Australian "future soul" outfit Hiatus Kaiyote finally had the chance to meet its growing legion of U.S. fans face to face when the band played South by Southwest for the first time this year--including one Erykah Badu. "Erykah came up to me, gave me a hug and started singing 'Nakamarra,'" raspy-voiced lead singer Nai-Palm says, referring to the laid-back, jazzy lead single from the group's self-released 2012 debut, "Tawk Tomahawk." "It was surreal." Another early supporter was Scott Barkham, now the band's U.S.

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