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PWR BTTM: SXSW 2016

PWR BTTM at Hotel Saint Cecilia/SXSW

PWR BTTM at Hotel Saint Cecilia/SXSW (photo by Nick D'Agostino/WFUV)

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This week at SXSW, FUV caught up with several young artists and bands, all on the verge of bigger things, at Austin's Hotel Saint Cecilia. Former Bard College classmates Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce are PWR BTTM, a ferociously theatrical and funny garage punk pair who deftly weave elements of queer and gender identity on their debut album, Ugly Cherries.

Our first video shoot of the day came with its challenges (some in the form of raindrops), but mixing the relaxed vibe of a poolside pergola with a now-or-never, one-take performance seemed to amplify the band's intensity, and humor too.

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