10 Side Projects That Are Better Than the Primary Band


Chafing at the dictatorial style of the eternally grumpy J Mascis, Lou Barlow started Sebadoh while he was still in Dinosaur Jr., meaning that we guess it technically qualifies as a side project. The fact that Barlow chose to call his debut as Sebadoh The Freed Man gives an idea of how liberating he found the project (even if he insists the title doesn’t actually refer to Dinosaur Jr.). Anyway, Sebadoh’s distinctly downbeat and lo-fi sound contrasted to the guitar pyrotechnics of Barlow’s other band, and to our ears, did so in a refreshing and pleasing way.