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Lower Dens, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Lower Dens' music favors mood over stage-stalking showmanship: Singer Jana Hunter's icy-cool demeanor sets a hauntingly atmospheric tone that's all mystery, washes of guitar-saturated noise and the difficult emotions that lie, unexpressed, beneath the surface. Mixing songs from 2010's majestic Twin Hand Movement with material from the hotly anticipated Nootropics, Lower Dens seethed through a gorgeous, brooding set at NPR Music's SXSW day party, held Thursday at The Parish in Austin, Texas.

With roots in Baltimore and (appropriately enough) Texas, Lower Dens' members specialize in a fragile mix of warm and cool, with clear influences ranging from The Velvet Underground to '80s new wave. On stage at The Parish, Lower Dens found the sweet spot that lies between, locating a patch of real estate where shyness doesn't preclude soul.

Set List
  • "Alphabet Song"
  • "Lion In Winter Pt. 2"
  • "Brains"
  • "Stem"
  • "Candy"
  • "Propagation"

Producer: Robin Hilton and Amy Schriefer; Video by: XI Media; Edited by Mito Habe-Evans; Photos by Katie Hayes Luke; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait

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