A Show Like No Other

Beach House and friends perform Gene Clark classic at Floristree tonight.

By John Lewis. Posted on January 23, 2014


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Tonight, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally and an all-star band—including Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and Iain Matthews (formerly of Fairport Convention)—will play Gene Clark’s 1974 album, No Other, from beginning to end at Floristree. It’s part of a labor of love mini-tour put together by Legrand and Scally to draw attention to the record, which has grown in stature and become a cult classic over the years.

“When No Other was released in September of 1974, it received a lot of bad reviews, most criticizing its studio excess,” Legrand and Scally recently noted. “There was also a general lack of support from the label as they saw the record as not having any ‘hits.’ Ultimately, the album came to be seen as a critical and commercial failure. Therefore, a lot of people of its generation don't really know the record. Throughout the years since, many have dug the record up and fallen in love with it. We are certainly two of those people… It's one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.”

Besides the vocalists listed above, the band will include members of Celebration, Lower Dens, and Mt. Royal to help bring Clark’s “complicated and unconventional” music to life. The show will also feature a DJ set of related 1970s music and a screening of the Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone. Tickets are $15, doors open at 8 pm.

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