The Dodos,The Luyas

As a general rule, folk music isn't the sort of thing that lends itself to adjectives like aggressive and riotous, but San Francisco's The Dodos have put their own distinctive stamp on the genre.

Though they're only a duo, singer-guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber bring a whole lotta sound to the stage, mostly by way of their furious playing. True masters of their instruments, the former is famous for his virtuosic fingerpicking, while the latter is an expert in West African Ewe percussion. Their fourth album, this year's No Color, is one of the best they've ever made, featuring nine miniature anthems led by Long's pretty, droning croon.

 
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