The five-member band began recording in a Portland, Ore., basement 15 years ago and has been compared to Nirvana because of its frequent references to drugs.
In 1995, skater Tonya Harding made her singing debut with her band, the Golden Blades, in Portland, Oregon. The crowd booed her during her 15-minute set.
Fronted by vocalist/guitarist James Mercer, whose receding hairline is more high school English teacher than rock star, the Portland, Ore., band outpaced every other act on the bill.