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2009 Stories by Michael Alan Goldberg

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  • Your Yellow Dress

    published December 24, 2009

    Until Sufjan Stevens gives California his "Fifty States Project" treatment, we've got Your Yellow Dress, a gentle indie-folk outfit that waxes... More >>

  • Singer-Songwriter Brett Dennen Finishes Our Thoughts

    published December 10, 2009

    A few years back, California native Brett Dennen was a camp counselor, teaching kids outdoor survival skills and playing his acoustic guitar by... More >>

  • Passion Pit: Decoding the Buzz Band’s Lyrics

    published December 3, 2009

    Perhaps you've heard about the Boston electro-pop quintet Passion Pit's backstory: Two years ago, falsetto-voiced frontman Michael Angelakos... More >>

  • Passion Pit: The Lyrics Decoded

    published December 3, 2009

    Perhaps you’ve heard about the Boston electro-pop quintet Passion Pit’s backstory: Two years ago, falsetto voiced frontman Michael... More >>

  • Nico Vega

    published November 26, 2009

    As we all know, Carson Daly isn't good for much. But I have to give him — or, more accurately, Last Call's talent booker —... More >>

  • Throw Me the Statue Might Never Play Creaturesque Live Again If They Don’t Fix Their Windshield Wiper

    published September 10, 2009

    In the pantheon of Horrible Things That Can Happen to a Band — drug overdoses, plane crashes, getting shot by a crazed fan, marrying... More >>

  • The Gaslight Anthem

    published September 10, 2009

    If you're a rock band that hails from pretty much anywhere in New Jersey, perhaps the greatest honor that could be bestowed upon you — more... More >>

  • The Gaslight Anthem

    published September 10, 2009

    If you’re a rock band that hails from pretty much anywhere in New Jersey, perhaps the greatest honor that could be bestowed upon you –... More >>

  • The Many Flavors of Peter Bjorn and John

    published August 20, 2009

    The wind howled, the rain began to slice through the air like wet daggers, and every terrifying bolt threatened instantaneous incineration.... More >>

  • The Cult

    published August 20, 2009

    In 2004, when the Pixies got back together, thereby launching the alt-rock reunion industry, Frank Black told the Boston Globe, "We've had... More >>

  • Diana Krall

    published July 30, 2009

    Outside of jazz circles — and people who actually pay attention to the Grammys, where she's been a perennial nominee and/or winner for well... More >>

  • Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ Ronnie Winter Isn’t Afraid to Ride the Snake

    published July 30, 2009

    Florida emo/screamo-pop quintet Red Jumpsuit Apparatus may be one of the quietest success stories in recent years, having jumped from the pack of... More >>

  • War Tapes Have the Ingredients for Musical Success on The Continental Divide

    published July 30, 2009

    The first time I laid ears and eyes on Los Angeles quartet War Tapes, I thought to myself, "Now this is a band that's going... More >>

  • Intense Apparatus

    published July 30, 2009

    Florida emo/screamo-pop quintet Red Jumpsuit Apparatus may be one of the quietest success stories in recent years, having jumped from the pack of... More >>

  • Diana Krall

    published July 30, 2009

    Outside of jazz circles -- and people who actually pay attention to the Grammys, where she’s been a perennial nominee and/or winner for well... More >>

  • Lessons Learned from George Thorogood

    published July 23, 2009

    Some people look to holy texts for guidance on how to live their lives. Me, I look to George Thorogood. See, George is from Wilmington, Delaware,... More >>

  • Starlight Mints

    published July 16, 2009

    One day, perhaps, Oklahoma psych-pop ensemble Starlight Mints will finally escape the long shadow cast by fellow Okie weird-rockers The Flaming... More >>

  • Crocodiles

    published June 25, 2009

    Being in a tribute band is like being a porn star: Once you get famous for doing it, that's it; sure, you can try to cross over and make... More >>

  • Loretta Lynn Is a Legend, but She’s Also Just Plain Kind

    published June 11, 2009

    Put simply, Loretta Lynn is the "Queen of Country Music." The just-turned-74 singer occupies rarefied air in the pantheon of country musicians,... More >>

  • Telepathe

    published June 11, 2009

    Virtually everything that musician/producer Dave Sitek touches — including albums by his own band, TV on the Radio — turns to gold,... More >>

  • Telepathe

    published June 11, 2009

    Virtually everything that musician/producer Dave Sitek touches – including albums by his own band, TV on the Radio – turns to gold, and... More >>

  • Dazzling duo

    published June 4, 2009

    Who's your favorite two-piece act? The White Stripes? Mates of State? Local H? Donny and Marie? After this show, it might be the Portland duo... More >>

  • Lindsay Lohan in Steve Nicks’ Life Story?

    published May 21, 2009

    After conducting a thorough scientific evaluation (involving an array of test tubes and beakers, a Bunsen burner, and some heavy duty tongs) of... More >>

  • The Thermals

    published May 21, 2009

    Two things about The Thermals: The Portland, Oregon indie-punk band made its first album, 2003's More Parts Per Million, for approximately... More >>

  • The Thermals

    published May 21, 2009

    Two things about the Thermals: The Portland, Oregon indie-punk band made its first album, 2003’s More Parts Per Million, for... More >>

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