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The Drums played Webster Hall with Avan Lava, Pearl & the Beard, and Hess is More (pics)

photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis

The Drums @ Webster Hall 6/10/2013
The Drums

Back to the show, where there were many more moments of pure unadulterated joy. The Drums don’t always play every single one of their crowd pleasers – my first time seeing them live (Bowery Ballroom, 2011), they didn’t perform their biggest hit “Let’s Go Surfing.” On Monday night, which they kept celebrating as their return to New York City, no hit was left unplayed. In addition to “Let’s Go Surfing,” the band played “I Need a Doctor,” “Down by the Water,” “Money”, “Book of Revelation,” “Hard to Love,” “I Felt Stupid” (their oldest song, which got the biggest cheer from the crowd) and many others. The set reached its apex when “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Days” were played back-to-back, which is the moment that I realized that I’d never seen Webster Hall – or any similar venue – quite like this. I literally believe that there wasn’t a person in the room who wasn’t singing “Forever and Ever” and I have never felt a floor shake like it did during “Days.” – [2BitMonkey]

Before Northside, before Chickfactor, this week in NYC was the New Music Seminar, a mostly industry confab that did have a few showcases too, most notably at kickoff party at Webster Hall on Monday (6/10) with headliners The Drums who haven’t played in a while. The showcase also featured sets from the bubbly Avan Lava, folky Pearl & the Beard and krautrocky Hess is More who performed as a trio. Pictures from Monday’s show are in this post.

Hess is More will debut an entire new repetoire, titled “MY HEAD IS A BALLROOM,” on June 20 at Glasslands. If you’ve never seen Hess is More, their live show is highly recommended. Cascading Slopes and Float Fall open and tickets are on sale now.

More pictures from Webster Hall below…

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