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2009 Stories by Peter S. Scholtes

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  • Kurt Vile & the Violators

    published October 14, 2009

    Not shockingly new, just blazingly beautiful, Kurt Vile's take on post-Velvets/Stooges pop sounds like Robert Pollard dreaming the Clean: His... More >>

  • Crocodiles

    published October 7, 2009

    Sort of a snottier, more desperate-sounding two-person Jesus and Mary Chain, San Diego's Crocodiles are either empathizing with evil on "I Wanna... More >>

  • Jolie Holland

    published October 7, 2009

    Jolie Holland's whippoorwill mushmouth is one of the more dauntingly beautiful vocal things to emerge from '00s alternative roots music, so odd... More >>

  • School of Seven Bells

    published October 7, 2009

    Animal nature and band iconography being what they are, some portion of School of Seven Bells' audience for this first headlining tour will wonder... More >>

  • Wilco

    published September 30, 2009

    The August Spin Wilco cover story by former City Pages music editor Jon Dolan shows a damaged bandleader grown healthily and... More >>

  • Living Colour

    published September 30, 2009

    Less with the catchy-but-annoying 1988 hit "Cult of Personality" than with deep tracks from the same album (the brightly Afropoppy "The Glamour... More >>

  • Os Mutantes

    published September 23, 2009

    Somehow "Bat Macumba," from Os Mutantes' self-titled 1968 debut, remains as funny and surprising as ever: It sounds like Latin psychedelic kids'... More >>

  • Conversation Piece: Brian Eno and Jon Hassell

    published September 16, 2009

    This porn for music conversationalists features two great talkers who are also great music-makers—a rarer combo than you'd think. From his... More >>

  • Patton Oswalt

    published September 9, 2009

    There is always the implication in Patton Oswalt's standup comedy that the pathos and stupidity he lampoons is part of something social and... More >>

  • Busdriver

    published September 2, 2009

    Is there an alternative rapper more neurotically self-conscious about being an alternative rapper than Busdriver? The Angeleno's nerdlinger... More >>

  • De La Soul

    published August 26, 2009

    For 20 years, De La Soul have made pop music funkier, hip hop more humane, and the interplay between funk and humanity more mysterious and... More >>

  • B-Girl Be: Mama Said Knock U Out!

    published August 26, 2009

    After three globe-shaking festivals and a brief hiatus, B-Girl Be is back, starting with this exhibit of video, painting, and other media by 28... More >>

  • Michael Jackson: A Musical Tribute to the Life & the Music of the King of Pop

    published August 19, 2009

    Has it really been two months? Michael Jackson's death seems to make less sense rather than more as the sideshow of his life accelerates rather... More >>

  • Sneaker Pimps: the World's Largest Sneaker Hip-Hop Lifestyle Show featuring Clipse

    published August 12, 2009

    Though 2006's Hell Hath No Fury contained some of the greatest Neptunes-made beats on rap's concrete Earth, Clipse's version of a budding... More >>

  • Beres Hammond

    published August 12, 2009

    With a voice like fine sandpaper and a string of dancehall hits that yearn for rock-steady, not just lovers rock, Beres Hammond might be Jamaica's... More >>

  • Doodling by Peyton

    published August 12, 2009

    Known to many locals simply as "Peyton," Minneapolis artist and boxer Peyton Russell was a pioneering graffiti writer on the North Side (as... More >>

  • A Tribute to Michael Jackson

    published August 12, 2009

    Has it really been two months? Michael Jackson's death seems to make less sense rather than more as the sideshow of his life accelerates rather... More >>

  • SOLD OUT: Fleet Foxes, Dungen

    published August 5, 2009

    Their five-part harmonies say beach and corner stoop even if their lyrics say woods and river, an indie soft-rock as rooted in Brian Wilson and... More >>

  • RDM: Priorities

    published July 29, 2009

    The Abstract Pack's bracing reunion at 2008's TC Hip-Hop Awards was proof, for anyone who needed it, that the '90s St. Paul rap crew had been... More >>

  • Jessica Hopper

    published July 15, 2009

    For less than the cost of a Miley Cyrus CD, Jessica Hopper's The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to... More >>

  • Cage

    published July 8, 2009

    Damaged-goods rapper Cage famously claimed Eminem ripped off his style, has his own 8 Mile in the dream pipeline (with longtime fan Shia... More >>

  • K'Naan

    published July 8, 2009

    Despite Troubadour (A&M) debuting at number 32 on the Billboard 200 in February, K'Naan's major-label moment has yet to live up to the... More >>

  • Nas and Damian Marley

    published June 24, 2009

    As consolation for Rock the Bells skipping our city, that hip-hop festival's collaborating headliners branch off to play First Avenue, something... More >>

  • Robert Cray

    published June 24, 2009

    Robert Cray was the blues laureate of infidelity in the '80s and early '90s, a smooth and innovative classic-soul craftsman who brought... More >>

  • X

    published June 17, 2009

    Los Angeles punk romantics X have been reuniting to tour with their original lineup for longer than they were initially together—and why... More >>

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