Cut Loose with Rush Midnight and Rioux Tomorrow Night the Merc

May 2nd, 2013

You may have first come across Russ Manning as the bassist for Twin Shadow. But Manning’s interests go beyond filling out half of a rhythm section. The Brooklyn-raised musician, who studied jazz at Oberlin college, says he’s always had an interest in pop music. And he’d increasingly wanted to do something on his own, plus he “wanted something masculine, and I wanted something dark and mysterious.” Last year, as Rush Midnight (above, the video for “Crush”), Manning released his debut EP, +1 (stream it below), expertly filled with bits of disco, reggae and New Wave.

Producer-performer Erin Rioux, also a Brooklyn guy, makes cool electronic psychedelic music that gets people moving. So you can expect a full-on dance party with Rioux (below, live in studio) and Rush Midnight at tomorrow night’s late show at Mercury Lounge.