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The Dirty Projectors weren’t in DC this New Years, but I followed them to Manhattan where they played an all-star show curated by Akron/Family. What better way to usher in 2009 than with Dave Longstreth’s prowling stage presence and oscillating vibrato?

This was a special night for the Knitting Factory since it marked the last show at its TriBeCa location. The venue is slated to reopen in a smaller space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (hint: the venue’s target audience are not Hasidic Jews). Most of the Manhattanites I talked to didn’t sound too bummed, chiming that the move was almost inevitable since The Burg is the epicenter of all things hip and young. Hopefully The Dirty Projectors make a stop in our town soon. But here are some photos and an mp3 from the show to hold you over for now.

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Dirty Projectors – Rise Above (Live at Knitting Factory)