April 7, 2011

Explosions in the Sky played Radio City

With their newest album just two weeks away, Explosions in the Sky took to New York's majestic and grandiose Radio City Music Hall for their largest headlining show ever. Twinkling delicate guitar work opened the band's set before erupting into room shaking blasts of soaring sounds that swallowed the legendary auditorium. As twirling lights danced behind them, the Texan post-rock extraordinaires powered through anthems of towering guitar swells that seemed capable of moving mountains. The crystal clear sound system of Radio City shook as the band delivered epic renditions of some of their best work, including an astounding performance of their classic "Your Hand in Mine". Opening sets by Eluvium and slowcore legends Low, provided the perfect mood and setting for the aftermath that was to follow. In some regards, it seems that this may have been the perfect setting for this band. The stage is far from intimate, yet the band was still able to deliver with such a presence that they could have turned even a familiar listener into an instant fan. Very few bands have the capability of controlling an audience without so much as saying a word, however the only moments when people looked away from the stage were just to admire the setting and realize that this room has seen legends and another was currently on stage.

1. Postcards from 1952
2. The Birth and Death of the Day
3. Yasmin the Light
4. Last Known Surroundings
5. The Only Moment We Were Alone
6. Catastrophe and the Cure
7. Let Me Back In
8. Your Hand in Mine
9. Trembling Hands


Anonymous said...

They definitely didn't play First Breathe After Coma. I only know this because it's my favorite song by them and they didnt play it.

Anonymous said...

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