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2009 Stories by Kory Grow

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  • Joshua Bell

    published December 29, 2009

    This is likely the second cheapest concert that classical violinist Joshua Bell has played in the last five years (the absolute cheapest being the... More >>

  • Los Lobos

    published December 29, 2009

    Los Lobos recorded Ritchie Valens's music for the 1987 movie La Bamba, performed at the White House for Obama at a "Fiesta Latina" earlier... More >>

  • Patti Smith

    published December 29, 2009

    The Godmother of Punk is getting her due this year with the widespread release of a documentary about her career as a poet and musician, Patti... More >>

  • DM Stith

    published December 22, 2009

    On his latest release, Heavy Ghost, graphic-design MFA candidate DM Stith layered music the way some designers layer InDesign files:... More >>

  • Soulfarm

    published December 22, 2009

    Playing what they have vaguely dubbed "new American music," Soulfarm consists of four New York musicians from different ethnic backgrounds, each... More >>

  • Slavic Soul Party

    published December 22, 2009

    Slavic Soul Party are Eastern Europe's answer to the funk (and "Grunt") of the J.B.'s or, more recently, the Budos Band. On their recordings, and... More >>

  • The For Carnation+Mountains+Ben Vida

    published December 15, 2009

    After Slint stopped playing moody anti-hardcore, guitarist/vocalist Brian McMahan started up the moodier, even more post-hardcore For Carnation.... More >>

  • Grant Hart

    published December 15, 2009

    When he was the drummer-vocalist of post-hardcore archetypes Hüsker Dü, Grant Hart played the role of songwriting foil to the... More >>

  • Arctic Monkeys

    published December 8, 2009

    Just in time for the holidays, English stoner-rock punks Arctic Monkeys are touring the U.S. for their anytime-but-yuletide bid Humbug. A... More >>

  • Life of Agony

    published December 8, 2009

    Since their sold-out Irving Plaza reunion shows in 2003, Brooklyn-bred metallers Life of Agony have played it safe (and smart) when it comes to... More >>

  • 'Twisted Sister Presents A Twisted Christmas on Broadway'

    published December 1, 2009

    What’s more metal than fire? Apparently chestnuts roasting on it, if you'll believe mascara'd '80s metal troubadours Twisted Sister. No other... More >>

  • Nitzer Ebb

    published December 1, 2009

    Since reuniting for live shows in 2006 after a decade-long hiatus, British post-industrial/EBM duo Nitzer Ebb have had songs popping up in the... More >>

  • GNAW

    published December 1, 2009

    The experimental caterwauls of Gnaw are as unsettling as their name. Containing key members metal groups with various extreme... More >>

  • The Mountain Goats

    published November 24, 2009

    Who says a little prayer doesn't go a long way? Quirky indie-folk songwriter John Darnielle—the one-man band behind the Mountain... More >>

  • Pixies

    published November 24, 2009

    As if you weren't already stuffed to the gills from the previous three nights of Pixies concerts, the indie-rock icons are serving up their final... More >>

  • Camera Obscura+Papercuts

    published November 17, 2009

    Sometime protégées of Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Scottish indie rockers Camera Obscura have hit a winning streak with... More >>

  • Rain Machine

    published November 17, 2009

    As if vocalist-guitarist Kyp Malone didn't have enough creative space in TV on the Radio—who recently announced a year-long hiatus—he's... More >>

  • THRILL ‘EM ALL

    published November 10, 2009

    Call this Metallica’s victory lap. The headbanging legends released a lauded return-to-metal form in Death Magnetic last year, mostly... More >>

  • Goodie Mob+Scarface+Slick Rick

    published November 10, 2009

    All of the original members of Goodie Mob, the hip-hop group who coined the term "dirty south," have cleaned up their act and are touring together... More >>

  • Islands+Jemima Pearl

    published November 3, 2009

    Montreal indie-poppers Islands cut loose on their third LP, Vapours, using Auto-Tune (on "Heartbeat"), lush percussion, and (gasp!) the... More >>

  • Say Anything

    published November 3, 2009

    Given emo-punk group Say Anything's prolific output—their second album was a double-disc set with guest appearances by Pete Yorn, Gerard Way,... More >>

  • 'Shred for Your Life Guitar Battle'

    published October 27, 2009

    Billed as sort of an anti-Guitar Hero competition, the Shred for Your Life Guitar Battle pits 12 aspiring local six-stringers against each... More >>

  • Misfits

    published October 27, 2009

    Halloween is the only day that horror-themed punks Misfits still matter, at least to those who haven't yet given up the Crimson Ghost. Of course,... More >>

  • 'Panache Showcase (CMJ)'

    published October 20, 2009

    This showcase seems custom-made for people suffering ADHD, since it contains a motley crew of psychedelic, spaz-core, and garage bands (some... More >>

  • Saul Williams

    published October 20, 2009

    Quadruple threat Saul Williams—a musician, poet, actor, and writer—always makes for a compelling frontman, when he feels like being a... More >>

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