The FilmShop Presents: Kill Your Darlings – Music Hall of Williamsburg – July 13, 2013
Music Hall of Williamsburg hosted an action-packed night of film screenings and live music on Saturday night. First, H.P. Public Library warmed up the crowd, followed by a screening of several short films presented by the FilmShop. Then, Cultfever, Wild Yaks, Sultans of Swat and L’Empire De Sen rounded out the night with energetic live sets and dance-y DJing. Each was impressive, and the diversity of acts made for a truly satisfying summer night.
Cultfever gave a sparkling performance that was filled with favorites from their self-titled album, released last November. Tamara Jafar (vocals) and Joe Durniak (guitar) broke down the wall between themselves and the audience early on by doling out heavy doses of eye contact and singing to friends and fans in the front row. They got everyone excited to hear them live by opening with “Boys, Girls,” followed by “Rouge,” “Farm,” “Strangenecks,” “Spill,” “Duress” and “Chicken.” The crowd gleefully sang along to “Animals,” which just received a quirky cartoon makeover for its recently released music video.
I even got my own serenade during my favorite song, “Knewyouwell,” and blushed accordingly! Cultfever finished their set with their first single, “Collector,” and left us all wanting more. Their music is fascinatingly playful, and stands up very well in a live setting due to its diversity and the band’s shining charisma. They are not to be missed live, and I’m sure we can expect lots more rock-solid tunes from these indie darlings in the near future. —Schuyler Rooth