The Dream Syndicate celebrated the release of their new album These Times with two intimate shows at Mercury Lounge. Both shows were opened by Stephen McCarthy of fellow Paisley Underground vet The Long Ryders, and he joined The Dream Syndicate for their sets both nights as well. At both shows, which were also part of Mercury Lounge's 25th anniversary celebration, they played most of the new album, as well as classics from their original era. Thursday's show got "Tell Me When It's Over," "Then She Remembers," "That's What You Always Say" and "The Days of Wine and Roses" while Friday got "When You Smile," "Halloween" and they covered The Bangles' "Hero Takes a Fall."

Thursday's opener was Peter Holsapple from the dB's (whose band included former dB Will Rigby), and The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn came out during his set for dB's classic "Neverland." Friday's show was opened by duo 75 Dollar Bill. Pictures from Thursday night are in the gallery above and setlists from both shows (and video from Friday) are below.

SETLIST: The Dream Syndicate @ Mercury Lounge 5/16/2019
The Way In
Put Some Miles On
Filter Me Through You
Black Light
Out of My Head
How Did I Find Myself Here
Bullet Holes (with Stephen McCarthy)
Still Here Now (with Stephen McCarthy)
Recovery Mode
That's What You Always Say
Then She Remembers
Glide

Encore:
Tell Me When It's Over (with Stephen McCarthy)
Burn
The Days of Wine and Roses / Who Do You Love

SETLIST: The Dream Syndicate @ Mercury Lounge 5/17/2019
The Way In
Put Some Miles On
Filter Me Through You
Black Light
Out of My Head
How Did I Find Myself Here
Bullet Holes (with Stephen McCarthy)
Still Here Now (with Stephen McCarthy)
Recovery Mode
Halloween
Sure Thing
Glide
John Coltrane Stereo Blues

Encore:
When You Smile
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson cover)
Merritville (with Stephen McCarthy)
Hero Takes a Fall (The Bangles cover)

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photos by P Squared