Live From SXSW: Ben Kweller - "Out the Door"
It’s hard to believe Ben Kweller is only 30 years old, since he began playing in his band Radish back in 1993 and just released his fifth studio album, Go Fly a Kite. And how he manages to channel the Fab Four so adeptly on the album without sounding like a blatant ripoff artist is beyond me. There’s a certain threshold which separates inspiration from outright theft, and while he is safely on the inspiration side, he jokingly dangles his limbs over that line and feigns imbalance for a chuckle at our expense. Kweller infuses just enough smattering of cymbal-crashing alt-country to keep from sounding exactly like Paul McCartney fronting Fountains of Wayne. It’s spirited, energetic and competent power-pop.
Watch Ben Kweller perform “Out the Door” at the Sennheiser & Paste Present the Stages on Sixth.