More Blur material on way, vows Damon Albarn

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has revealed plans for the band to record more new songs.

Gorillaz, Roundhouse, London

Mos Def, De La Soul, Kano, Bobby Womack, Shaun Ryder – it sounds more like a festival line-up than a list of just some of those who make an appearance during Gorillaz's first full UK show for five years, but such is the power of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's creation. The fact that the group's three albums feature so many collaborators makes a full-blown tour a logistical nightmare, but when they do manage to get together it can produce a hell of a show.

Prosecute Damon Albarn over on stage cigarette urges anti-smoking charity

An anti-smoking charity called today for Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn to be prosecuted for smoking a cigarette on stage on the first night of a tour.

Gorillaz aped my song, says furious Eddy Grant

Reggae star demands full credit and apology from Damon Albarn's band

Fiona Sturges: Copy or not, Gorillaz's song is inferior to Eddy's

There is, it has to be said, a certain similarity in the synthesised melody of "Time Warp" to that of Gorillaz's "Stylo". But singer Eddy Grant's request for full credit for the song is pushing it, since in every other respect the two tracks are very different. "Time Warp", which originally appeared in 1982 as a double-A side with Grant's No 1 hit "Electric Avenue", is a quietly mesmerising piece supported by a single, immutable disco beat that itself owes a debt to the dance-floor supremo Giorgio Moroder.

Album: Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (EMI)

The virtual band finally show real musical prowess

Album: Broken Bells, Broken Bells (Columbia)

Burton hops between musical collaborations the way other people change shoes, but this new venture with the Shins' James Mercer is, he tells us, a keeper.

Album: Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (Parlophone)

As is now well-known, a vast new continent of non-biodegradable plastic waste is being created just beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean; in Gorillaz's Plastic Beach, it's breached the surface to form an island which serves as the cartoon group's headquarters – a Tracy Island of the imagination, created by consumerism.

The Secret Garden Party announce 2010 line up

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Caught in the Net: Panda Bear's pitch perfect

As a member of Animal Collective, Noah Lennox, better known as Panda Bear, had a big 2009. But he's not using that as an excuse to take a load off, it seems; he has already returned to his solo work this year. A follow up to his incredible 2007 LP 'Person Pitch!' is expected soon and in an interview with pedestrian.tv (tinyurl.com/yl3pr7d) he described the new music as "a lot darker and it sounds sort of dramatic or romantic to me." Recently on a brief European tour he played large swathes of new material. One blogger recorded his entire set from a show in Berlin – download it at ramin-ton.net. The quality of the recording isn't great but it might give an idea of what to expect – to me it sounds less busy than 'Person Pitch'; slower and sparse, and, as he suggested, more downbeat. There are a lot of nice sounds in there, though, so my expectations remain high. Another fan recorded 10 minutes of Panda Bear's gig in Belgium and put it on YouTube (tinyurl.com/ yab4qve) – the sound quality is a little cleaner. I particularly like his guitar playing after the six-minute mark.

Albarn leads running to be artistic director of 2012 Olympics

Damon Albarn has emerged as a leading contender to be the artistic director for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.

De La Soul, The Ritz, Manchester

Three feet high – and mighty

Album: Kasabian, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (Columbia)

After the patchy response duly bestowed upon the patchy Empire, Kasabian have wisely made a few changes for this much-improved follow-up.

Gorillaz tale makes tracks online

A documentary about Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's virtual band has premiered on an internet and mobile phone website. James Mottram watches the future, and wonders if Hollywood is scared

One-click wonder: Grace Jones

Grace Jones, singer, actress, model and 60-year-old warrior goddess of pop culture releases ‘Hurricane’, her first album in two decades, on 3 November. Bow down, ye fools, and tremble before her awesome majesty in these five video clips.

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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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