Tuesday, February 24, 2009

M. Ward with The Vivian Girls at Sixth & I Synagogue

Over this weekend, I went to DC's Sixth & I Synagogue to see M. Ward. It was my first time at this venue- beautiful inside with great acoustics.
The Vivian Girls from Brooklyn opened up. I loved their enthusiasm on stage, and their sound reminded me of The Shaggs meets post-punk.
This was my second time seeing M. Ward play and, as before, he was great. He started onstage solo with an acoustic guitar. The ladies in the audience swooned.
A few songs in he brought out the full band, and the show was spectacular. I was blown away by his guitar playing on a John Fahey cover. I also loved his cover of Daniel Johnston's "The Story of an Artist".

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Beirut at BAM

A couple weekends ago, I was up in NYC to see the band Beirut play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, opening a series of concerts celebrating musicians from that borough.
He was accompanied by the Vassar Orkestar, which added significantly to the drama of their music. He played a few new songs from his new double ep set as well.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Antony & The Johnsons at the Keswick Theater

Monday night, we went to the Keswick Theater NW of Philly to see Antony & The Johnsons play. Suprisingly, the show was not completely filled. Despite that, the concert was amazing.
Antony's voice was beautiful. He said he felt like he had lemons on his fingers as he was playing piano, but the the support of the Johnsons, the music was great. He did a fun cover of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" as well as songs from all his records.