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Critic’s Playlist

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Don’t hit The Hideout without sampling one or more of these Touch and Go (and Quarterstick) highlights:

Butthole Surfers, Locust Abortion Technician (1987) Austin pranksters predate grunge

Big Black, Songs About Fucking (1988) Raging guitar rock horror show

Slint, Spiderland (1991) Melancholy space rock from Louisville

Jesus Lizard, Liar (1992) Epic, dynamic noise blowout

Girls Against Boys, Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby (1993) Sinister-sounding industrial disco

Dirty Three, Horse Stories (1996) Gorgeous melancholia with violin, guitar, and drums

Mekons, Retreat from Memphis (1994) UK band’s Americana barnburners

Shellac, 1000 Hurts (2000) Rock machinery from Steve Albini and company

TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004) Electronic, soul, and doo-wop interweave

Calexico, Garden Ruin (2006) Arizona collective’s Tex-Mex pop

–M.G.

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