Leslie and the Ly's at the Mercury Lounge
All photos by Rebecca Smeyne
If Strangers With Candy's Jerri Blank was an art-school rapper played by Camryn Manheim's little sister, she might be something like Leslie Hall. As the "phat girl" frontwoman of schlock-pop faux-rap group Leslie and the LY's, Hall has made a cult career out of squeezing into too-tight gold-lamé jumpsuits, rhyming about rhinestones over Mac-made electro beats, and jiggling like she's Har Mar Superstar's female foil. But even though Hall's been keeping something of a lower profile in the four or so years since she became a kitschy internet celebrity for converting an eBayed RV into the World's Only Mobile Museum of Gem Sweaters and unleashing memes like "Gold Pants" into the world via Atom Films, Leslie and the Lys is still in action, and they're currently on a national tour. This past Friday, they came to the Mercury Lounge for a sold-out show, which our guerrilla photographer Rebecca Smeyne documented just for you.
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