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  • 15 years ago

    John Darnielle, the one-man band known as the Mountain Goats, is too smart for his own good. Overqualified for his rock-and-roll songwriting vocation, he's as much at ease expounding Mexican mythology and quoting Eugene O'Neill as he is peeling of...

  • 15 years ago

    After a decade knocking around in relative anonymity with the indie in-crowd, Stephin Merritt lately has joined the ranks of pop music's Who's Who. The superlatives garnered by his band the Magnetic Fields' one-of-a-kind, three-CD musical revue, 6...

  • 15 years ago

    Sleater-Kinney All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars) Five years ago, back when Sleater-Kinney was just starting out, the song "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" gave the band a bold statement of purpose that couldn't help but be noticed. Co-founde...

  • 15 years ago

    Elliott Smith Figure 8 (DreamWorks Records) This much we know about Elliott Smith: He moved to Portland at age 14, made his first solo album in 1994, performed his Oscar-nominated song ("Miss Misery") during the 1998 Academy Awards, and was Spin's...

  • 16 years ago

    Deanna Varagona of Lambchop Billed as the new sound of Nashville, Lambchop must have a very different vision of what musical heritage means: Having as much -- or as little -- in common with No Depression as with young country, the band has a linea...

  • 20 years ago

    1. Refried Ectoplasm (Drag City) and Music for the Amorphous Body Study Center (Duophonic, import), Stereolab. A collection of stray singles, revamped tracks, and unreleased treats, Refried Ectoplasm makes a more instant impact than any previous S...