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Elbow: Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Devon Powers, PopMatters, 5 March 2009

TODAY IS lead singer Guy Garvey's birthday, and he's in a gaming mood. "How old do you think I am?" he asks the crowd, early on during Elbow's set at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. "Let's have some guesses." "19!" screams one particularly feisty lass off to the left of the stage, whooping and clapping with a giddy satisfaction. "19?" he asks, incredulously, staring over the microphone with a clever look. "What's your name? I like you."

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