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2009 Stories by Ryan Wasoba

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  • Telekinesis

    published June 17, 2009

    Some solo artists seem like reclusive weirdos forced into musical solitude by their social ineptitude, while others simply aren't good enough... More >>

  • Starlight Mints

    published June 10, 2009

    Since the late '90s, Oklahoma's the Starlight Mints has suffered through endless comparisons to legendary psych-pop connoisseurs the... More >>

  • Show Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Grand Ole Party and Pajo at The Pageant, June 2

    Show Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Grand Ole Party and Pajo at The Pageant, June 2

    published Jun 03, 2009

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer Karen O has crafted a persona as a shabby-chic fashion icon, a vulnerable diva, and some sort of female version of Iggy Pop. She has dated music video director Spike Jonze and ... More >>

  • White Rabbits

    published June 3, 2009

    Anything you can do, White Rabbits can do better. The band's stunning debut, Fort Nightly, earned comparisons to (and helped it... More >>

  • Meat Puppets

    published May 27, 2009

    A brief history of the Meat Puppets: two brothers, twelve albums, 29 years, three cameo songs on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged, an... More >>

  • DragonForce

    published April 22, 2009

    The thought that often pops into a listener's head upon experiencing DragonForce for the first time is, "Are these guys for real?" The... More >>

  • Chris Cornell

    published April 15, 2009

    If such a thing as "nü-metal cred" exists, Chris Cornell has it in spades. Soundgarden was arguably the most legit of the... More >>

  • Rock Math: Dan Deacon, Bromst

    published Mar 24, 2009

    Artist: Dan Deacon Album: Bromst Label: Carpark Records Equation: Sum of cubes factorized ... More >>

  • Rock Math: Bonnie Prince Billy, Beware

    published Mar 17, 2009

    Artist: Bonnie Prince Billy Album: Beware Label: Drag City Equation: Wasobian theory of neo-folk ... More >>

  • Voluntary Mother Earth

    published March 18, 2009

    It's almost impossible to mention Tokyo, Japan's Voluntary Mother Earth without referencing Frank Zappa, but it seems unlikely that the... More >>

  • Rock Math: Cursive, Mama, I'm Swollen

    published Mar 10, 2009

    Artist: Cursive Album: Mama, I'm Swollen Label: Saddle Creek Equation: Equation of an Elliptic Cylinder ... More >>

  • Tyvek

    published March 4, 2009

    If the White Stripes' stripped-down bar rock represents the greasy underbelly of the Motor City, then Detroit art-punks Tyvek (who are... More >>

  • Extra Life

    published March 4, 2009

    Extra Life is an appropriate moniker for this Brooklyn quintet. The band's avant-garde, post-everything indie rock is chilling,... More >>

  • Common Market: Thursday springs back to life with a brash new album on a new label

    published March 4, 2009

    When Thursday released Full Collapse in 2001, the New Brunswick, New Jersey, band had no idea it was about to become screamo's... More >>

  • Rock Math: U2, <em>No Line on the Horizon</em>

    Rock Math: U2, No Line on the Horizon

    published Feb 24, 2009

    Artist: U2 Album: No Line on the Horizon Label: Interscope Equation: Wasobian clusterfuck formula ... More >>

  • Rock Math: Morrissey, Years of Refusal

    published Feb 17, 2009

    Artist: Morrissey Album: Years of Refusal Label: Lost Highway Equation: Quadratic Formula ... More >>

  • Flogging Molly

    published February 18, 2009

    Time to get your kilt dry-cleaned and polish your boots: Flogging Molly is returning to town. LA's most famous seven-piece Irish punk... More >>

  • Rock Math: Lily Allen, It's Not Me, It's You

    published Feb 10, 2009

    Artist: Lily Allen Album: It's Not Me, It's You Label: Capitol Equation: Equation of an Elliptic Cylinder ... More >>

  • Dr. Manhattan/Foxy Shazam

    published February 11, 2009

    Dr. Manhattan's self-titled 2008 album may be the shape of pop-punk to come. The Wauconda, Illinois, quartet's debut blends moody,... More >>

  • Rock Math: Franz Ferdinand, <em>Tonight: Franz Ferdinand</em>

    Rock Math: Franz Ferdinand, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

    published Jan 27, 2009

    Band: Franz Ferdinand Album: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Label: Domino Equation: Equation of an Ellipsoid       click image to enlarge... More >>

  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

    published January 28, 2009

    Featuring John Lennon's famously backward vocals, "Rain" was one of the most visionary songs in the Beatles' catalog. It's fitting, then, that... More >>

  • Mock Orange

    published January 28, 2009

    Somewhere between its 2000 full-length, The Record Play, and 2004's stellar Mind Is Not Brain, Mock Orange graduated from... More >>

  • Rock Math: Antony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light

    published Jan 20, 2009

    Band: Antony and the Johnsons Album: The Crying Light Label: Secretly Canadian Equation: Distance Between Two Points (2-D) ... More >>

  • Funky Butt Brass Band

    published January 21, 2009

    Although a sousaphone and a marching snare drum are part of the Funky Butt Brass Band experience, the local sextet is well versed in all... More >>

  • Yukon

    published January 21, 2009

    The graphing-calculator-complex tunes of Baltimore's Yukon make other math rockers look like students fumbling through pre-algebra.... More >>

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