Posted in music | pictures on July 19, 2009

photos by Chris La Putt

'Superchunk were awesome. I couldn't believe how much energy they had onstage. But Versus were good too.' - ]Anonymous | July 18, 2009 9:21 AM

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"Twenty years of Superchunk. Twenty years of Merge Records. Mac MacCaughan and Laura Ballance, co-founders of both, have got to be feeling pretty good about things. And they certainly weren't at a loss for energy on Friday night. Following a great set from Versus (a sometimes-Merge band that's back at it after quite a few years off), Superchunk hit the gas and never let up.

As the sun disappeared behind the looming skyscrapers of the Financial District and mist thickened over the East River, the band laid down a set of songs from all over their two decades of existence. Though the Seaport has the potential to kill rock 'n' roll vibes with its touristy surroundings, Superchunk was immune to any such bumming-out. Instead they chugged, jumped, squealed and shouted like they were trying to blow the roof off of some smoky and sweaty midsized club.

And, indeed, they even seemed close to blowing the roof off of the dark and cloudy Manhattan sky, as a few errant rain drops hinted at an impending downpour. Fortunately, the deluge held off long enough for the band to bust out an encore of "Slack Motherfucker," a killer finale for a refreshingly spirited show." [John Ruscher]

More pictures and some videos from Friday's free show, below...

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Comments (18)

seriously awesome show! superchunk killed it and versus had some great moments as well. best free show of the summer thus far

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 4:38 PM

good times, nice photos!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 5:26 PM

superchunk seem to get better with age...they know their strengths and they play them up.

first time i ever heard superchunk was on some 'spin radio' hourlong show...this was 93-94 or so...foolish was about to come out and i was taping the whole thing. i love this band...they were never AMAZING but they were a consistent B+ for 20 years...which sort of makes them great in the end.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 6:08 PM

great pics! great show too, was bummed that they seemed to have to meet a hard 9pm curfew but still awesome. These pics, esp the one of Laura in mid-pogo, really captured the mood. thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 6:43 PM

Those who do not dance well, should not dance in public, to Superchunk. Thank you.

Posted by Roscoe | July 19, 2009 7:30 PM

great, great show!!! superchunk never disappoints!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 7:58 PM

Superchunk are huge. btw nice pics. i especially like the b&w ones

Posted by Wombat Booking | July 19, 2009 8:35 PM

All those who do not dance well, should dance in public to Superchunk. Thank you.

Posted by nhinkle | July 19, 2009 11:11 PM

That's funny, I liked the pics, but NOT the black and white ones. They just seem like someone trying to hard to be artistic. Doesn't work.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 11:24 PM

hate, hate, hate. HATE YOUR BOOTAY!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2009 11:51 PM

"Those who do not dance well, should not dance in public, to Superchunk. Thank you."

is this dancing with the stars?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:53 AM

It was a GREAT show. Superchunk are better now than they were in in their heyday. Maybe they don't bounce *quite* as much, but they're way better musicians. And they're still writing good songs.

Versus played a bunch of new material, making good use of the the new keyboard/violin girl.

Great, great show, and third straight week with great sound at the Seaport. They're doing it right this year.

Posted by bill p | July 20, 2009 1:40 AM

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:20 AM

^HAHAHAHA

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:29 AM

Cee-Lo Green!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:13 AM

@ 7:30 Were you there for the band or just to gawk at people having a good time?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:16 PM

Whats up with the scarred tall guy and his black girlfriend???

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:46 PM

I see they're still giving Wilbur a mic.

Posted by bill | July 23, 2009 8:47 PM

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