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Los Campesinos! celebrated the 10th anniversary of their first 2 albums at Elsewhere (pics)

Los Campesinos! are on tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first two albums, Hold On Now, Youngster… and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed. That tour is currently in Brooklyn for two nights at Elsewhere with Adult Mom, starting last night (11/13). Rather than play the albums all the way through, LC! played songs from throughout their career at Tuesday night’s show, and they promised to switch up the setlist for those attending both Brooklyn shows.

LC! have gone through some lineup changes in their time as a band but they haven’t completely overhauled the heart of their music, which eschews trends in favor of tight, melodic indie pop with keen and emotionally biting lyrics. Ten years after their release, their first two albums serve as a sort of time capsule of break ups, band t-shirts, and faded Polaroids. Live, they sound just as resonant and vital as ever, with a multi-guitar attack bolstered by keyboards. Something I did miss, especially on the Hold On Now, Youngster and We Are Beautiful songs, were the string melodies; violinist Harriet Campesinos left the band in 2011 to continue her studies, and certain absent string passages feel irreplaceable. Still, that didn’t dampen the energy of the band, nor the crowd, who danced and shouted lyrics along throughout the show.

Check out pictures from Tuesday night’s show in the gallery above, and Los Campesinos’ setlist below. Tickets are still on sale for tonight’s (11/14) show.

Setlist: Los Campesinos! at Elsewhere (via)
Ways to Make It Through the Wall
I Broke Up in Amarante
Romance Is Boring
Death to Los Campesinos!
What Death Leaves Behind
By Your Hand
Songs About Your Girlfriend
You’ll Need Those Fingers for Crossing
For Flotsam
We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
Here’s to the Fourth Time!
Knee Deep at ATP
Hello Sadness
My Year in Lists
The Fall of Home
Baby I Got the Death Rattle
Straight In at 101
I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Avocado, Baby
The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future

Encore:
Frontwards (Pavement)
You! Me! Dancing!
Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State

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