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Oct. 16 at UIC Pavilion
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The cartoon band invented by Blur's Damon Albarn and Jamie "Tank Girl" Hewlett more than a decade ago has morphed into a real band, with more than 30 musicians and singers, including a core group built on former Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. Albarn orchestrates it all, blending hip-hop, dub reggae, Eastern music, punk, soul and myriad other genres into a soundtrack for a dying plant that doesn't sound like a eulogy at all. Instead, it becomes one the year's biggest dance parties.