Although Miles stood at the microphone, drenched in sweat in the basement of Cake Shop (because it was hotter than the blazing mid day sun at Siren Festival), it didn’t deter the undivided attention of his audience. Playing one of 9 shows before he heads on tour with TV on the Radio, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson made it well worth the wet heat.
Even though we’re not past jokes about his 10 syllable name, (yes, I counted them on my fingers) we loved every minute of MBAR’s jangly and pleasingly gargled alt-folk rock set. After a short “coffee shop” performance from Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), MBAR took the stage moving the audience to dance — and sweat along with him.
But the sticky atmosphere was quickly forgotten when Miles dropped to his knees “with his ass in the air, and his face in the ground” and rocked a guitar-led jam. The crowd pleasers still seem to be the first three songs from his self titled full length, which was evident from the crowd’s reaction when Miles wiped his hands on his jeans and sat down at the piano to play “The Debtor”.
Singing the sad songs with a smile on his face led the intrigued crowd to enjoy the show as much as he did – it was as if we were soaked from a cool shower rather than the sticky temperature; all of us forgetting that we were watching the show in an oven.
That said, don’t miss his next show at South Street Seaport, August 8th , NY, NY. Weatherforecast: TBD.
Pictures after the jump!