Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Antlers @ Mercury Lounge

This past Friday night was the album release party for this year's "it" band The Antlers. I can't remember the last time I've gotten that sweaty and gross at a show - I don't know if something was wrong with Mercury Lounge's AC or what... But it was stifling hot, even before it got uber crowded. Other than getting soaked in the sweat of many other people besides just myself, it was a great show.

The Antlers played all the songs from their album, Hospice, which is what the concert was celebrating as it was re-released in its new new remastered form with a label behind it. I have to say they were a lot more engaging than when I saw them the last time. It almost seemed as if they had adapted their music for the stage a bit, as it was a little more rock 'n' roll, a little less wall-of-sound. Don't get me wrong, I love their album just the way it is, but I really thought the way they performed it Friday night was a good adaptation in terms of performing on stage. It allowed them to have a little more energy and throw themselves into the performance more. It also seems like the sudden onslaught of indie fame hasn't gone to their heads, as they seemed exceptionally grateful to be on stage in front of such a packed audience.

Tour Dates:
9/12 - Monolith Festival @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre - Morrison, CO
9/16 - Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS
9/17 - Play:STL Fest @ Cicero's - St Louis, MO
9/18 - Pygmalion Festival @ Canopy Club - Champaign-Urbana.IL
9/19 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
9/21 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/22 - Majestic Cafe - Detroit, MI * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/24 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ONT * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/25 - Asbury Hall - Buffalo, NY * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/26 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
9/28 - Jerky's Live Music Hall - Providence, RI * ( With Holly Miranda )
9/30 - DC9 - Washington, DC * ( With Holly Miranda )
10/2 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ * ( With Holly Miranda )

Bear [mp3] - (iTunes)

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