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Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion wow at the Mercury Lounge

20130918-200556.jpg I was expecting a good show from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion on Tuesday night. But what I and a criminally
small audience gotvat the Mercury Lounge was a sweet, spot on show that focused on songs
from their new Jeff Tweedy/Patrick Sansone-produced album
Wassaic Way.

While focusing on the news material — which sounds fantastic live, with the super-tight band supporting the lovely married couple — the show didn’t scrimp on older songs.

They even went a bit further afield, throwing in a cover of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.”

They closed by getting off the stage to do a couple of closing numbers, including the lovely “When the Lilacs Are in Bloom.”

The Melodic opened the early show with a nicely textured, Nick Drake-influenced set.

A taste of Jihae at the Mercury Lounge

Jihae performs at the Mercury Lounge. (Photo © 2012, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)

Jihae performs at the Mercury Lounge. (Photo © 2012, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)

Rebecca Perrin of Eileen Fisher.

Rebecca Perrin of Eileen Fisher.

As predicted, Jihae did the unexpected last night at the Mercury Lounge.

She didn’t put on an artsy opera, and she wasn’t (except for one song) in girl-with-a-guitar mode.

Instead, she was a proud rock chick, complete with a leather motorcycle jacket that somehow didn’t manage to violate her Eileen Fisher fashion style. (And yes, at least one person from Eileen Fisher, the designer for whom Jihae is a key model, was in the audience. It was Rebecca Perrin.

Click through to the jump to hear what Jihae sounded like last night.

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Jihae, the coolest Eileen Fisher model ever, will sing for you tonight

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Jihae and her “Fire Burning Rain” cast at (Le) Poisson Rouge. (Photo © 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

We have no idea what exactly what Jihae was trying to do when she made a musical with playwright John Patrick Shanley out of her Fire Burning Rain album a couple of years back.

When we saw it at (Le) Poisson Rouge in 2010, we were thoroughly entertained by its A Midsummer Night’s Dream-like characters and just as thoroughly puzzled by its inscrutable plot.

But it certainly was ambitious. That’s a word that seems to apply to just about everything Jihae (birth name Jihae Kim) does.

Jihae in an Eileen Fisher ad.

Jihae in an Eileen Fisher ad.

You may know her better as the lanky, dark-haired model for Eileen Fisher’s clothing. She’s been featured in Fisher ads for years, and is the most recognizable non-supermodel we can think of.

Tonight she’s back to music. She has an album coming out in the spring, featuring collaborations with her wide circle of friends, including the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart. But who knows what she’ll be performing at the Mercury Lounge for an early show tonight. She’s made three albums and one EP in her career, so she’s got plenty of material to draw from.

This could well be one of most unusual shows you’ve ever seen at the Mercury.

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Jihae at (Le) Poisson Rouge in 2010. (Photo © 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Or it could turn out to be a classic girl-with-guitar gig.

If the rehearsal pictures are any indication, she will have a string section on stage for at least part of the show.

While we wouldn’t count on Stewart making this show, you never know who might show up — whether someone from the fashion world or from her wide circle of musical and theatrical friends.


“Rehearsal for next Tues show at Mercury Lounge (Credit: jihaemusic on Instagram)

It’s an early show, with doors at 6:30 and the music scheduled for 7:30, with the Doorbells as her opening act. Tickets are just $12. Snap them up online or at the door. You’re in for a real adventure.

Sharon Van Etten playing NYC club date


Sharon van Etten at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last April. (Photo © 2011, Steven P. Marsh)

UPDATE: Show sells out in minutes

Tickets for Mercury Lounge gig on sale at noon today

What can we say? This just-added Sharon Van Etten gig should be a great early runthrough of the material from her forthcoming third album, Tramp, due out on Jagjaguwar Feb. 7.

UPDATE: If you thought you could wait a minute past noon E.T. to try for tickets, you’ve already missed out.

Tickets go onsale at noon today (Wednesday, Jan. 11) for a show next Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the tiny (its capacity is just 250 people) Mercury Lounge. Doors open at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 set time. Buy tickets here. Sorry. Not surprisingly, this tiny venue sold out in a matter of minutes.

This appearance comes a day after she shows up for an appearance on WNYC-FM’s Soundcheck with host John Schaefer. That one’s sold out, but it’ll be on the air and on the web.

It looks like tickets are still available for her shows with Shearwater late next month, too, at The Music Hall of Williamsburg and the Bowery Ballroom.

Sharon’s flying high, and with good reason. Don’t miss this amazing artists at one of these gigs.

Lauren Pritchard plays the Mercury Lounge

Lauren Pritchard, with drummer Simon Lea, at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on Aug. 5. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Lauren Pritchard conquered Broadway as Lise in the fantastic original company of the Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening. On Thursday, the Tennessee native, who’s just 22 years old, returned to New York City to conquer the pop scene.

Lauren, who played keys and sang, got subtle backing from drummer Simon Lea and guitarist Paul Sayer. She blew the roof off the Mercury Lounge with her powerful voice. She sang a very short, showcase set —just eight songs — in a bluesey style with country touches. Her delivery was just the right balance of Broadway power and authentic saloon-singer sloppiness.

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Clem Snide’s long-overdue return to NYC

Clem Snide's Eef Barzelay. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Clem Snide's Eef Barzelay. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Clem Snide, we missed you badly. How long had it been, anyway?

Regardless of all the time that had passed, the crowd at the Mercury Lounge last Tuesday showed plenty of love as Eef Barzelay and company ripped through a superb set of songs new and old. Eef even apologized for being away so long.

More photos after the jump.
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