Rural Alberta Advantage Played Mercury Lounge

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Alberta, Canada’s Rural Alberta Advantage was in town and played MAxwell’s Thursday night, opened for Passion Pit at Terminal 5 on Friday night, and then played two headlining shows at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night: one early and one late. Their debut album Hometowns was one of my favorites of 2009 and I’ve been waiting to see them live for months.

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Although lead singer Nils Edenloff was under the weather so his voice was not at its best, the band played a rousing and energetic set. In fact, the show was much more upbeat then I expected. Drummer Paul Banwatt definitely held the group together, and um, accessory Amy Cole was pretty to look at. She sang a little, jumped around a little, hit a tambourine a few times…let’s just say I could have done what she did. However, the show was fun and I look forward to seeing them when Edenloff’s throat is feeling better. Pictures below in the gallery!

All Images: Devorah Klein