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The Jayhawks Sound Ageless at The Bowery Ballroom

June 16th, 2016

The Jayhawks – The Bowery Ballroom – June 15, 2016

The Jayhawks - The Bowery Ballroom - June 15, 2016
It’s inspiring that Gary Louris and the Jayhawks can still do this: hit that sweet spot where good-time rock and roll, sweet-and-sour folk and scuffed country are the same music and hold on that spot for the duration of an entire show. You find yourself embracing the voices, but it’s as much the vibe, too—those mesmerizing, Everlys-style harmonies laid on a Flying Burrito Brothers bed, but with the frayed edges of ’90s alt rock present to keep things from getting too comfortable. Louris himself—surrounded by a further-revised version of the band that includes Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, Karen Grotberg and new guitarist Kraig Johnson—is making age work for him.

Louris’s singing sounds a bit more lived in, but as he and the band peeled off songs last night at The Bowery Ballroom like “Waiting for the Sun,” “Leaving the Monsters Behind” and “Stumbling Through the Dark”—the first three to begin a 25-song evening—it’s clear that he’s become the gritty veteran troubadour he could only nod toward when he was a much younger man. Even the Jayhawks classics, from “Blue,” and “Tomorrow the Green Grass” to set-closer “I’d Run Away,” have a more knowing, perhaps pragmatic tone than they once did, made that much more potent by the fact that the singer, 20 years or more later, now knows these things he thought to be evident, rather than speculated. Give Louris this, as well: That Jayhawks sound stayed remarkably consistent, right up through this year’s guitar-y, gently experimental Paging Mr. Proust, one of the band’s best albums.

That newer material—“Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces,” “Ace,” “Isabel’s Daughter”—nestles comfortably among the old, with fewer emotional triggers for a crowd weaned on classic-era Jayhawks albums like Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass, but in time, becoming of a piece with those decades-old tunes. Indeed, throughout this very sold-out show, Louris and Co. seemed to draw on as many Jayhawks flavors as possible to demonstrate the common thread, from “Tailspin,” which was served up roadhouse-Dylan style, almost a fist-pumper, to “Settled Down Like Rain,” which Louris delivered solo, plus “Tampa to Tulsa” and “Angelyne,” each with an assist from opening band Folk Uke. The Jayhawks—and Louris, personally—have been through a lot of changes since those heady days of Hollywood Town Hall. But shows like this one confirmed what we always suspected about the band back then: The Jayhawks’ sound is ageless, and their mission is a sure one, even as time marches on. —Chad Berndtson | @Cberndtson

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.com

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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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The Jayhawks – Webster Hall – January 20, 2011

January 21st, 2011

Jayhawks - Webster Hall - January 20, 2011

Photos courtesy of Chris La Putt | chrislaputt.com

(The Jayhawks show tonight at Webster Hall is sold out.)

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See the Jayhawks on 1/21

January 20th, 2011

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Tomorrow night at Webster Hall you can see the Jayhawks play their 1995 album, Tomorrow the Green Grass—that is if you’ve already got tickets because this one is sold out. If you don’t, you’ve still got a chance because The House List is giving away two of them. Want to Grow a Pair? It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Jayhawks, 1/21) and a brief message explaining your sports-watching superstitions. Eddie Bruiser, who’s too superstitious to even discuss his, will notify the winner tomorrow. Good luck!

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