An Evening Of Psychedelic Rock At Dominion NY: Live February 24th


12 Mar 2012, 17:11 Live celebrated its inaugural NYC event this past February with four bands at the small venue – with a BIG soundsystem – Dominion NY. Fans of the spectrum were treated to a range of rising new artists within the genre (and beyond), and the uninitiated were rewarded for their music curiosity with three killer live sets, an incredible sound system, and a pre-release listen to Mexican Summer’s newest offering, Mike Wexler‘s Dispossession.

The evening kicked off with the listening party, the mood set perfectly by Mike Wexler‘s hushed vocals and otherworldly arrangements. Read Street Date’s review of the record here, as well as host your own personal listening party thanks to SPIN’s album stream.

Friend Roulette took the stage first – well, 6 out of 7 members of the band did. Their bassoonist’s flight was delayed coming out of Florida, but thankfully he made it just in time to perform with the rest of the band for the last three songs. The crowd was enraptured by FR’s progressive and -infused arrangements: cascading violin solos and dual drummers led both singers through bohemian daydreams, pondering over clouds in a sky circa 1991 and the warmth bestowed by a sunlit windowsill. Watch them perform “Warm” below; stay tuned for more videos later in the week!

Another Mexican Summer artist, Quilt is to energy as Mike Wexler is to subdued. The trio from Boston channeled early Rolling Stones as they tore through tracks off their self-titled album and a new cut. Proving the versatility of psychedelic music, the group reworked a number of their tunes from acoustic golden brown to far-out rockers and the result was killer. Stream “Penobska Oakwalk” by following the link down below, and check back next videos for more audio and video of Quilt‘s performance.

Closing out the evening was Amen Dunes, one of the strongest stewards of psych music around New York. Predominantly the work of one Damon McMahon, Amen have released a number of recordings with various labels – personal favorite is Dia- but nothing that has come close to the blissed out sonic force of their live show. Sounding like an ecstatic priest channeling James Morrison in a cieling-less cathedral, Amen Dunes proved how harrowing psych rock can be when performed right.

In the meantime, make sure you grab tickets to our next Presents Live show at Brooklyn Bowl. We’ll be celebrating a late night full of as Escort performs a rare set with their full seventeen piece band and DFA provides sure to be stellar DJ sets before and after. Come dance, bowl, eat, and drink with March 23rd — more info and ticket sales here!

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