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Leslie Sisson

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Austin/Brooklyn-ite, Leslie Sisson, is the female vocalist and guitarist in The Wooden Birds while also moonlighting in Matt Pond PA. Her past includes time in Western Keys, Black Lipstick, The Killing Fields, Pavo, Tanworth-in-Arden, and Aero Wave on guitar, bass, keys, cello, flute, voice, as well as guest performances for American Analog Set, Windsor for the Derby, Rhythm of Black Lines, Mark Gardener of Ride, and recent cameos with Dan Mangan, John Wesley Coleman, Snowden, and Broken Social Scene. In The Wooden Birds, Pitchfork describes Leslie’s voice as a "subdued Stevie Nicks", The Onion calls her the "real secret weapon" on stage, Consequence of Sound says she's the "strongest asset" in the band, Austin Chronicle features her "striking lead" with "effortless harmony", Ft Worth Weekly compares her to a "twang-less" Dolly and Loretta, while Andrew Kenny sees her as an indie rock indie rock Emmylou. Leslie's debut solo record Harmony produced by Louie Lino (Nada Surf/Matt Pond PA) has an aresnal of special guests, featuring members of The Wooden Birds, American Analog Set, Matt Pond PA, Broken Social Scene, Nada Surf, Experimental Aircraft, and more. Touring/live members include Simon Flory, Jody Sauarez (The Wooden Birds), Rachel Staggs (Experimental Aircraft), and Bill Brown (Attack Formation).


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  • AC Select
  • SXSW Interactive Conference
  • SXSW Film Conference + Screenings
  • SXSW Music Conference
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  • Free Stuff
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