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Parquet Courts perform five new tracks live at their first show since the start of the pandemic

On Saturday (August 14th) Parquet Courts made their return to live music at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall.

While they performed a whole slew of fan favourites like “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time,” they also broke out some new music. During the set, Parquet Courts played a whopping five new tracks, including the recently released “Plant Life.” They also played “Walking At A Downtown Pace,” which they recently previewed with a marching band at New York City’s Lower East Side.

Alongside those new tunes, Parquet Courts debuted “Just Shadows,” “Black Widow Spider,” and “Homo Sapien.”

Check out footage of all five new tunes below.

Parquet Courts’ set also boasteded a cover of 13th Floor Elevators’ “Slide Machine” alongside “Freebird II,” “Wide Awake,” and more.

Check out the setlist in full below.

Parquet Courts Setlist:

“Walking At A Downtown Pace (New song)”
“Almost Had to Start a Fight / In and Out of Patience”
“Freebird II”
“Dear Ramona”
“Just Shadows (New song)”
“Black Widow Spider (New song)”
“Homo Sapien (New song)”
“Light Up Gold II”
“Wide Awake”
“Mardi Gras Beads”
“Always Back in Town”
“Slide Machine (13th Floor Elevators cover)”
“Plant Life (Live debut)”
“Human Performance”
“Master of My Craft”
“Borrowed Time”
“Donuts Only”
“Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth”

Parquet Courts announced their new album, A Sympathy For Life, is out on October 22nd via Rough Trade. Alongside the announcement, they shared the 10-minute “Plant Life” extended cut.

“‘Plant Life” the song is my story of rediscovering my passion for music through New York City dance floors,” Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown explains. “It’s a distillation from a 40 plus minute improvisation prompted by producer Rodaidh McDonald, and every way we’ve sliced it up illustrates a different mood of the same perspective of ecstasy and aspiration to not only grow, but form roots outside of our own barriers.”

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