Posted in music | pictures on June 5, 2009

photos by Paul Birman

FOUR shows at Mercury Lounge!

Art Brut

"Argos - unlike most bands that try, which is most bands these days - can successfully appropriate other bands and other bands' songs as source material. Satan name-drops U2, Brian Eno, The Beatles and Stones ([Monday] night [at Mercury Lounge], he added The Beach Boys and Ramones to "What a Rush," Razorlight to "Demons Out!") and steals old titles for new songs ("The Passenger," "Twist and Shout"). Bobby Fuller gets reworked in "Mysterious Bruises:" "I fought the floor and the floor won." It's because Art Brut's self-conscious mission statement - look at us, we formed a band - was itself a retreat into music. They're allowed to bitch about pop charts ("Demons" was introduced as "a civilized customer complaint"). The realization that "those are just records that our parents owned" seems like blasphemy in this world, and not because it involves John & Paul & Mick & Keef." [heartonastick]
Four down, one to go! Art Brut played their fourth of five NYC shows at Mercury Lounge last night (6/4). Their fifth, with Jeffrey Lewis and Keith TOTP, is tonight, Friday, June 5th. More pictures from Thursday, including the openers and one of Art Brut's setlist, below....

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Phil and the Osophers

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

Art Brut

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We didn't get pictures of the third night, but here are NIGHT TWO and NIGHT ONE.

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Comments (18)

Fun show. Strange they only did one song off their second album! Thanks for the pics!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 1:33 PM

Sorry correction..only 2 songs off the second album!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 1:34 PM

really awesome show! Arrived their for last 3-4 songs of phil and osophers who were pretty damn good. Cymbals eat guitars are great live! Keyboards rocked. Art brut was the main course and it seemed everyone got their satisfying fill. Great night

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 1:51 PM

Some great shots there

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:12 PM

AMEHZING photos

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:31 PM

What time does Art Brut go on tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:40 PM

What time does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:42 PM

god...cymbals eat queeftars....so annoying. hope they dont open for any good bands coming up and i can avoid them at all costs.

the singer...WHAT A DOUCHE. i love how he has to act like he's sooo tiredddd after every song because he's rocking so hard...or maybe he's tuning his guitar too hard? so we can hear their "indie" blandless at a perfect level?

they should have stayed a weezer cover band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:42 PM

Is an update on every single night of these shows really necessary?

This band is fucking mehful.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:45 PM

I've been to all 4 nights and after TV on the Radio tonight am going to the finale.

All of the shows have been fantastic. I was/am not the biggest Art Brut fan by any stretch of the imagination but they have been an extremely fun show.

Posted by Travis | June 5, 2009 2:46 PM

I Love those boots. Whose are they?

Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:53 PM

tv on the radio is going to be a rain mess tonight isnt it

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 3:01 PM

cymbals eat guitars are very good and don't hate on the guitarist, he plays better than you douche

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 3:42 PM

Fun show (Wed), but the sound at the ML kinda sucks. EV's vocals weren't all that clear.
Anybody know if they travel with a sound engineer? Btw, Tiny Masters were fab. Except for the fact that that she is a cute girl with braces, the singer/bass player looks like a 5' version of Joey Ramone. I dig their sound tho............

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 3:48 PM

Is this Mercury Lounge stint over yet? I'm tired of looking at this Alfred Molina doppleganger every damn day.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 4:59 PM

"tv on the radio is going to be a rain mess tonight isnt it"

maybe it'll wash some of the stink off of the hipster skanks.

Posted by douched | June 5, 2009 6:00 PM

fat guys don't rock, they only roll

Posted by woohoo | June 5, 2009 6:45 PM

hey, he does look like alfred molina.

Posted by Lori | June 6, 2009 6:20 PM

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