Deer Tick and Jenny Lewis at Music Hall of Williamsburg – June 9th 2009

Shortly after moving to Brooklyn, Alison and I headed to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Jenny Lewis.  Alison was also excited about the opener, Deer Tick, who I had never heard before. It’s been a while–I’m writing this post the day after Thanksgiving–so I’m just going to relate some impressions.  For some pictures and video of the night including Lewis doing “Trying My Best to Love You,”  the Traveling Willburys’s “Handle Me with Care,” and “Acid Tongue” check out Qbertplaya’s Gigoblog recounting of the night.

  • Deer Tick sounds great.  I can’t say they have the most original sound out there, but their rockified alt-country is executed really well.  Given how young the band members seem to be this is exciting for how they might progress.
  • Jenny Lewis is just stunning.  She’s stunning from the far end of Terminal 5 and she’s really stunning from the middle of a venue as small as MHOWB.
  • She sounds great.  Her voice is so unique and full of emotion yet transitions well between the multiple styles in which she writes and sings.  It’s emotionally sweeping in a way that I think is truly special.
  • In the intro to one of their Gospel songs to be sung by Lewis and the other two girls in the band, she noted that it was an odd song for three Jews to be singing and made a joke that the bands gender lines ran along its religious lines in that it could be separated into “the girls and the goys.”  Be still my beating heart.

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