The Walkmen - Terminal 5 - 10/18/12

Adam Lange

Better Than: Getting older.

There's a huge, pulsing vein on the side of Hamilton Leithauser's neck. Anytime the Walkmen frontman howls, which he did pretty frequently last night at Terminal 5 while headlining one of CMJ's biggest shows, that vein throbs uncontrollably. And as he yelps, he sometimes squeals a bit, too, but in a way that's completely focused and precise, holding the microphone close to his mouth like a freshly picked apple, leaning back, cocking his head at a 45 degree angle, and squeezing out heartbreaking lyrics of love lost and nostalgia.

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Q&A: The Walkmen's Peter Bauer Talks Heaven, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, And Being A Parent

Earlier this year, the Walkmen hit their 10-year career mark, and on May 29 they'll give us their sixth studio album, Heaven, produced by Phil Ek (Built to Spill, The Shins, Fleet Foxes) and recorded in Seattle. Through the band's ups and downs, they've elevated to one of the most defining bands in the past ten years' indie rock scene. After starting as a bunch of dudes living in Harlem, the members now find themselves not only with kids, but spread across the country. With that maturity comes a growth in sound, as well as a clear acceptance of what the band has become. Peter Bauer, who plays bass and organ, chatted with us about recording Heaven, New York's intimidating music scene, and what it's like to make music about being a dad, instead of drinking a beer.

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The Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, Starring The Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, And A Bunch Of Other Bands, Is Happening In May

St. Vincent headlines BAM on May 4.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced the inaugural running of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day music, film, and art extravaganza put together by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and set to take over BAM from May 3 to 5. Named after a poem by Walt Whitman, the festival has a lineup stacked with the borough's biggest musical names on the rock side of things—The Walkmen, St. Vincent, and Beirut will headline, while the lineups are rounded out by quite a few YIMBY alums, including Zs, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Skeletons. Full lineup and ticketing info below.

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News Roundup: The Walkmen, Green Day, Jay Reatard


--The Walkman have announced a fall tour. The band, still supporting last year's massive You and Me, will play the already-announced Guggenheim August 14 as part of the It Came from Brooklyn series and then play a stacked double-bill with Dinosaur Jr. in Central Park on August 16. The rest of the dates are here.

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