SXSW Preview: Kaiser Cartel

With this year’s South by Southwest festival less than two weeks away, it’s time to start picking some bands to see in Austin. First up, Kaiser Cartel.

The Brooklyn duo describes itself as “low-fi, song-driven, harmony-heavy,” which sounds about right when you add that the pair is equally at home with a hazy, ’60s California-pop sound and a rootsier, almost vintage-Americana sound. (On their excellent “Rock Island EP,” they cover Lucinda Williams’ song “There’s Something About What Happens When We Talk.”)

Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel formed the group in 2006 and have since released three EPs, a full-length and a coloring book, and toured all over the place. (In fact, they were at SXSW last year, where Listen, Dammit, saw Cartel hanging at a Winterpills showcase, and totally mistook him at first for Jason Hammel from Mates of State.)

They perform Wednesday, March 18, at 10 p.m. at Lamberts. Listen here to their song “Carroll Street Station.”

  2 comments for “SXSW Preview: Kaiser Cartel

  1. John
    March 6, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Thanks for the recommendation! They will also be playing at the following other events at SXSW this year: Sept. Gurl/Organic party @ Threadgills on 3/17 – 4 pm; Indie Sounds Day Party @ The Hideout Upstairs Theater on 3/18 – 2:40 pm… They have a new album, Secret Transit coming out on June 8th!

  2. Listen, Dammit
    March 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the enhanced schedule. You heard the man, people: two more opportunities to see Kaiser Cartel, and mark your calendars for June 8.

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