'Indie-Americana' probably isn't an accurate label (but I couldn't come up with anything better) as this isn't the 'rustic alt-country twang' of many of the artists who occupy the Americana genre. Xanders' new self-titled disc is moody and haunting and has more in common with artists like Chris Isaak, though he doesn't go down the 'Roy Orbison path' as Isaak did. I hadn't heard of Nathan Xander prior to receiving an email about Monday night's show and was planning on posting something quickly and getting back to work on some other projects but found myself getting drawn in by his new disc which should translate well to the live stage, given the intimacy of Mercury Lounge.
The show at Mercury Lounge starts at 6:30PM which is the listed time for both doors and Xanders' set time. Water Liars take the stage at 7:30PM and advance tickets are $10.