LIVE: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric @ the River Street Beat Shop, 4/19/14

April 25th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric

Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Last Saturday (April 19) was Record Store Day, and Jimmy Barrett and the rest of the fine folks at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy did it up right, hosting a free, indoor/outdoor doubleheader concert, in addition to offering a big batch of Record Store Day exclusive merch – including the “Bubbles in the Think Tank” colored-vinyl EP and cool seven-inchers by Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix from the fine folks at Coxsackie’s Sundazed Music.

The live music was flowing, too, with Nippertown garage-rockers the Mysteios kicking off the afternoon’s festivities with a sneak peek at their upcoming new CD, Planet Action, during an outdoor performance on the sidewalk in front of the store. The celebration moved inside for a fine set by the fab couple Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric that included Rigby’s rockin’ “Dancing With Joey Ramone” and, of course, Eric’s vintage Stiff Records classic, “Whole Wide World.”

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LIVE: Pete LaBonne @ River Street Beat Shop, 10/5/13

October 7th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Story and video by Joel Patterson

The future belongs to songwriters. Ever look at it that way? A hundred years from now, I predict two things: the songs of Hank Williams will still be around, and so will a few of Pete LaBonne’s.

Despite all the attention Pete gets for his supremely spontaneous and ironic personality – which charges his performances with the scent of maximum subversiveness, almost criminal in its recklessness – his real claim to fame is the words-and-music part. He’s grafted the utterly innocent language of everyday speech onto the eternal, timeless rhythms of the American songbook. A “good” song – a great song! – is often the simplest phrase, hopping over a simple beat, and when a singer is roaring with confidence, swept up in the urgency and joy of it all… well, that’s a beautiful thing.

Plus, Pete’s always twisting things for entertainment value: pointing out absurdities and timeless truths in equal measure. Sometimes, these turn out to be the same things. So, I do think we got something lasting, here, but trying to picture October of 2113… I got to sit down, I’m getting dizzy.

LIVE: Pete LaBonne @ Caffe Lena, 5/11/12

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