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Finding out what makes the Meat Puppets tick with a new oral history

As half-assed a form as it can be, the rock-band oral history is a folk form nonetheless, with a great claim to authenticity.
They Ain't Heavy, They're the Kirkwood Brothers
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 01, 2012

Lou Barlow talks the talk

He may have been born in Dayton, Ohio and settled down in Los Angeles, but for a lot of us, Lou Barlow will always be a Western Mass kid.
The Sebadoh frontman on life, love, and J.
By MATT PARISH  |  March 25, 2011

Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker display their indie artifacts

It was on a whim roughly 25 years ago that a young David Lowery called up a friend at SST Records to see how SST had been promoting records that year. "He just said, 'Hey, we've been sending a lot of our stuff to college radio stations, and they seem to
Antiques roadshow
By MATT PARISH  |  January 14, 2011
Meat Puppets + Retribution Gospel Choir

Meat Puppets + Retribution Gospel Choir

 After surviving two breakups (founding members Curt and Cris Kirkwood resurrected the band in 2006), grungy Arizona cowpunk outfit the Meat Puppets have just put...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 02, 2009

Stopped, dropped, and rolled

I’d like to thank and commend Adam Reilly for writing about the journalists arrested covering the Republican convention in St. Paul.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 17, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 16, 2008

Record reviewers

The problem with these “play your most revered album in full” shows that everyone from Public Enemy to Liz Phair is doing lately is that the correct answer is not always a no-brainer.  
Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr, and Built to Spill at the Orpheum, September 27, 2008
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 01, 2008

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 28

Madonna + Beastie Boys | Worcester Centrum | June 2, 1985
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 27

Black Flag + Meat Puppets | the Channel | April 15, 1984
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 26

Guns ‘n Roses | the Paradise Rock Club | October 16, 1987
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

Memphis all star

‘Memphis is a kind of self-devouring organism that occasionally pukes itself back up . . . ’ Jim's gems: Dickinson's eclectic catalog. By Ted Drozdowski
The many facets of Jim Dickinson
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 15, 2006

Family affairs

Good news for Meat Puppets fans: the post-hardcore band who hit on a strange interstice of country, psychedelia, and punk a quarter-century ago are alive and kicking. Curt Kirkwood, "Golden Lies" (mp3) Curt Kirkwood, "Beautiful Weapon" (mp3)
A solo Curt Kirkwood and his new Meat Puppets
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 11, 2006


Hollywood holidaze

Punk rock had jetpacked the Minutemen into a synæsthetic sound world where ideas had the same value as chords, where Reagan’s policy in Central America could be related directly to the setting of your amp.
The Minutemen and the LA they endured
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2006

Roots canals

Punk’s courtship of Americana has always been a natural one.
The country excursion of Jenny Lewis, the Elected, and Neko Case
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 14, 2006

Curt Kirkwood

As frontman of the Meat Puppets back in the mid 1980s, Curt Kirkwood blew minds marrying hardcore punk rock to sunbaked country music.
SNOW | Little Dog
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 14, 2006