The Walkmen | Bigger and Buzzier

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For over 10 years, The Walkmen have been proving that you don’t need to be heavy to put on a great live show. They have consistently impressed with their energetic and tight performances, pleasing their diehards and winning over new fans at every stop. As the band has toured over the last several years in support of their most recent efforts, Heaven and Lisbon, they have continually played to larger and more diverse crowds at continually larger venues. Originally scheduled for September at the historic Newport Music Hall, the rescheduled event has benefitted from faster ticket sales and more buzz, promising a better atmosphere.

Their current tour, in support of their latest record, Heaven, has led them all around the U.S. and Canada, as well as appearances at Lollapalooza, and as far as France for Pitchfork Paris. They’ve spent time in England and Spain, and even visited the titular Lisbon for a show. Their rave reviews will continue around the Midwest before the band heads up the West Coast, culminating in a highlight two-night performance at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

As with many live acts, The Walkmen focus more on their newer material off of their most popular albums. It makes sense, as the songs are a bit more lush and full, and provide a more engaging live listen. However, they strategically throw in a few cuts from their early records Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone and Bows + Arrows for some variety and acknowledgement of their longtime fans.

It’s fair to say that many of the attendees are just as excited for the opening act, Father John Misty. The alter-ego of J. Tillman, formerly of the Fleet Foxes, is gaining great buzz for his captivating and emotional live shows and could easily headline a tour. Both Tillman and The Walkmen perform music that could loosely be described as folk, but are at different ends of the spectrum, which should make for a varied and exciting show. | Brett Berliner

The Walkmen and Father John Misty play Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, on January 17, 2013; tickets are $17.

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