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2009 Stories by Kory Grow

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  • 'Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival 09 with the Budos Band'

    published August 4, 2009

    The Budos Band are everything great about Elmore Leonard movies without all the dialogue, palm trees, or Travolta: Just brassy sax, shakers, and... More >>

  • Gin Blossoms

    published July 28, 2009

    It's been more than 20 years since alternative-era miserablists Gin Blossoms formed, 17 since their breakthrough album New Miserable... More >>

  • M. Ward+Mike Watt & Nels Cline

    published July 28, 2009

    Over the past five years, alt-folkie M. Ward has peppered his albums with guest spots from Bright Eyes, Cat Power, Jenny Lewis, and even Norah... More >>

  • AC/DC+Anvil

    published July 28, 2009

    Rock's biggest headliner rubs elbows with metal's biggest footnote tonight as AC/DC—whose Back in Black is 22 times platinum and... More >>

  • Pete Yorn

    published July 22, 2009

    When Pete Yorn debuted in the early Aughts, his craggy voice, earnest lyrics, and proud hooks separated him from the Jack Johnsons, John Mayers,... More >>

  • Goatwhore+Abigail Williams

    published July 22, 2009

    Just as entertaining as you'd expect a band called Goatwhore to be, the members of the New Orleans extreme-metal squad wear studded leather... More >>

  • Jucifer

    published July 8, 2009

    Fifteen or so years in and grunge-era reprobates Jucifer still have not really broken out beyond their alt-rock cult following; if anything,... More >>

  • The Clientele

    published July 8, 2009

    London's the Clientele are notable for their long awakening. Starting off playing sleepy, pretty, sublime psychedelia, like Syd Barrett on 'ludes,... More >>

  • Mark Eitzel

    published July 8, 2009

    With his band American Music Club, frontman Mark Eitzel writes whispering, introspective, morose numbers. Tonight, he'll likely intone them even... More >>

  • Grand Duchy

    published July 8, 2009

    Duke Black Francis of Pixiesshire and his Duchess, Violet Clark, are the two chief citizens of Grand Duchy, which is really more like the... More >>

  • '10 for $10 Tour'

    published July 1, 2009

    For all of hardcore's puffed-chest posturing, expectorating 'singing,' and one-note, chugga-chugga guitar riffs, its bands are probably the most... More >>

  • I'm In You

    published June 24, 2009

    As revolting as the name I'm in You is (it was a Peter Frampton album title, after all), the Brooklyn drama rockers' racket almost makes up for... More >>

  • 'Adult Swim Presents A.C. Newman & Cheeseburger'

    published June 17, 2009

    Indie rocker A.C. Newman, with his lush, sensitive odes to heartbreak, is the most out of place in tonight’s lineup, which was selected by... More >>

  • Dinosaur Jr.

    published June 17, 2009

    Given how cool J. Mascis made it not to care, generally speaking, in the '80s and '90s with slacker-core heroes Dinosaur Jr., it's still one of... More >>

  • Hearts of Darknesses

    published June 17, 2009

    Girl Talk compatriot Hearts of Darknesses—the nom de squelch of New York-based, one-man laptop jock Frank Musarra—is like the mirror... More >>


    published June 17, 2009

    Compared with New York's indie darlings Sonic Youth, downtown rock radicals Swans—led by songstress Jarboe and Michael... More >>

  • Jonas Brothers

    published June 10, 2009

    Wake up, fix your hair, and decide between your Nick, Joe, or Kevin T-shirts (though you can cheat and also don the other-Brother bootleg booty... More >>

  • Absu

    published June 10, 2009

    The only original member of Plano, Texas extreme-metal band Absu is vocalist/drummer Proscriptor McGovern (or Russley Randell Givens to the... More >>

  • Akitsa+Bone Awl+Ashdautus

    published June 10, 2009

    With a Quèbècois headliner and a triumvirate of California groups, tonight's bill boasts some of North America’s most ingenious... More >>

  • The Dead Science+Bobby Conn+Monica Bou Bou

    published June 3, 2009

    The Dead Science are the perfect college radio band, if only because listening to them is a bit like tuning your radio dial to the upper '80s and... More >>

  • Gil Scott-Heron

    published June 3, 2009

    It's been nearly four decades since spoken-word artist and soul/jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron set his poem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"... More >>

  • Nine Inch Nails+Jane's Addiction

    published May 27, 2009

    After 18 years, the inaugural Lollapalooza’s two most promising acts (sorry, Emergency Broadcast Network) are touring together again.... More >>

  • PJ Harvey & John Parish

    published May 27, 2009

    When alt-rock queenie PJ Harvey and her longtime collaborator John Parish performed in March at Irving Plaza, Ms. Polly Jean seemed as though a... More >>

  • Isis+Pelican

    published May 20, 2009

    Sludge-metal literati Isis loosely based their 2004 album, Panopticon, on the writings of French philosopher Michel Foucault; author Mark... More >>

  • 'The Black and Blue Bowl'

    published May 20, 2009

    'The Black and Blue Bowl' is also known as the 'Superbowl [sic] of Hardcore,' which really is a more appropriate name—this is a perfect... More >>

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