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Gorillaz come down to earth at Wells Fargo Center

Gorillaz | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN | iospicer.com

It has been fascinating to witness the evolution of Damon Albarn’s iconic “virtual band” Gorillaz over the better part of two decades, musically, lyrically, conceptually. What began as a commentary on the lack of substance on MTV—I can only imagine what Albarn thinks now—has expanded to explore issues personal, political, and environmental, using both the conceit of a cartoon musical act and the shape-shifting textures of hip-hop and electronic music to lend such heady subjects a deceptively danceable accessibility. This evolution also informs the project’s live translation, which on paper could conceivably present a challenge. And this is all before considering recent release The Now Now’s relative simplicity compared to its predecessors’ complexity and ambition. On Albarn’s visit to the Wells Fargo Center earlier this week, he did his best to not only reconcile the newer Now material with the rest of his repertoire, but his animated avatars with the living breathing people behind them. 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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Last chance to win tickets to see Gorillaz at Susquehanna Bank Center on October 10th!

GorillazAs we mentioned earlier this week, we’ve got a handful of free tickets for the Gorillaz show at Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday, October 10th—and we can’t wait to give these sweet babies away! All you have to do is visit The Key on Facebook, become a fan, and leave a comment on our Gorillaz Contest post by 5 p.m. today; we’ll select a few winners at random and notify them by first thing Friday morning. (Tickets must be picked up from the WXPN office by 5 p.m. Friday, October 8th.)

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Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Gorillaz at Susquehanna Bank Center on October 10th

GorillazDo you love Gorillaz? Do you also love free stuff? Do you want free Gorillaz-related stuff? You’re in luck, because we’ve got a handful of tickets to the upcoming Gorillaz show (7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 10th at Susquehanna Bank Center) burning a hole in our pocket. Want a chance to win a pair of them? All you have to do is become a fan of The Key on Facebook and leave a comment on our Gorillaz Contest post by 5 p.m. this Thursday; we’ll select a few winners at random and notify them the following day. (Tickets must be picked up from the WXPN office by 5 p.m. Friday, October 8th.) Get to it!