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Kittens Ablaze Genre: Americana / Folk Rock / Indie From: Brooklyn, United States Time was, an indie rock band would catch more than a few sideways stares for enlisting a – gasp! – string player. So sacrosanct was the gilded less-is-more template favored by the genre’s progenitors (one more time with feeling, Malkmus, Marsch, etc.) violinist and cellists made a band seem bloated, seem like grubby over-reachers. But that was then, back before the likes of Kittens Ablaze (and contemporaries Ra Ra Riot , Cursive , etc.) proved that indie rock wasn’t about instrumentation as much as it was about implementation.

After all, you can play intricate rhythms on a cello, too, people! Hence, wonderfully rickety orchestral rock music gets ....
3 a.m. Tuesday 15th December 2009 EST
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