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2012 Stories by Kory Grow

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  • WHAT WOULD THE COMMUNITY THINK?

    published October 17, 2012

    Whenever Chan Marshall, the airy voice behind Cat Power, releases a new album of her signature confessional indie rock, it’s usually greeted... More >>

  • Grace Jones

    published October 17, 2012

    It’s been four years since onetime new-wave icon Grace Jones last released an album, Hurricane, and many times that since she last... More >>

  • Aimee Mann

    published October 17, 2012

    In the title track of her latest album, Charmer, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann contends that the world doesn’t know “that... More >>

  • The Walkmen

    published October 3, 2012

    Although the Walkmen never had quite the success of their fellow early aughts New York indie-rock neighbors, they also never really fell by the... More >>

  • Wild Nothing

    published October 3, 2012

    Although Wild Nothing began as a lo-fi dream-pop bedroom experiment for main man Jack Tatum, the singer-songwriter collaborated with a producer... More >>

  • A.C. Newman

    published October 3, 2012

    Removed from indie rockers the New Pornographers, singer-songwriter A.C. Newman writes delicate, shimmery, nuanced pop songs that sound like more... More >>

  • Into the Woods

    published September 19, 2012

    It’s been a little over a year since indie-folk troubadour Justin Vernon released Bon Iver’s self-titled second album of... More >>

  • Morbid Angel

    published September 19, 2012

    Although David Vincent, the founding growler behind death-metal titans Morbid Angel, rejoined the group’s ranks in 2004, last year’s... More >>

  • Twin Shadow+Niki and the Dove

    published September 19, 2012

    In terms of synthy, overdriven echo pop the latest album by new-wave revivalist Twin Shadow, Confess, splits the difference between Talk... More >>

  • Big Business

    published September 19, 2012

    Equal parts sweaty, shouty, and sludgy, Big Business hold concerts that feel more like communal art-metal hangouts—a practice they learned... More >>

  • Gang Gang Dance+Sun Araw

    published September 12, 2012

    Musically speaking, Gang Gang Dance concerts are often as unpredictable as their records, which meander along a course of squeaky synth parts,... More >>

  • Metric

    published September 12, 2012

    Frontwoman Emily Haines' first words on Metric's latest LP go, "I'm just as fucked up as they say," and while that may be hyperbole, it's the... More >>

  • GLOWER POWER

    published August 29, 2012

    Despite a name that sounds like a mainstream guitar-rock summit, the Power 
of the Riff festival spotlights a bevy of... More >>

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks

    published August 29, 2012

    As designers descend upon New York for Fashion Week, Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks will provide alternating uplifting and... More >>

  • Madonna

    published August 29, 2012

    No stranger to controversy, Madonna seems to have taken measured steps to up the eyebrow-raising ante on her latest tour, in support of this... More >>

  • Obituary+Decrepit Birth+Encrust+Jungle Rot

    published August 29, 2012

    Two decades ago, Obituary released its best-selling album, The End Complete, at a time when death metal's growled vocals, jackhammer... More >>

  • NOISES ON

    published August 29, 2012

    While touring Europe earlier this year with his minimalistic avant-garde folk group Charalamabides, Brooklyn-based guitarist Tom Carter contracted... More >>

  • Dead Can Dance

    published August 22, 2012

    The driving forces behind dreamy world-beat artists Dead Can Dance—Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry—re-reunited last year for the second... More >>

  • 'A Conversation with Alanis Morissette'

    published August 22, 2012

    A week after the release of her sixth non-Canadian-teen-pop LP, Havoc and Bright Lights, Alanis Morissette is sitting down Rolling... More >>

  • Al Green

    published August 15, 2012

    Some people reading this might not exist were it not for the smooth soul music of Al Green; such is the romantic power of the good Reverend's... More >>

  • Café Tacvba

    published August 15, 2012

    For the past 20 years, Café Tacvba have been one of indie rock's best-kept secrets, playing laidback, sinewy Latin-flavored alt-rock with... More >>

  • The Kills+Black Bananas+Viva Viva

    published August 8, 2012

    Bicontinental indie-rock duo the Kills have a brooding sound and a matching look, something that was recently the subject of a book, Dream and... More >>

  • Tyvek+Wet Hair+Lushes+Call of the Wild

    published July 25, 2012

    As tough as their namesake material, Tyvek emit a particularly nasty brand of garage rock with vocals that sound as though the singer just... More >>

  • M. Ward+Yo La Tengo

    published July 25, 2012

    Tonight, singer-songwriter M. Ward teams with Hoboken's finest indie-rock trio, Yo La Tengo, to raise money for Celebrate Brooklyn's free... More >>

  • Braid

    published July 25, 2012

    In the mid-to-late '90s, few bands typified the evolving emo genre quite like Braid: With plaintively sung and outright screamed vocals and crisp... More >>

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