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Video: Tigercity Plays Leonard Cohen

This week, we're featuring video performances of various artists playing the songs of Leonard Cohen. The video was recorded live at this year's South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Of all the bands performing at "Happy at Last," the NPR/SXSW Tribute to Leonard Cohen, Tigercity was the band that surprised me the most. To start with, it tackled the song "Suzanne" — Cohen's most emblematic song, besides "Hallelujah." The band also took this slow and gorgeous tune and rebuilt it as a slow-burning rocker. Now, if you'd told me that a version of "Suzanne" would rock, I'd have guessed it would be awful. But this Brooklyn band made it work.