When: Thu., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. 2012
Sebadoh may well have been the indiest of the entire first wave of indie rockers—more aggressively noisy than Sonic Youth, more purposely gnomic than Pavement, more self-loathing than pretty much any band in existence. And in writing the indie inside-baseball anthem "Gimme Indie Rock," they perpetrated probably the most self-referential and postmodern piece of music-about-musicians in the pop canon. The lion's share of the credit for the group's success usually goes to founder Lou Barlow—whose dramatic departure from Dinosaur Jr. provided Sebadoh with a compelling creation myth—but last year's deluxe reissue of the band's 1994 high-water mark, Bakesale, provides ample evidence that late-addition bassist, vocalist, and songwriter Jason Lowenstein did at least as much to secure their legacy (he joined on their third album, 1991's Sebadoh III). His "Not Too Amused" is a massive slab of riff-intensive fuzz that comes off like the seratonin-depleted mirror image of a Led Zep classic. A new self-released EP, Secret, shows that time and inter-band squabbles have done little to dampen the power of the Barlow-Lowenstein collaboration. —Miles Raymer Lou Barlow and Circle of Buzzards open.