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Monday, June 26, 2006

Norfolk & Western and Devotchka - June 26 - Higher Ground

Great show. N&W covered Neil Young and Camper Van Beethoven. Devotchka covered Siouxsie and the Banshees. (Last week I saw Band of Horses cover Hall & Oates. I have no idea what's going on.) N&W played really strong and had lots of depth. Roots folk, but with more energy and sound then I anticipated. The Neil cover fit perfectly.
I saw Devotchka open up for M Ward approximately a year ago. I think there were a dozen people there, tops. That show felt so weird - the romantic atmospheric music and an empty room. It was like they were singing just to me and I didn't like it very much (the music was fine, but the feeling was a bit too intense, almost stalkerish). I thought that in the right setting they would be fantastic and far from flat. I was right. Approximately 200 people filled HG's small room. People were dancing and enjoying; the band even seemed to be digging the crowd's energy (espec. for a Monday night). I still find Devotchka a bit gimmicky, but I can appreciate gimmick. The lights on the tuba, the theramin, the banana shaker, not to forget the South American rhythms and Eastern European gypsy melodies, it all works. Just make sure more that you are surrounded by more then a dozen of your friends.
Norfolk & Western

Norfolk & Western set list


More pictures at Flickr


  • At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    norfolk & western also played that show with devotchka and m.ward and rachel and adam from that band play as m. ward's backing band.

  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger jds said…

    You are absolutely right! I forgot about N&W playing then. I thought the female drummer looked and sounded really familiar. Boy and I getting old - can't believe that I'm forgetting info that happened a year ago!

    Thanks anonymous!

  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    great write up and the last shot is awesome.

  • At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for this post. I was working up a setlist for the N&W set from this same tour (State Theater, Falls Church, VA) and I could not figure out the Camper tune. So this was a great help.

    Look for the Devotchka and N&W sets to be torrented soon on bt.etree.org


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