Posts Tagged ‘Ruby’

LIVE: Great White Caps @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 5/30/13

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The Great White Caps

Great White Caps (photo by Tim Livingston)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tim Livingston and Ruby
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Kowabunga, dude!

The sweltering heat marked the undeniable start of another summer – even if it was still only May. And Great White Caps rode the heat wave into town for a Thursday night show at the Hollow in Albany.

Imagine a cross between Los Straitjackets and the Neanderthals – but without the Mexican wrestling masks or the Flintstones’ faux furs. Instead, the four-piece Great White Caps were decked out in more traditional beachwear – cut-offs and such – as they took to the stage to pump out a night of what they like to call “beach rock,” a sizzling summertime hybrid of old-school surf ‘n’ garage rock.

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LIVE: Hudson Music Festival, 8/10-12/12

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Young Paris (photo by Tim Livingston)

Young Paris (photo by Tim Livingston)

Photographs by Tim Livingston, Ruby, Stanley Johnson and Sara Ayers

The second annual Hudson Music Festival took over downtown Hudson for three days earlier this month, and it seemed as though there was music everywhere you looked – in the parks, in the restaurants, in the art galleries, in the parking lots and sometimes even in the middle of the streets. Folk, hip-hop, blues, rock, funk, country, punk, jazz and just about everything in between…

Some torrential rain made the outdoor Saturday sessions something of a washout, but even then there was plenty of good listening to be had at numerous indoor venues, especially the high-profile showcases at Club Helsinki and Basilica Hudson.

On Sunday, the weather was absolutely perfect, but unfortunately, the crowds were pretty thin. In the courtyard in front of a very cool antique shop, Lady Moon crooned her way through a batch of impressively soul-soaked original tunes, as well as solid cover of the classic “Stormy Weather,” while her band, the Eclipse, made sure the previous day’s storm clouds didn’t return.

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LIVE: Justin Townes Earle @ Club Helsinki, 12/9/11

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle is the true embodiment of the genre of music known as “Americana.” Mixing folk, blues, bluegrass and gospel with a strong country influence, the son of legendary Texas troubadour Steve Earle has come a long way over the course of three albums (and a debut EP) in distancing himself from his family legacy and carving out his own history of being a great songwriter/performer.

Justin rolled into Club Helsinki in Hudson with just an acoustic guitar in hand and proceded to mesmerize and blow-away the packed house with a combination of amazing guitar playing, inspired vocals and top-notch songs that criss-crossed the landscape of American music. His musical narratives painted emotional, personal accounts of his life and those around him, that at times were both plaintive and uplifting. Songs like “Working For The MTA” and “Wanderin’” were reminiscence of two of his most obvious influences, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. The latter he proclaimed was the only person that mattered to him when applying a litmus test to a song he had written… “What would Woody have thought?”

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LIVE: Justin Townes Earle @ Club Helsinki, 12/9/11

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle

Glasses, silverware and dishes didn’t clink; cell phones had gone into hibernation. Was this intense love of music by a standing-room-only audience really happening? They were hanging on every verse and every note.

Such thoughts must have crossed the mind of the tall singer at the microphone, who throughout his sold out Friday evening performance at Club Helsinki smiled, even when playing a mournful blues riff on his acoustic guitar.

Son of the iconic Steve Earle and nephew of Stacey Earle (who never gets enough credit for her equally vivid songwriting and energetic performances, for the record), Justin Townes Earle has inherited an extraordinary family legacy of talent and turmoil and transcendence. His songs are often deeply personal, but their effect on an audience is as well. He is making some of the best roots music heard in recent memory.

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LIVE: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones/Los Straitjackets @ Club Helsinki, 6/19/11

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones

The mighty Dave Alvin reeled off the following words of wisdom just before launching into the final song of the evening, a rip-snortin’ take on the classic twangin’ “California Sun,” in which Alvin’s band, the Guilty Ones were joined by the marvelous masked musicians Los Straitjackets:

“There are a couple of rules in show business – and despite what you might have thought watching the show tonight, this is show business. First rule, never work with children or animals, right? Good rule. I’ve been down that road. It’s bumpy, and it’s a dead end. (pause) And then I quit the Blasters and moved on.

(rim shot from drummer Lisa Pankratz)

Oh, come on…

The other rule in show business is that you can never – and it may be true – you can never rock and roll on a Sunday night. What do you think? Sounds like it might be true. Can you rock and roll on a Sunday night in Hudson, New York? Can it be done?”

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