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Oreskaband @ Elysium, 3/15

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Every year that we come to SXSW we fall in love with a band that was completely off our radar and surprises us with their cuteness and charm. Last year it was The Go! Team and The Grates, this year it the all-girl high school ska band from Japan, Oreskaband who are so good and infectious that we immediately ran to the back of the Elysium and bought their cd.

Then we interviewed the band. Then we interviewed the manager. Then we stuck around for the next band, The50Kaitenz, even though we were exhausted from eight days in Austin.

And while we were taking in all of this Japanese energy we discovered something wonderful, that Oreskaband, The50Kaitenz, and the rest of the kids who performed last night during Japan Nite at SXSW will be playing at The Knitting Factory this Sunday night, so if you didn't make it out to Texas this year, some of the best music here will be coming to LA tomorrow. So say arigato, and get your tail over to Hollywood and cheer on these kids.

After the jump, a video from their song "Chuck"