Deerhunter perform “Duplex Planet” on “Live at 9:30”

John Graffo

Atlanta psych-pop stalwarts Deerhunter are currently touring the United States in support of their most recent LP, the decidedly dreamy, critically-acclaimed Fading Frontier. If you’re undecided as to whether or not you want to go check out the band’s endlessly entertaining show, we have an exclusive live video of Bradford Cox and company performing “Duplex Planet” at Washington D.C.’s legendary 9:30 Club, courtesy of the new series “Live at 9:30.” “Live at 9:30” is a music and variety show bringing live performances from musicians, comedians, filmmakers & more to public television.

The performance opens with Cox describing the inspiration behind the song: “Here’s a song about a disappearance of a large group of assisted-living patients,” he calmly explains before the band launches into the groove-centric tune, guitars chiming behind Cox’s wistful vocals. As the band plays on, stage lights dancing around them while the crowd sways in unison, it’s hard to avoid being lured into a trance-like state; the rhythm section chugging along beneath hypnotic vocal melodies and washed out, sparkling guitars creates a dreamy atmosphere befitting Cox’s lyrics: “Dreaming on the way to work // Dreaming all the way across the road.”

Check out Deerhunter’s performance above, as well as comedian Christian Finnegan’s “Live at 9:30” segment below, and catch Deerhunter on tour with Aldous Harding and Jock Gang this month.

October 12 – TUCSON, AZ, 191 Toole
October 14 – JOSHUA TREE, CA, Desert Haze Festival
October 16 – PORTLAND, OR, Wonder Ballroom
October 17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Urban Lounge
October 18 – ENGLEWOOD, CO, Gothic Theatre
October 19 – COLUMBIA, MO, The Blue Note
October 20 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, First Avenue
October 21 – CHICAGO, IL, Metro
October 22 – AKRON, OH, Musica
October 24 – NEW YORK, NY, Webster Hall
October 25 – BALTIMORE, MD, Soundstage

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