Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Live Review: The Dirty Projectors at Bimbo's

Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 5:21 PM

It was a somewhat historic occasion for Angel Deradoorian of the Dirty Projectors at Bimbo's 365 Club on Sunday night. Not only did she have the support of her family and friends from her hometown of Sacramento, but her father had played at the same venue almost 33 years ago to the day with the San Francisco-based rock band the Tubes. It was a surreal moment for her father Marty, who summed up his feelings in one word: "amazing."

The Brooklyn-based indie rock band awakened a hot, sweaty, and subdued sold-out crowd after a fairly unstimulating and tiresome performance from the opening act, Little Wings. Although it was sweltering inside, the Dirty Projectors' frontman, Dave Longstreth, donned a cardigan for the majority of the six-song show. The brief set featured a strong selection of songs from their recent album, Bitte Orca. On "Two Doves," Deradoorian displayed her solo voice - rather than the usual three-part female harmonization - to her family and friends. While "Remade Horizon" sounds on record like it was created artificially, live it was accomplished by three female vocalists - Amber Coffman, Deradoorian, and Haley Dekle - making almost-electronic sounds by quickly going back and forth, contrapuntally singing, climbing up and down the vocal scale, and making quick staccato-like tones. The sounds were mind-blowing and trance-inducing. After the short set, the band came out for a one-song encore. Most were expecting the band to play its hit title-track off the Rise Above album. Instead, it opted to play "Knotty Pine," a song it did in collaboration with David Byrne for the Dark Was The Night compilation (but sans Byrne here). Despite the crowd insisting and waiting around for a second encore, the show ended to a slightly disappointed audience.

The Dirty Projectors are an amazing live band - especially in a smaller venue where every sound can be heard. Even though it was a brief show, it gave the audience a taste of what makes this band so great, while leaving you wanting more when they come back to town.

Set List
1. Spray Paint
2. Two Doves
3. Remade Horizon
4. Cannibal Resource
5. Stillness is the Move
Encore:
6. Knotty Pine

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