Michael Katzif http://kttz.org en Bleached: Picnic Table Punk http://kttz.org/post/bleached-picnic-table-punk The blues may come in myriad shapes and sizes, but on the eve of 2012's South By Southwest music festival, it took the form of two sisters from Los Angeles: Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, who make up the core of Bleached. A rough-and-tumble garage-rock band, Bleached is one of many young punk-infused acts playing three-minute, three-chord bashers with sneering, unraveled immediacy. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 7715 at http://kttz.org Bleached: Picnic Table Punk Exitmusic: Tiny Desk Concert http://kttz.org/post/exitmusic-tiny-desk-concert The transporting music of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/151519211/exitmusic" target="_blank">Exitmusic</a> is so grandiose, so romantically rich, it could easily envelop a concert hall or cavernous church. It's a beautifully buzzing mix of distorted guitars, synth pads and sparse electronic beats, all of which intermingle around Aleksa Palladino's alluring, heartsick voice like a swarm of bees in your chest.<p>Still, it was somewhat of a mystery how the band might sound in the confines of the NPR Music offices. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:26:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 6327 at http://kttz.org Exitmusic: Tiny Desk Concert David Byrne And St. Vincent Are Putting Out An Album http://kttz.org/post/david-byrne-and-st-vincent-are-putting-out-album Man, talk about a dream team pairing. After some <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/43904-update-on-stvincentdavid-byrne-collab/" target="_blank">enticing rumors</a> and <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/46175-st-vincent-talks-david-byrne-collaboration/" target="_blank">teases</a> of a potential collaboration between <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15320822/david-byrne" target="_blank">David Byrne</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15159199/st-vincent" target="_blank">St. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:41:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 5202 at http://kttz.org David Byrne And St. Vincent Are Putting Out An Album Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk On A Muggy Afternoon http://kttz.org/post/debo-band-ethiopian-funk-muggy-afternoon Compared to a dark club full of dancing fans, a muggy Austin afternoon with the sun peeking out over our isolated spot at Joe's Crab Shack isn't the ideal setting for a Debo Band performance. But once the group began digging into "Ney Ney Weleba" — a classic song by Alemayehu Eshete — it didn't take long to get caught up in Debo Band's deep, infectious groove.<p>Led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by magnetic singer Bruck Tesfaye, Debo Band infuses its dance-friendly songs with the Ethiopian pop and funk music of the 1960s and '70s. Wed, 16 May 2012 15:13:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 3362 at http://kttz.org Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk On A Muggy Afternoon Lee Fields: Early Morning Soul http://kttz.org/post/lee-fields-early-morning-soul It was Friday morning during South by Southwest, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/106842853/lee-fields">Lee Fields</a> was gassed. The veteran soul singer told us he'd given his all in a concert the night before, and you could tell that our early appointment at Joe's Crab Shack in Austin, Texas, had left his voice gravelly and raw.<p>But Fields is an old-school pro's pro — a hard-working, rough-and-tumble singer who's been touring the circuit and getting crowds moving since the early 1970s. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:48:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 1494 at http://kttz.org Lee Fields: Early Morning Soul