Meat Puppets

Just a few years ago, the idea of a Meat Puppets reunion seemed out of the question. Although their legacy held up well, buoyed greatly by a generation of listeners who grew up on Kurt Cobain, the band's founding brothers hadn't played together on record since 1995. Cris Kirkwood was, in fact, serving prison time on felony assault charges stemming from a 2003 altercation in which the bassist was shot in the stomach. But after his 2005 release, Cris was apparently able to stay clean and convince his brother Curt, who had continued making music mostly as a solo performer, to give it another go. Joining up with drummer Ted Marcus, the brothers released Rise to Your Knees last July to generally positive reviews, and have since headed out on the road together for the first time in over a decade.

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