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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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...In the early 1970s, the Modern Lovers infused Boston’s nascent proto-punk, hard blues-rock scene with a geographic authenticity that made them, and their leader Jonathan Richman, one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Richman, born in Natick,...

Phish

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...Phish is an American rock band that had a significant influence on the neo-hippie jam band movement. The band has also claimed to be the inheritor of the band Grateful Dead’s legacy. Trey Anastasio (vocals), Jon Fishman (drums), and Jeff...

The Pixies

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...Considered to have been the pioneering band of alternative rock music, the Pixies broke up too early to experience the genre as it broke through in the mid-1990s. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain claimed that the Pixies were one of the major...
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...New Kids on the Block had several hits and became one of the most popular acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s pop milieu. The group was formed in the 1980s by Maurice Starr in Boston, Massachusetts. Starr had previously championed New...

Dinosaur Jr.

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...The Amherst, Massachusetts-originated trio Dinosaur Jr. rose to prominence during the late 1980s and early 1990s alternative rock boom. Formed in 1984 following the breakup of J. Mascis and Lou Barlow’s hardcore punk outfit Deep Wound, what...

Chick Corea

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...As one of the principal architects of jazz fusion, Chick Corea’s keyboard work established the instrument’s role in the new genre. Born in Massachusetts in 1941, Corea was raised surrounded by jazz records and the trumpet playing of his...
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...Buffy Sainte-Marie, a Canadian singer-songwriter and outspoken social activist, has received numerous awards for her music as well as honorary doctorates for her social and educational activism. Throughout her life, Buffy Sainte-Marie...

Frank Black’s Frank Black (1993)

Zeth Lundy

Zeth Lundy is the author of Songs in the Key of Life (#42). He tweets @zethlundy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...This is how I see it. In 1992, Charles Thompson had been playing the role of Black Francis professionally for five years. Black Francis was fronting the Pixies—a seminal Boston band that wouldn’t be truly appreciated until...

Daniel Lopatin’s Chuck Person’s Eccojams Vol. 1 (2010)

Marvin Lin

Marvin Lin is the author of Kid A (#76). Find him at marvinlin.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...One of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons is Season 5’s “Cape Feare” (October 7, 1993). In it, Sideshow Bob once again seeks revenge on Bart, who had years earlier exposed his attempt to frame Krusty the Clown for armed robbery. Now...