217 E Houston St Frnt A, New York, NY 10002
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02/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The London Souls rolled into the Lower East Side, Tuesday night, for the second show of their three week residency at the Mercury Lounge. One of NYC’s Austin, TX-esque venues, with bar in the front and stage in the back, the Mercury Lounge is the perfect place (in Manhattan) to experience music in its most raw, underground form. Even with lights low, the room, said to hold 250 people, provided a perfect view of the stage, even from the back wall. As for the sound, I hope you like it loud.
I was able to catch the end of the opening set by The Auctioneers, which was good, although I felt embarrassed for the bassist as he tried to get a slow clap going when the majority of the crowd had one hand occupied with a drink. Around 11pm, the Souls took the stage. I had seen them late last year as openers for the Tom Petty Fest, held at the Bowery Ballroom. They started the set with a few of their lower energy jams, including one of their few recorded songs, “Someday” (full album to be released soon, hopefully). As they took a mid-show break to rehydrate, the crowd entered into a chorus of the “Happy Birthday song,” which was welcomed by lead singer, Tash. After the breather, the set turned to the songs I remembered from the last show, which lead me to describe the sound as having elements of both Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. They ended the show with the fast paced, “I Think I Like It,” which includes the lyrics, “She’s crazy (she’s crazy), but (I think I like it).”
It may be difficult for even the semi-serious music fan to find a band they know playing at the Mercury Lounge, so check out the final show of the London Souls’ residency on 2/9. Or just pick a random show; it’ll be cheap and maybe you’ll find yourself in on the ground floor of the next big thing.
09/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Ive never been a fan. Its pretty touristy and a bit sterile. They really dont book good local bands. Its more just for out of town 1990's sounding alt-indie from mid-sized labels who use expensive booking agents and pr. It is not a down-home nyc rocknroll place. Mercury is part of an exclusive loop of clubs including Bowery Ballroom and similar operators.
If you want to see what is really happening in the ny underground scene then go elsewhere. and Definitely dont go there for the sake of drinking.... find a cheaper bar before and after.
However, I certainly give them credit for recently booking ""Germs Return"" aka the Germs. Also, kudos for surviving so long in their pricey location on Houston street. Ultimately, I prefer to have Mercury there in the village instead of some douchey ""night at the roxbury"" type club.
08/27/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Mercury books the best small acts in the city, hands down. The sound is fantastic for a small venue, and the showgoers typically friendly.
Though the bar staff is slow-moving and seemingly disinterested in their work, and the strict door keeps the venue below capacity at all times, overall, it's definetly worth a visit.
Keep in mind that tickets for more popular acts usually sell out, and unless you're in line at the door when it opens, it's easy to get shut out of a show that isn't.
06/21/2004Provided by Citysearch -
ive only been there twice, but i was very happy in both my visits there. most recently was to see auf der maur perform. with things like that, helps to get there early. you can meet the band, as we did, and beat the lines. the record label people usually come just before showtime, so getting there early gets you a good spot. the sound quality is great. not overpowering like other similar sized venues. i dont really drink when i go to shows, so i cant say how service was. i just had a coke and the guy got it for me quick, so it was good. i recommend the mercury lounge if you're all about smaller venues and independent bands/labels.
02/13/2003Provided by Citysearch -
one of the most consistent places to see better than average live music, but that's about it's only strength. the bar area is incredibly narrow and constantly clogged in a battle between those standing at the bar (or against the wall) drinking, and those going from the door to the live room.. acoustically, the space sounds great, and it's a big stepping stone for bands-about-to-be so you can catch some great acts before they get too big and you have to pay $20 to see them at bowery..
10/09/2002Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to the Mercury lounge many times. In my opinion it has the best room in NYC, perhaps the best room I've ever been to. The sound is great, the stage is decent sized. The bar is a little crapmed, but who cares the music is what its all about. Their management does a great job of finding some really great local acts and a lot of smaller tours stop there. Great place to see up and comings.
10/02/2002Provided by Citysearch -
Come as you are bar that's great if you either go there all the time (I suppose) or if you happen to catch a great show. A classic stage-in-a-square-room - the acoustics are just fine - where very good college bands and longstanding hip musicians play (10/1/02: ropeadope festival w/ V. Reid, M. Gordon on bass). The crowd is mostly early 20's, but with a solid lower east side element that ought to allow just about anybody to relax. The website is informative. Rock and $5 for a Brooklyn Lager: what else do you want out of life?