Last month, on the same weekend, two of the Triangle’s most popular acts held release shows for their respective new albums.

On Friday, July 26, at a packed Cat’s Cradle, The Love Language debuted Ruby Red in their retooled format. While it sounded as though the group was still ironing out a few arrangements, what they played from the new album mixed well with their back catalog. A three-piece string section, saxophonist, and vibraphonist Mark Simonsen complemented the band well. The encore included the McLamb brothers and Ben Carr of Last Year’s Men performing “Stars” from the center of the crowd; nearly everyone sang along.

Below, see the group perform “Kids” and “High Life” from Ruby Red, plus the group’s take on The Strokes song, “The Modern Age.”