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- Posted on Sep 23rd 2009 12:00PM by Lauren Saks
While the Walkmen's albums may be known for ambience and antique instrumentation -- they favor a stand up piano and organs on many of their recent songs -- their live sound is nothing short of loud. The band sped through songs from their latest album 'You & Me,' including crowd sing-alongs on 'Donde Esta la Playa' and 'The New Year.'
A wailing Leithauser seemed to play a game of call and response with his dad, who ended each song with an enthusiastic "Wooo!" Later, a four-piece horn section joined the band onstage for 'Louisiana,' producing a wall of sound.
Leithauser's growling, shaking vocals were teed up well by the smooth voice of Luke Temple, who performed a rich and wandering opening set with his band, Here We Go Magic. Thanks to a tangle of wires, band members and gadgets crowded on the stage, but the impressive set mirrored the lush mix of sounds heard on the band's self-titled album. All in all, it was a night of music that can be enjoyed by fans young and old alike.