The Austin 100: Dermot Kennedy For fans of Bon Iver, Drake and Hozier.
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The Austin 100: Dermot Kennedy

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Dermot Kennedy.
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Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock / Pop

Why We're Excited: When Dermot Kennedy sings, the words come out as vein-bulging, Irish-accented pleas, each issued with soaring conviction. Kennedy's breakthrough single, "Moments Passed," employs a sturdy acoustic arrangement as a canvas on which to splash a dense and surprising array of looped samples and hip-hop beats. Bon Iver and Hozier are fair reference points, to be sure — fans of both should take serious note — but the song itself sounds like few others.

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