I guess you could consider the magical duo of Adam Green and Binki Shapiro as some sort of super duo. Green first burst onto the scene back in the early 2000’s as one of the founding members of the anti-folk group, The Moldy Peaches. Shapiro was one of three members of Little Joy, alongside Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes. Certainly an inspired collaboration, the duo showed some promise after the release of their EP, Fall, and decided to take their collaboration even further by recording a full album. The eponymous album, chock-full of duets that have a 60’s feel à la Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, shows a different side of Green and it’s one that works surprisingly well with Shapiro’s sweet voice.
The duo rolled into town last night on the second-to-last date of their tour in support of the album that was released last week. Although the Media Club was just barely half full, it made the duo’s set seem more intimate and personal. After a quick “Hello” from Green, the duo went right into “If You Want Me To,” which was followed by a handful of songs from their album. Backed by a full band, the melodies and harmonies were lush and so, so beautiful.
Breaking the spell that had been cast on the attendees, Green jokingly told some of the attendees that were sitting on the floor in front of him to stand up or move over to the side. The set then took a turn on the energetic side, with Green performing a few of his own songs from his 2010 solo album, Minor Love. He bounced around the stage, free of the guitar that he handed over to Shapiro, and got some of the concert-goers moving a little more.
Things were taken down a notch again as Green and Shapiro moved back into their collection of duets. As the opening sounds of the guitar in “Here I Am” started up, there were quite a few cheers from some of the audience, with a nearby girl exclaiming to her friend, “This is the song!”. Considering that this song was the lead single from the duo’s album, it wasn’t a surprise that it was one of the more popular songs of the evening.
Duets usually seem so cheesy, but it definitely wasn’t the case with Green and Shapiro. The duo captivated the small audience from start to finish and it was a lovely way to spend a Monday night.