Posted in music | pictures on July 5, 2010

photos by Andrew St. Clair

"at the "she and him" show on governors island. zooey deschanel is ridiculously adorable." - Sonal Dutt

She and Him at Governors Island

She & Him helped NYC celebrate Independence Day with a free concert on Governors Island. The Sunday late-afternoon, Converse-presented show reached capacity early despite the intense heat wave we're currently still experiencing. Those who made it got a 20+ song setlist from M. Ward, Zooey Deschanel and band, and an opening set by their Merge label-mates Oakley Hall. Both setlists are below.

Those who got there a couple of hours earlier may have checked out a free show by Rosanne Cash in another area of the island (pics coming soon), and it's possible some people were also on the island the night before to see a free show by Portugal. The Man (pics coming soon).

She & Him do it again Tuesday night at Terminal 5 in Manhattan. The sold out (tickets were $30 each) 2nd NYC show has comedian Eugene Mirman listed as the opener. More pictures and the setlists from Governors Island below...

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Comments (55)

Every time I've seen M. Ward, I always get caught seeing Oakley Hall... Looks like it was a fun show - too bad I hate the heat/summer. Looking forward to the fall time!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 4:49 PM

give a bitch a tambourine from time to time, damn...

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 4:54 PM

Am I the only one who finds the incessant fawning over Zooey Deschanel a little annoying? Her voice isn't that great, the music isn't the interesting, and she doesn't dress that well!!!!!!!! How the fuck did she become the biggest thing since sliced bread?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 4:57 PM

Now this is overrated really mediocre crap.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:15 PM

4:57 - feck you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:23 PM

think she dresses quite well, sounds quite good, - dont eat pre-sliced bread.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:25 PM

She sounds OK. She dresses OK. She is NOT the new wave of talented, chic females that her fans claim her to be.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:28 PM

white people

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:28 PM

seriously she's got a closet filled with these cutsie nylon numbers and hosiery

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:30 PM

'She & Him'?

More like 'They are Meh'.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:33 PM

Zooey Deschanel is hot and unique, and their music is good and original. She doesn't have that generic female raspy, whiny voice. They sound a little bit like Camera Obscura.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:37 PM

When people make fun of boring white people hipster music, this is exactly what they're talking about. Abysmal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:46 PM

Boring, abysmal whatever. I still want to cornhole the shit out of her. You just know Ben Gibbard is not doing her freaky like she deserves

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:50 PM

i feel guilty cos im white and like music... i think i should start listening to 50 cent ... and wear bling... and put chrome rims on my yaris... and start driving 80 on the bqe while tailgaiting some poor shmuck... now thats how it should be done

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:50 PM

Well, at least she got some sun.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 5:51 PM

nice one 5:23!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 6:01 PM

They played fucking Roll Over Beethoven? Bwaha... Holy shit, who the fuck is this music for? People who have never seen a band play live ever?

I guess they didn't have Johnny B. Goode down well enough yet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 6:24 PM

i was hoping for some nips

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 6:42 PM

m ward is the best guitarist in music today

Posted by anon | July 5, 2010 6:53 PM

To elaborate on 6:24's point, it is horrible misguided to try and cover any Chuck Berry songs. No matter how simple the songs are structurally, no band can ever come close to replicating them or doing them justice in any way. I thought this fact was understood by everyone except shitty bar bands, but I take it that these 2 didnt get the notice.

Posted by GregBX | July 5, 2010 7:19 PM

7:19 - ever heard of a band called the beatles

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 7:35 PM

"Smell my farts." -Chuck Berry

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 8:04 PM

I agree this is the very definition of boring white people music, and of "meh". She's kinda attractive, and kinda talented, and thus people go crazy for her, because they feel like they can't go together. She's okay, but who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 8:34 PM

i hate the fact that ppl think that everyone must adhere to everyone's definition of "good music" - most ppl who think that way are insecure in their own tastes... to make you feel better - yes you also listen to good music. in fact if you like it ... its good. now go write something worthwhile on why you like what you like instead of making generalizations about "white ppl" or black ppl... or bushwick or hummus... or your meh mehs... ps. concentrate on figuring out on how to get out of debt and feel free to share your ideas on that... cos frankly you suck ...

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 8:47 PM

I am gay. Hey 5:33, FUCK YOU!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 8:56 PM

Man you people are annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 9:05 PM

You know what's more annoying? Actresses who play the same part in every movie, and can't really act, but just kind of....glare.....

Zooey, you know I'm talking to you!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 9:13 PM

Elf ruled!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 9:52 PM

"if you like it ... its good."

No, and its this attitude that has given us the She & Hims and Grizzly Bears and all the other shit boring 'white people' music in the world. 'white people' is just an easily understood shorthand for bullshit music made by and for people who have no appreciation for the history of music and no sense of musical tradition as something to be respected and analyzed on a deeper level.

The people who listen to, perpetuate and perform this music just use "being into [indie] music" as part of their lifestyle and personal brand without any knowledge or regard for music culture and history as a whole. As long as you have the latest leak, the latest Pitchfork Best New Music band, etc. then you are "into music" without thinking for yourself at all. New York and Brooklyn have an incredibly rich scene of all sorts of music right now, unfortunately your average NY-based music fan continues to flock to BS events like this one making the whole situation just a little bit worse.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 10:17 PM

you are wrong on the point that you are convinced that everyone needs to think of music as the only thing in their world and must have the same appreciation for the same type of music you like... music plays different roles in peoples lives. and just like there are all kinds of people - ones that you or I want or not to associate with is besides the point. no one is forcefed music any longer and everyone is entitled to liking what they do. frankly knowing the history of music or not does not make any global difference - not to say that its a bad or a good thing. Just like different people find different meanings and motivation to their lives music is the same. Brooklyn does indeed have a very rich scene... but what's your point? no shit it does... so whats your actual point? how does it make this "situation worse"? by letting people, who are raped out of their minds by the stresses this city has to offer, enjoy a beautiful sunny day? get over yourself

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 10:34 PM

dont compare she and him to grizzly bear. yikes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 10:52 PM

8:04, if you're a woman, I love you forever.

If you're a man, you're THE man.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2010 11:53 PM

"To elaborate on 6:24's point, it is horrible misguided to try and cover any Chuck Berry songs. No matter how simple the songs are structurally, no band can ever come close to replicating them or doing them justice in any way. I thought this fact was understood by everyone except shitty bar bands, but I take it that these 2 didnt get the notice."

Ever hear of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles? They did pretty good covers of Chuck Berry. Every guitar player used to go thru Chuck Berry. Nothing wrong with covering Chuck Berry BUT only if you can do it well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 1:21 AM

tl;dr

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 2:46 AM

Am bored and zzzzoey deschanel.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 8:36 AM

BrooklynVegan comments section is approaching YouTube comments section retardation levels.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 9:16 AM

You people.....

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 10:01 AM

$25 is too much for a shirt of a really mediocre band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 10:35 AM

I never post comments, but geez...what's with all the snide remarks? She & Him may not be for everyone, but in my opinion (and the opinion of a ton of people dancing and singing along to the songs in the extreme heat)they are a fantastic band of talented people with great songs! Could care less about a famous actress, just love this band!!

Posted by Cheryl | July 6, 2010 10:39 AM

what do you mean "you people..."??

Posted by robert downey jr | July 6, 2010 10:40 AM

ehem 10:39...couldnt care less. As in I couldnt care less that for some reason people think She and Him is interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 10:56 AM

Ooh, look at the snark on 10:56.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 11:19 AM

If you don't care, why are you posting anonymous remarks on the subject? So funny.

Posted by cheryl | July 6, 2010 11:46 AM

The hatred Zooey inspires really baffles me. Jealous much? I can get the "Who cares." But why hate on her? Is she the greatest singer of all time doing cutting edge music? No. Is she fun? Easy on the eyes? Can M. Ward rock on guitar? Were people happy? Was it a great 4th of July? Yes. So shut the fuck up. Jesus.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 11:46 AM

She's a lot better live than what the album gives her credit for. And for the price of admission, I was satisfied with the results.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 12:02 PM

How was Oakley Hall? Awesome as usual?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 12:54 PM

She & Him have the same appeal to "indie rock" fans as, uh, generic hot popstars do for the rest of the world. She's hot, and that's why people like her. I can respect that. I cannot, however, respect all the college aged girls, decked out in their urban outfitters best, acting like they're actually an interesting band

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 1:06 PM

Oakley Hall were pretty cool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 1:06 PM

glad i didnt drink the koolaid on this band - though did happen to be out at Governor's island that very same day to take in the 2-seater bike rentals and the "public" sex that the expansive and isolated areas of the island allow for. happy 4.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 1:35 PM

Why is "public" in quotes?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 1:47 PM

yea, the covering berry statement is moronic. beatles, stones, grateful dead and the faces all out did mr. berry.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 3:17 PM

i really hope they play in the fall

Posted by nikhil | July 6, 2010 9:05 PM

Best cover of a Chuck Berry song? Maybe Buddy Holly's version of "Brown-eyed Handsome Man". Since it's Summer, you can't forget "Surfin' USA' from the Beach Boys (Chuck Berry credit see also Sweet Little 16".

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 7:28 AM

Oakley Hall were okay...is it me or are they playing the same songs they were playing 6 years ago. Without the kickass lineup. Or maybe all their songs sound the same after awhile. hohum

Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2010 9:47 PM

zooey deschanel
is better
than you.
so shut up
haters.

Posted by matt | July 22, 2010 5:44 PM

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