Headlining a Summerstage concert at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park tonight, the Feelies reveled in its vintage sound, performing 11 songs from its 1980s albums. The jangly guitars, garage-rock rhythms and talky vocals that made way for later bands like R.E.M. were still the backbone of the Feelies sound. The grooves were hypnotically repetitive, interrupted by a droning lead vocal or a swash of lead guitar. The sound that the Feelies mined 40 years ago became the basis of many future indie bands, but after 16 original songs, the Feelies paid tribute to its own inspirations in the encores with covers of songs by the Modern Lovers, the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground, the Beatles and Television. The Feelies concert shone light on the history of rock before and after the golden era of punk.
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