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Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow found his own voice with Sebadoh in the late '80s and early '90s, emerging as a surprisingly good brokenhearted balladeer. Considering the noise level of Dino Jr. songs, it was a shock to hear Barlow bear his heart in such open and honest ways. Years later, Sebadoh has reemerged with Defend Yourself, an album that's better defined than many of its earlier, looser works. Barlow handles most of the songs, with Jason Loewenstein his only foil. (Eric Gaffney and Bob Fay weren’t brought back.) The breakup of Barlow’s 25-year marriage has surely added some psychic weight, and songs like “Love You Here,” “State of Mine,” “Listen," and “Let It Out” ache with earnest pop melodies. The buzzing electricity of “Beat,” “Defend Yr. Self,” “Final Days,” “Separate," and the bizarre cowpunk of “Inquiries” fill out the expectations for what makes an exceptional Sebadoh album.

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Formed: 1989 in Amherst, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As much a collective of musicians as a band, Sebadoh was the quintessential lo-fi band of the '90s. Formed by singer/songwriter Lou Barlow while he was the bassist for Dinosaur Jr. in the late '80s, Sebadoh's music was a virtual catalog of '80s alternative rock and '90s indie rock, featuring everything from jangle pop to noise-rock experimentalism. After being kicked out of Dinosaur in 1989, Barlow turned his attention toward Sebadoh, a home-recording project that he and drummer/songwriter Eric Gaffney...
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