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VietNam: Psychedelic Rock Gets Fierce


With full beards, long hair and headbands, the band VietNam might come across as a gang of hippie drifters living in a '60s time warp. But the group rocks fiercely and uniquely, incorporating a distinct style of psychedelic, folk-inspired music that's built on a foundation of personal, thoughtful songwriting.

The band began as the duo of Michael William and Joshua Garrett, who founded VietNam in an effort to craft a style they believed hadn't been heard before. VietNam still relies primarily on live shows and word of mouth, but major press and a pair of high-profile tour-mates — The Lemonheads and Jenny Lewis — have helped increase its mainstream exposure.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.