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‘The Lost Chord’ and The Last Dance – Gorillaz End ‘Song Machine Season One’ With all the Feels

  We must have known this day was coming but fans still weren’t prepared for the last video entry from Gorillaz’s groundbreaking first season of the Song Machine format would come so soon. Gorillaz announced on YouTube and their Instagram page that “The Lost Chord” featuring Leee John would be the “season finale,” so to...

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We Watched All Three Gorillaz ‘Song Machine’ Livestream Concerts; Here’s What Happened

How could we not? The UK livestream site LIVENow streamed the three-performance “Live from Kong Studios” special on December 12-13 (corresponding with different timezones around the world) and it offered an “around the world” experience where fans got to see all three performances and, for over-observant critics like the one typing these words, compare them....

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Gorillaz ‘Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez’ Full Album Is out, and We Had to Take a Minute to Gather Our Thoughts

So much has happened with Gorillaz and their magical song machine since the release of the video for “Strange Times” and our wordy review of the Robert Smith collab. The beloved virtual band announced that Song Machine would be made into an album or rather a “season,” called Strange Timez. Before it released on October 23, the...

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Calm TF Down Internet: Ice Cube Isn’t Endorsing Trump – Read ‘A Contract With Black America’

It’s unfortunate that we’re publishing this in such a context, as the original story about Ice Cube and his Contract With Black America was supposed to be just that: a look at the proposal the activist and rapper-turned movie star-turned activist again has been pushing and why it’s important. Unfortunately, the internet got Ice Cube...

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The New Gorillaz Song Machine Video Heralds an Upcoming Album: Robert Freaking Smith Collabs on ‘Strange Timez’!

OK that’s it – who else was just completely not ready for the emotional, political, fun and funky ball of wax that is “Strange Timez”? Every track so far on the Song Machine series has been monumentally great, with the collabs all adding something new and unique to  the mix, but this one is truly something...

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Two Ways Music Fans Can Get Into Meditation: the Dalai Lama’s Album Hits Number One While Rza’s Series Poised to Change the Game

In the current social climate, pretty much everyone on the planet could use a bit more inner peace, or at least a break from the elevated stress that COVID and the culmination of equality struggles has precipitated. Many musical artists as well as celebrities have long been proponents of meditation but lately there seems to...

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New Gorillaz Song Machine Track Sees the Band Back in the Studio With Schoolboy Q…Sort Of

It’s that magical time once again where Gorillaz blow everyone’s minds with a new Song Machine track. “Pac Man” features rap legend Schoolboy Q and apparently of even more consequence to the fans, 2D with pupils. It’s a wild ride to say the least. Musically, “Pac Man” is fun and a throwback to old school, or at...

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A Sad Week for Music: Legends Charlie Daniels and Ennio Morricone Pass On the Same Day

While the focus both in the music world and out right now is and should be on fighting the COVID pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s still important to honor the lives of musicians, especially pioneers like Charlie Daniels and Ennio Morricone. These two musical legends both passed July 6, 2020 from a...

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Playlist: Celebrate Black Music Month With New Releases From Black Indie Artists

[metaslider id=14909] Playlist: Celebrate Black Music Month With New Releases From Black Indie Artists While Black Music Month was initiated over 40 years ago by President Jimmy Carter, in the current climate here in 2020 it seems even more important to recognize black Americans and black artists around the world for their massive contribution to...

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It Started With GWAR: Multiple Petitions Spring up to Replace Torn Down Statues With Popular Music Figures

  [metaslider id=14750] It Started With GWAR: Multiple Petitions Spring up to Replace Torn Down Statues With Popular Music Figures Last week the collateral damage from the country-wide protests in the US over George Floyd’s murder took an interesting turn. As part of the protests, statues in multiple cities that many considered to be landmarks...

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New Gorillaz Song Machine Track ‘Friday 13th’ Feat. Octavian a Beautiful Support Anthem for BLM

New Gorillaz Song Machine Track ‘Friday 13th’ Feat. Octavian a Beautiful Support Anthem for BLM One really has to wonder how quickly Gorillaz are making these Song Machine tracks and animations because they’re becoming more and more poignant and germane to the current times that it almost feels like they can’t have been made too long...

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Watch: D&B Artists Camo & Krooked Made an Album With a Classical Orchestra and Then Performed It Live and on Instagram

If you know anything about the drum & bass world, you’ll know that Austrian duo Camo & Krooked are almost always at the forefront of pushing the genre’s boundaries. From their groundbreaking 2017 mega album Mosaik on RAM Recordings (WMG) which changed every producer and fan’s idea of what D&B could sound like, this duo...

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