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Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman's trajectory to "indie pop darling" status followed a now-familiar path: Songwriter somewhat-reluctantly amasses a fan base thanks to internet file-sharing. His droll, self-deprecating lyrics and attention to arrangement impel lots of comparisons to Stephin Merritt, mastermind behind the Magnetic Fields.

Throughout his career, Lekman's pulled a lot of stop-and-starts: Leaving music to take a job at a bingo parlor, leaving music to take a job making sandwiches, etc. Thankfully, he's never been able to stay away for good.