Live: Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ the Calvin Theatre, 7/20/10

July 26th, 2010, 5:01 pm by Greg

Alejandro Escovado

Alejandro Escovado

Alejandro Escovedo has been knocking out one great album after another since his solo debut in 1992 – and he made some mighty fine albums before that with such bands as Rank & File and the True Believers.

Sadly, he still hasn’t been able to break out of cult status and into mainstream success. The small crowd of discerning folks at the Calvin Theatre last week didn’t care. They already knew that talent is no guarantee of success in the music biz. And they already knew about Escovedo’s towering musical talent.

Escovedo and his lean, mean power-trio of a band, the Sensitive Boys, stepped out on stage swinging for the fences with an amped-up, bristling “Always a Friend.” They concentrated on the new album, “Street Songs of Love,” early on, cranking it up for serious, no-frills rockin’ on “This Bed’s Getting Crowded” and the roaring garage-rock nugget “Tender Heart.” Throughout the night, guitarist David Pulkingham was nothing short of amazing.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Jeff Fox of Empire State Troopers

October 15th, 2009, 11:12 am by Greg

JeffFoxNAME: Jeff Fox
BAND AFFILIATION: Empire State Troopers
INSTRUMENT: Bass guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Weird Al Yankovic’s “Dare to be Stupid”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Beach Boys or something

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Involuntarily: Piano / Voluntarily: Guitar

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Some Beatles song. Maybe “I’m Looking Through You”? I played guitar while some girl sang in a stupid talent show. It was horrible.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS… Glitter of Cohoes. This is the first band I was in that actually played shows and recorded and all that stuff.

Jeff Fox and his bandmates in Empire State Troopers plug in and crank it out at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday, October 16. They’ll be joined by Complicated Shirt, Sonorous Gale and Black Pyramid. Then on Saturday, October 17, Empire State Troopers, Sonorous Gale and Black Pyramid will shuffle over to the Elevens in Northampton, Mass.

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