Happy Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

Now I’ve Heard Everything is taking today off.  But tomorrow, NIHE will be back bright and early as usual.

Advance Planning: May 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 5/24)

May 24, 2015

If you’ve missed seeing Freddie Stevenson over the past year or so, he’s playing on Wednesday.

May 27 – Freddie Stevenson11th Street Bar – 9pm

Tonight: The Radigan Roundup at 12th Street Bar and Rony’s Insomnia at The Rockwood Music Hall

May 24, 2015

Radigan RoundupIf you don’t have a friend with a beach house and are in NYC this weekend there’s still live music to be heard tonight.  Why not check out The Radigan Roundup?  This show is run by Terry Radigan on Sundays at Park Slope’s 12th Street Bar and Grill.  Terry is joined tonight by Rony Corcos, Natti Vogel, and Vicki Kristina Barcelona.  Things get going at 7pm and run through 9pm, but getting there early for a seat is not a bad idea.

Ronys Insomnia

Later, at  The Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side, Rony Corcos will play her second set of the night, this one a full band show with Rony’s Insomnia. The band consists of Rony on guitar and lead vocals, John Narder on guitar and keys, Jordan Lipp on drums and Yvans Jean-Michel on Bass.  Rony’s Insomnia plays psychedelic-tinged rock.  This set will start at 11pm.  It’s late but tonight is not a school night.

The Radigan Roundup, 12th Street Bar and Grill, 1123 8th Avenue – enter on 12th Street, Park Slope (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 8th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover, (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Rony’s Insomnia, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit but note that the downtown and Brooklyn bound F is not stopping at this station), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Tonight: Winterpills and Syd Straw at Joe’s Pub

May 23, 2015

If you are still in NYC during this long holiday weekend, here’s a wonderful early evening doubleheader at Joe’s Pub.  It consists of two acts that don’t play here all that much and which are well worth your while to catch.

First up are Winterpills, a Northampton, Massachusetts based band.  They play ambient rock, often called chamber pop.  But don’t think that means they are a quiet band; as I often tell people, what Winterpills do is play quiet music loudly.  And make no mistake, they rock out as well, especially on their song Broken Arm.   Winterpills only play a few dates in NYC each year, and after playing The Living Room a few weeks ago are back tonight.

Syd Straw

Headlining the show tonight will be the amazingly voiced Syd Straw.  Syd has sung back up with Pat Benatar, fronted The Golden Palominos and put out one of my all time favorite rock albums, War and Peace.  Syd now lives in a small town in Vermont and is in New York City only infrequently.  So take this opportunity to see a totally unique talent.

Winterpills and Syd Straw, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place),  7pm, $20

Tonight: The Kennedys and Ann Bond and Luther and The Missing Lynx at Rockwood Stage 3

May 22, 2015

Kennedy Villanelle

Tonight I can recommend two shows, one early and one late.  Both of the shows will take place at Stage 3 of The Rockwood Music Hall, the seated, subterranean room with the entrance on Orchard Street.  The first show gets going at 7:30pm and consists of The Kennedys.  The husband and wife duo consists of Pete and Maura and they have been playing together since 1994. Usually, when they play live it’s just the two of them.  Even so, with their two guitars, they still get a rather full sound.   I’ve always described the full band Kennedys as sounding like The Byrds but with female lead vocals.

Having just passed their 20th anniversary as a band, Pete and Maura have not lifted their feet off the pedal.  Separately and together, Pete and Maura are planning three new records for 2015.  One of those records is titled West, and was released earlier this year.  Tonight is the CD release show for the second record, Maura Kennedy’s solo CD, Villanelle: The Songs Of Maura Kennedy And B.D. Love.  It is a collaboration of the lyrics of widely published poet, B.D.Love, with music composed by Maura Kennedy.


Ann Bond Poster

Then at 11:30pm, long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan will unveil her new side project.  Here’s what Julia has to say about it:

I’m very excited to share with you a fun side project I’ve been working on as my alter ego, Ann Bond! Some of you may know that I’ve been singing in the off broadway hit, Sleep No More. Crooning jazz standards is a ball and I’ve been inspired to develop the fun further bringing it back to prohibition era all the way through the late 50’s early 60’s. Performing as Ann Bond feat. Luther & The Missing Lynx, should inspire you to dust off your Henry Mancini records, order a dirty martini, bang the bongos and cha cha cha til you drop. Slip into something slinky, release your inner party animal and come misbehave with us in the basement of Rockwood Music Hall

The KennedysRockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7:30pm, $15, with a $10 drink minimum

Ann Bond featuring Luther & The Missing Lynx, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum

Tonight: Amy Rigby at Hi-Fi Bar

May 21, 2015


For years, Amy Rigby was a fixture on the New York music scene.  At first she was in a cow punk band, but later rocked with the best of them (Linda Pitmon and Dave DeCastro of Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three were in Amy’s band before signing on with Steve).  Even when Amy left NYC and lived in Nashville or Cleveland or Birmingham, she made sure to play NYC regularly.

About eight years ago, Amy moved to France and married Wreckless Eric.  Together they put out three albums and toured every so often.  But they finally left France and moved to New York State’s Hudson Valley.

Now, Amy and Eric, still together personally, have decided to go solo musically.  And tonight, Amy plays the first of four Thursday night shows at Hi-Fi Bar in the East Village.  Here’s what Amy says is in store for us:

Returning to the old neighborhood, the scene of “Summer Of My Wasted Youth” New York’s East Village, to play a solo residency at the hospitable HiFi Bar. Four nights, four entirely different sets of old songs, new songs; 6 & 12 strings; white keys, black keys & the occasional musical guest. FREE or pay what you wish – see you there

I would expect to see a musical guest (or two or three) tonight.  And since Amy is working on a new album, a new song or two may yet appear.

Amy Rigby, Hi-Fi Bar, 169 Avenue A between 10th and 11th Streets (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 8pm, No Cover

Photo Recap: A Few Recent Shows

May 20, 2015

Here are a few photos taken at shows over the past week.

Lovin Spoonful Tribute Treehouse

The Lovin’ Spoonful Tribute at The Treehouse at 2A on 5-17-15.  From left to right, the band is Andy Reidel, Tom Clark, Craig Chesler, Sal Maida and Charlie Roth.  If you missed this, fear not, it will happen again.

Laura Cantrell Jimmy Ryan Jeremy Chatsky edit 5-12-15

Laura Cantrell (left) at the second show of her residency at Union Hall on 5-12-15.  Also shown are Jeremy Chatzky (center) and Jimmy Ryan (right).

Eric Ambel Blue Light

The lighting may make it look like Eric Ambel joined The Blue Man Group, but this was taken at Spanking Charlene‘s show at The Bowery Electric on 5-16-15.

Dear Georgiana Mercury Lounge 5-18-15

Dear Georgiana at The Mercury Lounge on 5-18-15.

Elizabeth and The Catapult Mercury Lounge 5-18-15Elizabeth and The Catapult at The Mercury Lounge on 5-18-15, with Elizabeth Ziman (center), Adam Minkoff (left) and Jesske Hume (right).


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