Two obsessive concertgoers share unique summertime experiences in different locations
Big Apple gets big acts
Issue date: 8/28/09 Section: Focus
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For anyone under the age of 21, alcohol isn't the light at the end of the age tunnel; rather, it's the ability to go to small club shows. Exhibit A was my ability to finally attend shows at New York City's world famous Mercury Lounge, where I saw Art Brut, a band whose fantastic live show and insanely tight sound is only amplified by the fact that lead singer Eddie Argos is a 15-year-old boy trapped in the body of a 28-year-old man (as displayed by his humor). In Brooklyn, I was lucky enough to see Seasick Steve, a bluesman whose hard life as a hobo conditioned him to express himself through his crazy instruments - a three-string guitar, a one-string guitar, and a stomp box. Finally, Lovvers, a bunch of U.K. noise hoodlums, put on one of the craziest, loudest, and most energetic shows I've ever seen.
In addition to some great national touring acts, I also had the pleasure of seeing some great New York bands that seem destined for the top. Dinosaur Feathers, a New York trio who perform sans drummer (but with a drum machine) is a fantastic indie pop band that, despite some obvious setbacks (lack of drums), produced some of the summer's best live music. Still, my absolute favorite NYC band has to be Darlings, whose debut album Yeah I Know was just released on Famous Class Records. Combining pop rhythm and percussion with intriguingly flat but catchy vocals dashed with the occasional feedback loop, Darlings is undoubtedly one of the best unknown bands in New York.