Standing on a balcony in her hometown of New Orleans, the singer stops an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.
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The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever.
Branan's lonesome road anthems aren't likely to make him a Top 40 star. He tells NPR's Melissa Block he's learned to be content playing a smaller game.
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