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The Kooks played their first NYC show at Bowery Ballroom Monday night (October 23, 2006). Though they were lively and somewhat entertaining to watch on stage, I didn’t really like the music. The whole reggae/funk thing they seem to be going for turned me off. And at the risk of sounding like I think I’m an expert, I’d say it wasn’t done very well.

At least a couple hundred people in the crowd wouldn’t agree with my negative assessment though – they were jumping up and down, singing along to every song, and screaming like the Beatles were in the building – I’m assuming most of them were, like the band, British (partly because I heard lots of accents all around me). Could be I’m too old, but I do love the Arctic Monkeys.

The Kooks @ Bowery Ballroom

Though the show was sold out, the room wasn’t as packed as usual. That’s probably because the guest list was huge and a bunch of people didn’t show up.

Two of the young British band members were wearing CBGB t-shirts which I thought was a nice touch….

The Kooks @ Bowery Ballroom

The Kooks @ Bowery Ballroom

The Kooks @ Bowery Ballroom

The Kooks @ Bowery Ballroom

The Kooks @ Bowery Ballroom

Small Sins opened.

Qbertplaya enjoyed herself during their 40-45 minute set. As Bumpershine notes, “you can catch The Kooks on Saturday night (Oct 28) at Northsix and at a free in-store performance at Sound Fix on the same day at 3 PM.”

My favorite Kooks song is sung by Lily Allen.

Previously
The Kooks playing NYC & CA | Tour Dates & tix

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