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Feist Debuts New Album and Band Live in Concert

Singer tapes a session before audience at famed L.A. studio the Village

September 2, 2011 3:35 PM ET
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Leslie Feist
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Feist returns October 4th with Metals, her first album since 2007's The Reminder. And last night at Los Angeles' famed Village Studios, in front of a crowd of around 100 invited guests, she took a significant step to bringing the album to life with the first live performance of her new five-piece band and material.

"This is the first time this band has heard applause," she said after they opened with "A Commotion," a song whose quiet is punctuated by primal screams a la John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and equally aggressive instrumentation. 

Perhaps daunted by both the tiny setting and very close proximity of the fans who were seated on couches and cushions all around the room, Feist implored the audience to make more noise. "You need to do better than that," she told the crowd upon the first applause. "Make noise like you're 800 people."

Feist said when she wrote this new album she "really wanted to turn up again"– and she succeeded. New songs like "Graveyard" and "The Bad in Each Other" were absolutely riveting. But during the hour-long set, she delivered quieter material, like the gorgeous country-esque "How Come You Never Go There" with a forcefulness that commanded the room's undivided attention.

The performance will appear on the Starbucks Digital Network in partnership with Yahoo! on September 19th, and then on Yahoo! Music on October 4th.

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