‘Dirty Projectors’ on stage Tuesday at Crowley Theater
By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
Ballroom Marfa has made 2012 a great year for music in our sleepy little town with their summer concert series. We’re only halfway through the year and they’ve already brought El Paso’s post-hardcore heroes “At the Drive-In,” Brazilian dance-rock favorites CSS, and Canada’s indie-rock darling, “Feist” to our community.
How can one expect to keep up with such an impressive line-up as the summer months wane? As difficult as it may be, the good people at the Ballroom have done it again.
On the 31st of this month, Brooklyn’s genre-defying indie-prog band “The Dirty Projectors” will be playing choice tracks of their eclectic and quickly expanding catalogue at The Crowley Theater in support of their latest album, Swing Lo Magellan.
Tickets for the show are available at Ballroom Marfa for $10 while they last. Tickets for seats are nearly sold-out, but there will be standing-room admission at the door the day of the show.
Doors open at 8pm and the show will begin at 8:30pm.
The quintet is made up of singer/songwriter/mastermind David Longstreth, guitarist/vocalist Amber Coffman, vocalist Haley Dekle, Bassist Nat Baldwin, and drummer Brian Omber.
The album, a follow-up to their 2010 collaboration with Bjork, Mount Wittenberg Orca, follows in the band’s tradition of never repeating themselves. It has been highly praised by the notoriously cynical music critics since it’s release a short two weeks ago.
Longstreth has described the record as being “An album of songs. An album of songwriting,” in which the songs have no unifying theme as opposed to their previous records, which shows the band’s knack for subverting the expectations of fans, fellow musicians, and critics alike.
Other releases of band include Rise Against, a Black Flag cover album re-imagined by the band from memory, a concept album about Eagles front man Don Henley that features an orchestra, and their breakout album Bitter Orcha- which was the No. 2 Album of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 of Everything of 2009.
Opening the show will be Wye Oak, a Baltimore two-piece made up of drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack and guitarist/singer Jenn Wassner.
The duo’s music has appeared on the television show The Walking Dead and received “best album of 2011” by the A.V. Club for their 2011 album, Civilian.