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2009 Stories by Michael Alan Goldberg

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  • Built to Spill’s struggles to capture its signature sound

    published October 28, 2009

    For any musician, trying to come up with a foolproof formula for success is folly. Pick up your guitar one day, and everything flows... More >>

  • Lucero’s full of sass and Stax

    published October 28, 2009

    Lucero's co-founder, Brian Venable, wants to help journalists write their articles on his band. Over the phone from Indianapolis, the affable... More >>

  • Gossip trades punk for funk

    published October 21, 2009

    Clearly, fear doesn't plague Portland-via-Arkansas trio Gossip (formerly the Gossip). Plus-sized, openly gay powerhouse vocalist Beth Ditto... More >>

  • Treasure Island: Indie-rock elders move forward

    published October 14, 2009

    The past provides comfort for many indie-rock elders; witness the recent spate of reunions, bands touring on "best album" performances, and... More >>

  • Vivian Girls

    published September 9, 2009

    Last summer, Brooklyn trio Vivian Girls wowed the tiniest music blogs and The New York Times with a mix of '60s surf-rock,... More >>

  • George Clinton

    published August 26, 2009

    Easily one of the funniest articles in The Onion's history was a 1998 gem headlined "Clinton Threatens To Drop Da Bomb On Iraq." That's... More >>

  • Outside Lands Picks Part 2: Dead Weather

    published August 26, 2009

    Supergroups, by nature, are volatile beasts. All that individual talent and reputation comes together in the calculated hope that the sum will... More >>

  • J. Tillman slips out from under Fleet Foxes’ radar

    published August 19, 2009

    You'd certainly be forgiven for not knowing that Seattle singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Tillman – who records under... More >>

  • Rock the Bells

    published August 5, 2009

    If you're looking to throw your hands in the air, wave 'em like you just don't care, then scream ... oh, for about 10 hours straight, then... More >>

  • U.S. Air Guitar

    published June 24, 2009

    Michael Jordan may have been called "His Airness," but he's got nothin' on this year's U.S. Air Guitar contestants. Such absolutely... More >>

  • Gene Ween

    published June 10, 2009

    The brilliant weird-rock duo Ween is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. "But they look so young!" you might say. Indeed, neither... More >>

  • Nite Jewel/Telepathe

    published June 10, 2009

    Nite Jewel is the nom de electropop of L.A.'s Ramona Gonzalez. She constructs arty grooves out of the same cheesy synth blurts and... More >>

  • Lissy Trullie

    published May 13, 2009

    Pop-radio-ready garage-rock has a(nother) New York face, and this one is much prettier than Julian Casablancas. It belongs to much-hyped... More >>

  • Feeling Suicidal

    published April 1, 2009

    It's been nearly 30 years since "Cyco" Mike Muir and the first incarnation of Suicidal Tendencies gathered brutal hardcore, a funk... More >>

  • The Usual Suspect

    published March 4, 2009

    Sure, it's a little weird to see that Tom Jones has gone gray. (What's next: George Hamilton losing the perpetual tan?). But along with... More >>

  • Unknown facts about Noise Pop performers

    published February 18, 2009

    25 Random Things Monday, February 23, 2009 at 9:37 a.m. Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are... More >>

  • Dynamic Don

    published February 11, 2009

    Led by drummer Damon Che, the mostly instrumental Pittsburgh band Don Caballero got its start in 1991 playing an especially knotty,... More >>

  • The Murder City Devils’ respite from resting in peace

    published February 11, 2009

    Fueled by primal, Dead Boys–style garage-punk fury and a whole lot of booze, Seattle sextet Murder City Devils began its rampage in the... More >>

  • Rock Ness Monster

    published February 4, 2009

    Social Distortion rocketed out of Los Angeles 30 years ago, building a following by mashing together hardcore punk and roots-rockabilly... More >>

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