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10,000 Maniacs (music group)
10,000 Maniacs to release first new record in 13 years
10,000 Maniacs to release first new record in 13 years

It seems like only yesterday that Pop & Hiss was hanging out at dimly lighted upstate New York bars watching a hot new alt-folk-rock band called 10,000 Maniacs, and trying to figure out the words to "Lilydale" because the lead vocalist, Natalie Merchant, sometimes turned her back to the audience in those days, absorbed in some private mystic reverie. That was the early '80s. Merchant, of course, is long gone, departing the band for a solo career. The group's original lead guitarist, the virtuosic Robert Buck, died of liver failure in 2000 at age 42. Other personnel, like guitarist John Lombardo and singer Mary Ramsey, have come and gone, and come again. But the...

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