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This week marks the release of the final album by Guided By Voices. For those who don’t know, GBV is an Ohio-based indie rock band that has maintained an acclaimed career after 20 years in the business.

They’re like the Woody Allen of indie rock: They release a reliably enjoyable (and occasionally brilliant) record practically every year. It’s even become a summer tradition I look forward to every 12 months. But now, the tradition comes to an end. Their final studio album, Half Smiles of the Decomposed, has been pegged as the last new output the band will have.

They will hit the road for the final time, playing their last tour, and ending it all with a New Year’s Eve show in Chicago. I suggest people see them, if they can. At the very least, check out their new album. You can stream tracks from their official Web site.

A little part of college rock forever fades away…

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