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A New Band

Date: Jun 13 2004


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It is exciting to go out and see fresh new music played live. Beth saw a show performed last weekend by a band that was so new they didn’t even have a name yet.
The two performers are pretty well-known on the rock scene though. Listen in to Beth’s conversation with Stephanie and see if you recognize their previous projects...


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Stephanie:  So Beth you told me you were gonna to go to a concert this weekend. Did you go?

Beth:  I did it was really fun. It was a loud rock concert.

Stephanie:  Who’d you see?

Beth:  Well they’re two different artists who came together to form sort of a indy rock band.

Stephanie:  Hmmm. What’s the name of the band?

Beth:  Well I don’t think they have an official name, but the two headliners are J Mascis and Dave Schools

Stephanie:  Oh, really? What bands did they play in before?

Beth:  They played in Dinosaur Jr and then Widespread Panic.

Stephanie:  Did you have a good time?

Beth:  Oh yeah it was so much fun!

Stephanie:  Cool, um, would you recommend them the next time they play?

Beth:  Yeah, they’re just getting started so they’re sort of exploring their sound and evolving.

Stephanie:  Great… well let me know when they’re playing again.



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What do you think of “indy” music? How is an indy band defined? Is it a style of music or a statement about connections to the larger “music industry?” Can an indy band attain global recognition without the help of people in the biz?


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