Damon Albarn

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    November 1, 2013

    The Mercury Music Prize is far superior to the Grammys

    For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Deltron 3030 at First Avenue, 10/20/13

    Deltron 3030 with Kid Koala First Avenue, Minneapolis Sunday, October 20, 2013 After seven years of teasers, small leaks, and label delays, it's two-thousand-thirteen, and the new Deltron 3030 record finally dropped. Like a long awaited sequel to a beloved cult film, Event II provoked a whole spect ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Twin Shadow at First Avenue, 5/31/13

    Twin ShadowWith ElliphantFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, May 31, 2013For the majority of Twin Shadow's stage show at First Avenue on Friday, frontman George Lewis Jr. looked charmed and freely flashed his glistening smile. Commanding a red guitar and some dizzying effects pedals with authority, he ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Fatoumata Diawara: I'm working on a voice for women that didn't exist before

    Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara may be a newer name to music fans in the States but she has had a long career in her native country and her homebase, France, since the mid-'90s as a stage and film actress. She blends the background of southwestern Mali's Wassoulou traditions with her life experience ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural Center, 8/7/12

    See Also:Slideshow: Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural CenterCedar Cultural Center named best World Music venueThe Cedar's African Summer Music Series begins tonightTwo musicians from Mali and a footloose cosmopolitan chart the peaks and valleys of globalism Amadou & MariamCedar Cult ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Tony Allen talks Afrobeat and Fela Kuti

    In front of a full house of middle and high school students as part of the Project Success organization to inspire kids, the Walker Art Center and the Cedar Cultural Center set the stage for a unique afternoon concert featuring spellbinding legend, drummer Tony Allen. As a fellow drummer and Afrobea ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Gorillaz' iPad-Created Album, 'The Fall'

    ​Nearly one year ago I was, along with hundreds of others, sitting on the internet while Steve Jobs revealed the iPad to a sniggering and goose-pimpled public. Chatting with my boss, I explained how underwhelming this giant iPod was to me, a sentiment so painfully shortsighted it's awkward to talk ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010
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    December 1, 2010
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    October 18, 2010

    Gorillaz at the Target Center, 10/17/10

    Photos by Nick Vlcek​Gorillaz with N*E*R*DOctober 17, 2010Target Center, MinneapolisWell, that's it. Seeing an arena show will never be quite the same after tonight's complex and ceaseless hour-and-45-minute Gorillaz show at the Target Center.

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    October 13, 2010
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    October 6, 2010
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    February 10, 2010
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    December 10, 2009

    Top Five Most Hummable Indie-Rock Smash Hits of the '00s

    The aughts saw indie rock go mainstream. Here's the top 5 indie songs we couldn't escape this decade.

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    June 6, 2007

    Riot Birds

    England's Pipettes revisit the girl-group sounds of the '60s

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    March 7, 2007
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    November 2, 2005
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    May 28, 2003

    The Great Escape

    Blur's musical diaspora: Beyond the waterloo sunset, Africa!

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    April 3, 2002

    Freeze Frame

    This is the sound of Brit hip hop. Or is it hip Britpop? Sometimes with Hood, it's hard to tell

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    April 4, 2001

    The Greatest Shows on Earth

    Uzbek beauties! Swedish peaceniks! Iranian mummies! A guide to the high-wire act otherwise known as the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.

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    August 16, 2000

    The Rubber Band

    Elastica's punk comeback makes something out of saying nothing

  • Movies

    September 8, 1999

    About Face

    "Changing the Guard" reflects the new British cinema's turn toward the personal and the political

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    March 10, 1999
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    June 18, 1997