photos by P Squared Photography
The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013
The Feelies were playing the last of their three-night, July 4th weekend stand at the Hoboken spot. Maxwell's was bursting long before the band's scheduled 9pm start time. The Feelies -- the bespectacled trio of Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, and Brenda Sauter up front, percussionist Dave Weckerman and drummer Stan Demeski in the back -- took the stage just after 9. Throughout about four hours consisting of two full sets and five encores during which the band were joined by members of Speed the Plough and the mayor of Haledon, NJ, I got the feeling that The Feelies and most of their fans are the kind of people for whom music holds significant meaning.The Feelies played their final Independence Day run at Hoboken club Maxwell's, which they'd been doing annually for years, over the weekend. (Maxwell's closes at the end of the month as you probably have heard.) The above review was from Saturday's show (7/6) and we have pictures from Friday's show (7/5) in this post. Guests on Friday included Real Estate's Martin Courtney and John Baumgartner of Feelies-related Speed the Plough and Trypes. Like usual, the band played two sets sprinkled with covers.
They played songs from their entire discography, including the jagged, spastic sounds of their debut Crazy Rhythms ("Fa Cé-La," "Crazy Rhythms") and the more melodic and expansive sounds of the Peter Buck-produced The Good Earth ("The High Road") and their most recent album Here Before. They peppered the main sets with covers like The Velvet Undergound's "Who Loves the Sun," an excellent rendition of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot," and The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride." The encores were heavy on covers. - [CoolDad Music]
More pictures from Friday's Feelies' show -- including ones of the setlist -- below...