Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Jack Groetzinger)
NAda Surf

There weren't a ton of shows going on in NYC last night (10/28), relatively speaking, but members/collaborators of most indie rock bands in existence were part of them. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, husband of She of She & Him) played with Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) at Webster Hall with John Roderick (The Long Winters) opening.

"Along with all 12 songs from the album, Farrar and Gibbard each sang a song from a different project, before finishing with a pair of covers. Gibbard sang a rootsy version of "Couches in Alleys," a tune he sang on a 2004 album by the Belgian electronic band Styrofoam. Farrar opted for a rousing take on "Voodoo Candle," from his 2001 solo debut, "Sebastopol." And the covers: Farrar handled lead vocals on a countrified rendition of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie," and the pair closed the show with Gibbard singing lead on a shattering version of Tom Waits' "Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards)."" [listen, damnit]

Full setlist and some videos below. John Roderick plays again tonight at Union Hall.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Nada Surf (who played electric instead of acoustic as originally advertised) (and who played as Holly Miranda's backing band at Bowery Ballroom one night earlier) teamed up with Charles Bissell of the Wrens and They Might Be Giants for an indie rock benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Videos below.

Over at BAM it was "The Long Count" featuring the we've-collaborated-with-everyone Dessner twins from the National in partnership with the Breeders-Deal twins who count a member of the Pixies among them. Joining them on stage was Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists) and many other indie-friendly musicians, classical and otherwise. Everyone who wasn't playing at one of these shows, was probably in the audience of this one. Check out pics and our review HERE, and our interview with Bryce Dessner HERE, and then check the show out, if you haven't already, on Friday (Mischief Night) or Saturday (Halloween).

They Might Be Giants - Subliminal [1/19] (2009-10-28 - Music Hall of Williamsburg- Brooklyn NY)

They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse & Clap Your Hands [9/19] (2009-10-28 - Music Hall of Williamsburg)

Nada Surf - Blonde On Blonde @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 10/28/09

Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - "California Zephyr" @ Webster Hall

Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - "These Roads Don't Move" @ Webster Hall

Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard setlist
1. California Zephyr
2. Low Life Kingdom
3. City and Sur (Willamine)
4. All in One
5. These Roads Don't Move
6. Big Sur
7. One Fast Move or I'm Gone
8. Final Horrors
9. Couches in Alleys
10. Sea Engines
11. The Void
12. Breathe Our Iodine
13. Voodoo Candle
14. San Francisco
15. Absolutely Sweet Marie
16. Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards)

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