[Live take]: ARMS at Mercury Lounge, 9/10

ARMS at Mercury Lounge, 9/10
ARMS at Mercury Lounge, 9/10

by Chris Leo Palermino

When the first line out of your post-show notes is ‘passion… f-ck me,’ you know that you witnessed a worthy gig.

I initially came across ARMS, Todd Goldstein’s heartfelt  indie pop project, via IGIF way back in ’09 or ’10 (before their debut album, Summer Skills in 2011). To catch Goldstein three years later at ARMS’ sophomore release show to a mostly packed Mercury Lounge show was wonderful — if not a tad strange.

The 45-minute set hit both EP2 (out now) and selections from their debut EP, including a pre-encore finale of “Summer Skills” whose build-up and intricate percussion brought optimism (and dancing) to the crowd.

ARMS, originally Goldstein’s solo outfit, developed into a four-piece and is one of those bands whose sum of its parts creates something bigger than imagined. It’s a long time coming though: ARMS comes out of the roots of the underrated NYC indie rock act Harlem Shakes and has links to members of fellow New York acts Passion Pit and LCD Soundsystem.

Lyrical pop hooks and Goldstein’s lush voice stand at the forefront, though, both on EP2 and in person. A singer/songwriter first and foremost, on-key dynamics and a passionate, almost bedroom-style performance push the docket and make ARMS a must-see live.

Listen to “Earthquake Party” below and stream EP2 via The Wild Honey Pie.

This is part of a Metro Boston and New York music column called Locally Amped. Follow us on Twitter @LocallyAmped.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

National

Donut capers stymie police in Oregon

For more than a month, mysterious vandals have been smearing pastries on cars, depositing donuts in lawns and leaving cakes strewn about the streets.

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.