Archive for September, 2011

Nick & Wilco in Boston 9/20

September 26th, 2011 No Comments

Photos by Sleepover Shows

Cruel To Be Kind (by cstoltze)

What’s So Funny… (by cstolze)

Nick Lowe Starter Kit

September 21st, 2011 No Comments

Neat blog post by Tim Falconer, suggestions for the Nick Lowe beginner!

Nick & Wilco in Montreal 9/18

September 21st, 2011 No Comments

A review just for Nick By Bernard Perusse here at the Montreal Gazette!

MONTREAL – Wilco sent most of their audience home in a delighted daze last night, as you might gather from my colleague Jordan Zivitz’s review of their performance. What I would like to do is make sure that Nick Lowe’s opening set doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Lowe, 62, is a legend in his own right, so the indifference and disrespect I observed from my table behind the soundboard was making me crazy. As the volume of the idle chatter grew and threatened to drown out Lowe’s singing, I made my way to the floor, where there was more volume and respect. Granted, opening alone at the Metropolis, with only an acoustic guitar, is generally a no-win situation – but down on the floor, things were far better.

Lowe started his 45-minute set with Stoplight Roses, the opening track from his stunning new disc, The Old Magic. The melancholy ballad thrilled the singer’s own devotees, but bewildered some of the Wilco fans. Some puzzlement remained obvious for a while. “What’s this guy’s claim to fame?,” one man asked me right after Lowe kicked into a chugging version of I Live on a Battlefield.

And yet Cruel to be Kind, a tender cover of Elvis Costello’s Alison – which Lowe produced in 1976 – and a heartbreaking, slowed-down (What’s So Funny `Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding sparked a few flashes of recognition and enthusiasm.

Deeper tracks like Heart, Lately I’ve Let Things Slide and What’s Shakin’ On the Hill were among the many highlights in an all-too-brief set from a singer-songwriter who has only gotten better with age.

Let’s do it again at a smaller club with Lowe headlining, as we did four years ago at Club Soda. And make that real soon.

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