Fountains of Wayne, Bowery Ballroom [8/3/11]

Posted on: August 4th, 2011 at 11:12 am by

Bush, Beavis and Butthead, and now Fountains of Wayne.  Nineties nostalgia continued last night with a rockin’ gig at the beloved Bowery Ballroom.  Our newest contributor Benjamin Tocker was in attendance, and submitted the following review and photos.

The last time Fountains of Wayne members Jody Porter and Adam Schlessinger played in the Bowery Ballroom, at Dylan Fest 2011, Porter drunkenly asked our girlfriend post-show whether or not she approved of his playing style. Letʼs just say that after this performance, none of the Fountains of Wayne members need to ask anyone for approval. Promoting their new album Sky Full of Holes, released Monday on Yep Roc Records, Fountains of Wayne made New York City the first local stop on their tour.

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After a 40 minute set by New Jersey native and fellow Dylan Fest performer Nicole Atkins, the local residents and nerd-rock heroes treated their neighbors to an action packed night filled with both new and old tunes as well as a few interesting cover songs. The crowd blissfully sang along to classics such as “Hackensack,” “Stacyʼs Mom,” “Mexican Wine,” “Denise,” and a long winded “Radiation Vibe” that segued through covers such as “Burning for You” by Blue Oyster Cult and “Do You Feel Like I Do” by Peter Frampton.

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Mixed into the setlist were four songs from the new record, including the single “Richie and Ruben,” a typical Fountains of Wayne story within a song. The new cuts represented the lighter style of Sky Full of Holes, their first album since 2007.

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As anyone whoʼs been to Bowery Ballroom before knows, the venue provides a supreme acoustic experience. The fans clearly enjoyed the tight sound (even when it was coming from percussionists picked at random from the audience for “Hey Julie”) and the unmistakeable vocals of lead singer Chris Collingwood. With a devoted local fan base, a new album, and a packed intimate venue fueling them, Fountains of Wayne delivered a top notch performance here on Wednesday night.

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Setlist: (Source: thanks, roadies for the gift)

Little Red Light
Valley of Malls
Summer Place
Someone To Love
Barbara H
Richie and Ruben
A Road Song
Valley Winter Song
Fire In The Canyon
Hey Julie
A Dip In The Ocean
Mexican Wine
Radiation Vibe
Stacyʼs Mom
Sink To The Bottom

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