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Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets

The sprawling, 29-song set kicked off with Lowe once again in solo mode, shifting gears effortlessly from the power pop of "Heart" (from his days in Rockpile) to the poignant "A Dollar Short of Happy" to the revved-up rockabilly classic "Seven Nights to Rock." But when Los Straitjackets - led by guitarslinger and Rensselaer native Eddie Angel - joined him onstage for nuggets like the Tex-Mex flavored "Half a Boy and Half a Man," the perfect pop of "Cruel to Be Kind," the rollicking "Raging Eyes" and as Lowe described it, the "frat house, soul music thing" of "Not Too Long Ago," things really kicked into high gear. Sporting matching black suits, red-and-white candy cane striped ties Mexican wrestling masks and speaking not a word, Los Straitjackets were as entertaining as they were musically talented. [Times Union]

Power pop veteran Nick Lowe released a holiday album called Quality Street last year, and this past weekend he wrapped up his 'Quality Holiday' tour which hit NYC on December 14 at Bowery Ballroom and December 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. (The above review is of the Albany show.) We caught the MHOW show, and like in Albany, Nick opened with a solo acoustic set and then was joined by Los Straitjackets for some of his Christmas tunes and other songs. More pictures from that show (including openers The Cactus Blossoms), and the setlist from Bowery, below...

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Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets

Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets

Nick Lowe at Bowery Ballroom - 12/14/14 Setlist: (via)
The Rose of England
Heart
Long Limbed Girl
A Dollar Short of Happy
7 Nights to Rock (Moon Mullican cover)
Only a Fool Breaks His Own Heart
Ragin' Eyes
Christmas at the Airport
Not Too Long Ago
Sleigh Ride
Casbah
Aerostar
Linus and Lucy
Outta Gear
I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass
Sensitive Man
Somebody Cares for Me
The North Pole Express
Half a Boy and Half a Man
Cruel to Be Kind
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll) (Dave Edmunds cover)
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

Encore:
Sing, Sing, Sing
Itchycoo Park
Tokyo Bay
(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
(Brinsley Schwarz song) Children Go Where I Send Thee

Encore 2:
I Was Born in Bethlehem