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2009 Stories by Martin Cizmar

Archives: 2010 | 2009
  • Locals Only

    published September 3, 2009

    In 1978, Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau stood in the shadows of Akron, Ohio's sputtering smokestacks, penning a 5,000-word... More >>

  • A-Trak on Track

    published July 9, 2009

    I'll be real with ya: I don't often get excited about a DJ coming through town especially since Girl Talk (a) never comes through town and (b) is... More >>

  • Petty Thieves

    published June 4, 2009

    Not too many local shows sound more fun than this: Some of the Valley's best Americana, country, and rock singers getting together for a full... More >>

  • Toybox

    published May 14, 2009

    It’s not often an album I’ve never heard before makes me nostalgic for my high school days, let alone one that came out last year and is... More >>

  • The Return of Antique Scream

    published May 7, 2009

    We haven't heard much from our pals Antique Scream since they moved to Seattle late last year. We featured them in a More >>

  • Folk You

    published April 23, 2009

    One of the things I love best about Bright Eyes (yes, I unapologetically love Bright Eyes) is the way the band mingles so many rootsy sounds in... More >>

  • Metal Misfits

    published April 23, 2009

    Maybe it's because I don't listen to a lot of it in my off hours, but I'm constantly surprised by the depth and quality of the Phoenix metal... More >>

  • VW Trainwreck

    published April 9, 2009

    "Punk rock, comedy, and politics" can be a great combination — look at NOFX. But when a local band declares in its self-penned biography that... More >>

  • Scare and Scare Alike

    published March 26, 2009

    Rarely does a death metal act succeed in spooking a seasoned critic like me, but I have to say there was truly something unsettling about... More >>

  • Lights! Camera! Take Action!

    published March 5, 2009

    Local pretty boy rockers Anarbor will just one of the acts on this year’s Take Action! Tour. It’s put together by Anarbor's emo-pop-rock... More >>

  • Owning the Old Mill sound

    published February 5, 2009

    I haven't been overly enamored of local alt-country bands. The New Westerns had a nice sound, but spotty vocals, and suffer from occasional... More >>

Archives: 2010 | 2009