She & Him
Newport Folk Festival
Newport, Rhode Island
I no longer have this show, sorry.
I Was Made For You
Change Is Hard
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Take It Back
The Garden Rose (with Becky Sharp)
I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
Magic Trick (with Jim James)
This Is Not A Test
She & Him is the super-group duo consisting of alt-rock stalwart m. ward and actress Zooey Deschanel. They have thus far released one album, aptly titled Vol. 1, which of course promises a Vol. 2 in the near future. It was pretty universally praise by critics, but left me less than enthused. The album is essentially indie darling making bubblegum pop, which is, rather, decidedly cool, but never really meshed for me. I can’t exactly say why except that bubblegum pop generally doesn’t do much for me. It is often fun and enjoyable, and sometimes sad, but as the name implies it isn’t out for emotional depth. Or maybe it is that the album seems like long form irony and I’m simply not getting it. Both performers do admirably well on the album, and I’m certainly not slagging those who love it, but I generally take a pass.
This show does nothing to make me a fan, and I wouldn’t put it alongside my favorite live performances ever, but it is a strong showing of what you find on the album, with some flourishes. If you loved the album, you will likely fall in love with this recording. I believe it comes from an NPR stream, and the sound is high quality.