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Blur's Damon Albarn is the ultimate musical multitasker these days

Blur's Damon Albarn is the ultimate musical multitasker these days

Damon Albarn is a busier man than he used to be. Back in the Britpop '90s, it was enough to just be singer for the band Blur, merging social commentary with hooks and vivid melodies while navigating a media-fueled rivalry with Oasis. Even then, he seemed to have other ideas.

Blur remains a part of Albarn's life, but it's no longer central to his creative career, as he leads several concurrent musical projects, from the Gorillaz to his imminent stage musical based on "Alice in Wonderland" for England's National Theatre. And yet Albarn and Blur are engaged in unexpected new activity, with their first new album in a dozen years and a world tour that lands Tuesday at the...

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