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in austin | young folks

People have been whistling Peter, Bjorn & John‘s “Young Folks” for about six months now, but I finally got a chance to see and hear them live last night at SXSW. Friends have been buzzing about them over the past few days in Austin and their final set of the week was at the massive DirectTV studio inside the Austin Convention Center, broadcast live as part of the satellite company’s 8-hour daily broadcast on channel 101.

The warm up for last night’s show felt like that scene in “Grease” where the cheesy TV dance party host tries to whip the high school gymnasium crowd into a frenzy just before the dance is broadcast live on television. He was telling us how to cheer and trying to get us to look as enthusiastic as possible for the home audience. “Shut up!”, a frustrated voice yelled from the back…eventually he gave up and brought on the band, much to the crowd’s delight.

By the time P, B & J got to their alterna-hit, “Young Folks,” the audience was playing into DirectTV’s hands a bit, moving and shaking to the still catchy tune. And this morning via the Peter, Bjorn & John website, I caught the excellent video for the song…

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