Posted in music | pictures on September 29, 2011

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by David Andrako

Laura Marling

Thirty minutes before the opening act, Webster Hall was already getting crowded - good news for Alessi's Ark, the opening act. Much like Laura Marling, Alessi Laurent-Marke combines acoustic guitar-based folk songs with a good deal of charm, but what Marling's discography lacks - levity - Laurent-Marke makes up for. Instead of singing about ghosts, going mad, and lost hope, Laurent-Marke tends to stick to lighter topics (like kite flying) and a more delicate, gentle sound.

Many musicians lose their accents when they sing. Lauren-Marke is not one of them. Accompanying her rich voice is a relatively pronounced British accent (she hails from West London) that makes her vocals all the more alluring - especially when she shares the mic with her friend Marcus, who also accompanied her on the guitar throughout the performance.

Though the crowd was certainly attentive during the opening act, the energy in the room seemed to triple as soon as Laura Marling walked on stage. Shrieks, whistles, and high-pitched giggles replaced demure clapping and extended into the first notes of the opening song ("Rambling Man"). But the crowd became fantastically silent as soon as Marling began to sing.

Blending intimacy with power, she often begins her songs with soft finger plucked melodies before calling on her five-piece backing band to contribute thunderous instrumental interludes on banjo, mandolin, upright bass, drums, keys, cello, and guitar.

Marling performed a smattering of songs from her three albums, including older crowd favorites like "Alas I Cannot Swim" and "Ghosts," which she played back-to-back toward the beginning of the set. Midway into the evening, her bandmates took a break, leaving her alone on the stage to play stripped down versions of a handful of songs, including a brand new, as of yet, untitled song.

In typical fashion, Marling apologized for her inability to grasp the art of stage banter and proceeded to charm the crowd with her asides, random facts, and general awkwardness.

There was no encore, well not technically. "We don't consider ourselves rock 'n roll enough to do an encore," said Marling. "So we have a way of getting around it [...] so if you did want an encore, than this is the last song, and if you didn't, than this is the second to last song." The real reason they don't do encores? The crowd would never let them leave. Somehow, though no one appeared to be dancing, the floor of the venue began to shake in time to Marling's last song, "All My Rage," as if the room itself had undergone a conversion and could no longer contain its excitement. Despite Marling's disclaimer, no one budged after she walked off stage, no doubt hoping she would have a change of heart. No such luck.

Last night's show marked the last stop in Marling and Laurent-Marke's tour that also passed through Chicago.

Earlier in the day Laura awarded some fans who bought her album with a very special afternoon event that involved her playing songs for two people at a time in an extremely intimate setting.

More pictures from Webster Hall and both setlists below...

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Alessi's Ark setlist
The Witch
Wire
Constellations
Stalemate
On the Plane
Time Travel
The Horse
Maybe I Know (Lesley Gore cover)
Woman
The Robot

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Laura Marling setlist
Rambling Man
Alpha Shallows
Alas I Cannot Swim
Ghosts
I Was Just a Card
The Muse
Hope In the Air
Don't Ask Me Why
Salinas
Goodbye England
*new song
Night After Night
Blackberry Stone
Sophia
I Speak Because I Can
All My Rage

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Comments (28)

ASSKAT WANTS DOPESMACK FUCH YOU VIET ANM

Posted by FERST | September 29, 2011 12:31 PM

12:31 EATS KITTENS I DON'T LIKE THIS BECAUSE I LIEK KITTENS

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 12:32 PM

HEY SHUT UP IM TRYING TO READ DICK

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 12:34 PM

12:34 READS DICK

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 12:43 PM

POCKET FULL OF KRYPTONITE

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 12:44 PM

HEY MY MOM WAS KRYPTONIAN

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 12:45 PM

...and scene.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 12:54 PM

Seriously...Laura looks like an angel in that first pic. Wow!

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 12:57 PM

what does this have to do with radiohead?

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:03 PM

KITTENS ARE ANGELS

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:03 PM

Kittens are not angels, and none of you assholes can fucking read anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:08 PM

Tickets are available at W.A.S.T.E for tonight's Radiohead show. Password is "kittens"

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:12 PM

why is everyone sitting at a concert? I realize ozzy has lost weight and dyed his hair, but come on people, its an ozzy solo show! its still the ozzy we know and love!

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:13 PM

1:12 FUCK YOU

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:15 PM

1:15 FUCK YOU

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Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:18 PM

i'm pretty sure I heard her cover "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra

a)can you please update your setlist to make it accurate?
b)why does the brooklyn vegan not cover artist support for NASA?

WHY DOES BROOKLYN VEGAN SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:19 PM

Radiohead secret show tonight at Terminal 5! Say "Yorkey Pudding" at the door to get $5 off.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:22 PM

<======3

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:28 PM

Why is it that I should give a sweet fuck all about Laura Marling?

I do care about Laura Marling's ass, however ... maybe that is why I should care. You need to talk to that head in order to get some head.

OK, I get it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:29 PM

Thom Yorke feat. Big Freedia

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:31 PM

Laura is lovely... deserves a better venue..

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:32 PM

mumford and sons

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:36 PM

For how young she is, Laura is a phenomenal songwriter. However, I was at the show last night and I was disappointed. Set was too short and the band didn't have enough power behind it. She has plenty of songs that could be kicked up a notch live but the band just put them in that awkward middle stage.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 1:42 PM

Marling is incredible...what a beautiful voice. kind of disappointed she didn't play what he wrote...but still...great concert.

Posted by joshua | September 29, 2011 1:52 PM

Hey do you folks find laura's to be generally nice ladies or cunty ladies?

I think i usually find them to be a bit cunty and uptight.

This young lady is probably very nice, just wondering about the name. Like in case I need to name a kid or something.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 2:00 PM


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The sychophantic slags all say

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