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Jon Pruett

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  • 10 years ago

    Spoon's 2002 effort, Kill the Moonlight, put pop smarts and experimentation on equal footing with an admiration for both the Rolling Stones and Wire. People loved it, too -- it plainly stated that Spoon wasn't here to play the indie-rock game, and...

  • 11 years ago

    Since disbanding the punk-fueled Chisel in the late '90s, Ted Leo has emerged as a pub-rock hero, championing everyone from the Specials to Thin Lizzy while also creating his own revved-up version of the real thing. His engaging knack for storytel...

  • 11 years ago

    For those who find the undergraduate fictional sketches of Belle & Sebastian too precious or Neutral Milk Hotel's stream-of-consciousness descriptions too rambling, there exist the Decemberists. The Northwestern group serves up hearty literary pop...

  • 12 years ago

    Oh, Inverted World, the Shins' debut, made you want to believe in small, simple pop music again, boasting lyrically obtuse songs you could hold in your hand and ogle before passing them on to friends, who you could only hope might treat the songs ...