Watch & Weep: Luke Rathborne’s Video for “Dog Years” (Plus, Debut Split-EPs Out Tomorrow & Opening for The Strokes at SXSW)

03/07/2011 3:43 PM |


It’s not like we haven’t put our love for Luke Rathborne‘s powerfully melodic folk songs on display before, having asked him to play our CMJ show last year and then naming him a Young New Yorker Who Is Better Than You. And we’re not about to get shy about it now, certainly not after having come across his video for “Dog Years,” which, for the life of us, we cannot figure out how to embed in this post, so you’ll have to go watch it at Paste‘s web site and then feel lame for not being 22 like him or as talented. The song is the title track from what makes up half of his split-EP out tomorrow via Dilettante Records, which, he told us once, is the “the happier, poppy half” (um, these songs aren’t really that happy), while the I Can Be One side takes a turn at the melancholy with members of Antony & the Johnsons as his backing band. See him sing a mix of both when he opens for The Strokes at their big, free show at Lady Bird Lake during SXSW. If we had to put money on it, he won’t look nearly as bored as Julian, though their hair may rival one another’s.