For over a decade, I was steadfastly ornery in the face of the hype about
New York avant-rock outfit Mercury Rev. Then, they abruptly won these ears
over with the dizzying masterpiece of epic pop that is “In a Funny Way,” a
delight of California sound perfected (despite the band having hailed from
Buffalo) with Jonathan Donahue’s high, lonesome vocalizing riding the song’s
cinematic sweep far beyond terra firma to galaxies untold. With the autumn release of Janus-like recordings Snowflake Midnight and Strange Attractor, the Rev has continued to expand and experiment a few light years beyond the opus that was 2005’s The Secret Migration. If you were unfortunate enough to miss their multidimensional one-night stand at the Stone in September, here’s the chance to witness them reach out to their alien Amen Choir and harness the scope of infinity. With Dean & Britta.
Sun., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 26, 2008