Making it big underground - artists who haven't sold out yet
Formerly an art student in San Francisco, Devendra Banhart is perfect in his role as the new darling of the acoustic lo-fi scene. His eccentric, pared-down folk style makes it difficult to tell when heÂ’s being tongue-in-cheek and when he means business (if he ever does), but itÂ’s hard not to love the queries addressed to animals and the finger-picking backed by tambourine. As a companion to springÂ’s Â“Rejoicing in the Hands,Â” Banhart has released Â“NiÃ±o Rojo,Â” the highlight of which is the love song Â“At the HopÂ” (it sounds nothing like whatever you imagine you would hear at the fabled Â“hopÂ”). Banhart performed at this yearÂ’s South by Southwest showcase. He is currently on tour in Europe.