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SXSW 2014 spotlight: CultureMap presents 30 Days, 30 Artists
Day 4 of 30 Days, 30 Artists

Afghanistan's first rock band Kabul Dreams to make U.S. debut at SXSW

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Kabul Dreams makes their U.S. debut during SXSW. Kabul Dreams/Facebook

Name: Kabul Dreams

Featured track: "Bomb blast," from Bomb Blast

City / country of origin: Kabul, Afghanistan

Genre: Rock

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)

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