Interpol Tonight at The Ryman, Interpol's Paul Banks Plays DJ Set Tonight at Mercy Lounge

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  • Interpol's Paul Banks is Fancy Pants
Do you like latter-day post-punk as performed by stylish New Yorkers? Well then you might want to be in attendance for Interpol's show tonight at The Ryman (see Ryan Burleson's Critic's Pick below). Do you like DJ sets performed by frontmen from latter-day post-punk bands? Well in that case, you're going to want to check out the Moustache May Kickoff Party tonight at Mercy Lounge. In addition to DJs Coach and Twayne, special guest DJ Fancy Pants will also be performing. Fancy Pants, by the by, is actually Interpol frontman Paul Banks.

Before the Moustache May party, there's also a pretty promising-looking little 4 off 8th — a truncated version of Mercy Lounge's weekly 8 off 8th series — that will feature sets from Happy Little Trees, Yumi and the System, The Winter Sounds and 84001. Before that will be a free early set from The Bobby Keys Band. (Yes, the Bobby Keys who played with The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, John Lennon and more.) Question: Who isn't playing at Mercy Lounge tonight? Answer: Osama Bin Laden. I know that's right!

Interpol, those well-educated, well-coiffed icons of New York cool, were initially considered by many critics to be a parody of Joy Division. And while that idea was overblown from the beginning — Interpol’s debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, was more imbued with reverence for the Manchester legends than mimicry — the sensitivity was perhaps forgivable given that post-punk’s formative years were being aped in style and substance by almost every new band at the turn of the century. By the time Antics was released in September of 2004, however, it became clear that Interpol were cultivating a sound all their own, one arrestingly informed by space and texture and less reliant on the commonly abused, angular identifiers of their peers. Now, a decade-plus after their inception, the critical groupthink is that Interpol are a parody of, well, Interpol, which has some credence in light of the band’s most recent, self-titled effort. But as evidenced by the band’s recent set at Coachella (for which David Lynch developed the visuals), Interpol’s haunting atmospheric and design-minded approach to rock music is still as compelling today as it was in the beginning. Fortunately for us, they don’t care what critics think.

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