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2009 Stories by Craig Outhier

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  • The Love Me Nots

    published December 31, 2009

    When bassist Kyle Rose Stokes joined The Love Me Nots, a Phoenix-based garage act, last May, it meant more than simply acquainting herself with... More >>

  • Boats!

    published December 31, 2009

    Still feeling the brutal, toxic side effects of New Year's Eve? There's only one antidote for your suffering: punk rock! In all, five bands... More >>

  • Coats & Villa

    published December 24, 2009

    Wayne Coats and Nicholas Villa are Phoenix-based musical confederates whose surnames happen to sound really classy together — suggesting,... More >>

  • The DelRayz

    published December 24, 2009

    Let's hear it for gender diversity in the workplace. After tearing up Valley gin joints for the better part of two decades in mainly all-female... More >>

  • The Winter Wonder Slam Tour Proves Baby Jesus Ain’t a Rock Star

    published December 17, 2009

    "You people aren't making Christianity any better," no-nonsense TV dad Hank Hill tells a young Christian-rock enthusiast in a landmark episode of... More >>

  • David Garfield and the Cats

    published December 17, 2009

    You know you're getting old when you hear some smooooooth jazz on the radio and think to yourself, "Wow. This would sound fantastic at my next... More >>

  • Crystal Antlers

    published December 17, 2009

    Tastemakers are split over these Long Beach, California-based psych-rockers and their debut long-play, Tentacles. Some reviewers and... More >>

  • Why Do Hot Chicks Always Play Bass and Why Do I Love Them So?

    published December 3, 2009

    The other day I was perusing the all-knowing "Just for You" feature on iTunes and heeded its advice to check out Band of Skulls, the new British... More >>

  • John Prine Has Had Help from Many Famous Fans

    published November 19, 2009

    John Prine sang about senility at 19, ditched his record label at 38, and became an indie darling at 59. As a music icon, he has seemingly... More >>

  • Dierks Bentley

    published November 19, 2009

    Dierks Bentley knows where his bread is buttered, which is why the country superstar's upcoming benefit concert at Tempe Marketplace has a... More >>

  • Pete Yorn

    published November 19, 2009

    You can't blame Pete Yorn for wanting to cut an album with Scarlett Johansson. After all, the Match Point actress is freakin' hot. Still,... More >>

  • Powerman 5000

    published November 12, 2009

    You would be forgiven if you assumed that Powerman 5000 was a protein-rich meal-replacement shake or the name of a roughly three-mile charity race... More >>

  • Dethklok/Mastodon

    published November 12, 2009

    "Like a Disney ride, but with murder." That's how frontman/creator Brendon Small describes the "virtual" live show he puts on in the guise of... More >>

  • The Swell Season's Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova Carry on a Tradition of Music-Making Exes

    published November 12, 2009

    Neil Sedaka was right: Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when you and your lover are a pair of working musicians with a productive and... More >>

  • Powerman 5000

    published November 12, 2009

    You would be forgiven if you assumed that Powerman 5000 was a protein-rich meal replacement shake, or the name of a roughly-three-mile charity... More >>

  • Swell Band, Bad Relationship

    published November 12, 2009

    Neil Sedaka was right: Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when you and your lover are a pair of working musicians with a productive and... More >>

  • Rufus Wainwright, Approaching Near-Middle Age, Explains His Songs

    published November 5, 2009

    To borrow an overused but otherwise well-suited sports trope, Rufus Wainwright prefers to "leave everything on the field." Or in the... More >>

  • Revival Tour

    published November 5, 2009

    Old hardcore rockers don't die — they just learn to play "This Land is Your Land." At least, that seems to be the operating principle behind... More >>

  • Russian Circles

    published November 5, 2009

    Frontman? Frontman?! This proggy instrumental-metal outfit doesn't need no stinking frontman. On Geneva, their third full-length album, the... More >>

  • Leon Russell

    published October 29, 2009

    With his dangling white tresses, wispy white beard, stiff-rimmed white Stetson, and tailored, double-breasted white suit, music legend Leon... More >>

  • Widespread Panic

    published October 29, 2009

    We have nothing against the Dodge Theatre. We love the Dodge Theatre. But when it comes to jam bands like Widespread Panic, we prefer wide-open,... More >>

  • Brother Ali

    published October 22, 2009

    Though his skin boasts less pigment than a peeled lychee nut, this Minneapolis-based Albino MC is not tight with white. Teased ruthlessly by... More >>

  • Kurt Vile

    published October 22, 2009

    It's possible, even probable, that Philly lo-fi darling Kurt Vile was wearing nothing more than boxer shorts and a stained wife-beater when he... More >>

  • Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Does Band Fan Fiction Better Than the Most Prolific Fangirl

    published October 22, 2009

    Gabe Saporta lifted the severed head of his one-time idol and mentor into the air and let forth a triumphant, guttural... More >>

  • Are Monsters of Folk Really a Supergroup?

    published October 15, 2009

    Leave it to a folk singer to conjure a folksy-funny name like Monsters of Folk. It's knowing, it's smart, it's self-deprecating — exactly... More >>

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