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Prior to their self-titled debut, set for release on April 3, the Lumineers kicked off a tour with a stop at the Casbah. The threesome from Colorado create alarming folk-rock music accompanied by an ethereal violin sound and powerful drum beats.

The sing-along track “Ho Hey” is a prime example of the genre of music that the Lumineers gravitate toward — foot-stomping bluegrass/country that sounds simple yet satisfying. Lead singer Wesley Schultz’s voice announces itself with a booming raspy sound with a raw touch similar to Bob Dylan. With just a couple of recordings under their belt, the Lumineers have garnered much attention via the web buzz and this year’s appearances at SXSW.

The San Diego crowd seemed convinced they were watching a band with potential. Introduced as their new single, “Flowers in Your Hair” was not unrecognizable, as everyone became a “Lumineer” for about two minutes. This was the highlight of the evening.

  • Concert: The Lumineers
  • Date: March 21
  • Venue: Casbah
  • Seats: General admission
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