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The Austin 100: Laura Stevenson

The Austin 100: Laura Stevenson

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Laura Stevenson will perform at SXSW 2019.
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Hometown: Hudson Valley, New York

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: Laura Stevenson's last album, 2015's Cocksure, found the singer beefing up her stripped-down sound with big guitars. A follow-up called The Big Freeze comes out at the end of March, and it heralds a return to Stevenson's more finely detailed, wrenchingly intimate songwriting. The title refers to an eventual freezing of the universe — which makes sense, given that she recorded it in the dead of winter — as well as to the ways relationships strain against emotional and physical distance. In "Living Room, NY," she longs for a connection to the small details of everyday life with a long-distance partner, singing, "I want to see you stare at ceilings until you fall back to sleep."


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