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Twin Shadow played two sold out shows in New York City this past week, the first at Webster Hall followed by the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg (I attended the latter). Poolside opened during the first half of the tour, while Niki and the Dove played the second leg. The Swedish duo were completely charming and charismatic, sharing their excitement for being a part of the tour. During one of their songs, George Lewis Jr came on stage and played guitar with the pair, which got everyone riled up. Their synth beats got the audience perfectly warmed-up for the headliner.
For his set, Twin Shadow decided to “start things off slow”, playing an acoustic version of “The One”. He then launched into popular songs like “When We’re Dancing”, “Golden Light” and “Five Seconds”. Toward the end of the set, George instigated a “call and response”, counting to four and queing the crowd to scream their heads off. With that he launched into “At My Heels”, while black and gold balloons rained down from the ceiling.
For the encore the band played “Castles In The Snow” followed by “something special” they had been working on for Niki and The Dove in light of the tour wrapping. That “something special” was a phenomenal cover of Queen and David Bowie’s classic, “Under Pressure”. I don’t think the night could have ended on a bigger high note.