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2009 Stories by Kory Grow

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  • Far

    published October 20, 2009

    As long as front man Jonah Matranga doesn't let his soaring vocals lift his ego too high, as long as guitarist Shaun Lopez and bassist John... More >>

  • Raveonettes

    published October 13, 2009

    Raveonettes' dark reimagining of the Nuggets sound has been mostly benign over the years (except for their 2007 disc, Lust Lust Lust, which... More >>

  • Them Crooked Vultures

    published October 13, 2009

    What started as a hypothetical supergroup made up by Foo Fighter/Nirvana alum Dave Grohl for the UK press is now real and touring: Them Crooked... More >>

  • Revolting Cocks

    published October 13, 2009

    Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen's tongue-through-cheek side project Revolting Cocks got member reboots a few times over the past three years (only... More >>

  • Bob Mould

    published October 6, 2009

    In the two decades since angst-rock archetypes Hüsker Dü split up, frontman Bob Mould's pangs of frustration have dulled to bitter aches... More >>

  • KISS

    published October 6, 2009

    Nearly 10 years after KISS's reneged Farewell Tour, the Rasputins of Classic Rock are now celebrating 35 years of moon boots, fireballs, and... More >>

  • Maps & Atlases+Princeton

    published September 29, 2009

    Where most bands go loud, indie rockers Maps & Atlases always seem to pull back. They whisper, noodle out guitar textures, and allow their songs... More >>

  • Human Eye

    published September 29, 2009

    Bass-heavy skronk rockers Human Eye are probably most notorious for the time at a Chicago fest when the band's skulleted guitarist wore a dead... More >>

  • 'Carlapalooza'

    published September 22, 2009

    The second night of Carlapalooza, the annual charity concert which has raised close to $3,500 for multiple sclerosis research, boasts a more... More >>

  • 'Blackened Music Series'

    published September 15, 2009

    Something wicked this way rumbles: The three main performers tonight form a sort of triumvirate of underground instrumental metal. Bicoastal duo... More >>

  • Gojira

    published September 15, 2009

    French metal band Gojira's moniker is the Japanese word we Americanized into "Godzilla," and they play big, nasty, sci-fi-inspired epics that live... More >>

  • Thursday

    published September 15, 2009

    Screamo pioneers Thursday tried their go at something like the Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails paradigm last year by selling a limited-edition split... More >>

  • Down+the Melvins

    published September 8, 2009

    Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, who has led the New Orleans sludge-metal supergroup Down since his alma mater's heyday, remains an... More >>

  • Naked Raygun+Paint It Black

    published September 8, 2009

    Chicago's Naked Raygun were one of the first bands in the second wave of hardcore punk to make the genre really melodic (which is odd since the... More >>

  • Deerhoof+Wildbirds & Peacedrums

    published September 8, 2009

    With 10 albums to their name, San Francisco's Deerhoof have established themselves as one of art-rock's most reliable bands, though their pixyish... More >>

  • Battlefields+Overmars

    published September 1, 2009

    Battlefields, who hail from an unpublicized part of Minnesota, and Lyon, France's Overmars are a transatlantic match made in sludge-metal heaven.... More >>

  • Battles+!!!

    published September 1, 2009

    Over the past 20 years, Warp Records has been a driving force behind avant-garde electronic music and forward-thinking indie rock, providing a... More >>

  • Phosphorescent

    published September 1, 2009

    Matthew Houck, the indie-folk artist who goes by Phosphorescent, writes incandescent odes to Americana in the vein of Richard Thompson, Neil... More >>

  • Murphys Law+Antidote

    published August 25, 2009

    At roughly $1.43 a band, this hodgepodge of hardcore bands should carry appeal to boot stompers and penny pinchers alike. Headlined by Astoria,... More >>

  • It's Casual

    published August 18, 2009

    The members of It's Casual attribute their gritty, sore-throat hardcore punk to the smoggy city where they live, Los Angeles. Frontman Edward... More >>

  • Amy Ray+Jennifer O'Connor

    published August 18, 2009

    Indigo Girl Amy Ray's solo work is where she cuts loose. She writes political, punk-influenced lyrics, turns up a Southern rock vibe (it's OK,... More >>

  • Nine Inch Nails+the Horrors

    published August 18, 2009

    The man who got the phrase "I want to fuck you like an animal" on the radio, who had the gall to call Nine Inch Nails a "band," who empowered... More >>

  • Tori Amos

    published August 11, 2009

    Tori Amos made her career out of piano ballads that address the things Polite Society avoids in conversation: Religion, sex, women's rights,... More >>

  • Marduk

    published August 11, 2009

    Visa restrictions prevented extreme metallers Marduk from entering the U.S. in May for what was to be a national tour. As the story goes, the... More >>


    published August 4, 2009

    Rapper Big Daddy Kane once boasted, "My rhymes are so dope . . . I'll have to open a school of MCing," on his 1988 classic "Ain't No... More >>

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