Panda Bear Lights Up MoMA PS1 In Queens
Usually after a concert, it's easy to pinpoint one or two songs that stood out from the rest, or a couple of instances where the high points were at their absolute highest -- maybe it was the debut of a new track, maybe it was something the frontman said. Yesterday afternoon (Jan. 11), Panda Bear invited a couple hundred of his closest fans to MoMA PS1 in Queens (a huge contemporary art institution) for a very special concert -- but even a day later, it's impossible to determine what those high points were.
That's not a slam against the performance; in fact, that's more of a compliment than anything else. From the opening beats of 'Sequential Circuits' to the fading soundwaves of 'Surfers Hymn,' the 75-minute concert was unlike any show we've been to in recent memory.
The event was held in the museum's "iconic geodesic dome" -- a dome that perfectly captured the sound and displayed visuals all over the inside -- and was a constant experience for the senses.
From the beautiful images created by Danny Perez and the faint smell of weed and beer to the constant warbles and beats emanating from Panda Bear's humble stage setup inside the dome, the afternoon was a one-of-a-kind encounter with both the artist's new and classic music. There were no highs or lows -- it was a burgeoning and always-evolving concert that left us wanting more.
'Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper' hits the streets tomorrow via Domino Records; to fully appreciate the sounds on the new disc, do everything you can to see Panda Bear live -- and lucky for you, you can still catch the full stream of his MoMA PS1 set via Boiler Room below.
Watch Panda Bear Perform at New York City's MoMA PS1
Panda Bear -- Setlist, Jan. 11, 2014
‘Faces In the Crowd’
‘You Can Count On Me’
‘Come to Your Senses’
‘Tropic of Cancer’
Panda Bear 2015 Tour
March 4: London -- Brixton Electric
March 5: Brussels -- L,’Orangerie
March 6: Paris -- Gaite Lyrique
March 8: Zeewolde, the Netherlands -- Where the Wild Things Are Festival
March 10: Berlin -- Certain People at Berghain
March 11: Lisbon -- Teatro Maria Matos
March 12: Braga -- GNRation