More stage time should allow them to command a crowd better, but they're so new that right now they seem to mostly just be playing the songs as they would when jamming in the studio. Smolin was the exception, looking up from his guitar to clap and sing along (He doesn't have a mic.). I suggest starting a set with Katie's spunky "Love Love Baby," which got the crowd dancing and the band smiling. The shift was noticeable, with Smolin and Langner laughingly displaying their wingspans as they pretended to coast like birds at the beginning of "Cloud Bird." When the band announced they had one more song, there was a collective "aww" from the audience (Awwdience?), followed promptly by a request for "Blackout" from their self-titled EP. Erin retuned her guitar and they honored it, Smolin leading the crowd on the shout of "Woo!" towards the song's end. If you were disappointed by Vampire Weekend's new album this week, give Hey Anna a try. It could be the best $3000 you ever spend.
HEY ANNA - 05.16.13 - ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL (38 minutes, 28 seconds)
Superglue / I Don't Care About Your Money* / Tim McQue / If You're Wondering How I'm Doing* / Pia / Rollercoaster* / Dance Until Three / Love Love Baby / Cloud Bird* / Blackout