MTV Unplugged performance. Beyond winning Kurt Cobain’s approval, the Phoenix natives have managed to play their quirky blend of cowpunk, hardcore and alternative rock for more than 35 years. Though they broke up twice — in 1996 and 2002 — Meat Puppets continue to play before a fiercely devoted fan base. It’s been more than 20 years since that Unplugged appearance, but events such as Riot Fest have introduced the alt-rock pioneers to a younger crowd. Even though they haven’t released a new album since 2013, brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood continue to influence a new generation of musicians as they once influenced Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement.
To a certain set of fans, Meat Puppets are forever known as the group that sat in with Nirvana during their iconic