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Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - Jan 9, 2008 (Bao Nguyen)
Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

UK singer-songwriter Kate Nash played to a packed, industry-heavy room at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (Wed Jan 9, 2008) It was my first time seeing her - I missed Joe's Pub, Luna Lounge, and the Virgin Megastore shows. And I loved every second it....until the encore.

Kate seemed comfortable on stage - even in front of the tough NYC crowd. Her keyboard playing, singing, lyrics, backing band, and stage presence were all good. Her guitar playing wasn't bad either. If I left before the encore, I would have left raving about how much I loved it start to finish. I would have agreed with you that there's already a Regina Spektor and Lily Allen, but I would have just said that I'm happy to have all three of them (actually, I'll still say that).

But then came the first song of the two-song encore. It was a slow song, and she sang it solo - just her, her keyboard, and her microphone. It wasn't just that the song was kind of boring - it was that, at one point, she suddenly transformed into Regina Spektor in a fake-quirky-I-studied-live-Regina-Spektor-tapes kind of way. It turned me slightly against her at that moment. By the time her band came back on stage for the very final song (a high-energy one), I was turned off. I may have liked it more if they played it ealier in the show when the other high energy songs were making it hard to stand still. That said, I forgive her for what was a mostly-great show, and hopefully she (only 20 years old) eventually develops more of her own quirks.

I'll be surprised if Kate doesn't get more famous in the USA than Lily and Regina combined. Then again, I guess I won't be surprised if she doesn't. She definitely has the show to back up the songs though, and I hope to catch her at least one more time next time she visits.

More photos by Bao, and the setlist and stuff, below...

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Kate Nash @ Bowery Ballroom

Setlist from memory, correct me if I'm wrong:

Mariella
Shit Song
Stitching Leggings
Skeleton Song
Birds
Nicest Thing
We Get On
Dickhead
Mouthwash
Foundations
Merry Happy
Encore: Little Red
Pumpkin Soup

This show was part of a few U.S. dates she played to support her new album that came out this week. She played the Virgin Megastore the day before. Get some MP3s.

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Comments (27)

she looks a tad bit older than 20 in that third photo..

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:45 PM

given the comparisons and the hype i tried to give the album a listen but it's rubbish. i can't even get past the third song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:47 PM

But she's the darling of the indie rock industry! You will listen to track 3 and you will LIKE IT, DAMMIT!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:50 PM

Just terrible . . .

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:57 PM

well done...this is exactly how i felt and i guess what i was bitching about last night. i like her a lot but the whole regina spektor thing is too much. exact replica, specifically on that first encore song and that song 'birds.' you are right again. she's gunna end up getting huge in the US. the people love her and so do the suits. even if she has a song called dickhead.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | January 10, 2008 2:09 PM

She sucks.

A 3rd right Lily Allen at best and Lily Allen aint all that great.

Her songwriting is shit and she just curses a lot to no avail.

It you dont like rap you shouldnt like her.

Posted by HR | January 10, 2008 2:19 PM

>>She definitely has the show to back up the songs

But the songs are lousy.

Posted by J | January 10, 2008 2:22 PM

i thought the album was terrible, but found "caroline" and her live covers of black kids and arctic monkeys really charming. maybe she's better singing other people's material.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 2:35 PM

What a bizarre review.

"During one song, she resembled another artist. Words can not express my profound disappointment."

I think if she had done a Kate Bush cover song, the reviewer's head would have exploded.

"Running up that hi..."

Posted by nyctaper | January 10, 2008 2:35 PM

By industry heavy, do you mean a bunch of damn bloggers?

Posted by Andrew Newby | January 10, 2008 2:40 PM

>>What a bizarre review

It's obvious what he meant: She started doing a lousy, phony impersonation of someone else. I think the Natalie Merchant folks have got you riled up.

Posted by J | January 10, 2008 3:11 PM

Kate, Amy do not even match up with Duffy. She will bigger and better than both. She's just starting to break in the UK...."Rockferry"

Posted by Tim | January 10, 2008 3:13 PM

Is it just me, or does she sound nothing like Lily Allen? And is it just me, or did that opening band suck hardxcore?

Posted by Josh | January 10, 2008 3:28 PM

How was Salt & Samovar? I love their CD. I'm sure they were a bit out of place given the...ahem...questionable quality of the headliner. (aka...she sucks)

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 3:46 PM

Saw Salt & Samovar open for O'Death and they were inept, hollow, dreadful.

Posted by J | January 10, 2008 3:54 PM

The Village Voice says S&S stole the show and also make the comparson of Nash to Spektor.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 3:55 PM

Village Voice quote: "they're way more apt to push unconvincing dustbowl chic than they are to actually rock out the way they did last night"

Posted by J | January 10, 2008 4:42 PM

Wow. What band was the Village Voice watching? Salt and Samovar sucked. Their only good song was the Hank Williams song. The rest of the time the chick was off key, their sound was monotonous, and their lyrics were trite and self indulgent.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 7:21 PM

Hate to be mean but...how can someone who attended a Kate Nash concert justify a negative comment on the lyrics of the openers?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 9:52 PM

Her songs are "cute" and she does her thing well. I wouldn’t call her deserving of high honors, but at least she has a cool accent.

Posted by Liz | January 11, 2008 9:26 AM

yes! S&S was great. i wasn't very formiliar with them but i loved it.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | January 11, 2008 10:51 AM

she's babe-o-licious

more pics : www.flickr.com/photos/worldwideviral

Posted by rockographer | January 11, 2008 11:56 AM

So, did any BV commenters do her after the show?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2008 12:21 PM

I DID.

she CRY-D I LEFT.

Posted by Taco Time for Mom & Dad | January 11, 2008 12:33 PM

s&s did take the show away from nash. she has a cool accent that's cheeky and that's it.

Posted by s | January 15, 2008 6:40 PM

Agreed with everyone on Kate Nash. She sucks live. She plays the same song over and over for 1.5 hours. The difference is the lyrics and when you can't hear her voice, then it doesn't matter: IT'S THE SAME DAMN SONG. Terrible show. Too much hype not enough substance.
Waste of greenbacks people!

Posted by Ray | April 21, 2008 3:58 PM

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