Drug Rug w/The Tune-Yards at the MFA Courtyard from Boston Phoenix on Vimeo.
Drug Rug had a Kings of Leon moment last week mid-way through their set at the Museum of Fine Arts' outdoor courtyard.
“I just realized a bird crapped on my guitar,” quipped Sarah Cronin between songs, sometime around dusk. The band trudged on for another song before fellow guitarist/vocalist Tommy Allen leaned in, surveyed the sullied instrument, and confirmed Cronin’s shitty observation. “A bird did crap on your guitar,” he said with a laugh. “I thought that was just clever stage banter.”
Unlike the Kings of Leon’s aborted show in St. Louis last month, Drug Rug didn’t let a little bird poo end the performance, or even detract them from properly rocking out at the MFA. In what became a pretty perfect summer night, the band performed as a quintet, with Allen and Cronin’s garage rock heartbeat fortified by Dan Burke on bass, Julian Cassanetti on drums and Carter Tanton on keyboards. Word is it might be the last time they perform as a 5-piece for a while; last month at the Save Starlab BBQ in Somerville, Allen and Cronin performed as a duo.
Phoenix videographer P. Nick Curran was there to photograph the show, but also recorded Drug Rug’s final jam, a collaboration with Merrill Garbus of opening act Tune-Yards. Be sure to check out this week’s Out! column in the Phoenix, where Matt Parish catches up with Drug Rug to discuss their new album, currently being recorded in San Francisco.
Additional live footage of Tune-Yards coming up shortly...