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2009 Stories by Pat O'Brien

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  • Mercurial Rage: Cascade

    published October 21, 2009

    There's something eminently charming and lovable about an album that opens with a greasy, spaced-out synth line and ends with a guitar solo in... More >>

  • Tapes 'n Tapes

    published September 30, 2009

    For better or worse, musicians are often measured by their ability to quiet things down a bit and go acoustic. It's a funny little anomaly within... More >>

  • Tapes 'n Tapes

    published September 30, 2009

    For better or worse, musicians are often measured by their ability to quiet things down a bit and go acoustic. It's a funny little anomaly within... More >>

  • Tapes 'n Tapes

    published September 30, 2009

    For better or worse, musicians are often measured by their ability to quiet things down a bit and go acoustic. It's a funny little anomaly within... More >>

  • Moby

    published September 30, 2009

    In trying to turn on its ear a genre that operates best when its artists paint themselves into tight corners with low ceilings, Moby found himself... More >>

  • Gear Daddies

    published July 29, 2009

    They've "officially" been broken up since 1992, but the Gear Daddies find a way to get back together for a trip down Nostalgia Lane every couple... More >>

  • Judas Priest

    published June 24, 2009

    There isn't much new to say about Judas Priest except that they may be even more important to the genre of heavy metal than most people... More >>

  • Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

    published June 17, 2009

    You can’t exactly skip Stone Arch Festival of the Arts and then purport to be a fan of local music (or local anything, really). Stone Arch is... More >>

  • Kid Dakota

    published May 13, 2009

    They're just a duo banging on their guitar and drums, but comparing Darren Jackson and Ian Prince to, say, the White Stripes or other similar... More >>

  • Jeremy Messersmith

    published April 29, 2009

    Jeremy Messersmith has that certain je ne sais quoi. His sad lyrics/happy melody coupling isn't brand-new, but it's done in a way that conjures... More >>

  • Cursive

    published April 29, 2009

    With each successive release, Cursive seem to further cement themselves as an increasingly important band while quietly moving away from the emo... More >>

  • Voltage: Fashion Amplified

    published April 22, 2009

    The fifth installment of this annual event promises to be just as fresh as the first, making Voltage look less and less like a novelty with each... More >>

  • John Swardson and Get Gone

    published March 11, 2009

    The guy and his guitar (and sometimes his backing band) has been done to death, but every so often something new comes along and demands that... More >>

  • Grant Hart

    published March 11, 2009

    The word "stalwart" applies to few people as well as it does to Grant Hart. Since co-founding Hüsker Dü in 1979, Hart has been almost... More >>

  • Tapes 'N Tapes

    published February 4, 2009

    One of the first bands to become popular because of the blogosphere--never mind their stellar showing at SXSW a couple of years back--Tapes 'n... More >>

  • Kristoff Krane

    published January 7, 2009

    Kristoff Krane is the latest Minnesota MC to miss the hip-hop memo and wear his heart on his sleeve while dealing with his unresolved issues... More >>

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