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2009 Stories by Dave Pehling

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  • Wolfmother

    published November 18, 2009

    When Aussie retro-rock act Wolfmother lost its rhythm section last summer, fans wondered whether frontman Andrew Stockdale could... More >>

  • "Fog Rising"

    published November 4, 2009

    Oakland metal juggernaut Saviours put in so much dogged road work since the release of 2008's Into Abbadon — logging time... More >>

  • Kid Koala reimagines heavy rock with the Slew

    published September 23, 2009

    When discussing the intertwining of hip-hop and hard rock, it's much easier to dwell on the past two decades of embarrassments (three words:... More >>

  • Phenomenal Handclap Band

    published August 26, 2009

    Sprawling Brooklyn outfit the Phenomenal Handclap Band may touch on the neo–No Wave thump popularized by DFA Records, but the... More >>

  • Clutch

    published July 22, 2009

    Maryland-based Clutch is one of the most consistently inventive riff factories in heavy music. Early salvos focused on sludgy,... More >>

  • Yoshi’s steps up its game with free-jazz fest

    published June 17, 2009

    Yoshi's has faced a bedeviling challenge since opening a second location in the Fillmore District in 2007. How can the venue maintain its... More >>

  • Black Moth Super Rainbow

    published May 20, 2009

    Ramshackle electro-psych collective Black Moth Super Rainbow first came to wider recognition with 2007's Dandelion Gum. Having dosed... More >>

  • Booker T.

    published May 6, 2009

    As leader of the MGs and one of the principal architects of the Stax sound, songwriter and organ maestro Booker T. Jones put an... More >>

  • Free-Jazz Punishment

    published March 18, 2009

    Over the past decade, Italian power trio Zu has refined its brutal mix of slide-rule hardcore and noisy free-jazz skronk into a... More >>

  • John Zorn’s wild imagination takes root at Yoshi’s

    published March 4, 2009

    Avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn has been the object of ecstatic praise and furious outrage, much like his iconoclastic forebears... More >>

  • Sleepy Sun rises in the local psych scene

    published February 25, 2009

    As much as talent, drive, and determination factor into a band's chances for wide recognition, there's no discounting the power of fate. An... More >>

  • Ancient Future

    published February 11, 2009

    Traditional sounds from the Middle East and India have long been alluring sample fodder for electronic artists, but few modern acts can boast... More >>

  • Marco Benevento experiments on the ivories

    published February 4, 2009

    Marco Benevento has been whipping up a joyful maelstrom of heavily processed Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer electric piano since first joining... More >>

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