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Kevin Devine Biography

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Born: 1979/12/19
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock

Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for alternately introspective and political lyrics and melodic acoustic guitar songs.

Devine released his first solo album produced by Bill Manoudakis, entitled “Circle Gets the Square,” in 2002 under the record label Immigrant Sun Records. During this time he also appeared in regular stints at the Wetlands Preserve venue in New York City.

Although still relatively unknown, Devine gained some popularity with his 2003 album, “Make the Clocks Move.” This album's songs reflect Devine's political views and a growing introspective style, inspired by recent death of his father to a stroke. These two styles would become a staple in Devine's music that followed.

It is the first of two albums released on Triple Crown Records. It is also the first of three albums produced by Chris Bracco and Mike Skinner. In 2005, Devine released his third full length album, “Split the Country, Split the Street.” He signed with Capitol Records, who released his fourth album, “Put Your Ghost to Rest, in October 2006. Only four months after his major label debut, Devine was dropped from Capitol Records due to EMI merging Virgin and Capitol.

After negotiations with Capitol Records, “Put Your Ghost To Rest” was re-released in April 2008 by Procrastinate! Music Traitors. Several new demos were featured on his MySpace page around this time. A majority of the demos would later be properly featured on “Brother's Blood” and a single for “Another Bag of Bones” was released in August 2008.

In 2009, Devine released his album “Brother's Blood” on Favorite Gentlemen records. He also announced a tour with Manchester Orchestra and the release of the “I Could Be With Anyone” EP in support of the upcoming album.

He paired with Manchester Orchestra to release a split EP entitled “I Could Be The Only One.” Released under the name Bad Books, the band issued their self-titled debut album, “Bad Books” in October 2010. A small east coast tour in support of the album followed.

In July 2010, Devine released the “She Stayed As Steam” EP, featuring outtakes from “Brother's Blood.” His full-length album, “Between the Concrete and Clouds,” was released in 2011. This was the first record he's made that was fully backed by a band, featuring musicians Brian Bonz (keyboard), Chris Bracco (bass, keyboard), Mike Fadem (drums, percussion), Russell Smith (electric guitar), and Mike Strandberg (guitar, mandolin). It was recorded in 10 days over a span of a month, being produced by longtime collaborator Chris Bracco and mixed by Rob Schnapf.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's classic album “Nevermind,” Kevin Devine covered the entire album, and let fans download it on his website for free.