Feist Sits in With Sloan at Brooklyn Gig

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Tracey Davenport

Indie rock stalwarts Sloan are taking their critically acclaimed 1994 album Twice Removed on the road, playing the fan favorite in its entirety for audiences up and down the east coast. Among the diehard devotees? Fellow Canadian Feist, who joined the foursome on stage during the band's Brooklyn show on Oct. 15.

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Playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on a Monday night, Sloan delivered a contemplative Twice Removed set, which found the band to be in fine form with well-practiced classics like “Penpals,” “Snowsuit Sound” and “I Can Feel It." Then the guys kicked up the energy a notch for another 20-song set that encapsulated their two-decades-plus career. It included a handful of tunes from their most recent release, 2011’s terrific The Double Cross.

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Surprise guest Feist came out for the encore, naturally. A longtime friend of the band's from Toronto and beyond, the singer  was coming off a recent gig singing Kate Bush's part with Peter Gabriel on “Don’t Give Up” (the occasion: the Focus For Change benefit at New York's Roseland Ballroom). In Brooklyn, Feist joined Sloan's Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, Jay Ferguson and Andrew Scott for a spirited rendition of “She Says What She Means” (from 1998’s Navy Blues) and, in embracing her rock goddess-ness, swiftly put a bright exclamation point on what was an already memorable evening of music.

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