Posted in music | pictures on December 11, 2008

photos and words by Faith-Ann Young

Loney Dear
Loney Dear

Last night (12/10), two Swedish one-man shows Loney Dear and Melpo Mene (I missed Boy Genius) invaded Mercury Lounge in NYC. First, the young and lanky Melpo Mene came on (his first time in NY) in a blue-t-shirt and blue eyeshadow drawn raccoon-style around his eyes, with a suitcase of pedals and gadgets and an i-pod. He finger-plucked ethereally, almost drunkenly, with his eyes closed most songs. It was appropriate for his dreamy, made-in-bedroom songs of being in love, having lost love, and longing for love. He's got this quirky, unique stage presence; his non-sensical chatter had the crowd laughing while his awkward shy flirtation won over most girls in the room. A surprising highlight? A mellow, slow tempo cover of MGMT's "Kids."

Melpo Mene
Melpo Mene

Loney Dear meanwhile came on in similar form. In fact, pitting the two acts next to each other actually almost diminishes each of their own appeal because they sound so similar. But Loney Dear livened up the tone of the show a bit, asking the whole crowd to snap or sing along as chorus, or baseline, to his light, lofty songs. The room was fast to react, some couples snapping while locked in each other's arms.............(which was kind of awkward for the rest of us). Bottom line is that it felt a bit like date night at Mercury, but regardless the Swedes brought dreamy, soothing respite from the rain and recession. (Um, if you've ever been to Sweden, you wouldn't be surprised......)

You've got many more chances to catch both of them in NYC this week. More pictures from last night below...

Melpo Mene...

Melpo Mene

Melpo Mene

Melpo Mene

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Melpo Mene

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Melpo Mene

Melpo Mene

Melpo Mene

Melpo Mene

Loney Dear...

Loney Dear

Loney Dear

Loney Dear

Loney Dear

Loney Dear

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Loney Dear

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Comments (11)

Was this review originally written for publication in a middle school newspaper?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 2:54 PM

sounds fine to me

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 3:01 PM

Lineup tomorrow night at Bell House looks dope.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 3:04 PM

I can't stand the name "Lonely Dear."

Can someone get this guy to consider something else, something cooler?

Like, say, "The Muslims"?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 3:13 PM

Loney Dear looks like Perez Hilton


long lost brothers!

(also to Anon 3:13, it's LONEY, not LONELY)


not that it makes that much of a difference


Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 3:16 PM

i'd hit it (raccoon eyes)

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 3:24 PM

3:13 - The name is "Loney Dear" not "Lonely Dear." It took me months to figure this out as well.

As for the review, come on. Was this really all you could think of to say? This was my first time seeing the Loney ranger, and I was really struck by how well he connected with the audience and created a cooperative experience. I felt like I was part of the show!

Also omitted from the review is almost any reference whatsoever to Loney's music! It ruled! His guitar work was great, and he was capable of some impressive vocal acrobatics. I'd definitely check this guy out again, and my impression was that the majority of those in attendance felt the same.

Great show!

Posted by mr me | December 11, 2008 5:42 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Loney Dear's song "Airport Surroundings" sounds vaguely similar to Nate Dogg's vocal part on "Regulate?"

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 6:52 PM

i looooooooooooooove me some Loney dear.

WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE.

nuf said.

Posted by downtown snob | December 11, 2008 7:14 PM

"I forgot what this print is called...gargoyle?" THAT was funny. Because I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old. :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 11:55 PM

Yup- Warren G it is....

He was great in london monday...

Posted by ro | December 12, 2008 5:27 AM

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