Posted by: Jeff | January 26, 2010

Live Review: Thievery Corporation

It may be cold outside, but inside the 9:30 Club on Saturday night, hundreds were transported to the warm exotic atmosphere of an intimate party in Rio, Ibiza, or Dakar.  Thievery Corporation may be a DC collective, but their sound comes from all over the world, featuring sitar with African percussion and a latin horn section.  And that groove – it didn’t take long for Thievery to have the whole club moving for the duration of the extended set.  Guest vocalists paraded on stage one after another, all contributing to the party vibe.

The magic of Thievery is that they can provide tracks with vocals in Farsi, Portuguese, Spanish and English and make them speak the same language – who at the club on Saturday even realized while singing along to “Exilio” that the lyrics weren’t in English?  Thievery possesses a magical ability to connect with each individual in the audience in terms that may be quite foreign.  It doesn’t matter that one doesn’t know Farsi or isn’t well versed in world music.

The set pulsed forward, and though crowd favorites “Lebanese Blonde” and “Hare Krshna” both came quite early in the evening, Thievery grabbed hold of the audience and never let go.  The clear highlight was the last track of the set, before the encore.  The id escapes me, but I can honestly say I’ve never danced so much in my life.  And a momentary self-conscious look around seemed to indicate that neither had anybody else in the club that night.  The self-conscious moment quickly faded, and once again everyone was absorbed in the sound.

Here are a few higher quality pictures (obviously not from a cell phone) from the lovely folks at Brightest Young Things:

Vodpod videos no longer available.


  1. You should have reviewed Lee’s dancing.

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