As frontman Damo… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 21, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Blur – “There Are Too Many of Us”

A month ago, Blur announced the imminent release of The Magic Whip, their eighth album and their first in 12 years. They also shared the first single “Go Out,” which harkened back to the giddy, ragged, melodic Blur of the Britpop era. Tonight, the band will play the whole new album at a secret show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 8:32 am

Blur Announce New Album Magic Whip, Hear 1st Single “Go Out”

Blur’s last album, Think Tank, was released in 2003, but they’ve spent much of the last few years teasing a follow-up, with Damon Albarn saying as far back as 2012 that “there will definitely be another Blur album.” Today, though, that album has been announced, via a video chat on the band’s Facebook: The eighth… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 19, 2015 - 9:13 am

Damon Albarn’s Alice In Wonderland Musical Will Play England This Year, France Next Year

Here’s another project to keep Damon Albarn from ever finishing another Blur album. Albarn wrote the music for, a musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The script and song lyrics are by Moira Buffini, the National Theatre’s incoming director Rufus Norris will direct, and it’s a Manchester International Festival/National Theatre co-production. After… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 21, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Russell Brand Made His Own “Parklife” Parody, Ruining Meme

A wonderfully entertaining Twitter and Vine meme recently developed in Britain whereby people started inserting the word “Parklife!” after wordy political rants by Russell Brand, a reference to the colorful cockney rambling in Blur’s “Parklife.” It was fucking hilarious, and I loved it very much. Alas, that meme is ruined now; Brand himself killed the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 10, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Yelling “Parklife!” At Russell Brand Is A Thing Now

In America, the British comedian Russell Brand is mostly known for being obnoxious and British. In the UK, he’s famous for speaking in verbose syntactic jumbles. And as The Independent notes, some guy on Twitter figured out that it’s funny to yell “Parklife!” after everything the man says, and it’s taken off. On Blur’s 1994More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2014 - 10:31 am

Damon Albarn Prepping New Gorillaz And The Good The Bad & The Queen Albums

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Damon Albarn gave some status updates on the various projects he’s involved in. He said that he’s prepping a new Gorillaz album and is “in the process of reactivating” the group for a potential 2016 release date. It would be the first album for the virtual band… More »

By: James Rettig / October 19, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Damon Albarn: Blur’s New Album Might Never Come Out Because It Was Too Hot Outside

Damon Albarn has long maintained a pastime of taunting his devoted fans (including our own Michael Nelson) by feeding them tantalizing news about new Blur music only to shelve it and release umpteen side projects instead. The latest instance of this phenomenon comes in a new interview. Albarn told NME that the long-rumored Blur comeback… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 29, 2014 - 1:43 pm
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