Noah Wall recorded Live at Guitar Center in Manhattan, but really, it could have been in any showroom. Courtesy of Guitar Center hide caption

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"In the metal community, there's a fascination with the tangible aspect of things," says Albert Mudrian, editor of metal magazine Decibel. Bruno Guerreiro /Courtesy of Decibel hide caption

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Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (left) will put out his first album under his own name next month. Katie Crutchfield just put out her third album as Waxahatchee on Merge. Lissa Gotwals/Jesse Riggins/Courtesy of Merge Records hide caption

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