White Denim are a group of incredibly talented and technical musicians. Their latest album, Stiff, and live improvisation skills are a testament of their abilities. Heavy leading bass lines and intricate guitars filled the Teragram Ballroom on Thursday night to a nearly sold-out room. Between songs and jam sessions the band left little room for rest. The young crowd up in the very front of the stage was especially electrified and active all throughout the show, jumping about and singing along with front man James Petralli. Some fans took instant film photographs and handed them to band members, which they placed near their mic stands before continuing to play.
Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sam Cohen (who also produced Kevin Morby’s forthcoming album Singing Saw) and his band warmed the crowd up with their psychedelic rock sounds. Cohen also joined White Denim on guitar for a couple songs at the beginning of their set and for the encore.
Words/Photography: Manuel Dominguez