USA (New York City), May 10, 2007 Review

artist: Alo date: 05/14/2007 category: live concerts

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Alo: USA (New York City), May 10, 2007
It felt like summertime at their show because their tones are so warm and their movements are upbeat and relaxing.
 Sound: 8
 Perfomance: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.7
USA (New York City), May 10, 2007 Reviewed by: sweetpeasuzie, on may 14, 2007
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Sound: ALO is a very acoustic sounding band with keyboardist/lead singer Zach Gill, guitarist/vocalist Dan Lebowitz, bass player/vocalist Steve Adams and drummer/vocalist David Brogan. They don't depend on boomerang pickups, resonating pedal effects, or wide-angle whammy bars, they have a natural vibe that has the right amount of stimulation to motivate their audience. Their show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City showcased ALO's transcendental moods which flexed from folk/roots rock to jazz, blues, reggae and light funk. They played mostly tracks from their two releases on Brushfire Records, their debut Fly Between Falls and their recent album Roses And Clover. The band played with joy coursing through their veins and the vibe trickled down into the audience Who were able to enjoy the melodies as much as the band showed playing them. One member would start a spontaneous riff and the others would react to it with harmonizing chords and beats. The acoustics in the venue were good and the band was situated on the stage to create half of a circle while the audience created the other half of the circle. It was effective in showing that ALO likes their audiences and treats them like they are part of the music too. Although, ALO's part in the show came to an end quickly, it wasn't disappointing because the time that the band had on stage was used efficiently and made an indelibly impression on the audience. // 8

Perfomance: Performance-wise, ALO come off like a band who comes into your living and simply starts playing their tunes. There are no pretensions about them, no ceremonious introduction or hoopla preceding the band. They are enthusiastic about their music and their performance shows it. They are very laid back and yet their songs have a veritable jump and island sway. It felt like summertime at their show because their tones are so warm and their movements are upbeat and relaxing. ALO put on a very earthy performance. Some highlights songs in their show were Maria, Plastic Bubble, Roses And Clover and Girl, I Want To Lay You Down. The band played these tunes with such familiarity to their verses and choruses that it's as if the band had been weaned on them from birth. // 9

Overall Impression: The tickets for the show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City (USA) on May 10, 2007 were priced at $15 and you got three folk rock artists, Lucas Reynolds, ALO, and the headliner Bret Dennen. Each artist had their strong points but ALO worked for me because of the team work that the band members put into their performance and songs. The music was stimulating in a comfortable way like taking an island vacation and you feel rejuvenated afterwards. With Reynolds and Dennen, the weight of the show was all on their shoulders. Lucas was a bit shy with the audience and about being a front man but Dennan took to being a leader like a cat going after a ball of yarn, it was his way of releasing energy and having fun. It was a show that was good to take in after a long day at work, of course you go back to work the next day chanting ALO's melodies subconsciously and everyone is staring at you like either someone spiked your coffee or you had some enchanting evening. The show is totally worth the the feel good vibes you leave with and the office gossip behind your back. // 9

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