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Bethesda (Kent, Ohio)
Bethesda’s beginnings go back to Kent State University, where the husband/wife songwriting team of Shanna Delaney and Eric Ling met as undergrads. The band — now a six-piece — has developed its sound from an Indie Pop blend reminiscent of Mates Of State and Los Campesinos! into the more mature, folkier songs that filled 2013’s The Reunion LP. Delaney’s sterling vocals (she was a musical theater major in college for a time) tie the disparate influences together. The band has spent the better part of the last three years playing shows around the country, including festival dates at CMJ, Bonnaroo, SXSW and last year’s MidPoint Music Festival.
YDIIYD: Sharon Van Etten fronting The Decemberists. (BW)