Perfect Pussy @ Mercury Lounge, 04.05.2014

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Hot band of the moment, noise-punk outfit Perfect Pussy played a few NYC shows in April, including a sold out late show at Mercury Lounge on April 5th. With many of the band members’ parents in attendance, singer Meredith Graves demurred a bit when introducing the band, instead saying “Hi, we’re Minor Threat.”

Perfect Pussy played a blistering set, about as long as their debut record. So about 20 minutes. And while the music and energy were loud and undeniably frenetic, the vocals were drowned out for the entire set, making it seem more like a a Meredith Graves performance art piece than a proper concert.  Still, the live show is a sight to behold, as long as you don’t mind almost getting kicked in the head by amateurish stage divers/crowd surfers. (Seriously, the kids these days do not know how to crowd surf/support a crowd surfer. It could be a function of the fact that everyone only has one free hand since there’s a phone in the other, but crowd surfers just drop like bricks.)

 

Ex Hex @ Mercury Lounge, 03.21.2014

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Ex Hex, the new band from former Helium/Wild Flag/Autoclave guitarist/singer  Mary Timony, rolled into NYC for two shows on March 20th and 21st. Playing the late show at Mercury Lounge on the 21st, the band took the stage shortly after midnight, and ripped through about a 45 minute set. Timony clearly took something away with her time sharing Wild Flag ax duties with Carrie Brownstein, who’s no stranger to Pete Townsend-ish guitar windmills and kicks. A formidable guitarist who always veered toward prog rock with a somewhat Medieval twinge, Timony seems to be having more fun onstage than ever before, and Ex Hex is her most straight-up rock outfit in her 20+ year career. It’s nice to see Timony just let loose after all these years.