LIVE: The Feelies @ Club Heslinki, 5/17/13

The Feelies
The Feelies
Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

When the Feelies started playing at Club Helsinki — the follow-up to their show at the Hudson hotspot last year — they looked out into a full audience of diners seated quietly at tables quite a distance from the stage. That gulf must have been unnerving to the band, because halfway through their first set — around the time they lit into a passionate cover of Neil Young’s “Barstool Blues” — a staff member of the club rousted fans standing along the wall of the room and told us the band wanted people in front of the stage.

We were happy to comply — all the better vantage point to see the Feelies hit the high points from their five albums (including 2011’s excellent comeback, Here Before). By the time the band—guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million, percussionists Stanley Demeski and Dave Weckerman and bassist Brenda Sauter — started a series of four encores, much of the crowd had joined the fray down front. Multiple, cover-filled encores are a standard part of a Feelies’ set these days and typically find them paying tribute to friends and influences. This night was no different, with a brain-rattling cover of the Beatles’ psychedelic masterpiece “She Said She Said” and an unexpected romp through the Rolling Stones’ “Get Off My Cloud.”

Seth Rogovoy’s review and photograph at the Rogovoy Report

It’s Only Life
Who Loves the Sun (Velvet Underground)
For Now
Fun to Be Happy (Love Tractor)
Change Your Mind
Barstool Blues (Neil Young)
Nobody Knows
Should Be Gone
Let’s Go
The High Road
On the Roof
Deep Fascination
On and On
Higher Ground
For Awhile
The Final Word
Way Down
Slipping (Into Something)
Doin’ It Again
Time Is Right
Too Far Gone
Raised Eyebrows
Crazy Rhythms
Shaking Through (REM)
What Goes On (Velvet Underground)
She Said She Said (Beatles)
See No Evil (Television)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges)
Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Beatles)
Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones)
Fa Cé-La

Brenda Sauter and Glenn Mercer
Brenda Sauter and Glenn Mercer
(left) Glenn Mercer and Dave Weckerman, (right) Stan Demeski and Bill Million
(left) Glenn Mercer and Dave Weckerman, (right) Stan Demeski and Bill Million
Glenn Mercer
Glenn Mercer

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