After more or less inventing the genre of alt-country, Uncle Tupelo fractured into two bands in 1994: Jay Farrar’s more straight-laced Son Volt and Jeff Tweedy’s experimental force Wilco, which has done for roots rock what Radiohead has done for alt-rock. While remaining just south of mainstream, the Grammy-winning band has became a major live draw and, thanks in part to its endearing success story (as detailed in the documentary film “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”), an indie rock icon. —Jeff Royer
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