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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A.C. Newman at the Bowery Ballroom, Sunday 3/15

This week, after a long hiatus of covering larger shows, I feel quite fortunate to be seeing two bands that I've dreamed about seeing live for years: tonight it's Peter Bjorn and John at a press-only thing at the W Hotel, and Sunday, it was Allan Carl Newman (formerly of the New Pornographers, but his solo work is better. Yes, I went there).

I went in thinking his new release Get Guilty, didn't quite hold up to his wistful 2004 orchestral-pop masterpiece The Slow Wonder (since he recently got married, I figured it was because his emotions weren't as raw as they seemed to be when he was writing that album). But the Bowery Ballroom's unbeatable acoustics came through for the title track, whose crystalline chorus sounded like it could have come out of Abbey Road Studios circa 1969. Like the best live shows, it made me want to listen to the album again, and I suggest you do, too.

My full review can be found here.

A.C. Newman on MySpace

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