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The Walkmen’s Walter Martin played 2 NYC shows (Joe’s Pub pics w/ Karen O, Nick Zinner, Hamilton Leithauser, more)

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Walter & Karen O / Hamilton Leithauser with the chorus @ Joe’s Pub 5/16/2014
Walter Martin
Walter Martin

NPR: So is this just something to entertain parents, or is this – which by the way, I should say is a worthy endeavor in and of itself – or is this intended to start a conversation about music between kids and their parents, adult listeners?

WALTER MARTIN: Well, I think of stuff that will appeal to kids will hopefully be – I like the beat, maybe. But looking back on what I’ve made, I think it’s sort of saying to parents, like, this parenting stuff is really hard and kind of insane. But take a step back as often as you can to remember how fun and hilarious the whole experience can be. – [NPR]

With the Walkmen on “extreme hiatus,” keyboardist/bassist and father of two Walter Martin released the family-friendly solo album, We’re All Young Together earlier this month. The first proper show around that happened on Friday (5/16) at Joe’s Pub. For the all-ages event, Walter had a full band — including The Walkmen’s Matt Barrick, Kat Edmonson and members of French Kicks — and some very special guests. Walter’s cousin and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser sang as part of the chorus, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O and Nick Zinner who also played on the album, joined him too.

Walter also played Littlefield on Sunday (5/18) which was slightly less star-studded BUT had free ice cream — which most kids would probably say was a better deal. Their parents…hard to say. More pictures from Joe’s Pub, and an instagram from Littlefield, below…

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin

Walter Martin @ Littlefield, 5//18/2014 (via @ladyandprince)
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