Name: Kabul Dreams
Featured track: "Bomb blast," from Bomb Blast
City / country of origin: Kabul, Afghanistan
In one sentence: "The release of their album is a testament to the sweeping changes that have occurred [in Afghanistan] since 2002, giving voice to Afghan youths and their hope for change." - Sanjay Kumar
Why we chose them: Formed in 2008, Kabul Dreams is largely considered the first rock band since the Taliban took over control of Afghanistan in the mid-1990s. Though we may not always understand the lyrics (only the most recent songs are sung in English), the hooks still grab us and the pop sensibilities are enough to keep up wanting more. Plus, with a superlative like "Afghanistan's first rock band," it's a can't-miss opportunity.
SXSW official showcase: 1 am on Thursday, March 13 at Metal and Lace patio (formerly Headhunters)