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We were at New Ruins’ record release show

And here’s the proof. Common Loon opened the evening on a splendid, reverb-drenched note.


Matthew Campbell and Robert Hirschfeld of Common Loon show off the New Ruins’ new vinyl (with the Ruins’ Elzie Sexton in the background).


The Tractor Kings continue to impress. Adding one half of The Chemicals — Johnny and Andrew Davidson — to the band was a stroke of genius. Below, Aaron McCallister and Jake Fleischli bring the country-rock goodness on Saturday night. “Gone to Heaven” always does the trick.


Elzie Sexton packs a mean beard.


So does his compatriot Caleb Means.


After a stellar set highlighted by an encore performance of two as-yet-unrecorded songs that were amazing (especially the latter), the boys from New Ruins posed for our fine photographer, David Cubberly. Left to right: Andrew Davidson (who pulled double duty this night after his set with Tractor Kings), Paul Chastain, Caleb Means, New Ruins’ fan Kurt, Elzie Sexton, and Roy Ewing.


Check out more of David Cubberly’s photography here.


If you enjoyed this, Smile Politely recommends:

+ Kids ‘R Us: New Ruins as interviewed by a trio of children
+ Growing up before our ears (New Ruins record review)
+ Not so common: the secret lives of Common Loon
+ Tractor Kings — guys worth pulling for

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