show recap: the middle east
  • TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

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Last night Aussies The Middle East played with Mumford and Sons. And they killed it. In a good (great) way.

The multi-instrumentalists gave out feel good vibes all throughout their set at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg. They opened with "Lonely," which sounded like something out of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, except more enjoyable. Bree Tranter looked lovely as always when she was exuberantly hitting that tambourine or banging out notes on her keyboard or playing her flute with ferocity. Mark Myers brought out what can only be described as a giant jingle voodoo stick and fiercely pounded it on the ground. They then proceeded to break out "The Darkest Side" which has a very intricate guitar line. The three part vocal harmonies were perfectly on-pitch. They also added in an accordion and a trumpet. After the requisite "We got drunk on a beach" story, "Beleriand" was a grandiose occasion of just everything crashing but still managing to come together beautifully. There was A LOT of foot stomping both onstage and off. Guitarist Joseph Ireland was so into it he was literally writhing on the floor. For "Pig Food," which is more of a lullaby, they brought out the banjo and the flute. For "Tsietsi" they brought out the electric banjo, or as our production assistant would like it to be called, the "banjar" (which turns out is a race of people, who knew?). All in all, The Middle East really brought their all and put on a great show. -hanna kasper

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