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Photograph: William Anthony

Lou Barlow mined the despair of his divorce for more melodic, sad power-pop on Defend Yourself, Sebadoh's 2013 comeback album and first record since the 1990s. It chugs beers and guitars in the garage like Hüsker Dü having a mid-life crisis and brought a welcome spotlight back on the trio's early lo-fi gems, like Bubble and Scrape and Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock. Jason Lowenstein still provides the rowdy counterpoint to Barlow's pretty moping, so things don't get totally sad-sacky.

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