Ask just about any music nerd and they’ll agree: Pavement is one of the most important (and maybe the best) indie rock band of the 1990s.

Led by effortlessly cool frontman/songwriter Stephen Malkmus, Pavement formed in Stockton, California in the late ’80s, releasing five studio albums before their breakup in 1999. They inspired like-minded indie rockers of the late ’90s like Built to Spill and Modest Mouse, and their influence has trickled all the way down to Gen Z songwriters like beabadoobee and Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan.

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