When you see the legend “Fountains of Wayne (Acoustic)” on your ticket, it means you get the same show from the amazing popsmiths that you’d get in a big hall, but with the band’s two guitarists playing acoustic (albeit amplified), guitars. Everything else is just as electrified as it would be in an “electric” show
The band, named for a now-defunct North Jersey lawn ornament shop, favored the sold out crowd at Maxwell’s with most of their favorites (they did Radiation Vibe but omitted Sink to the Bottom) and a few really good new songs.
Near the end of the set, they launched into a medley of Seventies songs, kicking off with a Michael Jackson tribute of sorts as Adam Schlesinger launched into the insistent bass line of Beat It. That segued into Yes’ Roundabout (with Chris Collingwood playing a mean guitar line), and thence into Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son, followed by Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and wrapping up with Steve Miller’s Jet Airliner.