The Austin 100: Special Explosion For fans of Death Cab For Cutie, Fleet Foxes and Lucius.
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The Austin 100: Special Explosion

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Special Explosion.
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Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: Special Explosion performs with a kind of stately delicacy, even when it's rocking out — Death Cab for Cutie is clearly a spiritual ancestor — but "Fire" really brings out the band's ability to let a moment unfurl gracefully. That song does nothing but build ever grander, aided by some of the loveliest vocal harmonies around.

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