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Beach House at Knockdown Center (March 22, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2016

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Following their set of shows at Webster Hall, Beach House announced a special set of “Installation Shows” at secret venues across various cities, including two nights in New York. These special shows were meant to strip down the Beach House live show to the bare minimal, playing continuous sets at unusual venues such as art venues and community centers, sharing songs from their self-titled debut, breakthrough sophomore album Devotion, as well as one of two new albums that they released last year, Thank Your Lucky Stars (released via Sub Pop).

The chance to see Beach House at a small unusual place and to hear older material that I never got to see performed live for the most part was too inticing to pass up. The shows sold out in mere minutes, to the surprise of no one, so clearly I wasn’t alone. When I got to the venue, I immediately got the sense that this would be something different. We were lined up inside the Knockdown Center, waiting to be allowed into the “performance space.”

Once we past a flurry of no photography signs, we were led into the small room which was dark and smokey, with a silky screen draped over the stage, putting a direct barrier between us and the band. Upon announcing the shows the band advised us to bring pillows to sit on, and it was very clear why. The crowd was forced to sit down on the floor, in a tight cramped space that my 6’6 frame didn’t quite appreciate it. Once you got used to both feet going numb from falling asleep, it wasn’t all that bad.

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After reminding us again not to take any photos until after the performance, the band took the stage and began their performance with “”Saltwalter,” the opening track of their debut album. It was great to hear such an old song performed from such a well seasoned version of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. But instantly, there was just something off and slightly disconnecting from seeing the band perform behind a screen. They still sounded great, but I just felt so far away. Which was odd considering how intimate the space was. There was a beautiful art exhibit and projections that were cast alongside the band, but it wasn’t quite enough to truly put me into heart of the shore.

Getting to hear old favorites like “D.A.R.L.I.N.G.,” “Turtle Island,” and “Tokyo Witch’ was great, but the performance just left something to be desired which oddly enough has never been something I’ve had an issue with when seeing them live. It was a great idea and cool experiment, but I don’t know if installation shows are quite the best way to take in a Beach House performance.

Find the setlist and some photos of the exhibit post show (taken via iPhone) posted below.

Beach House Setlist:

1. Saltwater
2. D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
3. The Traveller
4. Apple Orchard
5. Turtle Island
6. One Thing
7. 10:37
8. She’s So Lovely
9. House on the Hill
10. Master Of None
11. On the Sea
12. Tokyo Witch
13. Rough Song
14. Somewhere Tonight

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Beach House at Webster Hall (March 14, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On March 14 Beach House kicked off their sold out three-night run at Webster Hall, in support of Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, the two albums they released in 2015 (both via Sub Pop).

The set featured a good mix of songs form both albums, plus a fair share of fan favorites, both old and new. Find the setlist posted below, along with photos of Beach House’s set and Moss Of Aura, the electronic solo project of Future Islands’ bassist Gerrit Welmers oepned the show.
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Beach House at Baby’s All Right (August 27, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2015

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It took about a minute for tickets to sell out for Beach House’s far too intimate show in late August (the 27th, to be exact) to sell out online. Demand was understandably high for the incredibly small show for the ever-growing Baltimore band, but even I wasn’t prepared for the amount of people waiting outside the venue with signs in hope of snagging an improbable extra to the show. The show came in celebration of the release of Depression Cherry, just one of the two great albums that they would go on to release in 2015 via Sub Pop.

For everyone lucky enough to attend the show, they were treated to one of the best concert experiences of 2015. Sure it was ungodly hot as hell in the tightly packed venue, but it was well worth it to see Beach House dazzle the tight quarters of Baby’s All Right. These days Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally are still joined by drummer Graham Hill, as well as Fleet Foxes’ Skyler Skjelset who helps out on keys and bass guitar. They shared highlights from Depression Cherry such as “Levitation,” “PPP,” and “Sparks,” but a good chunk of the set featured favorites picked from throughout their catalog, to the delight of all in attendence.

Beach House will be back very soon for a sold out three-night run at Webster Hall, but for those at Baby’s All Right that night, this was the only show they needed.

Beach House Setlist:

1. Levitation
2. Wild
3. Lazuli
4. Silver Soul
5. The Hours
6. PPP
7. Walk in the Park
8. Wishes
9. Gila
10. 10 Mile Stereo
11. Beyond Love
12. Myth
13. Sparks

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Gene Clark

Gene Clark’s (of The Byrds) 1974 album No Other was one of those albums that was initially a commercial failure, but went on to become a highly regarded cult classic. It’s so beloved that some members of prolific indie bands will come together to perform the entire album live on tour.

The band will include Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand of Beach House, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Iain Matthews (Plainsong/ Fairport Convention), and more.

The tour will take place late in January, and will bring them here in New York on January 25 at MHOW. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon (they’re on AMEX presale now).

Find the list of tour dates posted below.

Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
Jan. 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 25 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Photos: Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Wild Nothing, The Mowglis @ Lollapalooza

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment


With a tight schedule with a lot of hard choices and long walking distances I was only able to run and catch a bit of each set from Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Wild Nothing, and The Mowglis. Vampire Weekend drew one of the biggest crowds at a festival that I’ve ever seen. Beach House sounded great under much drier conditions than the last time I saw them. Wild Nothing were a perfect fit to play on the same stage that The Cure would later play. Young up and comers The Mowglis were fun, and worth seeing just for a kid who climbed a lamp post and hung off a hammock while watching them.

See photos of all 4 sets below:
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Beach House @ Governors Ball (June 7, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2013

The storm got really bad right when it was time for Beach House to go on, causing a delay to their set. They did get to go on and played for a while, sounding quite fitting with the arsenal of rain and wind swirling around. Didn’t treat my camera or the poor fans too well, as the set got cut short when the festival was called off as things got too bad.

Damn shame because Beach House really deserved a really nice set at night. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Beach House – Forever Still (Short Film)

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Beach House released their short film “Forever Still” today via I finally got around to sitting down and properly watching the entire thing. It’s a thing of beauty. It shows the band playing tracks from Bloom (Wild, The Hours, Wishes, Irene) in various outdoor settings in El Paso & Tornillo Texas. It starts with day turning into night and goes through another sunset and into dawn.

The band directed the video along with Max Goldman. If you’re a Beach House fan, then this is a must for you. Victoria Legrand is going to take a few unsuspecting hearts along the way.

Watch “Forever Still” below.
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Beach House Release New Year Video

By Will Oliver, January 1st 2013

Beach House have released a behind the scenes video in celebration of the new year, sharing some intimate clips of their studio time at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornilo, Texas while recording Bloom. Lots of recording session clips and cats.

Watch it below.

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