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Nick Lowe

Recap: Holiday Cheer for FUV 2013

by Kara Manning
Photo by Gus Philippas

Spirited, soulful and totally sold out, Tuesday night’s benefit, Holiday Cheer for FUV, exceeded our wildest expectations. The enthusiastic camaraderie onstage made for an especially focused, familial celebration, inspired by past (and we'd guess future) collaborations between this diverse group of musician friends gathered at the Beacon Theatre on a frigid December evening. It was FUV’s third year at this storied venue for the concert, on a night made even more festive courtesy of a brief snowfall earlier that day.

The boldly hirsute Sam Beam of Iron & Wine was the St. Nick-like ringleader for the three hour show with “house band” Calexico — an onstage reunion for Beam and Calexico who had collaborated together on the 2005 EP In The Reins. Calexico co-founder Joey Burns acted as bandleader, guiding every set from guests Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee and Beth Orton.

Nick Lowe - FUV Live - 2013

by Rita Houston

The latest release from Nick Lowe is a Christmas album called Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. The record features some old favorites and some originals penned by the "Jesus of Cool" himself. Tonight, hear Nick perform of few of the new songs live in Studio A and talk about the making of the new record. And, come see Nick Lowe at this year's Holiday Cheer for FUV benefit concert on December 10th.

Cheers for Nick Lowe

by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele/WFUV

Nick Lowe first gained prominence in the British New Wave period of the 1970s, performing with and/or producing Brinsley Schwartz, Rockpile with Dave Edmunds, and Elvis Costello -- who turned Lowe's song "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" into a rock anthem.  

Most recently, he has become a wry elder statesman of rock, exemplified by his recent albums At My Age (2007) and The Old Magic (2011), finding sleeper success and re-establishing himself as a lovably misanthropic pop elder statesman.