Brothers bring harmonies back to town


Australian brothers The Kin, Thorry Koren, left, and Isaac Koren, performed with The Ahn Trio at University Auditorium in 2009 and return Saturday to play the Phillips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre.

Paul Kilmore/ Special to the Sun
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:11 p.m.

The duo The Kin may hail from Down Under but they're making a name for themselves up on top in the Big Apple, or that big kahuna of taste-making vibes, New York City.

Local audiences may remember The Kin for last year's appearance at University Auditorium with the Ahn Trio, a performance that had The Kin's two brothers bring their folk-rock stylings to the table of another set of siblings, in this case, three Korean sisters known for their chamber-music prowess.

On Saturday, the brothers Thorry and Isaac Koren return to town for their own performance, headlining the Phillips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre with their acoustically-driven, indie-rock sound.

Billboard magazine described The Kin as having "a radiant gift for songwriting and performing ... The Koren brothers' trump cards are their vocals and dual harmonies -unaffected and quietly passionate. Hearing their partnership is a humbling experience."

The brothers' sound, as heard on The Kin's third and most-recent album, "The UPside," combines a melodic-rockish delivery with a vaguely, British-pop undercurrent. And it's one that began, in all places, in their hometown of Adelaide, Australia, and on the occasion, oddly enough, of making a song as a wedding present for their father in 2003.

The brothers moved to New York and built a following in local clubs including the Bowery Ballroom, where they recorded the EP, "Live at the Bowery Ballroom."

Their second album, "Rise and Fall," came in 2007 after Isaac (vocals, piano) and Thorry (vocals, guitar) crossed the country in a Volkswagon bus and became steeped in all things Americana.

The brother's newest album, recorded with veteran producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon), continues their sound, and had them recently performing two shows at SXSW in Austin and opening dates for Sister Hazel around the South before arriving in Gainesville for Saturday's appearance.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets available for $34 (392-2787 or www.performingarts.ufl.edu).

Contact Sun Entertainment Editor Bill Dean at 374-5039 or at bill.dean@gvillesun.com.

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