Pavement 

To identify a Pavement fan, ask this: "What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?" If the person responds: "I know him, and he does," then you're talking to a Pavement fan. That back-and-forth quote is from "Stereo," on the band's 1997 release, Brighten the Corners. Pavement started out playing shambling lo-fi rock before slightly cleaning up the static for 1994's Crooked Rain Crooked Rain. (Even then, the lyrically obtuse band still seemed a little out of place in the age of MTV's Alternative Nation.) Pavement personified what indie music sounded like for the better part of the '90s, then bookended an era by breaking up in 1999. The band reunited for its first performance in 10 years in March and has been on a worldwide tour ever since. A 1995 Pavement fan was a slacker, but the 2010 model should be able to afford the $47 ticket.

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