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Nick Lowe Is Still Going Strong

April 26th, 2012

Nick Lowe & His Band – Town Hall – April 25, 2012


Nick Lowe strode across stage. At 63, he looks different than his younger self: thick-frame glasses and sculpted white hair give him an older, cartoonish appearance in comparison to his long-hair, bug-eyed days of the ’70s and ’80s. He is an acoustic-guitar man now with a classic sunburst model slung over his shoulder from beginning to end. And last night at Town Hall, it began with “Stoplight Roses,” a song from the new record, The Old Magic, that Lowe is keen to promote. “Quality entertainment is what we’re here to bring,” said Lowe. His pitch included mentioning being “on the radio and indeed the television” and optimistically stating, “record sales are up” since the start of the tour. It is delivered with a wink and a nod—the way Lowe usually tosses off subtle humor and pastiche candor.

But, aside from his joking, Lowe looked particularly pleased and suited for the Town Hall stage. He was quick to note the iconic significance of the venue and, with an acknowledging sweep of his hand, often took in the rows and tiers of audience members. It was a seasoned showman move of which he has many: big smiles, waves and witty banter. He was attentive to the crowd the way a talented dinner-party host makes everyone feel welcome. And mixing in “Cruel to Be Kind” and “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” with new songs, he managed expectations, giving fans what they wanted as well as what they might like. For Lowe, it’s been a long musical journey, but there are no signs of stopping. As long as stages will have him, he aims to perform. —Jared Levy

(Check out Jared Levy’s Nick Lowe interview for Interview.)

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Nick Lowe & His Band Play Town Hall Tomorrow Night

April 24th, 2012


Nick Lowe has been making music for more than 45 years. The English singer-songwriter plays guitar, bass, piano and harmonica, but is perhaps best known as a producer—he worked on Elvis Costello’s first five albums—and as songwriter, cranking out hits for other people, like “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and “Cruel to Be Kind.” But despite the long career and deep catalog, Lowe, above, playing “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, has remained relevant by pumping out new music, including last year’s The Old Magic. And now you can see Nick Lowe & His Band tomorrow night at Town Hall.