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Alec Ounsworth: Clap Your Hands, Go Solo

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Alec Ounsworth: Clap Your Hands, Go Solo

Alec Ounsworth: Clap Your Hands, Go Solo

Alec Ounsworth: Clap Your Hands, Go Solo

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Best known as the frontman for indie sensation Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec Ounsworth recently launched a solo career to carry on his tradition of wry, eccentric rock 'n' roll. After graduating from Connecticut College in 2000, he became involved with CYHSY, which quickly rose to underground stardom with a highly successful self-released debut.

Set List

"Bones in the Grave"

"Skin and Bones"

"Modern Girl (…With Scissors)"

Web-Only Outtakes

"Let Us Hallucinate Together"

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Ounsworth recorded two albums in 2009, one with Flashy Python (a group featuring members of Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and Man Man) and the other a solo album titled Mo Beauty. For Mo Beauty, Ounsworth traveled to New Orleans, where he collaborated with local jazz and R&B musicians. These partnerships expanded Ounsworth's sound, complementing his traditionally high-pitched vocals with rich, brassy undertones. Here, he performs songs from the album in a studio session on World Cafe.