Last Night: Beach House at House of Blues

Beach House House of Blues September 19, 2012

It's been two years since Baltimore dream-team Beach House visited Houston. When they played Walter's in 2010, we foresaw bigger things for them -- a bigger stage, to be exact. Our vision was accurate: Beach House played to a near sold-out crowd at House of Blues Wednesday night.

Having previously seen Beach House in larger settings as well (including a 2009 SXSW performance at Auditorium Shores and Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival in 2010), House of Blues was a nice mid-size venue to host a band in the thick of their rise to fame.

The trio opened their set with "Wild," from this year's Bloom, a slow haze of smoke and dim lights creating a beguiling aura that paired perfectly with their atmospheric sound.

"Thank you for being here," Victoria said, in her first address to the crowd. She stood center-stage, wedged between guitarist Alex Scally and touring drummer Daniel Franz. Sporting a structured black blazer and slacks, Legrand followed suit to the androgynous onstage style she described in our interview last week.

With layers of sleepy guitar tones and enchanting, reverbed vocals, Beach House shows and their recordings are pretty closely aligned; chances are, if you like one, you'll like the other.

The trio pulled from each of their albums throughout their hour-and-a-half set - except for their self-titled debut, which was overlooked on this tour.

"Norway," however, the single and standout track from 2010's Teen Dream, was a set highlight, as thousands of tiny twinkle lights appeared against the dark backdrop.

"Gila" was another highpoint, as the band dipped back into 2008's Devotion. (As cool of a performance it was, the lighters raised in the crowd didn't seem necessary; they never have, post-1985.)

"We're very lucky to have you here," Victoria said. "Thank you for your energy."

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