YACHT at South Street Seaport
August in New York City is brutal. The crowds, the humidity, the sweat, the dirt that clings to your face thanks to the sticky mixture of sweat, humidity, and grime. Blegh. Thankfully, this town puts on some excellent outdoor concerts that help you forget all the nasty stuff for a few minutes.
Case in point: YACHT at South Street Seaport on Friday, August 6. A breezy midsummer evening on the water makes for a bangin’ dance party, even with a mall and tourist-trap restaurants in the background. (Who knew?) And while it didn’t actually take place on a yacht, the band made up for it with summertime pop jams.
On tour to support their 2009 album See Mystery Lights, the Portland duo performed disco and dance-punk cuts including “the Afterlife,” “Psychic City (Voodoo City),” and “Summer Song,” then whipped out a surprise cover of X’s “Nausea.” Weird, yet pretty awesome.
Although known for their theatrical stage shows, this time Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans scrapped the projections and arty props, instead sticking with just their trademark black-and-white color coordinates. Evans, who joined YACHT after Jona’s one-man 2007 release I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real., adds a new dimension: She’s sexy, powerful, androgynous. TNJ is crushin’ hard. Even cooler? She’s a science writer. Swoon.