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SXSW: Day Three. Bands Bands Bands.

Posted by Joan Anderman  March 15, 2008 05:41 PM

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Some highlights (and a lowlight) from the Friday night showcases:


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The Ting Tings -- Armed with a hard, sassy fusion of hooks, grooves, and indie abandon, this U.K. drum-and-guitar duo makes melody-drenched club rock that's impossible to resist.


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The Watson Twins -- Judging from their lackluster set of standard-issue country-rock, the lovely look-a-likes are not only best known as backup singers (they supported Jenny Lewis on "Rabbit Fur Coat") but also best-suited for support duties, as well.

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Laura Marling -- Keep this quirky teenager on your radar: the British songbird writes odd, gripping pop tunes that are deceptively delicate and never predictable.


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Swati -- Kaki King meets Jimi Hendrix in Swati, a girl who knows how to make her pretty 12-string guitar scream.


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David Dondero -- Conor Oberst lifted Dondero's quivering singing style and then assuaged his guilt by signing the North Carolina musician to a deal with Team Love Records. A captivating singer-songwriter.


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Sia -- It's no small trick making soul music sound fresh and modern. Sia pulled it off with whimsy and style.

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