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2008 Stories by Mikael Wood

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  • NICKELS & DIMES

    published December 31, 2008

    Pitchfork scribe Michael T. Fournier teaches a course on the history of punk rock at Tufts, so perhaps it’s not surprising that... More >>

  • Erin McCarley

    published December 31, 2008

    This Nashville singer-songwriter has ties to L.A.'s folky Hotel Café scene—Greg Laswell cowrote a tune on her major-label debut,... More >>

  • City and Colour+William Elliott Whitmore

    published December 31, 2008

    Like four out of five emo-band frontmen these days, Alexisonfire singer-guitarist Dallas Green has an acoustic-folk side project. Thanks to his... More >>

  • OLD JOY

    published December 24, 2008

    Casual fans of the great English post-punk band Joy Division probably had all their JD needs satisfied by the spate of media chatter surrounding... More >>

  • BLOOD BROTHERS

    published November 19, 2008

    He just completed a tour of the States with his sizable psychedelic-soul outfit the Shrines in support of a thrill-packed compilation disc... More >>

  • THIS CHARMING BAND

    published November 12, 2008

    Fresh from their appearance in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (whose soundtrack includes their "Middle Management"), bookish Brooklynites... More >>

  • Why England's Pop Divas The Sugababes Put Ours to Shame

    published November 5, 2008

    At a moment of American economic meltdown, it's probably inadvisable—maybe even traitorous!—to advocate for the increased import of... More >>

  • BRIGHT FUTURE

    published November 5, 2008

    Considering the unabashed soul-shredding he does as frontwaif of Bright Eyes, it hardly seemed unreasonable to fear that Conor Oberst's... More >>

  • WILD THING

    published November 5, 2008

    Gregg Gillis may not be getting rich from his latest album as Girl Talk—you can download Feed the Animals for whatever price you like from... More >>

  • Ragged Lumberjack Wails from Lambchop and Ray LaMontagne

    published October 8, 2008

    Nashville’s Lambchop have been flouting Music Row protocol for so long that their anti-formula has become a formula. There’s no... More >>

  • ARE YOU READY?

    published October 1, 2008

    The terse English post-punk legends in Wire went unexpectedly poppy on this year's Object 47, which bassist Graham Lewis told me a... More >>

  • SOUNDS PERFECT

    published September 23, 2008

    Presiding over a formidable triple bill of grunge-guitar godheads, Built to Spill get in on the play-an-entire-album craze that's lately... More >>

  • BECK AND CALL

    published September 23, 2008

    In Spin's current cover story, Beck says he turned down his first headlining date at Madison Square Garden because his current show... More >>

  • SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN

    published September 10, 2008

    Because they’re good-looking guys all too willing to talk up their predilection for whiskey and women, Tennessee’s Kings of Leon... More >>

  • FEELING LOVELESS?

    published September 10, 2008

    Those without the dough (or the wheels) to see the reunited shoegaze legends at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the Catskills still... More >>

  • For Juliana Hatfield, Life Begins at 41

    published September 3, 2008

    Not counting the records she's made as a member of the Blake Babies, the Lemonheads, or Some Girls, Juliana Hatfield's just-released How to... More >>

  • TWILIGHT GLOW

    published September 3, 2008

    Some reviews of Wolf Parade’s recent At Mount Zoomer (or mine, anyway) noted that the quality of the band’s work might have taken... More >>

  • GUITAR HEROES

    published September 3, 2008

    You’d certainly be forgiven for wondering why on earth you should attend the Fender 50th Anniversary Jazzmaster Concert, a birthday... More >>

  • NEXT AMY WINEHOUSE?

    published August 27, 2008

    Adele’s done great at home, but this young English retro-soul siren hasn’t attracted as many American ears as Duffy, who turned... More >>

  • TUNE IN

    published August 27, 2008

    The hipster-beloved Internet radio station East Village Radio celebrates its fifth anniversary with a free all-day music festival whose eclectic... More >>

  • ON THE ROAD AGAIN

    published August 27, 2008

    Silver Jews tours aren’t as rare as they were back in the day when David Berman conceived of his indie-rock supergroup as a studio-only... More >>

  • THE BUZZ

    published August 12, 2008

    Next year, Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors are scheduled to release their debut for Domino—the label that launched Franz Ferdinand... More >>

  • The Jonas Brothers's Worn Out A Little Bit Longer

    published August 5, 2008

    There's a song on the new Jonas Brothers album in which Joe Jonas—he's the one recently seen corrupting millions of tween-aged minds with... More >>

  • CALL OF THE WILD

    published August 5, 2008

    Grizzly Bear’s reputation grew exponentially between the release of their 2004 debut, Horn of Plenty, and their 2006 sophomore... More >>

  • Lucero+Justin Townes Earle

    published August 5, 2008

    Not sure whose idea it was to have a couple of heartbroken country-rock types soundtrack what amounts to a glorified booze cruise. Give the people... More >>

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