photos by P Squared

Onetime Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes played his first of two shows at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday night (3/24) He played mostly solo material, focusing on last year's Mercury Prize contender Matador, plus non-LP singles "One of These Days," "White Noise" and "Hot Fruit," and Supergrass singles "Moving" and "Caught by the Fuzz." Coombes turned 40 earlier this month but still looks the same, mutton chops fading into a light beard, and his voice might be better than ever. He can still belt it out which is especially evident when it's just him and an acoustic guitar (he played electric for one song and electric piano for one or two). Would I've liked to hear full band versions of these songs? Yes, but the intimacy afforded at Rockwood was something special, and he really did sound great. He hung out in the adjacent bar for more than an hour afterwards, talking to fans. Gaz plays Rockwood again tonight and there should still be tickets at the door.

Piney Gir, who's touring with Gaz, opened warmed up the crowd with a fun set of whimsical (but not too whimsical) pop. Pics from her set, and more of Gaz, below.

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Piney Gir

Gaz Coombes

 

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SETLIST: Gaz Coombes @ Rockwood Music Hall 3/24/2016
Oscillate
Hot Fruit
Buffalo
Detroit
One of These Days
Needle's Eye
Sleeping Giant
Moving (Supergrass song)
Seven Walls
White Noise
The Girl Who Fell To Earth
20/20

Encore
Matador
Caught by the Fuzz (Supergrass song)