Posted in music | pictures on July 8, 2013

photos by P Squared Photography

The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013
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.

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]

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.

More pictures from Friday's Feelies' show -- including ones of the setlist -- below...

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The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

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The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

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The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

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The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013

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Comments (14)

Looks mildly depressing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 1:33 PM

The clock is ticking on Maxwell's and only a few open dates. What's up? Any guesses on who will be filling out the last days? And please hopefully Todd and his fancy tops will relocate to Jersey City..

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 2:47 PM

Boundless energy on Friday night, especially Glenn and Stan-

Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2013 2:50 PM

^concur

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Todd is a pompous dick

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 3:16 PM

friday night's show was fucking amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 3:30 PM

cooldad music is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 4:36 PM

four hours is a lot of Feelies

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 4:48 PM

There is no move to Jersey City. The longest vigil goes on.

Posted by albert ross | July 8, 2013 6:16 PM

Grandad Rock

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 7:10 PM

If your grandad could rock the shit out of it, dickhead.

Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2013 8:26 PM

The dude wearing a wig looks like Howard Stern.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2013 8:59 PM

And for you I can only say;you lucky boy!Listening to The Violent Femmes for the first time.........A world awaits you,go get it.And enjoy!

Posted by Stephanie | May 26, 2014 7:25 AM

Doug Snider....From 1976-1980 when this album came out, The Feelies are one of the groups that, quite likely, paved the way towards what we now know as Alternative (indie) music. They are the post-punk inheritors of seminal bands like The Talking Heads, and yet with their artsy lyrics and jangly guitars they certainly point to bands like REM and Sonic Youth. Violent Feemes were good.........but not revolutionary at a time when a music revolution was truly taking place. The Feelies were.

Posted by Michael | October 6, 2014 3:55 PM

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