May 232011

Last night a slew of alt-indie heroes descended on New York’s Bowery Ballroom to pay tribute to the bands featured in Michael Azerrad’s era-defining tome Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991. Ted Leo covered Minor Threat, Titus Andronicus did the Replacements, and, strangest of all, Dirty Projectors played Black Flag.

Videos from the evening have begun hitting YouTube, and we’ve got the first few below. We’ve got Titus Andronicus playing “Kids Don’t Follow” and Ted Leo doing “Filler.” Our favorite video so far though has to be Buke and Gass covering Fugazi. They put their bass-ukulele and guitar-bass hybrids to good use on “Long Division” and “Guilford Falls.”

For the finale, underground favorite Dan Deacon and breakout band tUnE-YaRdS performed Nirvana’s “Negative Creep” and “Lithium,” respectively. They are joined by members of Wye Oak and Dirty Projectors.

Update #1: Added tUnE-YaRdS covering Sonic Youth and a second Titus song.
Update #2: Added St. Vincent covering Big Black and Dirty Projectors covering Black Flag
Update #3: Listen to the whole concert now at NPR.

Titus Andronicus – Kids Don’t Follow (The Replacements cover)

Ted Leo – Filler (Minor Threat cover)

Buke and Gass – Long Division / Guilford Falls (Fugazi covers)

Dan Deacon, Wye Oak, Dirty Projectors – Negative Creep (Nirvana cover)

tUnE-YaRdS, Wye Oak, Dirty Projectors – Lithium (Nirvana cover)

tUnE-YaRdS – Burning Spear (Sonic Youth cover

Titus Andronicus – Treatment Bound (The Replacements cover)

St. Vincent – Kerosene (Big Black cover)

Dirty Projectors – Black Flag Medley

Image via Stereogum.

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