On Sunday night, Lord Huron brought their sophomore album Strange Trails to DC for the first of two sold out nights at the 9:30 Club. Singer and guitarist Ben Schneider led the indie folk band through a 16-song collection of tracks from both of the band’s albums. Schneider is a storyteller in his lyrics, and through a series of energetic songs at times reminiscent of a more polished rockabilly and at other times of the country rock of Springsteen, punctuated by his signature yelps and warbles, he sang of characters existing in the sort of tales that made up the pulp anthologies of yesteryear. While the polished pop shimmer of many of the songs often belies the darker narratives driving them, it’s clear that there is something interesting going on behind tracks such as “Dead Man’s Hand” and “Fool For Love.”
Hamilton Leithauser opened the show, returning to DC this time for a sparse set with only Walkmen confederate Paul Maroon accompanying him on guitar. The pair performed tracks from Leithauser’s solo debut Black Hours, as well as from their upcoming collaborative album.
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