Bonnaroo 2010: She & Him

I was fortunate to catch a rare performance by the mega duo She & Him, known to us as the actress Zooey Deschanel and all-around bad ass songwriter, guitarist, producer and performer known as M. Ward. They don’t tour much because both of them have tons of stuff going on otherwise, so there was no way I was missing this.

She & Him rocked This Tent for an hour and fifteen minutes full of pop bliss and very little in between banter. The set consisted of a healthy mix of both proper She & Him albums (Volume 1 and 2 respectively) and a few covers. Things kicked off quick during “In the Sun” with Zooey hopping around shaking the tambourine and M. laying down sweet guitar licks.
Zooey handled almost all of the lead vocal duties except for the duet/Beach Boys-ish “Ridin’ in My Car”, and then M. took over for a shredding version of “Roll Over Beethoven”. As things closed down they also played the fan favorite “Magic Trick”.
The highlight of the show was at the very end as the backing band left the stage. As M. strummed along to “Put a Spell On You”, Zooey belted out a staggering vocal performance, howling like the ghost of Janis Joplin gone Motown. Bravo.

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