Live Video: The Barr Brothers

photo by Brittney Bollay (more photos)

You can probably imagine that at KEXP we get sent hundreds of CDs every week for consideration, and sometimes even some of the best bands go unnoticed for a while. Word of mouth, though, can go a long way and move a CD up the stacks, from “Later” to “Listen Now!” Recently a band come to our attention through a mutual friend from all the way over in Iceland, who asked us if we had ever heard of The Barr Brothers. We hadn’t… and if we had, well, there are a lot of “brothers” bands! But it was enough to get us to the Tractor, where the band was opening up for Deer Tick, and based on that mesmerizing performance — full of rootsy instrumentation, ethereal melodies balanced with gritty boot-stompers — we booked them on the spot for an in-studio the next morning. Now, we invite you to discover this great new band for yourself:

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