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Elmo Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets Has Pop Ambitions

Elmo Kirkwood recently got a haircut.

It's a standard barber cut, short on the sides but with a dramatic swoop of curly brown hair combed over that serves as a constant reminder of his familial heritage, that of the brothers Kirkwood, his father Curt and his uncle Cris, two of the founders of the legendary Meat Puppets, whose psychedelic country punk began in Phoenix in the early '80s and whose discography stands as one of the greatest in alternative rock.

Kirkwood seems to still be getting used to the cut -- in past years he's sported a sprawling mane -- as he sips a beer at Casey Moore's Oyster House, where we've settled on default after he suggests we meet at "any of the regular haunts" in Tempe.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.