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Don’t Miss Blur Tomorrow Night at Madison Square Garden

October 22nd, 2015

Damon Albarn (vocals and guitar), Alex James (bass), Dave Rowntree (drums) and Graham Coxon (guitar and vocals) formed Blur in London back in 1988. And while they initially began with a swirling shoegaze sound, they launched themselves as one of the England’s most popular guitar-pop bands—gaining comparisons to the Who, the Kinks and the Jam—with a pair of highly acclaimed releases: Modern Life Is Rubbish (stream it below) in 1993 and Parklife (stream it below) in 1994. Not wanting to get pigeonholed with a specific sound, Blur (above, performing “Go Out” on Later … with Jools Holland) embraced lo-fi, indie tendencies on their eponymous album (stream it below), out in 1997, earning the band mainstream success in the U.S. They went on a bit of a hiatus in the new millennium, but they returned with their first studio album in 12 years when the hypnotic, moody The Magic Whip (stream it below) came out this past spring. And it seems like the time off was no problem as the new LP received nearly universal acclaim. According to Rolling Stone, “The band’s first album in more than a decade is a dark, seductive set that cements a legacy.” And furthermore, “Blur have returned with inspiration to spare.” See them play Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. And as an added bonus, fast-rising star Courtney Barnett, who seems to get better with each performance, opens the show.