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Monday, July 29, 2013

Dirty Projectors Give You Wings

Posted by on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Dirty Projectors
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As the last set of the Capitol Hill Block Party, Dirty Projectors drew a crush of humanity into Neumos—wristbanded revelers looking for one last fix met civilians who snagged free tickets through social media channels and covered about every square inch of the showroom and industrial fan buzzing mezzanine. The hour-long wait after Pure Bathing Culture's brief stint (all the better to better experience branding synergies and properly hashtagged self-snaps with presenting sponsor, Red Bull) threatened to defeat me, but I'm glad that I persevered.

Even having seen them several times, Dirty Projectors remain among the more satisfying brainy bands in the business. Expertly-assembled tensegrity song structures feel like a series of knotty equations being solved on stage in a surprisingly danceable delight of a perfect Tetris match. Seeing the multi-part vocals, that I once assumed to have only been possible through meticulous recording techniques, relayed among several humans with flash precision is still kind of an astonishing revelation; Amber Coffman's vocal virtuosity on "Stillness Is the Move" reinvents the pop song; Longstreth's "The Gun Has No Trigger" takes on creepy short story perfection, and the part where the dance break on "Useful Chamber" gives way to a the swelling sea with shouts of "Bitte Orca" is a terrific emotional release that made sticking it out through some physical discomfort and weekend exhaustion entirely worthwhile.

Dirty Projectors
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Dirty Projectors
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Dirty Projectors
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Sam, the cellist from Hey Marseilles was having an epic night.
  • Sam, the cellist from Hey Marseilles, was having an epic night.


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sikandro 1
lawl Sam. I would have stayed for the full set if I'd known that would happen!
Posted by sikandro on July 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM · Report this
Kyle Fleck 2
Seriously. The reminders to hashtag photos every 10 minutes was a little bit depressing but also kind of funny, like Ricky Gervais in The Office was running a music revue or something.
Posted by Kyle Fleck on July 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Josh Bis 3
And it was such a long tweet-consumingly complicated hashtag! The main advantage of which seemed to be having your photo displayed on a screen at the back of the room? But yes, it was more amusing than offensive.

I also couldn't tell whether they were plying guests with free energy-enhanced drinks. That might explain the mood in the room.
Posted by Josh Bis on July 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM · Report this

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