Beach House @ Webster Hall

Let me just start out by saying that I had been looking forward to this show than any other show in recent memory.  Why?  After releasing their third studio album, Teen Dream, last year, Beach House was headed for the stratosphere.  After reading so many positive reviews of the album, you would have sworn that they were the Second Coming.  And after I had barely missed their performance at the more intimate Bell House months earlier, I made it a goal of mine to catch them in NYC before I left.  Goal accomplished.

The buzz was swirling in Webster Hall well before Beach House had taken stage and the crowd gathered quicker than most shows I've been too lately.  After being to three shows in a matter of a week at Webster Hall, I do have one complaint:  did they make an agreement with the fog-machine people to make each show a haunted house affair??  Seriously, push the button once or twice then leave it alone.  Any who, I was pretty giddy once the band took the stage and what ensued was nothing short of mesmerizing.  Playing mostly from Teen Dream and Devotion, the band threw a curve ball when they played "White Moon", an unreleased track that had not been played live before because "it really doesn't exist".  But even playing a new song didn't top two of my favorite tracks from Teen Dream, "Take Care" and "10 Mile Stereo"; the latter was epic and well worth the price of admission.  If you can, definitely catch them whenever you can.  Set list was as such:

Walk In the Park
Lover of Mine
Better Times
Silver Soul
Master of None
White Moon
Used to Be
Heart of Chambers
Take Care
Real Love
10 Mile Stereo

And if that wasn't enough, Alex (guitars, vocals) handed me the set list once they finished their set, hence me knowing what to label my video of "White Moon".  I was on cloud nine after their show; now I know why label them as 'dream pop'.  Videos of the show are below:

Beach House @ Webster Hall Beach House @ Webster Hall Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on May 10, 2010 Rating: 5
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