Posts Tagged ‘Matt Mac Haffie’

Parade of Shoes: Molly Durnin

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Molly Durnin (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Molly Durnin (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

“Skippin’ Town” was the one of the tunes from singer-songwriter Molly Durnin’s album Run that garnered her plenty of Local 518 radio airplay. But it also proved prophetic, as Durnin packed up and skipped town for South Carolina last month…

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Be Here Now: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones @ McGeary’s Pub, 8/22/13

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Lara Hope

Lara Hope

Story and photographs by Matt Mac Haffie

They are the Ark-Tones. They play rockabilly.

I went to the Hudson Music Fest earlier this month and caught a cocktail of premium rockabilly served up by Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones, and now I’m back, to let you know she can really shake ‘em down from the floor-boards up!

Rock/blues & rockabilly done this well is a beautiful thing to behold, Lara Hope is a beautiful thing to behold, from her Betty Page hair-do to her commanding, captivating vocals, delivered from behind cats-eye glasses with head-swiveling-style. Her band is a tight unit anchored by the upright bass of Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh and featuring the precise, dare I say it, Tichy-like guitar work of Chris Heitzman and the cave-stomp skin-pounding of one Dave Tetreault.

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CD: John Brodeur’s “Little Hopes”

Monday, August 19th, 2013

John Brodeur: Little Hopes

Review by Matt Mac Haffie

Artist: JOHN BRODEUR
CD: Little Hopes
Label: Mr. Duck/Sojourn Records 

Little Hopes is the latest full-length CD release from Albany expatriate John Brodeur, marking his first album of new material in four years. The album is a fine mix of small studio magic and guitar-fueled power-pop with Brodeur’s always brilliant songwriting providing the glue for this collection of gems.

Opening with an understated clap-and-kick backing track and floating-on-top vocals, “Be Careful” brings to mind Liam Finn. “One Man Army” and “Favorite Feeling” show off Brodeur’s strong and adept power-pop leanings, while “Neil Young” and “Second Time” have more Americana leanings.

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LIVE: Hudson Music Festival @ Hudson, 8/10/13

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Holly & Evan (photo by Sara Ayers)

Holly & Evan (photo by Sara Ayers)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Sara Ayers, Matt Mac Haffie, Tim Livingston

We headed to the Hudson Music Festival last Saturday (August 10), and really, we simply couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for wandering around Warren Street in Hudson, soaking up the sun and the sounds.

And what a glorious array of sounds it was – everything from blues to punk, from singer-songwriter folk to gospel, from jazz to roots-rockin’ Americana – emanating from seemingly every street corner, bar, park, restaurant and art gallery around town. And all of it was free…

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Parade o’ Shoes: Tommy Love

Monday, April 15th, 2013
Rockin the River with Tommy Love (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Rockin the River with Tommy Love (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

New Release Rack: Zan Strumfeld’s “Someone New”

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Zan Strumfield: Someone New

Review by Matt Mac Haffie

Sometimes a girl singing songs to her guitar can be remarkably effective. Zan Strumfeld claims to be Someone New to the singer-songwriter game. Yet her skill at the craft and mature point-of-view lyrics belie her just over twenty-two years on the planet.

Someone New opens with “Keep on Lovin’ You,” which has become a favorite number in her live sets. “Friday’s Fire” is the best of a very good group of songs, serving as proof of her prowess on guitar. Zan squeezes sparks out of her strings and burns to her very soul with a cracked-note vocal, brooding over a failed relationship and snow. “Carry On” is Zan’s upbeat juggernaut of a song, tempered with guarded optimism, and made genius by the simple yet clever use of the multiple meanings of the word “down.”

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Parade of Shoes: Jandek

Friday, January 11th, 2013
Jandek @ Flywheel, 10/1/11 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Jandek @ Flywheel, 10/1/11 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Parade of Shoes: Meagan Duffy

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Meagan Duffy, lead guitarist with MaryLeigh and the Fauves (Photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Meagan Duffy, lead guitarist with MaryLeigh and the Fauves (Photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

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