LIVE: Lloyd Cole @ Club Helsinki, 6/14/12

June 19th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Lloyd Cole and William Cole

Lloyd Cole and William Cole

Review and photographs by Tim Livingston

There has been such an influx of great shows coming through the area the past few months sometimes something really special goes by nearly unnoticed. Such was the case when Club Helsinki in Hudson recently presented the intelligent singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole. Lloyd came on to the scene in the early-to-mid ’80s with his jangly british pop band the Commotions and since then has released a bevy of quality, yet eclectic albums. For this tour Lloyd has left behind the lush, orchestrated arrangements of many of his albums and has stripped it down to a man and his guitar. In doing so, he really showcased what a strong batch of songs he has amassed over the years.

Starting promptly at 8pm, Cole in a sense opened for himself by doing a short set of solo material, just him and his guitar, that spotlighted his smart lyrics and were driven by his strong, rich vocal delivery. A voice that one could listen to all night long. Hitting on the many eras of his career – such as “Unhappy Song” from 1995’s “Love Story” album, “Butterfly” from 1991’s “Don’t Get Weird on Me Babe” and a few tunes from his latest offering “Broken Record” – Lloyd began to weave his way through his majestic catalog filled with highlights.

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Be Here Now: Lloyd Cole @ Club Helsinki, 6/14/12

June 11th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Father and son…

Around the Nippertown music scene, the roots-rockin’ Tichy Boys – father John and son Graham – are spearheading the charge, but they’re not alone. Last month, Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard and his 18-year-old son Lucas mesmerized a nearly sold-out crowd at The Linda; dad Steven Clyde Davies sat in on keyboards with his son Mike’s band the LateShift at the Albany Tulip Festival; and Maceo Pray picked up his melodica to jam with dad Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival for a Troy Night Out performance.

Now Lloyd Cole – British-born singer-songwriter and former leader of the band the Commotions – is venturing into father-and-son territory, too, on his oh-so-brief northeastern U.S. tour that culminates with a pre-Father’s Day concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Thursday (June 14), in which he’ll be accompanied by his 19-year-old son William.

“The hope is that Will’s youth and playing style bring something fresh and vibrant to my show,” says Cole the elder. “The worry is I have stand next to someone who looks better than I did 30 years ago. We may need special lighting.”

Tix for Lloyd Cole & Son’s concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Thursday (June 14) are $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

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