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Ought Play the Late Show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday Night

September 29th, 2015

The post-punk four-piece Ought—Tim Darcy (vocals and guitar), Ben Stidworthy (bass), Matt May (keys) and Tim Keen (drums and violin)—has been expertly marrying the sounds of mid-’90s emo bands and early college-rock groups since forming three years ago in Montreal, where each of the band’s members—none of them Canadian—met while in college. Their debut full-length, More Than Any Other Day (stream it below), came out last year. AllMusic dubbed it “a deeply refreshing listen, bursting at the seams with joy and anger and less indebted to its long list of influence than it is an entity greater than the sum of its parts.” Not wasting any time, Ought (above, performing “The Weather Song” at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival) released their second LP, Sun Coming Down (stream it below), just two weeks ago. (The album’s so acclaimed that even noted spoilsports Pitchfork liked it.) Per Spin, “Sun Coming Down builds on Ought’s remarkable debut with poise and certainty that the quiet terrors of anxiety cease to slow as you age.” Catch them on Thursday night at Mercury Lounge. Purchase, N.Y. quartet Adult Mom opens the show.