She & Him recently kicked off their North American tour to promote their new album Volume 3. Saturday they performed at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX. I’ve added photos to the gallery.
If you closed your eyes and let your mind drift, you’d swear you were listening to an AM radio station circa 1970s. Make that early ’70s so that there’s still remnants of the ’60s on the dial.
That’s the effect of She & Him, the indie pop duo of actress-singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel and guitarist-producer-singer M. Ward. In concert, where they were Saturday night at Verizon Theatre, the pair comes backed by a six-member band including drummer Scott McPherson, pedal steel guitarist and mandolin player Chris Scruggs, bassist Mike Coykendall and violinist Tom Hagerman. The sound was crisp, clean combining elements of country, R&B and folk into a crystalline sonic mixture that wafted from the speakers like a pure breeze.
She & Him just started their summer tour in support of Volume 3, the third studio disc released in May. So naturally the 90-minute set was full of tunes from the disc. “Shadow of Love” was a particular standout. It was all lushly somber with beguiling violin and guitar solos. Deschanel, who took to the keyboards, delivered a vocal performance full of emotional longing. She channeled ’70s era Linda Ronstadt during this melancholy gem. Equally memorable were “Never Wanted Your Love,” “Together,” “Baby,” with Ward also on vocals, and the perky pop number “I Could’ve Been Your Girl.”