Sebadoh

While 1996’s Harmacy is a perfectly serviceable slice of melancholic pop, the record that preceded it was Sebadoh’s high water mark. 1994’s Bakesale has only ripened with age and is richly deserving of this month’s deluxe, 2-disc reissue treatment via Sub Pop. As the spurned former bandmate of Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, frontman Lou Barlow hit the sour-sweet spot between cynical and romantic viewpoints with shambolic aplomb. Anchored by the wistfully buoyant anthems “License to Confuse” and “Rebound,” Barlow’s 15-track opus is a letter-perfect study in the Gen X hallmarks of self-loathing and narcissism, but with an entirely appealing note of humanity that makes it as important to the Clinton-era indie rock cannon as Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted. With Quasi, Lovesick Empire. HANNAH LEVIN

Sat., Feb. 12, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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