Taking Up the Slack: The Bands That Begin Where the Lo-Fi, Postgrunge '90s Ended

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Slacker scions Max Bloom and Mariko Doi of Yuck after their performance during the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park on July 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

On stage, young men with beards, unruly hair and an impressive array of fuzz pedals are coaxing incredible noises from their guitars. As the plaid-clad audience — half moshing teenagers and half older heads nodding approvingly — roar their approval at the howls of feedback, the noise is occasionally replaced by acoustic balladry as sweet as anything from the '60s.

It could be Boston in 1988 or Seattle in 1991, but this is London in 2011, where the East London hipster enclaves of Dalston and Stoke Newington have become the epicenter...

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