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Formed in Chicago during the mid-'90s by singer/guitarist Jonathan Scott, indie pop unit the Doleful Lions soon relocated to Chapel Hill, NC. There the group -- which also included Scott's brother Robert on bass, guitarist Joe Caparo, and drummer Tony Stiglitz -- hooked up with noted producer Mitch Easter, who agreed to helm their 1998 debut, Motel Swim. Robert Scott left the Doleful Lions a short time later, and was soon replaced by bassist Amy Palazzolo. The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! followed in 1999. The unusual Song Cyclops was released in 2000, unveiling another batch of B-movie power pop that found the band singing about witches and Sasquatches. The poppier Out Like a Lamb followed two years later, and Shaded Lodge and Mausoleum landed in 2005. The numerology-influenced 7 appeared in 2008. ~ Jason Ankeny

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