photo by Rebecca Smeyne
Indie-film girl Zooey Deschanel and indie-rock guy M. Ward met while recording a duet of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “When I Get to the Border” for the soundtrack to last year’s The Go-Getter; now they’ve made an album together as She & Him and are supporting it on the road with a series of live dates. The CD is a modest little charmer comprising Deschanel originals and a handful of covers; she sings lead while Ward plays guitar, produces, and lends the occasional backup vocal that provides an appealingly woozy Nancy-and-Lee vibe. Judging by her songs, Deschanel is the proud owner of a vintage vinyl collection full of records by Peggy Lee, the Ronettes, Blossom Dearie, and Kitty Wells; as it happens, those ladies are probably the only ones Ward hasn’t worked with over the past couple of years. Come for the novelty; stay for the tunes. — MIKAEL WOOD
At 8. Moved from Hiro Ballroom to Webster Hall, limited tickets now available, all tickets for 4/21 & 4/22 will be honored. Refunds available at point of purchase. $23.
On Wednesday, 4/23, they’re also playing the Skirball Center at NYU, tickets open to the general public and available.
Cristina Black on She & Him, Volume One
Gabi Porter went to the show and took photos.