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Damon Albarn

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Deltron 3030 at House of Blues, 3/28/2014

    Deltron 3030, Kid Koala House of Blues March 28, 2014 "We're Deltron 3030 and we're back after a 13-year hiatus" quipped Dan the Automator at the start of Friday evening's performance. With the help of his fellow Deltrons -- rapper Del the Funky Homosapien and turntablist Kid Koala -- even after al ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The World's 10 Finest Superstar Musical Collaborations

    Well, folks, it appears we're getting a Superman/Batman movie whether we like it or not. Comics fanboy and Frank Miller obsessive Zack Snyder broke the news a couple weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con that his big-budget sequel to Man of Steel will find a way to shoehorn in the Dark Knight. A much mo ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Hell Freezes Over: The Ends of Five Great Musical Feuds

    Last month marked the end of one of the great musical feuds of the 1990s. Any Britpop fan knows you can either be a fan of Oasis or of Blur, but not a fan of both. The two bands hated each other's guts and were in constant competition throughout the decade. So all of us in the press were shocked wh ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Happy E-Day: What If Elvis Had Lived?

    Note: Elvis Presley would be 78 years old today, if he had not (supposedly) died in Memphis in August 1977. This article originally appeared as part of Rocks Off's "Elvis Week" in January 2011, and still seems plausible two years later. Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who w ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Dearly Departed: Bands We'll Miss Who Broke Up In 2012

    Every year has its fair share of births and deaths, even when speaking of bands. They form, reform, and break up. We talk a lot about reunions, but many bands fade out and break up with barely a whisper. It's unfortunate because some of these bands were old favorites at one time. Today we'll look b ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    July 13, 2011

    Before Harry Potter, There Was Dr. John Dee...

    ​History is full of mysterious magicians. The modern world gives us Anton LaVey, Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley. In the ancient world you had Edward Kelley, Nicolas Flamel, and the Count of St. Germain. Of all those illustrious names, however, the name of Dr. John Dee stands out from the ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Out Today: Glee Warbles, Gorillaz Fall, Kinks Ride Again

    ​It's been a week since the Foo Fighters' album, Wasting Light, hit the stores, and Rocks Off has probably averaged at least one or two spins of the solid disc per day. Right now, we are actually on track four. Will anything top Light this week? That remains to be seen. Next week will bring ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Top 5 Off-The-Wall Musical Instruments In Regular Use

    John Cage is playing a cactus. Your argument is irrelevant.​ Last year at Free Press Summer Fest, we saw Stars haul out this little thingy that was basically a tiny keyboard with a mouthpiece you could blow into. It was the first time we'd ever seen a melodica played live. Since then, Rocks O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Future Elvis: What If The King Had Lived?

    ​Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who was in the Darth Vader suit, and Ron Paul are all the same age as Elvis Presley would be on Saturday? Look at Woody Allen next time you see him on TMZ and just think, he's as old as Elvis. In order to get in the frame of mind to t ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Gorillaz's New Album Includes Song About Houston

    ​ Christmas morning, Rocks Off got to hear the new Gorillaz album, The Fall, recorded entirely on an iPad by leader Damon Albarn as the super-group made their way through the States on tour this past October. Most every city on the run got a song dedicated to it, including Texas towns Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Last Night: Gorillaz At Toyota Center

    Photos by Jim Bricker​ Gorillaz Toyota Center October 19, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Gorillaz may have overspent on their first-ever extended tour. True, the entire concept is that the group is officially made up of four cartoon characters, so there kind of ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    The Top 15 Cartoon Bands (Sorry, Gorillaz)

    ​Gorillaz makes a stop in Houston tonight (Toyota Center, 7:30 p.m.) on their "Escape to Plastic Beach" world tour. Damon Albarn's "virtual band" is by now far better-known on this side of the pond than his original group, Blur, and is as famous for its inventive music videos as for the songs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Bankrobbers: The Clash Family Tree

    ​Rocks Off cried the night he heard Joe Strummer died. It was December 2002, and we sat on our family couch and let it all out. That fabled Clash reunion that seemed just months away would never happen. Strummer died of a heart attack at 50, just three days before Christmas, leaving behind a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Cartoon Band To Play Toyota Center

    My my, we're busy today. Rocks Off this sent this into the Twitterverse earlier, but for all you non-tweeters, Gorillaz, the UK hip-hop/electronica/rock band composed of Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs - the cartoon avatars of Blur's Damon Albarn and his pal Jamie Hewlett - are pencile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    FAIL: Courtney Love, KeSha, Beta Band, Rock And Roll Lawyers

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Courtney Love Melts Down Onstage... No, We Mean More Than Usual: We're hoping our Rocks Off counterpart Craig Hlavaty gets to witness his fantasy Hole show next week, but judging from the performance Courtney Love put on last Sunday night at Washington ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
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    June 9, 2005

    Gorillaz

    Demon Days

  • Film

    September 23, 2004

    Vile with a Smile

    Stephen Fry masterfully transcribes the wit of Waugh to the big screen

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Caged Angels

    Chart-toppers in the UK, Ash is happy on the American club circuit. But how long will it stay there?

  • Music

    August 1, 2002

    Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz

    Laika Come Home (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    September 25, 1997

    Smear Campaign

    Blur searches for America's kindly embrace -- just so they can shrug it off

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    May 15, 1997
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