Headlining a marathon midweek quintuple bill at the Rock and Roll Hotel Tuesday, Bishop Allen took the stage around 11:30 to play tunes from their yearlong EP project as well as debut Charm School, which is much beloved in the iff household.
In their review of the show, DCist dubs them "the most uncynical band in the world" (really?) and provides a good recap of the music, which managed at its height to create an atmosphere of guilt-free, bouyant revelry not often seen on the indie tour circuit. The band operates as sort of an anti-Hold Steady, writing clever and anthemic throwback pop that's hip but hopeful at the core.
Now that they've signed to new Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar family label Dead Oceans, it can only be a matter of time before superstardom comes a-callin'. You'll want to catch them while they still have the hunger, so see if you can Craig your way into the sold-out final date on the tour with +/- and Say Hi To Your Mom, tonight at NYC's Mercury Lounge.
MP3: Bishop Allen - Click Click Click Click
MP3: Bishop Allen - Like Castanets
MP3: Bishop Allen - Things Are What You Make of Them