So, one of my goals upon moving to this lovely city was to go to as many concerts as possible given multiple opportunities and a whole lot of people to drag along with me. The first concert that I went to ended up being The Tallest Man on Earth at Webster Hall, along with Christina, Jared, and Jared's friend Betsy.
The Tallest Man on Earth is actually Kristian Matsson, of Dalarna, Sweden (he wore a shirt from there which sparked a very long conversation about where he's from and he got really excited about it). You wouldn't be able to tell that English is his second language from his voice, though; if anything, it's got a bit of a twang to it.
The concert opened with S. Carey, of Bon Iver fame, and from what I've heard and what Jared and Betsy told me, their live set was much more energetic than than the album. The highlight of their set was definitely "Action" in the middle of the set, which morphed from a 2ish minute song on the album to an 8-9 minute breakdown including building percussion parts which could have made the night worth it by themselves.
TMOE's set was also wonderful--the set was minimal, with just a chair, multiple guitars, and a background full of lights meant to look like stars. He's just as enthusiastic as I've heard, throwing himself completely into everything. I came away with the impression that he might be slightly crazy, but it's all the right types of crazy for someone who performs for a living. I took a video of The Gardner to have something I could share. Unfortunately, I took it sideways and couldn't figure out how to fix that, so you might have to turn your head sideways?
In any case, next concert on the horizon is Matt and Kim at the end of the month. I'll try to have that writeup a bit earlier than this one.