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The Foxymorons

Hometown: Mesquite, Texas

Discography:1999 – Calcutta (American Pop Project)2001 – Rodeo City (American Pop Project)2005 – Hesitation Eyes (Heartstroke)

Sounds Like: The ghost of heartbroken, mid-’90s complaint rockers like Pavement and the Lemonheads. This southwestern duo combines the catchiness of Summerteeth-era Wilco and the sweetness of Evan Dando’s vocals (pre-rehab). Lyrically, the band takes major cues from Steven Malkmus, specifically in the song, “Between the Lines.” Singer David Dewese drawls, “You’re a pedigreed girl / and we’re a perfect match,” lifted straight from Pavement’s “Spit on a Stranger” (“Honey I’m a prize / and you’re a catch / and we’re a perfect match”). The Foxymorons can be a little derivative, but their lo-fi combination of indie rock and alt-country is like a cold beer at the end of a long working day: soothing as hell.

Fun Facts: Bandmates Jerry James and David Dewese got the spirit: the pair met at church camp in Texas when they were high schoolers. These days the two are in a long distance recording relationship. For much of their recording career, David has lived in Nashville, Tennessee while Jerry resides in Austin, Texas. The Foxymorons third full-length, Hesitation Eyes, hits stores March 22nd.