Review: She & Him rock Stir Cove with Tilly and the Wall

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel play as She & Him at Stir Cove in Council Bluffs.

While She & Him played AM radio classics (and its own sort of songs in that style), I was most happy to see M. Ward.

Ward’s notes were the backbone of every song, and especially entertaining were his reverb-heavy guitar runs that began with the song’s main riff and usually ended in him shredding through an intricate melody.

Selections from “Volume 3″ ran heavy in the set, which also included favorites such as “Magic Trick,” “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” and “This is Not a Test.”

Frankly, it was a perfect summer evening to enjoy some classic-styled songs, including quite a few covers. (Their only misstep was a bad vocal arrangement on a cover of “Unchained Melody.” You can’t really beat the Righteous Brothers.)

Tilly and the Wall opened the show with a bombastic set of smashing pop that had even the most jaded indie rock fans dancing about (or at least tapping their toes).

Maybe the most fun was when Tilly walked onstage and sang/shouted along with She & Him for “In the Sun.” What a blast.

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