2009 in alternative and punk rock
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- February 8
- February 18 - Kings of Leon win best international group and best international album for Only by the Night at the Brit Awards.
- February 26 – Vocalist Steven Page leaves the Barenaked Ladies.
- April 17 through April 19 – Coachella 2009
- May 2 to May 3 – The Bamboozle festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey
- June 1 – Pearl Jam are first musical guests on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, performing new songs.
- June 4 to 7 - Oasis begins the summer stadium leg of their world tour with 3 sold-out homecoming concerts at the 70,000 capacity Heaton Park.
- June 11 to 14 – Bonnaroo 2009
- June 24 to 28 – Glastonbury Festival 2009
- June 25 – July 5 – Summerfest
- June 26 – Warped Tour begins in Pomona, California
- June 30 – The U2 360° Tour begins in Barcelona's Nou Camp Stadium in front of a sell out crowd.
- July 2 to 3 – Blur's 20 year reunion and superconcert at Hyde Park.
- July 2 to 5 – Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia, Poland
- July 6 – Ryan Ross and Jon Walker leave Panic! at the Disco and go on to form The Young Veins.
- July 6 to 12 – Australian Radio station Triple J holds its 'Hottest 100 of All Time' with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" coming in first for the third consecutive time a 'Hottest 100 of All Time' has been held 1991, 1998 and 2009. This is the largest music poll in the world with more than half a million people voting.
- July 9–12 – 10th EXIT festival takes place in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, Serbia, with more than 190,000 visitors.
- July 21 – shortlist announced for the 2009 Mercury Prize.
- July 22 to July 25 – 2009 10,000 Lakes Festival
- July 24 Start of blink-182's reunion tour, with Fall Out Boy and Weezer as opening acts, kicks off.
- August 7–9 – Lollapalooza 2009
- August 21 – Vocalist Jim Lindberg announces his departure from Pennywise.
- August 28 – After another fight with his brother Liam, Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis. Initial reports shortly afterwards suggested that Oasis had broken up, but Liam later stated that they have not.
- August 28–31 – Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham, UK
- August 31 – Ingrid Michaelson kicks off her "Everybody" tour in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
- September 7 – Muse release their new single, "Uprising".
- September 10 – Nine Inch Nails performs their final concert in Los Angeles.
- September 13 – Green Day wins three awards at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards held in New York City at Radio City Music Hall.
- September 17 – Avril Lavigne and husband Deryck Whibley split after three years of marriage.
- September 21 – Fucked Up's The Chemistry of Common Life is announced winner of the 2009 Polaris Music Prize.
- September 24 – Chiodos fires their lead singer, Craig Owens.
- October 2 through October 4 – Austin City Limits 2009
- November 12 – Steven Tyler announces that he is not leaving Aerosmith, dispelling rumors that the band would be in need of a new lead singer.
- December 16 – John Frusciante announces his second departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- December 20 – Rage Against the Machine takes the Christmas number one slot in the United Kingdom with Killing in the Name, after a massive Facebook campaign.
- December 25 – The folk singer and songwriter Vic Chesnutt commits suicide.
- December 30 – Rowland S. Howard, former guitarist for The Birthday Party, dies of cancer at age 50.
- Broken Bells
- Codeine Velvet Club
- Dead by Sunrise
- The Dead Weather
- Monsters of Folk
- The Pretty Reckless
- The Young Veins
- Blink-182 (new album and tour)
- Cold (first album and tour since their split in 2006)
- The Cranberries (first tour since 2002)
- Faith No More (touring only)
- Far (New album and tour)
- Frodus (new 7" EP and touring)
- Jairus (releasing album and touring)
- Matchbook Romance[not in citation given]
- Mucky Pup (touring and new live CD & DVD releases)
- Noise Addict (New album)[not in citation given]
- Phish (new album and tour)[not in citation given]
- Public Image Ltd. (touring for 30th anniversary)
- The Scene Aesthetic (new album and tour)
- Screeching Weasel
- Skunk Anansie (new single, greatest hits album and tour)
- Sublime (one-off performance)
- Sunny Day Real Estate (album reissues and tour)
- Tumbleweed (appearing at Homebake festival)
- Underground Lovers (appearing at Homebake festival)
- Wang Chung (new album and tour)[not in citation given]
- Animal Alpha
- Armor for Sleep
- As Cities Burn
- Blue Cheer
- Chin Up Chin Up
- Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
- The Cramps
- Cute Is What We Aim For
- Downset.
- Flickerstick
- Fordirelifesake
- The Getaway Plan
- Hanoi Rocks
- Houston Calls
- Have Heart
- Juliette and the Licks
- Louis XIV
- Oasis (band)
- Oxford Collapse
- Peter, Paul and Mary
- Pride Tiger
- The Rakes
- The Rascals
- Silver Jews
- The Verve
- Violent Femmes
Bands on hiatus
- Bloc Party
- Fall Out Boy
- ¡Forward, Russia!
- Nine Inch Nails (Indefinite touring hiatus)
- The Pink Spiders
- The Fratellis
- The Matches
- TV on the Radio
- "Report: "Blink-182 Confirm Reunion On Grammy Stage". MTV. 2009-02-08. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- Singer Page leaves Barenaked band
- Warped Tour dates announced
- Itzkoff, Dave (November 12, 2009). "Tyler Says He Is Not Quitting Aerosmith". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor winner in charts
- Dead Weather: Jack White's newest stripe
- "Who Is Hunter?". Noise Press. Retrieved 2009-04-14
- "Faith No More Reunion 'Confirmed' By Mike Patton's Publicist". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-02-24. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- "The Scene Aesthetic Is Getting Back Together" AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved on December 26, 2008.
- "Pop & Hiss". The Los Angeles Times. February 13, 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- Sad to say, but it's over...
- Subzero Calling It Quits After 20 Years Together