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The Von Bondies @ Mercury Lounge

NEW YORK, NY—The Von Bondies have been in the biz for a decade, they’ve been backed by Sire Records—one of the industry’s giants—and the band’s frontman has even made news headlines around the globe for being involved in a blow with Jack White. But despite all of that—and a four-year hiatus—the Detroit rockers’ New York show was held at the Bowery’s smallest venue, Mercury Lounge.
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Ludo @ Highline Ballroom

NEW YORK, NY—As the members of the St. Louis band Ludo ran onto the stage at the Highline Ballroom, the theme from The Neverending Story was billowing from the speakers. Not only did this rouse a cheeky smile as it stirred my brilliant childhood memories of Atreyu and Falkor, but it set up the quirkiness of the gig from the get-go. When it comes to this crazy group, however, it seems no theme song—no matter how wild—can really do these guys justice.
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DeVotchka @ Webster Hall

NEW YORK, NY—What happens when you combine the passion of classical music, the grunt of punk and the beauty of folk? The result is DeVotchKa, Denver’s multi-instrumental gypsy punk quartet. Playing more instrum...