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SXSW Recap: Where Were You When Death from Above 1979 Started a Riot?

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Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM

click to enlarge Braids - PHOTO BY SIRAN BABAYAN
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Had we known we'd be stuck in the middle of a riot trying to catch Death from Above 1979, we would've stayed put for art-pop group Braids on the festival's final night. Another one of the SXSW's buzzed-about and hardest working bands, the four Canadian 20- and 21-year olds performed at Club de Ville, the last of their whopping nine shows. Their recently-released debut, Native Speaker, is a moody and atmospheric affair resembling the Cocteau Twins and Ladytron, with shoegaze-inspired guitars and synths, and singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston's Karen O-meets-Elizabeth Fraser vocals.

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