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Artist: The Dodos
Hails From: San Fransisco
Musical Styles: Indie Pop, Psych Rock, Folk
For Fans of: Elliot Smith, Magnetic Fields, Animal Collective
Why you should check them out:
Combining the finger picking guitar styles of Meric Long and the syncopated rhythms of drummer Logan Kroeber, The Dodos offer complex pop narritives so layered you’d swear they were a five piece band. And with their constant touring schedule and charismatic live performances, people far beyond their home base of San Francisco are starting to take notice.
We’re all familiar with the various hype slogans that media outlets readily disperse now-a-days. Whether it’s “best new artist” or “top artist to look out for in 2008″ far too often all these titles boil down to a whole lot of hot air and very little talent. But every so often that new “it” band of the moment proves to be worthy of all the praise, and in this case, that band is the San Francisco duo, The Dodos. With smooth vocals and intricate guitar and drum rhythms, The Dodos create a mixture of charming folk pop that you just can’t resist singing along to.
Starting out as a solo project title Dodo Bird in 2005, Meric Long soon enlisted the help of drummer Logan Kroeber for the release of their first album Beware of the Maniacs under their new moniker The Dodos. While touring nearly non-stop in support of their album, The Dodos wrote the material for their follow-up, Visiter, released in March 2008 on Frenchkiss Records. Both the misspelled name and the artwork seen throughout Visiter was taken directly from childrens drawings made for the duo after a performance at a special ed class in L.A. How sweet is that? For The Dodos, winning the praise of music critics, a classroom full of chrildren, and an evergrowing group of music fans alike, is all just part of a job well done.
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