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D.C. natives The Dismemberment Plan are off the major label conveyor belt and back to the comfy confines of DeSoto alongside like-minded artists like Burning Airlines and Juno. I wonder if Interscope Records is smart enough to be kicking themselves for letting these guys go, ‘cause the Dismemberment Plan have made a masterpiece that the kids will be talking about and garage bands imitating for years to come. Now get ready—I’m gonna gush because I’m embarrassed I didn’t put this on my top 10 list and because they deserve it. Blending emo, post-rock, new wave, and stop-start pop, the Dismemberment Plan offer up a staggering variety of tunes—no two sounding the same or even really sharing the same lyric mood. Instrumentally, these guys play like their instruments are on fire making you believe in them.

Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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