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...The South African singer Solomon Linda’s song “Mbube” became so popular that an entire genre of a cappella music was named in its honor. Born in 1909 on a labor reserve near Ladysmith, Linda grew up around traditional Zulu music...

Arcade Fire

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...The Canadian indie-rock outfit Arcade Fire formed by late 2001, with Win Butler, Josh Deu, and Régine Chassagne uniting to form a trio that began recording demos and performing live. Through 2003, the lineup changed often. After...
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...The indie group Belle and Sebastian emerged from relative obscurity in Scotland to become critically acclaimed and a staple of dorm room listening parties on either side of the Atlantic. Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David formed the group...
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...Boston indie band the Magnetic Fields, led by Stephen Merritt, developed a unique sound within the city’s music scene. In 1989, Merritt, who had previously worked on his studio project Buffalo Rome, assembled a band for live performance...
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...The Stone Roses were an English alternative rock band formed in Manchester, UK, in 1983. The Stone Roses led the wave of British alternative rock music during their time. John Squire (guitar) and Ian Brown (vocals) originally came from...
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...Luminary in the history of industrial music, Cabaret Voltaire was formed in 1973 in Sheffield, England by Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, and Chris Watson. The band borrowed its name from the historic club in Zurich, Switzerland...
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...Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born on August 6, 1969, in Nebraska, USA. After his parents divorced when he was six months old, he moved with his mother to Texas. Smith had a difficult...

R.E.M.

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...R.E.M. has been a major influence in the creation and development of alternative rock. Formed in Georgia, USA, in 1980, R.E.M.’s members first played together as a band at a friend’s birthday party. Drummer Bill Berry and bassist Mike Mills...
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...Organized by Robert Pollard, Dayton, Ohio’s Guided by Voices were pioneers in the indie rock lo-fi scene. Pollard, born in 1957, formed the group in the early 1980s and it began performing in bars before frequent personnel changes led...
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...Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum’s project, Neutral Milk Hotel, played a pivotal role in popularizing indie rock in the middle and late 1990s. Born in Ruston, Louisiana in 1970, Mangum had an interest in music at an early age. He...