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2009 Stories by Mikael Wood

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  • Ray Lamontagne

    published November 3, 2009

    LaMontagne's Gossip in the Grain, from last year, found the bearded Maine-based folkie working with lusher, more expansive arrangements... More >>

  • Say Anything Calm Down

    published October 27, 2009

    The last time we heard from Max Bemis of Say Anything, on the Los Angeles emo band's 2007 double-album doozy In Defense of the Genre,... More >>

  • A Fine Frenzy

    published October 27, 2009

    On the recently released Bomb in a Birdcage, A Fine Frenzy mastermind Alison Sudol moves beyond the pretty chick-with-piano pop of her 2007... More >>

  • IN FOR THE KILL

    published October 20, 2009

    La Roux aren't the only English synth-pop import to set the blogs ablaze this year, but they're definitely the most tuneful: On their... More >>

  • 'Power 105.1 FM's Powerhouse'

    published October 20, 2009

    There's plenty here to attract your attention (and your dollar): future-soul hitmaker The-Dream, r&b seductress Keri Hilson, and the... More >>

  • 'David Foster & Friends'

    published October 20, 2009

    Riding high on his protègè; Michael Bublès debut atop the Billboard 200 last week, A-list producer-songwriter Foster comes to... More >>

  • Melissa Auf Der Maur

    published October 13, 2009

    On her website, Auf Der Maur says that this show, part of the 2009 Royal Flush Festival, constitutes her first New York area live appearance in... More >>

  • SWEET NOISE

    published October 13, 2009

    Acute Records reissued noise-rock progenitor Glenn Branca's landmark 1981 album, The Ascension, a few years ago, introducing his hardboiled... More >>

  • Fanfarlo+Laura Marling (CMJ)

    published October 13, 2009

    This Brooklyn Vegan CMJ showcase is full of the English and the twee: On their new Reservoir, London-based Fanfarlo sound like a... More >>

  • David Bazan

    published October 13, 2009

    Former Pedro the Lion frontman Bazan does his strongest work yet on Curse Your Branches, his recently released solo debut, which... More >>

  • CRAZY LOVE

    published October 6, 2009

    Just as it did after Kurt Cobain wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the cover of Daniel Johnston's album Hi, How Are You, the art-pop... More >>

  • Owen+the One AM Radio

    published October 6, 2009

    Owen is the solo guise of Chicago emo journeyman Mike Kinsella, who's played in Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls, and even a couple of bands that... More >>

  • Basia Bulat

    published October 6, 2009

    This Canadian indie-folk crooner released a charming debut a few years ago called Oh, My Darling, on which she busted out an Autoharp... More >>

  • SMASH IT UP

    published September 29, 2009

    “What’s my stance?” Ian Svenonius asks himself in one track from the debut by his latest band, Chain and the Gang. “I... More >>

  • MYSTERY MAN

    published September 29, 2009

    Sufjan Stevens has two new releases hitting stores this month: a lavish multimedia package built around his 2007 orchestral piece, The... More >>

  • Micachu & the Shapes

    published September 29, 2009

    These English art-pop kids have a newish mixtape out on which they and London's Kwes dismantle and reassemble tunes by a bunch of their... More >>

  • Everclear

    published September 29, 2009

    It's been a little while since Art Alexakis had anything interesting to say, which is probably why Everclear's new album, In a Different... More >>

  • Shwayze+Cisco Adler

    published September 29, 2009

    This Malibu stoner-rap duo's fame has yet to eclipse that of the group's beatmaking half, Cisco Adler, who's logged considerable tabloid time as a... More >>

  • BLOODY GOOD

    published September 22, 2009

    To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Chicago alt-country label is throwing a series of all-star parties around the country; the Bloodshot... More >>

  • FRENCH KISS

    published September 22, 2009

    France's Phoenix have spent loads of time in America this year, and in return, America has made Phoenix the indie-pop breakout act of 2009.... More >>

  • Mat Kearney+Diane Birch

    published September 22, 2009

    Nashville-based Kearney sings strummy, white dude soul-folk tunes that recall the Fray, Counting Crows, and the milder moments of Coldplay. He's... More >>

  • THEY'RE NO ZEROES

    published September 15, 2009

    Seeing these downtown-dive denizens onstage at Radio City may seem fish-out-of-watery. (Best way to get Budweiser out of red velvet, anyone?)... More >>

  • DORK OUT

    published September 15, 2009

    Frank Portman of Berkeley's long-running Mr. T Experience headlines the Read-n-Rock-n-Roll Ya Variety Show, a night of music and words in... More >>

  • Ramona Falls

    published September 15, 2009

    On the just-released Intuit, Ramona Falls is Brent Knopf of Menomena kicking out high-quirk indie-rock jams with help from a shitload of... More >>

  • Miike Snow+Jack Penate

    published September 15, 2009

    Two-thirds of Miike Snow are better known as Bloodshy & Avant, the Swedish production team responsible for Britney Spears' "Toxic"; the other... More >>

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