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Stephen Kellogg Closes Out Tour at The Bowery Ballroom

November 29th, 2013

Stephen Kellogg’s childhood interests in music included singer-songwriter fare, like that of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, alongside hair-metal bands, like Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, which probably explains why his songs are intimate and personal while his live shows with the Sixers have always been energetic and passionate. But at the end of last year, the SK6ers went on hiatus, affording Kellogg (above, playing “Thanksgiving” in studio for KINK FM in Portland, Ore.) the opportunity to record his first solo LP in a decade, Blunderstone Rookery (stream it below), labeled “a vibrant album” in a positive review from The Telegraph. Kellogg has been touring ever since with Ryan “Jetpack” Hommel, Chip Johnson and Marco Meneghin, and the North American leg of the tour ends tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Come on out and be part of the celebration.

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Christopher Owens Lets His Music Talk for Him

January 23rd, 2013

Christopher Owens – The Bowery Ballroom – January 22, 2013


Maybe you’ve heard the fable of one Christopher Owens. Reared in the Children of God cult and later “rescued” by Texan oil tycoon Stanley Marsh III, Owens now resides in San Francisco, where he formed the recently disbanded Girls. As if his fortunes weren’t promising enough, he was announced as the face of the Yves Saint Laurent spring/summer campaign. And although he’s concluded his work with Girls, Owens’ solo album, Lysandre, remains confessional, telling the story of a French woman he fell in love with while on tour with his former band.

Playing his latest album completely in order last night, Owens shuffled onto the stage at The Bowery Ballroom with a band of seven. Parking himself in a seat, he wore a suit and tie for the occasion. As those in attendance held their breath for Owens’ first words, his simple “hey” would set the tone for the night. There was little chitchat, and in its place were the repetitive chords of “Lysandre’s Theme.” Bouncing from reflective narrative with “A Broken Heart” to upbeat “Here We Go Again,” Owens let his songs do the talking. He earnestly sang, “What if everybody just thinks I’m a phony/What if nobody ever gets it/Well, some people never get anything/And I shouldn’t care what people think” on “Love Is in the Ear of the Listener.” In response, onlookers offered shouts of encouragement. Singing pensively about the dissolution of his French romance on “Everywhere You Knew,” a lone lighter was raised in the crowd.

For the encore, Owens and Co. returned for a set of covers starting with the first song he ever learned to play, Cat Stevens’ “Wild World,” followed by Donovan’s “Lalena.” With the freezing temperatures, Simon & Garfunkel’s lyrics “Where the New York City winters aren’t bleeding me” from “The Boxer” were quite appropriate. Topping it off, Owens resurrected the Everly Brothers’ “Let It Be Me” and Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Flowers were passed to the front row and Owens pulled out his iPod to record the audience’s applause. This was a memorable evening for him as well as those who braved the arctic chill to hear him. —Sharlene Chiu