Nick Lowe Performs Tuesday Night at La Zona Rosa
No one can accuse Nick Lowe of rehashing what he’s already done to maintain his popularity.
Although he really could, if he so desired. Lowe was a pivotal figure in pop and new wave music, widely heralded for penning some pretty brilliant gems that paved the way in the late ’70s, starting with Jesus of Cool (1978, released in the U.S. as Pure Pop for Now People) and Labour of Lust (1979). Just seeing the titles of “So It Goes” or “Cruel To Be Kind” is enough to get the songs stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Yet Lowe, now in his early 60′s, doesn’t rely on comebacks or reunion tours. Throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and the mid-2000′s right up to the present, he’s consistently produced some incredible music that, while perhaps remaining somewhat unnoticed except to the more hardcore followers and music critics, is absolute proof of his vitality. He’s still as fresh and original today as he was when he first emerged onto the scene, and he remains an influential figure to many music artists today, among which include Neko Case and Wilco.
Nick Lowe fans, get ready. He returns to Austin for a show Tuesday night at La Zona Rosa, 612 W. 4th St. Indie folk-pop duo The Autumn Defense starts out the evening. Doors open at 8 p.m. Recommended.