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2009 Stories by Andrew Stout

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  • What Devo can teach us about the death of the album

    published November 4, 2009

    Vinyl is an unusually stunted medium. It hasn't grown much beyond Brian Wilson's quaint ambition nearly 45 years ago to record an entire LP... More >>

  • Kraftwerk's Anthologie makes up for lost time

    published October 7, 2009

    Once upon a time, before visions of tomorrow arrived with Tron and the Internet, Germany's Kraftwerk was the future — a band of... More >>

  • Games Beatles fans play: The Fab Four’s amusement oeuvre

    published September 2, 2009

    Future civilizations will look back and marvel at the phenomenon we call "the Beatles," not so much for the music as for the number of ways... More >>

  • Outside Lands Picks Part 1: Five Ways to a Fitter You

    published August 26, 2009

    Download your menu for the Outside Lands(Right click or option-click the link and... More >>

  • The Dodos 

    published July 29, 2009

    When we last heard from the Dodos, the blogosphere had fingered the band as the Bay Area's answer to Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes. Those who... More >>

  • Which Duranie are you — 25 years later

    published July 1, 2009

    It's 1984, and your female teenage fantasy life is dominated by England's puffy-shirted synth gods, Duran Duran. Countless slumber parties... More >>

  • Bat for Lashes

    published June 10, 2009

    Now that she's released two albums under the Bat for Lashes moniker, Natasha Khan has distinguished herself as one of indie's most... More >>

  • St. Vincent

    published May 27, 2009

    Angelic or devilish: Will the real Annie Clark step forward? In the studio as St. Vincent, the Dallas-raised former Polyphonic... More >>

  • Pete Rock

    published April 29, 2009

    In all of hip-hop, is there a steadier hand than Pete Rock's? After 20-plus years as a DJ, producer, and MC who has worked with the... More >>

  • Deadiquette: Common Deadhead courtesies demystified

    published April 29, 2009

    With the surviving members of the Grateful Dead reuniting for their first tour in six years, Deadheads have been whipped into a frenzy. It's... More >>

  • The Lady GaGa backlash begins here

    published March 11, 2009

    For seven weeks last summer, Lady GaGa was just what pop aficionados needed. Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" had inexplicably topped the... More >>


    published March 4, 2009

    When BLK JKS formed almost a decade ago, the band took a lot of flak in its native Johannesburg. Rock 'n' roll was viewed as the music of the... More >>

  • Lily Allen

    published February 25, 2009

    With her crackling samples and toothy snark, Lily Allen arrived in the middle of this decade as the antidote to Britney's self-aggrandizement.... More >>

  • Antony and the Johnsons

    published January 21, 2009

    Rock 'n' roll or linguistics? It's hard to say where Antony and the Johnsons' larger contribution lies. Mastermind Antony Hegarty's gift to... More >>

  • History as predicted by Inauguration Day's #1 hits

    published January 14, 2009

    When you wake up on Tuesday, Jan. 20 — the day of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration — should you consult your copy of the... More >>

  • Eight Steps to a Better 2009

    published January 7, 2009

    We hate to be the critic who laments the present, but it must be said: The music zeitgeist is suffering through its own recession these days.... More >>

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