Mercury Lounge

Taylor Swift And Harry Styles Perform Secret Gig At Mercury Lounge Monday Night

By Iman Lababedi | April 1, 2014

“I am so excited to be living in New York City and where else can you decide to perform a concert in the late afternoon and play it at night?” she said before leading Harry into another half dozen covers including Kacey Musgraves “Silver Lining”.

The Queers At Mercury Lounge, Saturday, February 15th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 16, 2014

Ben Weasley’s solo on “I Hate Everything” is succinct to the point of abruptness, drummer Lurch Nobody’s intro to “Monster Zero” is exemplary, bassist Chris Fields was all speedy power chords. And Joe has been doing it so long it is a zen like -I don’t mean calm, I mean natural and intuitive, everything done to the precise degree necessary for the required effect.

Bowery Electric Categorically Deny "Pay To Play", Dahl Denies And Clarifies

By Iman Lababedi | October 12, 2013

When I get the chance (or if I can’t hand it off to someone else) to call New York clubs and figure out exactly what the booking practice is. Aren’t there rules about this stuff? Where’s the Unions?

The Corin Tucker Band At Mercury Lounge, Thursday, September 27th, 2012, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2012

As I leave Mercury Lounge, Corin Tucker is back behind the table hawking her tee-shirts. How many stars of Corin’s stature, and my admiration for her body of work (not to mention haircut) is just about boundless, would be doing that? Ha, que pasa? Everything is good.

Quilt At Mercury Lounge, Saturday, September 21st, 2012, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2012

Quilt use close harmony and interlocking guitars to make drone rock. that doesn’t always drone or rock but always holds your attention. Or: Quilt bought Surrealistic Pillow, threw away the album but learnt to play the sleeve. Or: Shane is tall. John needs a shave and Anna has the prettiest eyes.

Cate Le Bon At Mercury Lounge, Friday, September 21st, 2012, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 23, 2012

Her voice is a beautiful instrument that would be as lovely performing English folk like Fairport Convention as the hard rock, she preferred last night. Catching her today is akin to catching Florence Welch five years ago

Sean Bones' Buzzard Boys At Mercury Lounge, Friday, February 22nd, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2012

Give the man credit where due, he is an excellent songwriter and his half hour set with his backing band Buzzard Boy was filled with catchy well paid, well sung and, damn it, well executed songs. It takes him around three songs but by the third Sean has found a groove and in a band that moves on its spaces, nothing is much more important

The Mynabirds At Mercury Lounge, Saturday, June 22nd, 2012 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2012

Laura’s singing was vigorous and her organ pounding just enough to make sure you were absolutely certain she could play it well if never enough to distract from her role as front woman. The rest of the band were fine but background.

Darlingside At Mercury Lounge, Friday, May 25th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | May 27, 2012

They look like Ivy League folk boys, like Mumford And Sons, but, on stage at least, they give into the music all the time and have a thunderous sound, more than capable of intricating violin and mandolin into a song, more than happy to throw out everything but drums and handclaps.

Marcellus Hall At Mercury Lounge, Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | March 4, 2012

Best of all is Marcellus’s inspired steal of the hook to “Big Yellow Taxi” on “Star Position” -a terrific song and a promise that the man is the real thing. As for the set? An orange is an orange but so is a carrot.

Craig Finn At Mercury Lounge, 930p, Wenesday, February 29th, 2012 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2012

While the songs sound uncomfortable, like a new sofa you can’t adjust to, the between song patter sounds studied and schticky. It is hard to dismiss a set in which you loved virtually every song, but hard or not, this wasn’t a very good set.

Elle King At Mercury Lounge, Tuesday, February 31st, 2011 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2012

King dropped her guitar, picked up her banjo and got quite nice. Her good humor got the better of me and her self evident penultimate moment”Good to be A Man” was only beaten by her ultimate moment, a hip hop singalong song about having her pussy sucked.

Ed Sheeran, Mercury Lounge, Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | February 2, 2012

Dressed in jeans and a printed tee, Ed enjoined the stage with an emotionally bent opening number. Moving between two mics, one taping to a loop he (over) uses as back up to his sole accompaniment, an acoustic guitar

Lucy Schwartz At Mercury Lounge, Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2012

Maybe she should change her name to Miranda Schwartz and move to Nashville. God knows, there is always a market somewhere for gifted songwriters who can do it all on stage.

My Pet Dragon Record Review Party, Mercury Lounge, Friday, August 5th, 2011

By Matthew Van Deventer | August 11, 2011

It took me a while to get into them in concert, to see their layers, to uncover that bit of spark

Tim Kasher Of Cursive Playing Solo Set At Mercury Lounge… A Must See

By Iman Lababedi | June 16, 2011

tix on sale Friday at noon

Modern Weepers Are (er, Were) Mike Myers And The Bloke Who Plays Obama On SNL

By Iman Lababedi | June 7, 2011

they were funny

Laura Stevenson And The Cans At Mercury Lounge, Friday, May 13th, 2011

By Iman Lababedi | May 17, 2011

from folk rock to rock rock

The Upperclass Men At Mercury Lounge, Friday, April 22nd, 2011

By Woody Fuller | April 27, 2011

The Roots meeting The Beastie Boys at a bar, after they have been swimming with Eminem while Kanye West was playing the life guard