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Aldous Harding played Rough Trade (pics)

New Zealand’s Aldous Harding headlined a show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Thursday (3/30) to wrap up her post-SXSW tour with Andy Shauf; pictures are in the gallery above. I ran over from the Weyes Blood and Julie Byrne show a few blocks away at Music Hall of Williamsburg, missing openers Air Waves and Katie Von Schleicher, but just in time for Aldous’ set. Invisible Familiars’ Jared Samuel and H. Hawkline both joined her to perform her most recent single, “Imagining My Man,” adding the little shouts of “hey!” and “yes!” as punctuation that make the song so memorable. Aldous switched back and forth between songs: some seated on a stool to play guitar, some just standing and singing. Her voice is striking, and her mannerisms are endearingly eccentric.

Aldous Harding’s sophomore LP, the John Parish-produced Party, will be out May 19 via 4AD. (Lorde is looking forward to it, too) That same month she goes out on tour in support of it, starting in England and returning to the US in June. Stay tuned for a new NYC show announcement.

You can catch Air Waves and H. Hawkline opening for Sam Kogon at Union Pool tomorrow.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

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