How to snatch triumph from the jaws of disaster Testing, testing?… Hello?? Elisa Bray on the gigs that went wrong, brilliantly

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It's that moment in a gig that musicians dread. The guitar lead has broken; the microphone is malfunctioning; the monitors aren't giving off a sound. The crowd waits expectantly...

This happened at a recent gig by Beach House, in an otherwise brilliantly executed set that recreated their hypnotic sound, circling guitar and keyboard riffs, to promote their recent album Bloom. During an extended delay caused by a technical hitch, the Baltimore dream-pop duo chose uncomfortable silence over improvisation, until singer and keyboardist Victoria Legrand's broke the silence with awkward chat, including recounting a visit to Starbucks.

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