Self-Help for Alt-Country Fans

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April 13 2001 8:30 PM

Self-Help for Alt-Country Fans

Three bands that will revive your faith in indie pop. 

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Indeed, "turn it up" captures the affirmative (though not entirely happy) spirit that animates Isolation Drills. If you turned to Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam after the Replacements lost their edge or you had your first kid, Robert Pollard, along with Ben Gibbard and Blake Schwarzenbach, may have what you've been looking for—sublimely intelligent, emotionally direct music, but without a steel guitar in sight. 

Matt Feeney is a writer in Oakland. You can email him and follow him on Twitter.