I first caught Dar Williams during the second summer of Lilith Fair and had the opportunity to see her and Richard Shindell in concert together a year or so later. Since both artists currently have live albums out I figured it was a sign to go out and pick them both up so I could recreate the concert. Of the two albums "Out There Live" comes closer to rekindling what I heard in concert, but this is due not so much to the music as to the introductions (which Shindell eschews on his album). Dar Williams is one of those artists who enjoys a great rapport with her audience and that comes through in her introductions to "I Won't Be Your Yoko One," "Are You Out There," and "The Babysitter's Here." Those are the tracks (esp. the last one) that give you a real sense of being at the concert because this is not an artist who performs songs radically different in concert from what you have learned from her albums. It was only in the last few years that Dar Williams actually toured with a band and it would have been nice to have a live album from those early solo/acoustic days; you get a sense of that with a few tracks, most notably "When I Was A Boy" and "The Babysitter's Here." There are a few of the performances that I like a bit better than the studio recordings (e.g., "As Cool As I Am"). On some of them I think the tempo is a bit off in one direction or the other, and by the end of the disc Dar William's voice seems to be losing some of its strength. You will find pretty much all of the songs you most want to hear her sing, although you will probably have one personal favorite you find missing ("Teenagers, Kiss Out Butt" is my choice because it was her first encore number and I have fond memories of how the joint was jumping). Of course, I am getting old, and am repeatedly finding that live recordings do not convey the magic of what I remember seeing in performance. Still, all things considered "Out There Live" is an enjoyable album of Dar Williams in concert.