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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge, 9/21/2012
Cate Le Bon is on tour was in New York for two shows this weekend, following an appearance earlier in the week at Pop Montreal. Friday night (9/21), one night before she hit Union Pool, she played an early show at Mercury Lounge with Boston psych-folk quartet Quilt making for a well-matched double bill.
Those whose only know Le Bon from her mostly gentle debut album and her tour with St. Vincent (where she played alone) does not prepare you for the wonderful, weird Welsh world of seeing her with her ace band who also feature on her fantastic album CYRK (one of 2012's best) from earlier this year. Songs turn on a dime from delicate finger-plucked Wendy and Bonnie faery folk to ragged Neil Young-style ragers, with moments of organ-fueled Krautrock groove as well. Mind you it all makes sense when watching Le Bon's do her magical thing.
I missed Quilt but will hopefully catch them while they're on tour with The Fresh and Onlys which hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8. Tickets for that show are still available. Cate Le Bon's North American trek rolls on through the South, playing Raleigh, NC tonight (9/25).
Pictures of Quilt and Cate Le Bon (including the setlist for Cate), along with a list of tour dates for both, below...
Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon - 2012 Tour Dates
9/25 - Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC
9/26 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA
9/28 - Circle Bar, New Orleans, LA
9/29 - Red 7, Austin, TX
10/2 - Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Quilt - 2012 Tour Dates
Sat 11/03/12 Exit In Nashville TN The Fresh & Onlys
Sun 11/04/12 Bottletree Birmingham AL The Fresh & Onlys
Mon 11/05/12 529 Atlanta GA The Fresh & Onlys
Tue 11/06/12 Kings Barcade Raleigh NC The Fresh & Onlys
Thu 11/08/12 Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY The Fresh & Onlys
Fri 11/09/12 Red Palace Washington DC The Fresh & Onlys
Sat 11/10/12 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia PA The Fresh & Onlys
Sun 11/11/12 Brighton Music Hall Boston MA The Fresh & Onlys
Mon 11/12/12 Casa del Popolo Montreal QC The Fresh & Onlys
Tue 11/13/12 Soundlab Buffalo NY The Fresh & Onlys
Wed 11/14/12 Parts & Labour Toronto ON The Fresh & Onlys
Thu 11/15/12 Magic Stick Lounge Detroit MI The Fresh & Onlys
Fri 11/16/12 Happy Dog Cleveland OH The Fresh & Onlys
Sat 11/17/12 Lincoln Hall Chicago IL The Fresh & Onlys