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2009 Stories by Phil Freeman

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  • Lady Gaga

    published December 9, 2009

    Lady Gaga's ear for pop hooks and eye for unsettling imagery have landed her atop the creatively moribund U.S. pop scene like a queen... More >>

  • Marduk

    published December 2, 2009

    Though the members of Marduk have been heroes on the Scandinavian black metal scene since forming in 1990, the band hasn't done a full... More >>

  • Hatebreed’s fan-friendly model for survival

    published November 25, 2009

    Tough economic times affected all branches of the entertainment industry in 2009, and the live music scene is no exception. In a recent MSN... More >>

  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra

    published October 14, 2009

    The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a labor of love for pianist and bandleader Oscar Hernández, a salsa veteran who has worked with... More >>

  • Kylie

    published September 30, 2009

    Stateside success has largely eluded Kylie Minogue, even as the petite Australian disco and electropop star has become a massive global... More >>

  • Augury

    published September 30, 2009

    Augury is the latest in a long line of progressive death-metal bands from Francophone Canada. The progenitor was Voivod, of course, with... More >>

  • Down/Melvins

    published August 12, 2009

    On one level, this bill seems like a master class in thuggish heaviosity. Down's sludgy swamp doom is at the top of the pile, supported... More >>

  • Los Amigos Invisibles attempt ‘Commercial’ success

    published August 5, 2009

    In case you weren't aware, Los Amigos Invisibles are from Venezuela. It's a fact the band has mentioned in every one of its previous album... More >>

  • Flipper gets knifed, finds Love

    published July 15, 2009

    Bruce Loose, frontman for legendary punk band Flipper, is making up for lost time — several years' worth. The band has two new albums... More >>

  • Steve Albini is built for the long haul

    published June 10, 2009

    Renowned audio engineer Steve Albini has spent most of the last two decades running hundreds of recording sessions out of Chicago's Electrical... More >>

  • Roy Hargrove and James Carter

    published May 27, 2009

    Born within months of each other, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and saxophonist James Carter are Universal Jazz labelmates,... More >>

  • Hostile Crawlcore

    published April 22, 2009

    Bay Area punk legends Flipper go through bassists like Spinal Tap did drummers; most recently, Nirvana veteran Krist Novoselic left and... More >>

  • German Engineering

    published April 22, 2009

    Thomas Fehlmann, one of the prime movers on the German electronic music scene, has been around since the '80s, though his career really... More >>

  • Mastodon exposes its inner prog

    published April 15, 2009

    Despite the trend in consumer downloads, singles are for dilettantes. Full albums are still where a band's real art lies. That's a point many... More >>

  • Gui Boratto gives techno a tender '80s crush

    published April 8, 2009

    German label Kompakt tends to release what nonfans call "IKEA techno" — pleasant, faceless music that's sort of ambient, sort of... More >>

  • Mumakil

    published March 25, 2009

    Say the name Knut, and most folks will think of that polar bear cub from the Berlin Zoo. A select few, though, will recall an extremely... More >>

  • Primal Sloganeering

    published March 11, 2009

    Primal Scream founder Bobby Gillespie is a master of sloganeering — he's a much better interview subject than lyricist.... More >>

  • Primal Sloganeering

    published March 11, 2009

    Primal Scream founder Bobby Gillespie is a master of sloganeering — he’s a much better interview subject than lyricist.... More >>

  • Franz Ferdinand

    published January 28, 2009

    Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut was a ball of witty postpunk energy and dancefloor savvy. Its follow-up, You Could Have It So Much... More >>

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