Video of the Day, Coachella Interregnum Edition: Keep Shelly in Athens, Live on KEXP

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Shipping tycoons, spanakopita, the Acropolis, massive protests / bailouts…these are probably what you think of these days when you think of Greece.  But rather than protesting on the streets, some Grecians are working it out on the road, James Brown-style.  One of them, Keep Shelly in Athens, is producing spellbinding music that may temporarily redirect your views on the birthplace of democracy (and where it very well may end if things keep up the way they’ve been going over there).

KSiA is one of the lesser-known bands playing Coachella (as evidenced by their 12:05pm time slot on Saturday) but one of the ones I’m most excited to see. From their stripped-down live performance for KEXP (Seattle), here’s a few songs from the Athens’ duo.


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.