Advance Planning: May 2015 Music Calendar

April 28, 2015

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Although you wouldn’t know it from the weather, it’s nearly May and therefore time for the May Music Calendar.  There are two residencies worth checking out more than once: Laura Cantrell at Union Hall and Amy Rigby at Hi-Fi Bar.  As for the calendar, the usual ground rules apply: listings are for venues in New York City and for bands that I can personally recommend or which I have reason to believe are worthwhile.  All shows listed here are free or have tickets which cost $40 or less. I’ve tried to list the set time for each band.  If all I have is a time when the show starts or when doors open, I’ll list that and so note it.  As usual, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month, because, as Dawes notes, Things Happen.

May 1 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Beast of Bourbon – 10pm

May 1 – Li’l Mo and The MonicatsSunny’s – 10pm

May 2 – The Baseball ProjectRough Trade – 8pm

May 2 – Spanking CharleneFat Baby – 8pm

May 3 – Roger Clyne and The PeacemakersWebster Hall (Marlin Room) – 8pm

May 3 – Richard Julian (Two Sets) – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

May 3 – Alice’s Palace – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

May 4 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

May 5 – Laura CantrellUnion Hall – show 8pm

May 5 – Joy AskewLiving Room – 8pm

May 6 – Bucky HayesRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

May 6 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 10pm

May 7 – Amy RigbyHi-Fi Bar  – 10pm

May 8 – The DamnwellsIrving Plaza – 8pm

May 9 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3, The Minus 5Monty Hall – show 9pm

May 9 – Sasha DobsonPete’s Candy Store – 10pm

May 9 – Fife and DromPete’s Candy Store – 11pm

May 10 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 10pm

May 11 – MancieBowery Electric – 8pm

May 11 – Lelia Broussard –  Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 11 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

May 11 – Interrobang with Zach Jones, Chris Kuffner, Martin RivasRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

May 12 – Laura CantrellUnion Hall – show 8pm

May 12 – Joy AskewRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 13 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 10pm

May 14 – Amy RigbyHi-Fi Bar  – 10pm

May 14 – Mieka Pauley – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

May 14 – The New Ponies – Pete’s Candy Store – 11pm

May 15 – Matthew Ryan and The Northern Wires (Tracy Bonham opens) – 9pm

May 15 – Dirty Water DogsAn Beal Bocht Cafe – 9pm

May 15 – Bryan Dunn – Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

May 16 – Spanking CharleneBowery Electric – doors 7:30pm

May 16 – Jay Stolar – Mercury Lounge – 9pm

May 17 – Alex Battles (solo) – Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

May 17 – A Tribute to The Loving Spoonful – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

May 18 – Dear Georgiana, The Spring Standards and Elizabeth and The CatapultMercury Lounge – 7pm

May 18 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight – 3am

May 19 – Laura CantrellUnion Hall – show 8pm

May 20 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 10pm

May 21 – Mieka PauleyPianos – 7pm

May 21 – Amy RigbyHi-Fi Bar  – 10pm

May 22 – The KennedysRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

May 22 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesLiving Room – 8pm

May 23 – Syd Straw, WinterpillsJoe’s Pub – 7pm

May 23 – A Birthday Homage to Bob Dylan with The Zimmymen and The Wimmymen plus The Hollows Performing Blonde on Blonde – The Way Station – 10pm

May 26 – Laura CantrellUnion Hall – show 8pm

May 26 – Drina Seay with Homeboy SteveSilvana – 9pm

May 28 – Marshall CrenshawCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

May 28 – North of AmarilloHill Country NY – 9pm

May 28 – Amy RigbyHi-Fi Bar  – 10pm

May 28 – Jimmy & Immy (James Maddock & David Immergluck) – Rockwood Stage 3 – 10pm

May 29 – Sasha Dobson, The LookingSubCulture – 8pm

May 31 – MiltonPete’s Candy Store – 9pm

June and Beyond

June 3 – Bucky HayesRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

June 3 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 10pm

June 10 – Michaela AnneSkinny Dennis – Time TBD

June 11 – Dar Williams, Jim LauderdaleCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

June 13 – Dar Williams, Jill SobuleCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

June 17 – John Dee GrahamHill Country NY – 9pm

July 8 – World Party – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

July 8 – Hayes CarllMercury Lounge – 8pm

July 9 – World Party – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

July 10 – World Party – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

July 15 – Hayes CarllRough Trade – show 9pm

July 22 – Hayes CarllMercury Lounge – 8pm

July 27 – Dawes – Central Park Summerstage – show 5pm


Music Video: Elvis Costello – When I Write the Book / Everyday I Write the Book Medley

April 27, 2015

Elvis Costello Letterman 4-2015

For what is likely to be his last appearance on David Letterman, Elvis Costello takes the Nick Lowe song When I Write the Book and blends his own Everyday I Write the Book into it.  Elvis is backed up by the vocal group The Quills on this one.


Tonight: Three Shows, But You Can Only See Two of Them

April 26, 2015

Choices Large

For some reason, over the past couple of years, what used to be sleepy Sunday has turned into a night which usually offers abundant choices.  This is such a night.

At 7pm, down on the Lower East Side, you’ll find Elizabeth and The Catapult over at Rockwood Stage 2.  Call their music keyboard based idiosyncratic classical tinged pop. Their last record, Like It Never Happened was one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s top albums for 2014. Elizabeth also likes to throw in some inspired covers as well. I never leave one of Elizabeth’s shows without having being uplifted by the music.

After Elizabeth, there’s the choice between two shows.  Both are just a few blocks away from The Rockwood, but officially a neighborhood over, in the East Village.

Li’l Mo and The Monicats at will take the stage at The Treehouse at 2A at 9pm.  There, Monica Passin, better known as Li’l Mo, will lead her band, The Monicats, through country, rockabilly, blues, 60s pop and whatever else she and they may play. And I’ll add that not only are Li’l Mo and The Monicats terrific musically, they are just plain fun to watch.

At the same time Leslie Mendelson, Jon Graboff and Keith Christopher will play Randy Newman at The 11th Street Bar. See three top notch musicians get together in a cozy neighborhood bar and play songs that they’ve admired for years.

Elizabeth and The Catapult, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $5

Li’l Mo and The Monicats, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Leslie Mendelson with Jon Graboff and Keith Christopher performing songs by Randy Newman, 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A &B (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 9pm, No Cover


Today and Tonight: Wall to Wall Cash at Symphony Space

April 25, 2015

Johnny Cash  Wall Mural

Here’s something that’s worth your while, will no doubt fit in your schedule and is absolutely free.  Wall to Wall Cash is a celebration of the music of Johnny Cash.  It’s happening at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, runs from 4 to 11 pm, has a cast of dozens and is absolutely free (but on a first come, first served basis).

This event is split into two parts.  The first, Love and Death, will run from 4 to 7:30pm, feature Johnny Cash’s songs on those topics (Ring of Fire, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Delia’s Gone, Ain’t No Grave and more) and feature the following performers: Dayna Kurtz, Morgan O’Kane, Eric Mingus, Janine Nichols, Jason Walker, Morley, Marc Anthony Thompson, Balthrop Alabama, Sam Cohen, Marika Hughes, Plume Giant, Aja Monet, Nation Beat, LAVA and Mamie Minch.

Part 2 continues  at 7:30pm and will run until 11pm.  It’s titled Prison and The Man in Grass and features songs focused on bad deed and hard times.  This segement includes a full set from the live album At Folsom Prison, by Superhuman Hapiness, as well as bluegrass Cash and will also feature Morgan O’Kane, Marika Hughes, Parsonsfield, Howard Fishman, Alison Brown, Bruce Molsky, Michael Daves and Kat Edmonson.

Wall to Wall Cash, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway between West 94th and West 95th Streets (1, 2 or 3 Trains to 96th Street), 4-11pm, Free


Music Video: Heartless Bastards – Gates of Dawn

April 24, 2015

Heartless Bastards SXSW 2015

Austin-based Heartless Bastards have a new record, titled Restless Ones, coming out in June.  From it, they’ve released this video for one song, Gates of Dawn.  It sounds great and it would not be a bad idea to turn up the volume on this one. The band will be in NYC on June 15 at Webster Hall.


Advance Planning: April 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 4/23)

April 23, 2015

More shows during the rest of this month.

Apr. 25 – Wall to Wall Cash, a celebration of Johnny Cash, Part 1, Love & Death, with Dayna Kurtz, Morgan O’Kane, Eric Mingus, Janine Nichols, Jason Walker, Morley, Marc Anthony Thompson, Balthrop Alabama, Sam Cohen, Marika Hughes, Plume Giant, Aja Monet, Nation Beat, LAVA, Mamie Minch – Symphony Space – 4-7:30pm

Apr. 25 – Wall to Wall Cash, a celebration of Johnny Cash, Part 2, Prison & The Man in Grass, with Morgan O’Kane, Marika Hughes, Parsonsfield, Howard Fishman, Alison Brown, Bruce Molsky, Michael Daves, Kat Edmonson – Symphony Space – 7:30-11pm

Apr. 26 – Leslie Mendelson with Jon Graboff and Keith Christopher performing songs by Randy Newman – 11th Street Bar – 9pm

Apr. 27 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Stage 2 –  10:30pm

Apr. 27 – Rich Hinman – Rockwood Stage 2 –  11:45pm

Apr. 29 – Pete SinjinRockwood Music Hall – 8pm


Photo Recap: Some Recent Shows

April 23, 2015

Here are a few photos taken at shows over the past two weeks or so.  All but one of them were posted on Instagram while the shows were happening.  So don’t forget to follow @nowiveheardeverything there too.  As it happens all but one of these shows were on one stage or another at The Rockwood Music Hall.

Dina Regine Rockwood 4-22-15Dina Regine (right) with Tony Scherr (left) and Michelle Casillas (center)

Westies Rockwood 4-16.15The Westies

Jess Klein Rockwood 4-16-15Jess Klein

Amy Speace Megan Palmer Rockwood 4-6-15Amy Speace (right) and Megan Palmer

He Play Real Good for Free 14th St 4-4-15He played real good for free on the 14th Street F Train stop


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