TVOTR Celebrate Brooklyn
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were meant to be seen live. While they might seem like a fussy studio band with their loops and samples and intricate noises, they captivated the crowd Tuesday night in Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn. Tunde Adebimpe led the crowd in a dance fest, slithering across the stage, his hips hula-ing and arms ejecting from his body in sinusoidal jolts and waves to favorites like “Golden Age” and “Playhouses.” Movements seemed to come easily to all, especially since most of their songs seemed about 50% faster (making “Dancing Choose” almost punk rock in speed). Their show is refreshingly organic, and proved that nobody in Brooklyn is too cool to dance. — Jaya Harrover Saxena

Guggenheim Invites Brooklyn Over to Play
Last night, The Walkmen headlined It Came from Brooklyn, a concert series celebrating the Guggenheim’s 50th Anniversary by featuring established and emerging talent exclusively from the borough. The band, whose roots are in both New York City and Philadelphia, were sleek in dress and voracious in music. As they rattled off numerous tracks off their 2008 release, “You & Me”, they also were accompanied by a section of trumpets and trombones. The Walkmen’s songs, some straightforward and mellow and some more palpitating and post-punk, filled the rotunda beautifully without so much as a word or a chord being lost. In fact the venue of the night seemed to enhance the whole performance; the grandiosity of the Guggenheim (as opposed to say, Pianos) could pose an air of overwhelmingness, but instead the performance felt wholly intimate. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser howled his raspy voice, while frequently arching his back to pull out higher and then higher notes. Rather than looking strenuous, he and the band’s entire set paid a true homage to the occasion: reveling in the art of music. — Michelle Geslani

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