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2013 Stories by Kory Grow

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  • KIND OF BLUE

    published December 25, 2013

    Although Valerie June seemingly came out of nowhere, the Memphis-bred thirtysomething roots singer has been slinging her world-weary, soulful... More >>

  • GOTHIC GLOW

    published December 18, 2013

    Even though the members of Brooklyn synth-pop duo Light Asylum came together only a couple of years ago, their oeuvre sounds as though it dates... More >>

  • SPLASHING AGAIN

    published December 18, 2013

    On a particularly punky number of the Breeders’ 1993 indie-rock touchstone Last Splash, frontwoman Kim Deal sings, “I am the new... More >>

  • GOOD YEAR

    published December 11, 2013

    The members of the 1975 started out as teenagers, playing pop and punk covers, and now they’ve made a fusion of dance-floor-ready,... More >>

  • SURVIVAL OF THE ILLEST

    published December 4, 2013

    "It's lonely at the top," confesses A$AP Ferg at one point on his debut album, Trap Lord. "All this shrimp, and nobody to share it with." Tonight,... More >>

  • DREAM TEAM

    published December 4, 2013

    The members of NYC's DIIV named themselves after the Nirvana track "Dive," but there's hardly anything grungy about their dreamy, fuzzy take on... More >>

  • DYNAMITE DUO

    published November 27, 2013

    In December 2012, this paper put Brooklyn indie-punk duo Hunters on the cover and declared the group was bringing “scuzzy collision rock... More >>

  • REIGNING POET

    published November 27, 2013

    The morose, haunting music of King Krule, which spans sparse folk recordings to moody vocal exercises over hip-hop breakbeats, suggests the... More >>

  • Back From Hell

    published November 20, 2013

    Over the past three decades, Slayer have helped define the thrash-metal genre, from their breakneck tempos and jagged riffs to their... More >>

  • BACK FROM HELL

    published November 20, 2013

    Over the past three decades, Slayer have helped define the thrash-metal genre, from their breakneck tempos and jagged riffs to their... More >>

  • GIRL POWER

    published November 13, 2013

    Chan Marshall, the infamously unpredictable songstress behind Cat Power, never goes easy on her fans. Sometimes she puts on glorious performances... More >>

  • Body/Head

    published November 13, 2013

    Now that some of the hoopla has died down from another singer gallivanting around claiming some affinity for "artpop," one of the original... More >>

  • Celestial Shore

    published November 13, 2013

    Prog-pop with a psychedelic glint doesn't get much better than this spunky young Brooklyn trio consisting of Greg Albert (bass), Max Almario... More >>

  • Jonathan Richman

    published November 13, 2013

    Over 40 years into his career, Jonathan Richman remains one of underground rock's most intriguing figures. His '70s band Modern Lovers inspired... More >>

  • LIKE GIRLS

    published November 6, 2013

    Following a seven-year gap between LPs, the Portland-based electro pop-performance art duo The Blow returned this year with a new, eponymous... More >>

  • Wooden Shjips

    published November 6, 2013

    Unlike many acts, Wooden Shjips' albums don't so much present unique impressions of points in time (like chapters in a book), but a fluid... More >>

  • Weekend Nachos

    published November 6, 2013

    The Chicago-based speed demons in the grindcore metal group Weekend Nachos were custom-made to play a venue like LES punk Mecca ABC No Rio. Even... More >>

  • Gary Clark Jr.

    published November 6, 2013

    Whether heralded as the next great bluesman or a soul and rock extraordinaire, Gary Clark, Jr. has put in the work to achieve such accolades.... More >>

  • ON FIRE

    published October 30, 2013

    Indie icon Lou Barlow always stays in perpetual motion. Over the past decade or so, he has put out solo albums and reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and,... More >>

  • The B-52s

    published October 30, 2013

    Art-punk hipsters the B-52's have spent nearly four decades playing their kitschy party anthems, even though in recent years they've slowed the... More >>

  • Morbid Angel

    published October 30, 2013

    Who says death-metal growlers can't be sentimental? Tonight, one of the genre’s founding bands, Morbid Angel, is celebrating the 20th... More >>

  • PAINT IT BLACK

    published October 23, 2013

    As far as underground metal bands go, Savannah, Georgia’s Kylesa have always been difficult to pin down. Since forming in 2001, the... More >>

  • DYNAMIC DUO

    published October 16, 2013

    When singer-songwriters Fiona Apple 
and Blake Mills announced this tour, which they’ve dubbed Anything We Want, they said in a... More >>

  • Carcass

    published September 25, 2013

    Despite a 17-year gap between records, the gore-obsessed melodic death-metal crew Carcass defied the odds set by most comeback LPs by releasing... More >>

  • Korn

    published September 25, 2013

    It was inevitable. When founding Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch quit the nu-metal pioneers after finding God in 2005, fans hoped he would find... More >>

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