SXSW 2008: Liam Finn

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It's hard not to come right out and mention Liam Finn's father, Neil. After all, the Crowded House and Split Enz member has more than 30 years of experience on his son, including two albums with brother Tim Finn. But Liam Finn is far from his father's clone. Hear a concert recorded live from the Paste Magazine and Stereogum Party at Volume in Austin, Tex., March 14, 2008 broadcast by World Cafe.

While Liam's vocals and melodies sometimes bring to mind Neil Finn's work, the former offers a few notable differences. Odd instrumental arrangements pop up on his debut, I'll Be Lightning, that suggest a healthy amount of experimentation in the production room. While influenced by The Beatles, Finn also looks to some of indie-rock's foremost songwriters, including Elliott Smith.

Hear the other bands from this concert: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Weakerthans, Kaki King, The Whigs.

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