Quick Questions, Long Answers: With Devendra Banhart


In all honesty, what made his interview so engaging -- and not driving me to gouge my eyes out with his ruminations -- was that I could identify with him. He was representing most second generation Hispanics without even realizing that his confusing train of thought was actually really accurate and relatable. He's a person who has used his identity to shape his life. He's used his cultural confusion to fuel his music. He gets it without even knowing it, and that's what made it easy to listen to him ramble about wise men and loving his parents or not... that, and his performance on the lawn of the hotel on the prettiest day of the SXSW week was out of a story book (a hipsters-on-blankets eating free upscale tacos kind of story book).

Devendra's new album "Mala" came out on March 12, 2013 on Nonesuch Records and he will be touring through the U.S. during May and June.

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