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Wild Beasts played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics, setlist); The Range opened, playing SXSW & other dates

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts are visiting the U.S. currently, playing release shows on either coast for their terrific fourth album, Present Tense. The quartet did an in-store at Other Music on Monday (3/3) and last night (3/4) played a very packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

With synthesizers at the forefront on Present Tense, the band’s live show took a little rewiring, with two banks of keyboards dividing the stage into thirds, with frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming splitting their time between bass, guitars and keys. The same was true with lead guitarist Ben Little. The band’s very emotive performance style works better with instruments strapped to them than keyboards at this point, but Thorpe and Flemming’s voices were in top form and the crowd very into it. In particular, the guy yelling “FUCK YEAH WILD BEASTS” was very, very into it.

Though Present Tense has only been out for a week, folks knew the songs, cheering for “A Simple Beautiful Truth” and the dark n’ dubby “Daughters.” The biggest cheers still came from Two Dancers tracks such as “Hooting & Howling” and “All the Kings Men,” the latter of which was introduced by Fleming as, “Remember the worst sex you ever had, with the worst person you’ve ever known, in the worst place you’ve ever been? This is about that.”

The Range, who has been getting a lot of choice opening slots lately, kicked off the evening. He’ll be playing a bazillion SXSW shows next week, and will tour with Chvrches after that (including their sold-out T5 shows). All upcoming The Range dates, plus pics from his MHOW set and more of Wild Beasts’, below…


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SETLIST: Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Reach a Bit Further
Mecca
Sweet Spot
Albatross
The Devil’s Crayon
Pregnant Pause
A Simple Beautiful Truth
Daughters
Hooting & Howling
This Is Our Lot
Loop the Loop
Bed of Nails
A Dog’s Life

Encore:
Wanderlust
All the King’s Men
Lion’s Share

The Range 2014 SXSW Schedule
Wednesday 03.12 – Pitchfork Day Party – French Legation – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 03.12 – Warp / LuckyMe Official Showcase – Empire Control Room – 9 PM
Thursday 03.13 – Hide & Seek 2 – The Blackheart – 4:15 PM
Thursday 03.13 – Resident Advisor Official Showcase – Elysium – 8:30 PM
Thursday 03.13 – Windish Electronic Official Showcase – Silhouette – 10 PM
Friday 03.14 – Speakeasy Kabaret Official Showcase – Speakeasy Kabaret – 1 AM
Friday 03.14 – Red Light Radio Live Broadcast (private) – FADER Fort – 3 PM
Saturday 03.15 – Hype Machine’s Day Party – Hype Hotel – 12:15 PM
Saturday 03.15 – Laneway Festival Lunatic Party – Holy Mountain – 2:50 PM
Saturday 03.15 – Impose Magazine Day Party – The Grackle – 5:30 PM

The Range 2014 Tour Dates
03.29.14 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY
04.21.14 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ #
04.22.14 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT #
04.24.14 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO #
04.28.14 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC #
04.29.14 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – # SOLD OUT
04.30.14 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – # SOLD OUT
05.02.14 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY – # SOLD OUT
05.03.14 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY – # SOLD OUT
05.04.14 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY – # SOLD OUT
05.24.14 – Le Guess Who? – Utrecht, NL
05.29.14 – Primavera Sound – Barcelona, ESP
07.19.14 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL

# with CHVRCHES

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