THE WALKMEN at the Crofoot

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2008
doors at 8PM, show at 9PM
tickets: $12 (buy tickets)

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The Walkmen arose in 2000 as major players in the New York City circle of post-punk/new wave-inspired bands (Interpol/Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc.). Setting the Walkmen apart is a heavy reliance on piano and organ, and a preference for atmospherics over garagey antics. The band already had two albums and a number of EPs under its belt when 2004's BOWS AND ARROWS broke big. With GOLEM: They mix klezmer classics, Yiddish theater tunes, Balkan gypsy songs, Eastern European songs of home and homesickness, Yiddish communist choruses or Jewish and Russian crime and criminal songs. Add a rock drum set, a virtuoso violinist, a madcap vocalist and a sultry accordionist with sexy moves and you'll get why the band is taking traditional Jewish music into worlds beyond the bar mitzvah. "This is not your father's klezmer band... unless of course your father was Sid Vicious," says Jewish Week.

 

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