Even though the halcyon indie-pop janglers Real Estate and the darkly psychedelic electronic duo Darkside have little in common sonically, there are distinct yet distinctly different traces of the Grateful Dead in the music of both acts. So it weirdly makes sense that Darkside’s Dave Harrington joined Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker’s band the Freaks for a marathon Dead covers set Tuesday night in Brooklyn. According to Relix, Harrington and Will Epstein sat in for the whole set, and other guests popped on stage occasionally including Cass McCombs. Check out footage of “Eyes Of The World” below.
I know the Dead’s reputation among indie rockers has been improving in recent years, but I still don’t get it.