LIVE: Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue @ The Egg, 12/19/14

January 6th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets (photo by Ed Conway)

Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets (photo by Ed Conway)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Ed Conway

Fittingly, the concert of 2014 – Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue – closed out a year filled with tremendous live music events in Nippertown. The sold-out night was tinged with a bittersweet vibe, though.

The gregarious spirit of Ian McLagan, who passed away on the eve of the tour earlier in the month, was present in conversations in The Egg’s lobby. (In October, McLagan told me after his remarkable set at The Linda about how much he was looking forward to a tour with his Yep Roc label mates: “Can you believe it? Nick Lowe! Los Straitjackets! Me! What a revue it’ll be! Albany’s in for a treat!”).

Minutes before the show, Eddie Angel lamented, “I never got a chance to meet Mac, but I loved his music and what he meant to so many bands.”

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LIVE: Nick Lowe @ Club Helsinki, 8/21/13

August 29th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Bokonon

How hip is Hudson?

Hip enough that last Wednesday evening, Club Helsinki, in August 2013, felt more like the Stiff Records office in London in the summer of 1977.

Nick Lowe was performing, sure. But Graham Parker, Wreckless Eric Goulden and half the Rumour were in the crowd. There was no onstage action, just Lowe solo, but a photo floating around Facebook offers proof of a dressing room summit as evidence.

Perhaps Lowe didn’t invite his old mates onstage for the simple reason that he doesn’t need any help. At 64, Lowe is supremely comfortable with his geezerhood and, remarkably, writing the best songs of his career. It’s hard to call 1998’s Dig My Mood a comeback, because Lowe never went away. But that record did mark a turn in tone that continues to this day — hushed, Eurocentric roots tunes that merge Eddy Arnold with Jacques Brel. The stuff is like candy.

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LIVE: Nick Lowe @ The Egg, 9/18/12

October 2nd, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“It’s a great pleasure to be here. My pleasure is tinged with anxiety – like a young bride on her wedding night,” quipped Nick Lowe near the start of his show in The Egg’s Swyer Theatre. “I’ve been in this position so many times, but you still feel like you’re on the edge of the unknown…. There are so many things that can go wrong.”

But really, other than a microphone that needed adjusting to better accommodate his lanky frame, there was little wrong with Lowe’s Egg performance – the opening night of a solo tour in support of his latest album on Yep Roc Records, The Old Magic.

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Nick Lowe, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

September 17th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe

“A bit of Toots & the Maytals is very good for housecleaning I’ve found.”

Nick Lowe has done it all – from British pub rock to Whitney Houston soundtrack to country twang. Catch him in a solo concert at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Tuesday (September 18), in support of his latest album, “The Old Magic.” Eleni Mandell opens the show with selections from her new album “I Can See the Future.” Tix are $29.50.

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