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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Maureen Walsh’s top five life-affirming songs of 2015

Kendrick Lamar in the "Alright" video
Kendrick Lamar in the “Alright” video

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, Key contributor Maureen Walsh shares the year’s most life-affirming songs.

2015 has been the year of battling injustices, terrorism, and Trump.  Sometimes you need someone to sing you a song that will get you through the insanity.  Luckily, a group of artists delivered. Continue reading →

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Terracotta Heart: Damon Albarn on Blur’s return

Damon Albarn | Photo by Mark Metcalfe
Damon Albarn | Photo by Mark Metcalfe

As his beloved band Blur returns with its first new album in over a decade, Damon Albarn talked with XPN’s Eric Schuman for our Monday night New Music Show. Albarn talks about the making of The Magic Whip, with sessions initially serving as a way to pass the time while the band was stuck in Asia following a cancelled festival date. Though a tour in support of the new album is on Albarn’s mind, he remains reliably busy with other projects, including a new musical based on Alice In Wonderland.

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This dude from Princeton really wants Blur to play the states and I totally agree

Damon Albarn eating pizza circa 1995 | Photo by Kevin Cummins | Getty Images
Damon Albarn eating pizza circa 1995 | Photo by Kevin Cummins | Getty Images

Earlier today, I got a very earnest voicemail from a Princeton man named Bennett John Kelly. He’d heard Blur’s new single “Go Out” in the mix on WXPN – it’s our Gotta Hear Song this week – and promptly called to excitedly outline his plan for getting the Britpop icons to play the states. Continue reading →