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Prom Night at Webster Hall

May 7th, 2010

Beach House – Webster Hall – May 6, 2010

Beach House - Webster Hall - May 6, 2010
With crisscrossing streamers hanging from the balconies and shimmering diamond-shaped piñata-like structures adorning the stage of Webster Hall, Beach House’s sold-out show last night felt something like a reimagined high school prom. Fittingly, the Baltimore band’s latest album happens to be entitled Teen Dream and is full of reverb-heavy, dreamy pop songs that are at times moody, brooding and intense, the very emotions that inhabit many a teenage psyche.

Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand (and their excellent touring drummer) took their place as our unconventional prom band for the evening, bathed in dim, colored light—she behind her organ, he seated with his guitar—and opened the show with Teen Dream’s languid and lovely “Walk in the Park.” Legrand had a commanding stage presence, choosing moments to fling her long locks in the air, and during songs like “Norway” when her fingers were not flying over the keys, she gestured theatrically, palms covering her eyes or mimicking a beating heart on her chest.

The slow dance of the evening began with the opening guitar chords of the powerful “Zebra,” as a palpable sense of anticipation filled the crowd, followed by much swaying (and some noticeable make-out sessions). Beach House closed out their set with the poignant love song “Take Care,” and in a perfect homage to school dances everywhere, Webster Hall’s immense disco ball spun and dizzily adorned the ballroom with hundreds of tiny glints of light. —Alena Kastin

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | dianawongphoto.blogspot.com