Posted in music | pictures on March 30, 2010

photos by Sarahana, words & photos by Chris La Putt, SXSW shots by Graeme Flegenheimer

"Was asked to have my picture taken at the She&Him show because "I dress like Zooey" compliment of a lifetime" - Brandi Bullar.

She & Him @ SXSW
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She & Him, backed by The Chapin Sisters, played the first of their two sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom last night, March 29th. They're celebrating the release of their second album, aptly named Volume Two. The crowd was a full of Zooey Deschanel look-alikes with floppy hats and fancy bows adorning their heads waiting for some sunny vocals and a blue-eyed beauty (and her partner and expert guitar player M Ward). I was hoping (unrealistically) for a guest appearance by Tilly and the Wall who contibute to "In the Sun" on the album, but no such luck. They did play the song though. Full setlist below.

The Living Sisters (sans Inara George) @ Bowery Ballroom
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Opening for Zooey and M. Ward at the Bowery were the the Living Sisters who started the show off with wonderfully offbeat old timey standards with modern lyrics (something to the tune of asking their boyfriends to tie them up in double knots). The band is made up of LA's Eleni Mandell, Inara George (of Bird and the Bee fame), and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), but Bird and the Bee backing vocalist and lead singer of Obi Best, Alex Lilly filled in for the Bee as Inara is in LA expecting a baby. Their debut album Love to Live is out today on Vanguard Records.

She & Him finish their March tour tonight (3/30) at the Bowery (The Chapin Sisters open this time), then play scattered days in April, May and June including Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. All dates, more pictures from the first night at the Bowery and some from SXSW with a video of Zooey hopping around onstage at the El Rey, below...

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Rachael Ray party @ SXSW 2010

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BOWERY BALLROOM SETLIST (correct?)
ridin in my car
thieves
black hole
i was made for you
me and you
lingering still
Over It Over Again
change is hard
i thought i saw your face today
brand new shoes
you really got a hold on me
take it back
gonna get along without you now
sentimental heart
sing
don't look back
this is not a test
in the sun
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magic trick
why do you let me stay here?
sweet darlin'

"and I think they played 'home'. but not sure where." [via]

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She & Him - 2010 Tour Dates
March
30 New York NY Bowery Ballroom
April
15 Pomona CA Glass House
16 Indio CA Coachella Music & Arts Festival
May
28 Santa Cruz CA Rio Theatre
29 Oakland CA Fox Theatre
30 Bend OR Les Schwab Ampitheater
31 George WA Sasquatch Music Festival
June
4 Milwaukee WI Verge Music Festival
5 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
6 Royal Oak MI Royal Oak Theatre
7 Chicago IL Millennium Park - Downtown Sound Series
9 Toronto ON Phoenix Theatre
10 Cleveland OH House of Blues
11 Manchester TN Bonnaroo

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Comments (42)

Sure she's decidedly mediocre... but she's in the movies!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 12:30 PM

boooorrrrrring. Mr. Ward, please get off this money train and back in the hit parade! I know you've got it in you, still.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 12:45 PM

Home was performed between Sing and Don't Look Back

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 12:47 PM

total snooze fest! and the living sister??? give me a break. what a load of bullshit. au

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 12:52 PM

I liked her performances in some of her earlier films, but I've never paid much attention to Zooey until I've heard her music. Last night's was a much better show than the last time I've seen her at Webster Hall. M. Ward and the whole band were tight and everyone was fully into it. She has a beautiful voice, writes good songs, plays her instruments and performs well rather than being a puppet on stage. Anyone who calls her mediocre is not only jealous, but also clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 12:56 PM

not jealous and/or cluesless.

shit is mediocre at best.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:00 PM

did they cover the song zooey sings in those cotton commercials..."the touch and feel of cotton"

???

that shit is the jam!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:01 PM

"Was asked to have my picture taken at the She&Him show because "I dress like Zooey" compliment of a lifetime"

where do you find this shit???

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:02 PM

"Was asked to have my picture taken at the She&Him show because "I dress like Zooey" compliment of a lifetime"

how many years of shopping at Urban Outfitters compromise this "lifetime"?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:05 PM

what time did the show end last night?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:27 PM

@ 12:56 - these are not great songs by any means. If it weren't Zooey singing, you would have never heard this record - period. Unfortunately, we've all already crossed that bridge...

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:27 PM

the setting: lustre pearl, austin, texas.

i was drunkenly preaching to everyone in earshot about how even though zooey is absurdly purty, her voice is completely unremarkable, and her affected twang is just funny.

she & him take the stage, and she asks that no one smoke (at an outdoor venue - beneath a tent, but still...) because her throat is sore or something.

i lit up a cigarette and just shook my head.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:37 PM

She covered "You Really Got a Hold on Me" on their debut album. Come on. If that doesn't scream "vanity project" then I don't know what to tell you.

Meanwhile, keep up on her style so you know exactly what to wear next time they're in town.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:39 PM

why were you at the show then? to play pocket pull while watching her sing her unremarkable songs?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:40 PM

show ended around 11:45. Played for about an hour and a half.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:41 PM

If you are not into 60s 70s pop folk, then it is idiotic for you to call her music bad or mediocre. For those who are into this kind of stuff, it is some of the best music out there right now. Last night's show was close to perfect.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 1:51 PM

why were you at the show then? to play pocket pull while watching her sing her unremarkable songs?

to see broken bells. but man, you're right, i should have been touching myself...

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:00 PM

i like 60's and 70's folk pop and i think they're terrible.

there. i said it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:13 PM

@1:51: "If you are not into 60s 70s pop folk, then it is idiotic for you to call her music bad or mediocre. For those who are into this kind of stuff, it is some of the best music out there right now."

So, you like this shit because you are into retro music? And how many septuagenarians were at this show? How old are you, really?

People like this misguided vanity project precisely because a "movie star" is involved, however minor she is in the business. It helps that her and he make wee pop that is so derivative that it is as banal as it is pleasant, like muzak with sensitive and encouraging words.

I'd rather listen to Joachin Phoenix's hip hop project. You may not like the rap--sure, you may laugh or even cringe--but at least you know that he left behind a good day job as a real actor to pursue it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:15 PM

OK, so just so we're caught up. If you don't like She & Him, it's definitely NOT because they're mediocre and only putting out albums thanks to Zooey Deschanel's prior fame, but because of the following reasons:

You're Jealous
You're Clueless
You don't like "60s/70s pop folk"

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:29 PM

i'm certainly jealous of ben gibbard, and would consider heckling zooey with shouts of "your husband is kinda tubby!" (whilst playing pocket pull)...

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:39 PM

Her voice is very specific. I can see why some people aren't into it... and that reaction gets exagerated because it's easy to bash attractive actresses who try to sing... or supposed "indie rock" musicians who do cotton commercials. And it's even easier to bash anyone who is considered "hipster" or "twee" by some people. Whatever. Don't go to the show. Don't waste your time commenting about it on a blog. Personally, I think Zooey is beautiful and charming and I had fun with my girlfriend at the show last night. My favorite band? Not by a longshot. But who cares? Keep going Zooey, and ignore these anonymous haters. The songs are getting better and so is your stage presence.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:41 PM

Most people who were able to get tickets seemed to have a fantastic time last night. Most critics praise both albums. Some Brooklynvegan readers think they're shit. Big fucking deal. What's new?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 2:45 PM

i love m. ward's production, that's about as much as i can muster.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 3:04 PM

BV comment section is approached YouTube comment section levels.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 3:04 PM

@1:37- That's a great story. Thanks for sharing. What did you have for breakfast?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 3:16 PM

Were people standing in Standby line able to get tickets? Anyone know?

Posted by doug | March 30, 2010 3:17 PM

@1:37- That's a great story. Thanks for sharing. What did you have for breakfast?

honey nut cheerios.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 3:24 PM

m ward is hard working and very talented. if anything her celebrity brought his music to more people

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 3:25 PM

This blog has to have the biggest disconnect between quality of blog posts and quality of comments.

Not saying I don't love it

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 5:26 PM

BV Commenters are generally the dumbest fucks on the net

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 10:21 PM

More like Zooey Béchamel.

Come on! No one else got that one yet? Fuck yeah.

Oh, and its pocket pool, not pull. Though I may be just splitting hairs.

Anyway, béchamel....top that.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 10:29 PM

1:37...drunkenly preaching? I want to drunkenly punch you. your lame.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 8:49 AM

She has a weak singing voice (its pitchy, dog) & should stick to acting which she does pretty well

Posted by tone77 | March 31, 2010 1:27 PM

10:21 "BV Commenters are generally the dumbest fucks on the net"

generally true, but especially you

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 1:43 PM

8:49... MY lame!? Nah, man. Your lame!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 5:54 PM

I imagine this show to be filled with a combination of suburban teenage girls from long island/new jersey decked out in their urban outfitter best and vaguely alternative 20-somethings who smiled and swayed as their even less interesting boyfriends stood around looking politely bored.

yes? no?

anyway, zooey is pretty enough for me to like her when she plays the same quirky roll, but not enough to listen to this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 7:24 PM

thanks so mutch

Posted by افلام المودة | March 31, 2010 7:35 PM

500 days of summer was a weak fucking movie. I mean at the end when he meets "autumn" whoah, mind blowing, deep as a dried up puddle.
and a Karaoke bar that has the pixies but not springsteen? wha?

she is boring, and plays the same role in every movie, he is boring and plays the same song on every album.

put them together and you have the perfect storm of weak ass boring shit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 8:14 PM

why all the fuss? some people like mediocre and some people don't. you can't possibly argue that this isn't mediocre -- if you ARE arguing the musical merits of this band, then you have a taste for the mediocre. and that's okay! who else is going to keep itunes in business?

i've heard the records. i've seen them live (not because i particularly wanted to but because i got paid; plus, i like to know something before i make conclusions). this band is popular because it's safe and -- sort of a 'duh' here -- doesn't hurt that she's pretty & famous.

Let's take a look:
1) Most of the songs are covers.
2) She has a sweet voice, but yeah, then again, i'm sure a lot of ugly unknowns do, too.
3) Damn near everytime I've read a review or the times I've seen them, she was complaining about a sore throat. Maybe she should stick to fake singing in the movies because I think that's pretty ridiculous & not very natural perfomer-like.
4) M. Ward albums are great. Matt -- we know what you're doing. We know what you can do. Find a balance. This is not it.
5) Liking 60's & 70's pop folk goes beyond listening to Carole King with your mom in the kitchen or discovering Bookends your senior year in high school. Go dig through some crates and you'll find a lot of "60's & 70's pop folk" records. Buy some. Listen to them. Appreciate them. Stop using it as a brand, and goddamn, stop using it as a reference point.

Posted by omg im so fat and jealous | April 2, 2010 11:02 AM

Why do people have to be such morons? Like the guy that said that most of their songs were covers... only three of the songs in that set list were covers, which would only be "most" if they only played five songs.

Posted by F | April 17, 2010 6:14 AM

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