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2009 Stories by Chandler Levack

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  • Why?+Owen Weaver+Flexible Trio

    published September 22, 2009

    Cincinatti's Why? might have the worst indie rock band name since Dog Day, and yet their just-released Eskimo Snow earns them another... More >>

  • 'Blackened Music Series Presents Nadja & Mick Barr'

    published September 15, 2009

    Though the kids on Degrassi never mention it, Toronto's ambient doom metal scene is rife with bands such as Nadja, a mysterious power duo... More >>

  • Youth Brigade+the Casualties+Off With Their Heads

    published September 15, 2009

    Punk's not dead, it's just hanging out in Greenpoint. Take this showcase happening at Europa, in which L.A. DIY outfit Youth Brigade aim to... More >>

  • Stryper

    published September 15, 2009

    Before bands such as Relient K made Jesus Christ sound like a mall-punk pansy, Christian metal group Stryper were singing the Lord's praises with... More >>

  • The Rapture

    published September 8, 2009

    When the TimeLife Best Of The 00s infomercials begin (no doubt hosted by Cory Kennedy), remember that it's okay to wax nostalgic over... More >>

  • Princeton+Phil & the Osophers+Ice Palace

    published September 8, 2009

    Sounding like a Vampire Weekend cover band, L.A.'s Princeton (named after a street in Santa Monica) bear the trappings of a prepster Kwassa... More >>

  • Deer Tick

    published September 1, 2009

    Hyped by NBC news anchor Brian Williams on his personal blog "Bri-Tunes", Rhode Island's Deer Tick are an unlikely band to headline a drunken... More >>

  • Bad Rabbits

    published September 1, 2009

    Boston's Bad Rabbits are a mess of contradictions, but that's what you get with a super-heavy r&b group who call themselves the creators of "new... More >>

  • The Cool Kids

    published August 25, 2009

    Viva la 1988 revivalism! Though it was the year MC Mikey Rocks was born, it doesn't stop Chicago duo the Cool Kids from completing hip-hop... More >>

  • Journey+Heart

    published August 25, 2009

    The journey of Journey from arena rock headliners to karaoke mainstays took 12 lineup changes, two indefinite hiatuses, one "chronic throat... More >>

  • Choo Choo La Rouge

    published August 18, 2009

    Lots of bands have terrible names—Kajagoogoo, Enuff Z'Nuff, Juliana Hatfield—so let's not hold this against Boston alt-rockers Choo Choo... More >>

  • Biz Markie+Lost Boyz+Rakim

    published August 18, 2009

    Dust off your old school Adidas, 'cuz tonight's "Hip-Hop Legends" concert features the genre's forgotten heroes. Say what? Biz Markie was the... More >>

  • Thurston Moore & Bill Nace

    published August 11, 2009

    Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore is indie rock's Highlander. Want proof? He never ages, has survived decades in the New York underground, and,... More >>

  • Friendly Fires

    published August 11, 2009

    Equally influenced by Prince and Detroit techno producer Carl Craig, UK dance rockers Friendly Fires have been tapped by betting firm William Hill... More >>

  • Hercules & Love Affair

    published August 11, 2009

    Disco makes queers and trannies of us all. Take the success of New York art outfit Hercules and Love Affair, whose 2008 single "Blind" became the... More >>

  • TV ON THE BANDSHELL

    published August 4, 2009

    Shit-hot music for the end of days. How else to describe Brooklyn's TV on the Radio who have since gone on to produce ingénue... More >>

  • Quicksilver Messenger Service

    published August 4, 2009

    Eventually, Val Kilmer will star in a biopic about the Quicksilver Messenger Service, whose heavy penchant for drugs and 6/4 jazz time made them... More >>

  • Destroyer

    published July 28, 2009

    When atomic bomb creator Robert Oppenheimer deemed himself "destroyer of all worlds,"; he was obviously setting prelude for Dan Bejar. Known as... More >>

  • The Rural Alberta Advantage

    published July 28, 2009

    The mining ghosts and cowboy country of rural Alberta, Canada, have inspired many a musician. It's a sparse landscape drenched in mythology, eager... More >>

  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists+Radio 4+Extra Golden

    published July 22, 2009

    Brooklyn cul-de-rocker Radio 4 and Nairobi Afro-popsters Extra Golden support Ted Leo at second show of Hudson River Park’s free outdoor... More >>

  • Malajube

    published July 22, 2009

    2006's Trompe-l'oeil made Montreal's Malajube as famous as Celine Dion, hailed as the sole Francophone art stars of the then-burgeoning... More >>

  • Lovvers

    published July 8, 2009

    The second band in a trend of "double V bands" (you'll have to thank Wavves for that), Nottingham's Lovvers have the mangled guitars and poppy... More >>

  • Superchunk

    published July 8, 2009

    Is there any underrated '90s band with more indie cred than Chapel Hill's Superchunk? The founders of Merge Records, guitarist Mac McCaughan and... More >>

  • Your Vegas+Fan Tan+Kordan

    published July 8, 2009

    Originally from Leeds, now of New York, Your Vegas sound like a well-studied exercise in pussified arena rock. Through their debut album, A... More >>

  • Parts & Labor+Child Bite+Fiasco+Big Bear

    published July 1, 2009

    Bushwick gets cranked to 11 with offerings from these fine and glitchy experimental bands. Headliners Parts & Labor are an exercise in how to make... More >>

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