Live Video: Broken Bells

Live Video
08/18/2014
Jim Beckmann
photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

It's hard to imagine a better indie pop dream team than this – a multi-Grammy winning producer Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) and a beloved singer-songwriter James Mercer (of the Shins), each responsible for some of the most infectious songs you've heard in the past ten years, joining to create blissful music together. Unsurprisingly, their debut as Broken Bells was a critical success, as it drew from their diverse pasts and shared loves (like Pet Sounds, dream pop, psych rock, and the Bee Gees). This year's followup, After the Disco, is even more dynamic and engaging, further pushing Burton's studio wizardry and Mercer's lyrical range, while adding even more hooks and memorable melodies. But don't think Broken Bells merely a studio project. The duo stopped by KEXP, with live BB members Jon Sortland and Dan Elkan, to perform acoustic interpretations of three new songs plus their very first single, "The High Road". It's astonishing to watch them switch instruments with ease in this very special exclusive performance:

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