The Austin 100: Kidsmoke Recommended if you like Telekinesis and Vampire Weekend.
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All Songs Considered's 2019 SXSW Preview

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The Austin 100: Kidsmoke

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Kidsmoke is performing at SXSW 2019.
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Hometown: Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: The first sound to jump out from Kidsmoke's "Passenger" is that clear, fluid guitar line — it could have been transplanted directly from a Cure album 30 years ago, and damned if it isn't irresistible. From there, the Welsh pop-rock band cycles through an array of sweet and sunny hooks, each more glimmery than the one before. Imagine Real Estate with a bit more pep and a bit less nostalgic melancholy, and there you have it: a summery, shined-to-a-sheen jewel that'd elicit smiles in any era.


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