The Walkmen weren’t in full lineup at the Occupy Sandy Benefit, with only Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin & Peter Bauer filling out the roster. It was quite alright, as the band still delivered a fine performance full of elegance and grace. They were joined by a horn section that was filled out by the band’s “extended family”, which included literal members like Hamilton’s wife.

The Walkmen’s strong-point is their ability to transcend so much by doing what seems like so little. It’s a natural talent of theirs that is really the selling point of “We Can’t Be Beat”. When Hamilton bealts out that final yell, time stops, and you can’t help but just take in how damn magnificent the band is, and they don’t have to oversell to prove it.

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