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Gorillaz release new song “Sorcererz”, debut new material live in Germany

Gorillaz | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Gorillaz have released a new song, titled “Sorcererz”, from their upcoming album, The Now Now. A downtempo electronic groove featuring an unaccompanied Damon Albarn on lead vocals, “Sorcererz” falls somewhere between G-Funk and Tame Impala and highlights Gorillaz at their most laid-back. The band debuted the song live at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival along with three other tracks from The Now Now, “Tranz,” “Magic City,” and “Souk Eye”. You can watch video of each below. Continue reading →

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Listen to two new Gorillaz songs, “Humility” and “Lake Zurich,” see them at Wells Fargo Center in October

Gorillaz | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Good news in the Gorillaz-verse! Earlier this week, Gorillaz announced new album The Now Now, the quick follow up to 2017’s Humanz. Today, the virtual band released two new tracks off their 6th studio LP, groovy bop “Lake Zurich” and album opener “Humility,” which features George Benson on guitar and vocals. Along with the two new tracks, the band provided more details on their upcoming album, which is set to release on June 29th. View the full tracklist and album artwork below. Continue reading →

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Little Simz teams up with Gorillaz for electric new single “Garage Palace”

Gorillaz | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Soon after coming off a major North American tour, Gorillaz and Little Simz have blessed us with a new single, the day before they embark on another sold-out tour, this time in Europe. Simz and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn have shown that they love working together, and “Garage Palace” is yet another example of their highly beneficial relationship. Continue reading →

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Watch Palm go Gorillaz in their new “Shadow Expert” Music Video

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

In June, Philadelphia’s Palm released a new EP Shadow Experts to follow their debut full-length Trading Basics, proving that they are still thinking outside the box (like, way outside the box).

The experimental indie pop group turns away from all mainstream convention in the creation of their sound, and with today’s release of the music video for Shadow Experts‘ title track it appears that their visuals don’t fall too far from the song-tree (sorry). Continue reading →

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Gorillaz partied in the rain on Festival Pier with Vince Staples, Kilo Kish and more

Gorillaz | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Damon Albarn brought his ongoing multimedia pop music extravaganza Gorillaz to a soggy and somewhat salty Festival Pier last night, and if the test of a live act’s worth is its ability to transform crummy situations, Albarn and crew handily passed.

The gig got underway about a half hour behind schedule due to thunder and lightning hovering in the skies overhead; early arrivers at Festival Pier had to be evacuated from the site, and the crowd of thousands lined Delaware Avenue for a solid mile north to south, waiting to get back in.

Many fans were still making their way through when dynamic Long Beach rapper Vince Staples played his opening set; hot takes on the situation were all over social media. Thankfully, Staples turned up at a couple intervals during Gorillaz’s headlining performance, spitting bars on “Ascension” from this year’s Humanz, as well as a particularly tight verse on “Clint Eastwood” from the band’s 2001 self-titled debut. Continue reading →

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Listen to Gorillaz get its groove on with the non-album track “Sleeping Powder”

Gorillaz | photo via facebook.com/gorillaz

Less than two months after releasing their expansive fourth album Humanz, the virtual pop band Gorillaz is already back with new material for your viewing pleasure. “Sleeping Powder” by 2-D (the animated lead vocalist) begins with a somber baroque intro on the keyboard before expanding into Gorillaz’s signature trippy dance pop sound. “Sleeping Powder” and about 40 other tracks didn’t make the cut onto Humanz (which was already bursting at a 25-track deluxe version), but the single has a notably different groove than the majority of tracks that did and as such stands out on its own. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Gorillaz, Coco Hames & more!

Photo Credit | J.C. Hewlett

We’re cooking up another two hours of brand new music tonight.  Tune in starting at 8pm.  As bands get ready to hit the highway for summer tours, they’re also getting their new music out there.  Included in the mix tonight, a must-hear new tune from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.  Blondie is back, sounding true to form.  As always, we’ll introduce some new acts like the mysterious 8-piece band from Maine called Superorganism, a talented wordsmith from Oklahoma, John Moreland and garage rock sounds of Black Lips return as well.

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Gorillaz team up with Benjamin Clementine for their first new song in six years

Benjamin Clementine | still from video

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s acclaimed multimedia pop project Gorillaz has been teasing something new over the past several months. Today, that something emerged in “Hallelujah Money,” the band’s first song in six years.

While 2010’s Plastic Beach didn’t shy away from criticisms of society and consumerism, it did so in a celebratory tone — big beats, massive pop production, generating some of the highest energy jams and biggest hits the band has produced, from “On Melancholy Hill” and “Stylo” to “Rhinestone Eyes.” By comparison, the new song’s alluring textures are pensive and introverted, matched with a brooding meditation by Mercury Prize winning artist Benjamin Clementine (whose “Nemesis’ was featured in 2015 as a WXPN Gotta Hear Song). The band says it “has issued this song on the eve of the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump to serve as commentary on a politically-charged, historical moment.” Continue reading →