The New York Report: Washed Out, Small Black and Pictureplane Live from Mercury Lounge 3/7

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(Washed Out @ NYC’s Mercury Lounge 3/7)

This weekend, Washed Out, Small Black, and Pictureplane kicked off the East Coast leg of a national tour, first with a stop in Connecticut with special guest Tanlines, then with the first of two sold out nights a NYC’s Mercury Lounge.

Up-and-coming dance/trance star Pictureplane (aka Travis Egedy) kicked the night off, tearing through bangers such as “Solid Gold” and “Goth Star” from his 2009 release Dark Rift.  Though the one man/two turntable combo has the potential to bore those not die hard on the DJ scene, Egedy’s killer stage presence and captivating light show did anything but.  The crowd was definitely hyped, some veteran fans danced and screamed “Yeah Travis!”, while those I spoke with after the set who had yet to hear any Pictureplane jams were immensely impressed.

Though Brooklyn band Small Black is technically a duo, they perform live as a quartet,  with a bassist and drummer, to flesh out their lo-fi jams.  The group took the fuzzy, warm tunes, including my personal jam of the moment “Weird Machines”, from their Self Titled EP and rocked them out live.

By the time Washed Out (Ernest Greene) took the stage the house was completely packed and the energy from the two openers was buzzing.  Greene’s performance was compelling from the start.  He plays his gorgeous synth-pop tunes in front of an entrancing LED “ring of fire” of sorts, and the pairing is epic. Greene played songs from his Life of Leisure EP, doing the first half of his set solo before bringing back the members of Small Black to the stage for a couple killer collaborative tracks.  Washed Out and Small Black capped off the night by playing “Feel it All Around” together. While it’s widely agreed that the jam is awesome to begin with (it was named a Pitchfork “Best New Music” song) they pumped it out with such amazing energy I felt like I was falling in love with it for the first time.

Washed Out, Small Black, and Pictureplane play the Mercury Lounge again tonight, before continuing on their way to SXSW.  The tour hits Seattle 3/31 at The Vera Project.  For a full list of dates check out Washed Out’s MySpace.

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