One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indie Acts at Mercury Lounge: Elevator Fight, I Was a King, and The Rural Alberta Advantage

Posted: June 3, 2009 in Concert Report, What's Ed-G:
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On Saturday night, May 30th, at Mercury Lounge in the Lower East Side, three new up-and-coming acts provided 2.5 hours of indie pop greatness – a last-minute spur of the moment decision on a great Saturday night…

First up, Elevator Fight:  a slice of edgy pop reminiscent of the early No Doubt craze smeared in perfect melodies and catchy choruses.  Working to their advantage is a strong front(wo)man with real showmanship, strong vocals with a nod to Nelly Furtado’s unique sound.  Meeting her after the show, and much to my surprise, they don’t have an album cut yet.  In fact, they aren’t signed to a label, but they are shopping around for one.  That young lead singer is in fact Zoe Kravitz, the talented spawn of Lenny and Lisa Bonet (although we didn’t realize that at the time that we met).  Time will tell if that little bit of family history will create some buzz to drive them to a record deal sometime soon….but even without Lenny’s endoresment, the band deserves it.


Next, we had I Was a King – a Norwegian band that’s slowly generating more and more buzz around the states. The band hit the stage and was all business – no banter, no introductions, low lighting, and each song started and ended within one to two minutes.  This band is essentially for Weezer fans that are in a major hurry….


Last, none other than The Rural Alberta Advantage – a trio so simple with one guitar, a drum set, a snare drum, tambourine, and a xylophone, together create a large sound with a style that draws comparisons to Neutral Milk Honey.  My favorite track off their debut album (recently signed to Conor Oberst’s label, Saddle Creek Records, Hometowns is out July 7th) is “Don’t Haunt This Place” – a heartbreaking story about a doomed relationship with some unanswered questions about the future and many loose ends left to tie.  And, their final song, sung in the crowd, in complete darkness (I even used flash), was pretty damn amazing.


Quite possibly the best $10 concert ticket ever spent….


  1. JayVee says:

    I concur — best $10 I’ve spent.

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