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October 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Progressive indie-rockers Polvo journey to ‘Siberia’ | Album review

Polvo

Polvo, from left: Steve Popson, Dave Brylawski, Ash Bowie, Brian Quast. Photo by Michael Klayman.

Indie-rock reunions aren’t created equal.

Most often, bands return just long enough to collect their dues and satiate bigger fanbases than they’d left (Pavement). Some do a commemorative one-off, only to disappear again (Slint). Others take a noncommittal, play-it-by-ear approach (The Afghan Whigs).

Then, there are the rare exceptions — those who recapture their initial spark and decide to run with it.

With their second LP since reconvening in 2007 — “Siberia,” out Tuesday on Merge Records — Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Polvo joins Dinosaur Jr. and Mission of Burma on a short list of beloved indie groups back in action, writing and recording new material.

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August 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Superchunk’s latest: “I Hate Music”

Clearly, the title of Superchunk’s tenth album, “I Hate Music,” out Tuesday, is pure sarcasm. The way the Chapel Hill, North Carolina indie rockers have parlayed their joyously fast tempos, deft chord changes, gutsy solos and irrepressible hooks into a 25-year career isn’t just improbable. It’s incredible. And their influence is far-reaching — just ask…

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