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Dirty Projectors In Concert

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Few bands make music as strangely captivating - or make it as as fearlessly - as Dirty Projectors. The group's always unpredictable songs crisscross a mind-bending mix of genres and styles, with disjointed rhythms and structures, unusual melodies and harmonies that make it one of the most creative but polarizing groups of the past decade. For some it's an inspired form of high art, while others think it's just plain weird. Regardless, the members of Dirty Projectors are hacking a path through the thicket of current music that is uniquely their own.

The band, currently on tour for its latest record, Swing Lo Magellan, brought its singular sound to Washington, D.C. for this full concert, originally webcast live on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.

Dirty Projectors first formed nearly a decade ago in Brooklyn, led by singer and guitarist David Longstreth. The group has since released nearly a dozen EPs and full-length albums.

Set List
  • "Swing Lo Magellan"
  • "Offspring Are Blank"
  • "About To Die"
  • "The Socialites"*
  • "Gun Has No Trigger"*
  • "Cannibal Resource"
  • "See What She Is Seeing"*
  • "Wittenberg IV"
  • "No Intention"
  • "Maybe That Was It"
  • "Just From Chevron"
  • "Useful Chamber"
  • "Unto Ceasar"
  • "Dance 4 U"
  • "Stillness Is The Move"
  • "Impregnable Question"

*included in the video presentation

Credits

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans and Robin Hilton; Host: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Maggie Starbard, Zac Visco, A.J. Wilhelm; Special thanks to the 9:30 Club

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