Blur vs. Gorillaz: Where Does Damon Albarn Truly Belong?

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This feature originally ran in April 2015 and is being re-published ahead of Gorillaz’s new album, Humanz. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. This time, we definitively determine where …

Spoon’s Britt Daniel Breaks Down His Band’s Entire Discography

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Photo by Philip Cosores On the morning before one of Spoon’s first shows supporting new album Hot Thoughts, Britt Daniel exudes an inordinate calm. I’ve asked him to take a journey back through each of Spoon’s nine albums. He remains unfazed, speaking softly yet confidently, his memory sharp and his opinions sharper. And yet, he doesn’t seem the type to spend a lot of …

Pink Floyd’s Animals Pulls No Political Punches 40 Years Later

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Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Brice Ezell looks back at Pink Floyd’s bleakest album, which feels eerily relevant in these grave times. When it comes to Pink Floyd and politics, one refrain tends to ring louder than the others: “We don’t need no education!” …