Four laid-back California guys who mixed cacophonic guitar rock with elegant melodies and brilliantly elliptical lyrics, Pavement helped define the sound of Nineties indie rock. By the time of their breakup in 2000, the group had worked with big-name producers and traded detuned guitars and sci-fi sound effects for low-key sophistication. Like the Velvet Underground before them, Pavement never attained huge commercial success but were adored by critics and left countless imitators in their wake.

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