Various Artists

Linoma: A Nebraska Compilation

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As a compilation featuring artists from both the -istism and Fire labels, Linoma serves as an excellent summation of the harsh sound so prevalent in the '90s Nebraskan indie rock scene. Without ever venturing into heavy metal territory, these 20 bands all manage to employ plenty of aggression and angst into their loose rock sound. Characterized largely by overdriven guitar riffs and cathartic vocals, the bands share a surprising number of consistent stylistic traits, tempting one to generalize and speak of the Nebraskan "scene." The album's liner notes include useful information about the bands, including which albums the singles were gathered from, where the songs were recorded at, and a mailing address for the bands. Even if you're not a big fan of the bands and their harsh style of indie rock, you must acknowledge the -istism and Fire labels' efforts in presenting a concise and accessible way to investigate the burgeoning '90s Nebraskan indie rock scene.

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