It’s not easy to get a crowd excited on a school night, but The Virgins did just that on Wednesday at the Mercury Lounge. Sporting gear they may have picked up at Salvation Army on the way to the show, dudes rocked a full house, burning through tracks from their recent EP, as well as a few songs I hadn’t heard before. Each one was on point with funky basslines and sharp guitar riffs.

The crowd was equally intriguing. Let’s put it this way, if you want to meet a hipster chick, go to a Virgins show. Although the audience showed lots of love and the band was genuinely appreciative, I wish kids would’ve been a little more willing to dance…but how much can you really expect with the hipster set.

Their performance was short, just shy of an hour, but The Virgins showed why they just might be the new face of the Downtown rock scene. Here’s a live version of “Rich Girls.” Funky fresh:

The Odeon

April 24, 2008

When it opened almost thirty years ago, iconic Tribeca restaurant The Odeon was a place to see and be seen for Manhattan’s cool crowd. Today, the city’s social elite has found hipper, more exclusive spots, but that’s perfectly fine with me. This means I can actually get a table.

The Odeon maintains an aura of history and you can almost sense the ghosts of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Brat Pack hovering around the bar. The atmosphere is cool and whether you go to drink and socialize or go for a good meal, there’s always an interesting crowd. The menu can be pricey, but I can’t think of a better place to go for a special dinner with friends.

All this adds up to one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Oh yea, that and The Odeon appears on the cover of Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights Big City, one of my all-time favorite books. What up Tad Allagash?