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All words: Josh Phelps
All photos: Katherine Gaines

A year removed from kicking off their tour in support of Bloom, Beach House returned to their Baltimore home on Friday with Lower Dens and Yo La Tengo.  The songs hadn’t changed much: beautiful, layered landscapes anchored by Alex Lally’s Stratocaster and Victoria LeGrande’s bright organ and ashen vocals.  The backdrop, however, was not a small club this time but the cavernous Lyric Opera House, packed to the gills with adoring fans and supported by indie rock royalty in Yo La Tengo.  People swayed and sang in the wings and balconies, bathed in a vibrant new light show, while Beach House powered through their body of work with a swagger much more pronounced than last May.

Fuzzy lo-fi OG’s (h/t Phil Runco) Yo La Tengo set the table with a short set of beautiful noise and a quiet cover of Sandy Denny’s “By The Time It Gets Dark.”

Sadly, missed Lower Dens who put out one of the best records last year in Nootropics.  Blame it on the beltway.

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