Superchunk is an indie rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, consisting of singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur, bassist Laura Ballance, and drummer Jon Wurster. Initially, the band went by the name Chunk (original drummer Chuck Garrison received some junk mail with his name misspelled as "Chunk" Garrison, and the name stuck), and their first single was released under the Chunk moniker.  After adding the "Super" prefix to their name, the first official Superchunk single, "Slack Motherfucker," followed in 1990. Both releases were well-received, and Superchunk would release its debut self-titled album in 1990 to more critical acclaim. In spite of the ensuing bidding war that emerged between major record labels in the aftermath of the album's release, Superchunk decided to stay independent, sticking with Matador Records for their second, just as critically-lauded LP, No Pocky for Kitty, followed by a collection of singles, Tossing Seeds and another pair of well-reviewed LPs, On the Mouth and Foolish.
McCaughan and Ballance launched Merge Records to release the band's future albums, as well as other indie-rock acts, including Lambchop and The Arcade Fire. They continued touring and recording, appearing on the Lollapalooza tour and having a minor hit in "Hyper Enough" (from Here's Where the Strings Come In). In 1999, Superchunk released Come Pick Me Up.
The band has not released a new studio album since 2001's Here's to Shutting Up, and their most recent tour was in support of the 2003 compilation Cup of Sand. Their most recent show was played at Cats Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina.
McCaughan has also recorded several albums as Portastatic. Initially a solo project, Portastatic has evolved into a full band, which currently includes Superchunk's Jim Wilbur as a member.