Making it big underground - artists who haven't sold out yet
Standford Daily | by Bonnie Johnson
Devendra BanhartFormerly 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€œRejoicing in the Hands,â€ Banhart has released â€œNiÃ±o Rojo,â€ the highlight of which is the love song â€œAt the Hopâ€ (it sounds nothing like whatever you imagine you would hear at the fabled â€œhopâ€). Banhart performed at this yearâ€™s South by Southwest showcase. He is currently on tour in Europe.