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Friday, September 19, 2008

Why, Mt. Eerie, Why?

"If anyone can deliver a 'deez nuts' joke using the words Bowery or Delancey I will give you my drink ticket."
-Yoni Wolf

Last night I caught, in my opinion, one of the best shows of the year. Mt. Eerie and Why? played to a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York's Lower East Side with a mob of ticketless fans outside plotting methods to make their way into the show. At 9pm sharp a crowd of hundreds welcomed Phil Elverum onstage with a combination of cheers, song requests, but a surprising amount of disinterested yawns. Playing mostly new material, I found it unsettling that with the amount of Microphones fans in the audience there were still many who were relentless in boo'ing and heckling Elverum offstage. After a twenty minute break, Austin, Josiah, Yoni and Doug made their way to their instruments and began "Waterfalls," the crowd went fucking nuts. The Bowery became a sing-a-long ballroom to the strictly Elephant Eyelash and Alopecia set, one song after another Why? continued to impress, grow and interact fully with the audience; this was the first show since Paul Baribeau that I wish I could relive each day. With as much applause as there was music, Why? came out for a booming encore of "Simeon's Dilemma" and "Gemini" that completely tore the historical venue apart making it difficult to hear Yoni over the hundreds of singing fans. Ending result: a smile touching the chin from ear to ear and an unforgettable night at the Bowery.

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