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Attribute this endearing folk-rock duo's massive popularity at least in part to their well-documented senses of humor and good-natured stage shows. The songs, which are incredibly catchy, deserve some credit, too. But, clearly, there's something extra special at play here. Let's put it this way: There aren't too many bands that can charmingly pull off releasing a new album in eight-track format in 2011.
When Seryn first began performing their perfectionist blend of chamber-folk around town roughly two years ago, there was a collective swirl of wonderment coming from the local music community. How could this group of youngsters be creating music that sounded so mature? How do they sound like such seasoned vets after only a few weeks of performing live? It was only a matter of time before the rest of the world took notice: Paste Magazine called the band their favorite act at this year's South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin.
Grant Jones and The Pistol Grip Lassos
Grant Jones and The Pistol Grip Lassos have a keenly whittled sound and a finely crafted batch of tunes ostensibly focus-grouped to be the perfect soundtrack to accompany afternoon beer drinking.
Suddenly going all soul revivalist seemed like the logical next step for vocalist Larry g(EE) following the demise of his former outfit, Odis. g(EE)'s vocal talents are such that he has little trouble pulling off a '50s vibe while fronting his now horn-filled backing band.