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Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

In the '90s, Damon Albarn was best known as the cheeky lad fronting Blur, leading the Britpop pack of upstarts confronting American grunge with ebullient, Union Jack-waving brio. Restless to explore other artistic avenues, Albarn eventually formed three other bands: Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & The Queen, and Rocket Juice and the Moon. He has worked extensively with Malian and Congolese musicians via Oxfam and the Africa Express project and has collaborated on several opera and theatre pieces. However, it has taken Damon Albarn until 2014 to release his first "official" solo debut under his own name. That album, Everyday Robots, is a wistful, heavily autobiographical journey, awash in childhood memories and unease with the technological advances that define our modern age.

WFUV at SXSW 2014: Damon Albarn

by Rita Houston

Damon Albarn gets a big crowd wherever he goes, and we think it's because nobody knows just what he's going to do next.

From the big-influence, critical darling days of Blur in the '90s, to the massive success of 'virtual band' Gorillaz, to The Good the Bad and the Queen project, Damon has kept evolving. His musical journeys with African artists, his two operas, and his work as a record producer expand his world - and ours - even more.