Liam Finn: Artist to Watch 2008

November 14, 2007 5:36 PM ET

We'll be spotlighting acts from our Artists to Watch package for the next week. First up is Liam Finn, the singer-songwriter son of Crowded House's Neil Finn. To find out how a biker gang once held a teenaged Finn hostage and why he named his first band Betchadupa -- and to watch Finn serenading passersby on a busy downtown New York City street -- click here. To check out the rest of our Artists to Watch coverage, complete with videos and key tracks, click here.

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