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Ratatat @ Webster Hall: Wildcats!

Ratatat stormed into Webster Hall last night with a handful of guitars, a multitude of basses, a kickass projection screen and enough dry ice to fill Giants Stadium eight times over. The gig marked the band's largest NYC show to date and it was incredible.

The duo's combined use of electric guitar, pre-recorded beats, heavy bass, and a pounding keyboard/synthesizer will get even the most taciturn of concert attendees to shake their respective tailfeathers. And that's exactly what happened - even the 'official photographers' of the evening were smiling ear to ear by the time the band busted out their signature track, '17 Years'.

The hour-long set featured tunes from the band's spectacular eponymous debut as well as last year's sophomore effort, Classics. Although select tracks from the latter album (the less abrasive ones) fail to fully take off on record, they work wonders in a live setting. Not a single song sounded off last night. I can't believe I've let so many years slip since I last saw Ratatat (all the way back in early '04 opening for The Stills @ Bowery Ballroom) - I surely won't let that happen again.

The instrumental pair will be joining CSS for a trio of dates next week before embarking on their own headlining tour throughout Europe and Japan. Check out all those dates here on the band's MySpace page.

MP3: Ratatat - 17 Years (via Better Propaganda)

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