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With a gangly, pencil-thin frame caused by a genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome, gay, 6ft 4", occasionally cross-dressing front man Bradford Cox cuts a striking figure. An isolated high school outsider obsessed by music, he started Deerhunter with Moses Archuleta after his parents divorced and left him alone in his childhood home. Adding sonic ambition to primal garage rock and roll, Deerhunter have evolved into one of the most talked-about new bands around, earning a fearsome live reputation through tours with Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Smashing Pumpkins. Debut album Turn It Up Faggot (2005) was named after a crowd heckle aimed at Cox, before second album Cryptograms (2005) honed a reverb heavy, ambient punk sound. The psychedelic pop swirl of Microcastle (2008) was greeted with rave reviews and the Pitchfork website naming it 50th in their Best Albums of the Decade list. Frequently releasing EPs and new material, Cox has gone on to record solo material under the name Atlas Sound. Artist biography compiled by BDS/West 10. All rights reserved