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Son Volt Bring a True Sound to The Bowery Ballroom on Friday Night

April 10th, 2017

Son Volt – The Bowery Ballroom – April 7, 2017

Son Volt – The Bowery Ballroom – April 7, 2017
The Bowery Ballroom was packed on Friday night as fans eagerly waited for alt-country pioneers Son Volt to take the stage. Jay Farrar and Co. were in town for two sold-out weekend appearances supporting their new album, Notes of Blue, which finds the band mixing their rough-around-the-edges heartland anthems with a more bluesy sound. Opening the show, singer-songwriter Anders Parker eased the crowd into the night with a set of slow-burning ballads and fiery rockers. He said that a new album called The Man Who Fell from Earth arrives this week, describing it as a somber affair with Parker backed by just a pedal-steel guitar and a string trio. But he and his band opted to put some muscle behind the new material live, suitably spreading out the songs with guitar solos reminiscent of Neil Young in all of his ragged glory.

When Jay Farrar walked onstage and stepped up to the microphone to sing, “Today’s world is not my home” in his whiskey-soaked croon there was no mistaking what he meant. Ever since the dissolution of his partnership with Jeff Tweedy in the seminal alt-country band Uncle Tupelo in the mid-’90s, Farrar has been making records with Son Volt that strive for a similar gold standard: records that seem like they’ve been etched into stone and remain timeless if not out of step with the times. The new album was given the lion’s share of the set, but Son Volt managed to weave in some old favorites including the majority of their classic debut album, Trace, which, two years ago, was reissued for its 20th anniversary.

The band’s encore found them reaching deep for some Tupelo classics and Trace’s opening track, “Windfall,” which inspired the biggest crowd sing-along as the chorus “May the wind take your troubles away” rang crystal clear from the choir of flannel-clad fans raising their drinks toward the sky. Just when we thought it was over, and the audience began to thin out, the band returned to the stage for one more encore and played an exuberant cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Happy.” It was a real cherry on top of an already perfect night of rock and roll. —Patrick King | @MrPatKing

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Cut Loose with Old 97’s Tomorrow at Webster Hall

June 2nd, 2014

Along with bands like Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and the Jayhawks, Old 97’s have been at the forefront of the alt-country scene since forming in Dallas two decades ago. And over the years, two things about what Rolling Stone calls a “hard-partying twang-punk quartet”— Rhett Miller (vocals and guitar), Ken Bethea (guitar and vocals), Murry Hammond (bass and vocals) and Philip Peeples (drums and vocals)—remain true: They have no shortage of original material and they’re a high-energy live band that leaves it all onstage every night. Their most recent album came out at the end of April, and you should consider Paste impressed: “The Old 97’s aren’t fucking around. The band’s 10th full-length, Most Messed Up [stream it below], places the microscope squarely on Miller, who reflects on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of being in a working band. The result is a cathartic, punk-rock stomper of a record, and perhaps the first in the band’s catalog to accurately capture their sweatbox live performances.” And speaking of those live performances, you can experience one yourself tomorrow night at Webster Hall. Lydia Loveless opens the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Son Volt on 6/14

June 11th, 2013

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Jay Farrar’s influential alt-country outfit Son Volt are coming our way to play two shows this weekend. Tickets remain to see them at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, but if you want to see them on Friday at The Bowery Ballroom, your best bet is to try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Son Volt, 6/14) and a brief message explaining why Jay Farrar rules. Eddie Bruiser, a fan going back to Uncle Tupelo, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Double Down with Two Nights of the Old 97’s

October 23rd, 2012

Along with bands like Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and the Jayhawks, Old 97’s have been at the forefront of the alt-country scene since forming in Dallas two decades ago. And over the years, two things about the quartet—Rhett Miller (vocals and guitar), Ken Bethea (guitar and vocals), Murry Hammond (bass and vocals) and Philip Peeples (drums and vocals)— remain true: They have no shortage of original material and they’re a high-energy live band that leaves it all onstage every night. It’s hard to believe the group’s third album, Too Far to Care, which so deftly walks the line between twangy Texas country and mainstream popular music that it, perhaps, represents the perfect Venn diagram of those who equally love country and rock, came out 15 years ago. But it’s true. And the Old 97’s (above, doing “Timebomb,” Too Far to Care’s lively opening track, for KEXP FM) are out on the road celebrating its anniversary by playing the acclaimed album in its entirety plus a second set of hits. See them, along with Salim Nourallah and Rhett Miller, tonight at Webster Hall and tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.