With all the changes in popular music over the decades, the stereotypes about being…
- Posted on Oct 21st 2010 12:00PM by Mike Ayers
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Still, it's not surprising to hear a band like the Dirty Projectors in a room as prestigious as the Garden. Besides writing oddball, angular songs that flirt with the directionless, they're killer vocalists. They've played to much bigger audiences at large festivals, but the open-air nature of those lets those voices wander into the sky. A large room like the Garden does well in magnifying that aspect of their sound.
Any of Wednesday's attendees who had previously seen Dirty Projectors most likely caught them at a smaller venue where they were able to get a close look at what the band was doing. But the thing is, with this band you don't need to be close -- they're not "arena rock" by any definition, but their performance showed that they can still have the same impact, no matter the space. For example, the Longstreth-driven electro-rock 'Useful Chamber' and Amber Coff ballad 'Two Doves' demonstrated that, like always, they concentrate more on timing and harmonies and avoid moments of flash and grandeur. They simply let the songs speak for themselves, which makes a thing like setting become irrelevant.