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The Walkmen In Concert

The Walkmen's seventh album is titled Heaven. (John Bartol/WXPN)closemore
The Walkmen's seventh album is titled Heaven. (John Bartol/WXPN)

All five members of The Walkmen grew up in the D.C. area and attended the same high school. The band officially formed in 2000 when it moved to Harlem and created a recording space called Marcata Studios.

In 2002, the group released its first album, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone — its song "We've Been Had" was featured in a prominent commercial — but it was Bows + Arrows, the follow-up, which launched The Walkmen to national success. "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages" demonstrated the band's versatility, and it was soon booked to play not only concerts and festivals, but also an episode of The O.C.

Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and the World Cafe Live sign do a heartbreaking duet about the forbidden love between a man and iconography. (Joe Del Tufo for NPR)
Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and the World Cafe Live sign do a heartbreaking duet about the forbidden love between a man and iconography. (Joe Del Tufo for NPR)

Though they closed their recording studio in 2006, The Walkmen's members have continued to make great music. The group recently finished recording its seventh album, Heaven, set for release on June 5. Though the new record is quieter than its predecessors, the band has been performing with a full horn section.

Regardless of the band's makeup, The Walkmen's sound is characterized by its simplicity — urgent guitars, driving drums and, of course, the voice of Hamilton Leithauser, who seems to bellow, howl and croon simultaneously.

Set List

  • "We Can't Be Beat"
  • The songs shifted from jaunty sailor's tune to fiery preacher's sermon at the blink of an eye. (Joe Del Tufo for NPR)
    The songs shifted from jaunty sailor's tune to fiery preacher's sermon at the blink of an eye. (Joe Del Tufo for NPR)

  • "Heaven"
  • "Heartbreaker"
  • "Southern Heart"
  • "Blue As Your Blood"
  • "Love You Love"
  • Les Paul the anthropomorphic guitar was lucky enough to win VIP seats on stage...the cheater. (Joe Del Tufo for NPR)
    Les Paul the anthropomorphic guitar was lucky enough to win VIP seats on stage...the cheater. (Joe Del Tufo for NPR)

  • "On the Water"
  • "Love Is Luck"

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