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Lou Barlow

American musician

Lou Barlow is ...


Born 17 July 1966 in Dayton
Age 56 years, 11 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation guitarist and singer-songwriter
Instrument bass guitar and bass
Genre alternative rock and indie rock
Voice type baritone
Twitter username theloubarlow
Educated at Westfield High School

About Lou Barlow

Lou Barlow is a musician who has been at the forefront of the indie rock scene for over three decades. Born on July 17, 1966, in Dayton, Ohio, Barlow grew up in Massachusetts and began playing music in high school. He formed the band Deep Wound in the early 1980s, which was one of the first hardcore punk bands in the area.

In 1984, Barlow joined Dinosaur Jr. as the bassist and backup vocalist. He played on the band's first three albums, including their critically acclaimed 1987 release, "You're Living All Over Me." However, tensions between Barlow and frontman J Mascis led to Barlow's departure from the band in 1989.

After leaving Dinosaur Jr., Barlow formed the band Sebadoh with Eric Gaffney. The band's lo-fi sound and confessional lyrics quickly gained a cult following, and they released several influential albums throughout the 1990s. Barlow also formed the side project Folk Implosion, which had a hit with the song "Natural One" from the soundtrack to the movie "Kids."

Barlow has also released several solo albums, including "Emoh" in 2005 and "Brace the Wave" in 2015. He has collaborated with a variety of artists, including The Lemonheads, J Mascis, and Thurston Moore.

Throughout his career, Barlow has been known for his introspective lyrics and his willingness to experiment with different genres and styles. He has been a major influence on the indie rock scene, and his music continues to inspire new generations of musicians.


- "Lou Barlow: The Indie Rock Survivor" by David Fricke, Rolling Stone, August 22, 2019

- "Lou Barlow: The Indie Rock Icon Who's Still Figuring It Out" by Marc Hogan, Pitchfork, September 28, 2015

- "Lou Barlow: The Interview" by Michael Tedder, Stereogum, September 8, 2015

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