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  • Season 1
    • Stephen Malkmus
      Stephen Malkmus
      Episode 26
      Malkmus and his band perform songs from Mirror Traffic on a rooftop in NYC.
    • Kurt Vile
      Kurt Vile
      Episode 25
      The Philadelphia rocker performs songs from his latest, Smoke Ring For My Halo, in ultra-chilly weather for this latest installment of our rooftop performance series.
    • Here We Go Magic
      Here We Go Magic
      Episode 24
      The Brooklyn indie rockers do their segmented, shimmering thing on top of a Brooklyn rooftop in the latest installment of our series.
    • Bear in Heaven
      Bear in Heaven
      Episode 23
      The Brooklyn synth-gazers do their epic thing in front of a NYC sunset for the latest installment of this series.
    • Hercules and Love Affair
      Hercules and Love Affair perform You Belong for Don't Look Down.
    • The Big Pink
      The Big Pink
      Episode 21
      The swaggering London duo perform their gauzy anthem on a New York rooftop.
    • Yo La Tengo
      Yo La Tengo
      Episode 20
      An amber sunset provides a perfect backdrop for "I'm on My Way", a mellow ballad from the New Jersey stalwarts' new album, Popular Songs. Even more YLT tomorrow.
    • Girls
      Episode 19
      A gorgeous view of New York City's East River serves as the backdrop for San Francisco band Girls in this edition of our rooftop performance series. Click to watch them play ebullient single "Lust for Life" and check back tomorrow for more.
    • Cymbals Eat Guitars
      The burgeoning NYC indie rockers bring their epic guitar anthems to a rooftop in the latest installment of our vertigo-prone performance series.
    • HEALTH
      Episode 16
      Along with No Age and Mika Miko, noise-punk animals HEALTH complete the triforce of L.A.'s burgeoning 'The Smell' scene. This five-song night-time rooftop assault on Times Square is enough to kickstart a new west-vs-east rivalry.
    • Bill Callahan
      Bill Callahan
      Episode 15
      Singer/songwriter Bill Callahan (aka Smog) gives an intimate sunset performance on a rooftop in Brooklyn, including songs from last year's Woke on a Whaleheart LP, plus a new arrangement of his classic "Cold Blooded Old Times".
    • Okkervil River
      Okkervil River
      Episode 14
      Okkervil River open their set on our NY rooftop with a glacial version of a fan favorite as the Empire State Building looms behind. But the real kicker is the lively, uptempo "Okkervil River Song", closing in five-part harmony and drenched in sunlight.
    • Abe Vigoda
      Abe Vigoda
      Episode 12
      Chino, CA's greatest noise-pop band rock tracks from their new album Skeleton on the roof of the Queens, NY venue Silent Barn.
    • Plants and Animals
      Plants and Animals
      Episode 11
      Montreal's Plants and Animals perform songs from their Polaris Prize-nominated album Parc Avenue.
    • Crystal Antlers
      Crystal Antlers
      Episode 10
      In the latest installment of DLD, Crystal Antlers perform high above mid-town Manhattan. Frontman Jonny Bell summons the chimney sweep inside, and scales the ledge during the first song, with a 25-story drop below. Continued tomorrow...
    • Jose Gonzalez
      Jose Gonzalez
      Episode 9
      The Swedish folk artist brings an earthy calm to the sprawling cityscape around him in this edition of Pitchfork's rooftop performance series.
    • The Futureheads
      The Futureheads
      Episode 8
      In this first episode, of two, The Futureheads perform songs from their most recent This Is Not the World LP.
    • Yeasayer
      Episode 7
      Don't let Ira's blazing wifebeater fool you, when we filmed this episode of Don't Look Down on a Brooklyn rooftop overlooking Manhattan, the high temperature was in the teens.
    • My Brightest Diamond
      For this episode of DLD, My Brightest Diamond takes to a rooftop in Midtown Manhattan to play tracks from her newest release, A Thousand Shark's Teeth.
    • King Khan & the Shrines
      Following their life-perverting performance at the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival, King Khan and the Shrines took to the rooftops of Brooklyn for a (literally) thunderous set. To put it another way, they made it rain.
    • The Thermals
      The Thermals
      Episode 3
      Portland-based Sub Pop rockers The Thermals crank out tracks from 2006's The Body, The Blood, The Machine (and others!) on a New York rooftop 25 stories off the ground.
    • The Hold Steady
      The Hold Steady
      Episode 2
      The Hold Steady crush New York City from this West 4th Street rooftop, busting out the hits from their brand new album Stay Positive. And yup, if you're wondering, the gong actually does get used.
    • Department of Eagles
      Featuring Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor, and Christopher Bear of Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles bring their melancholic brand of baroque pop to a Manhattan rooftop in this latest installment of Don't Look Down. Concluded tomorrow.