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Live at SXSW: Datarock Funks Austin Up

Datarock

photo by Siran BabayanDatarock

What: Datarock

Where: The Parish, Austin, TX

When: March 17

Who knew music this shit-hot could come from a cold and rainy city like Bergen, Norway? Datarock's electro-rock feels like a DeLorean ride through '80s funk and new wave. And after two SXSW appearances, the band returned to get the hipster kids dancing yet again -- they could use the rhythm and exercise.

Datarock

photo by Siran BabayanDatarock

Dressed in their trademark red jogging suits and Porsche shades, singer Fredrik Saroea and keyboardist Kjetil Moster (along with a bassist and tatted-out drummer) kicked off with a few tracks from their last album, 2009's Red, including "Give It Up" and "True Stories," which is almost entirely comprised of Talking Heads song titles. With his early-'80s Prince hair and male stripper profile, Saroea has a sexy, baby-making voice that can get a girl all tingly down their, especially on what seemed like the never-ending version of "Fa-Fa-Fa," Datarock's first single and the kind of song you'd jazzercise to.

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The band also introduced a new song, "The Catcher in the Rye," calling it "the most extragavant single in history," which is part of an upcoming, five-song EP available on a USB drive that also includes 105 (!) bonus tracks, 1500 (!!) photos, 20 music videos and concert footage. Finally, a way to get down and get funky to a classic American novel.