Beach House at Webster Hall, NYC [Concert Review]

by Woody on February 25, 2011

How do you define the indie cred of a band? Does it have something to do with their Pitchfork rating? The tightness of their skinny jeans? The size of the smoke plume that rises from the audience when they hit their first chords?

I’ve been to countless concerts at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Monster Island Basement. I’ve volunteered at Brooklyn Grange and can often be found drinking a Sportsman Special at the Levee. I don’t own a pair of skinny jeans, but I’ve got numerous flannels. You’d think all of this would put me more in touch with what it means to have indie cred, but in reality I have no fucking clue and to be honest, I couldn’t give a damn.

But alas, I think I’ve stumbled on something; apathy. Or, to be more specific, the appearance of apathy. The appearance of apathy has been a crucial component of coolness since time immemorial. For some reason, people dig people who are effortlessly good at things.

This is a long way of getting around to the effervescent Beach House concert I saw this past week at Webster Hall. Beach House is Victoria LeGrande and Alex Scally, hailing from Baltimore, MD. But really, they no longer need introduction. The critical and commercial success of their 2010 album Teen Dreams has deservedly launched them into the realm of dream pop stardom.

Beach House is apathetic grandness at its best. They rank high on the indie cred scale. Their dreamy supersonic loops and atmospheric vocals are fantastic and they nailed it on Wednesday night. Highlights of the evening included Norway, Zebra and their closer, 10 Mile Stereo.  The light show was equally impressive, as can be glimpsed in the video below.

Another awesome dream pop band, Papercuts, opened up for them and I sadly arrived right as they were finishing up their set. I had a good excuse though – I was grabbing a burger and watching Carmelo Anthony’s debut as a member of the New York Knicks. Now, there’s a guy with some serious indie cred.

Beach House – Zebra

Beach House – Norway

Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo

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Rodrigo L. February 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

The best dream pop group of the world. Beautiful voice, music sensational.

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