September 23, 2014
It’s been a while since Jim Boggia, who is based in Philadelphia, has played New York. But Jim will be back at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 next Wednesday. Here’s a nice performance (Jim says that it’s his favorite) of That’s Not Why I Hate New York, shot a Joe’s Pub back in 2008. It’s well worth your while to listen to this one.
September 22, 2014
Leonard Cohen turned 80 yesterday and his new album, Popular Problems will be released tomorrow. This was the first song released from the record, Almost Like the Blues. It’s wonderful, and it will be the way we start the week.
September 21, 2014
Jahn Xavier is a New York original. Jahn’s music is intelligent, rocking and soulful. In fact, the record that he made with his band, The Bowerytones, last year, Yes, You, was one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2013.
Last week’s set over in Brooklyn at Beast of Bourbon was supposed to be the band’s last show for 2014. But Jahn, Charlie and Tom had such a great time playing, they’re going to do it again tonight, this time at the cozy and inviting Treehouse at 2A in the East Village. If this show is anything like the last one (which really was a blowout) you’ll not only hear some Jahn Xavier and The Bowerytones favorites but also some new songs and covers.
George Gilmore will be opening the night of music at The Treehouse at 9pm. George plays a blend of country, alt country, Americana and even gospel.
Jahn Xavier and The Bowerytones, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, but note that the uptown F is not stopping at these stations), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)
September 20, 2014
Catch Elizabeth and The Catapult at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 tonight. You can expect keyboard based idiosyncratic classical tinged pop, songs from the Elizabeth and The Catapult album, Like It Never Happened, which was released earlier this year, and some inspired covers as well. I never leave one of Elizabeth’s shows without having being uplifted by the music. And this is an early show, starting at 7pm to be exact, so those of you who don’t want to stay out too late can take advantage of it.
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, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
September 19, 2014
I first saw Drina Seay (pronounced Sea) at the late, lamented Banjo Jim’s a few years back, mostly singing wonderful harmonies with the likes of Li’l Mo and The Monicats. Drina has been playing and singing her own Americana and alt country songs for a while now. Tonight you’ll find Drina, backed up by Li’l Mo, Homeboy Steve and Eric Seftel at The Way Station, that friendly Dr. Who themed bar in Prospect Heights. Drina goes on at 9pm. If you’ve never either see Drina or The Way Station remedy that oversight in your life tonight.
Drina Seay, The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue (2 or 3 Train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum or C Train to Clinton – Washington), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
September 18, 2014
Amy Speace used to be based in the NYC area and her appearances were frequent. Since Amy moved to Nashville four years ago, her shows here occur a bit less often, so take this opportunity to see Amy tonight.
Amy’s music these days can be classified as Americana, sometimes straight acoustic. Tonight, Amy will play at the seated, cozy Rockwood Stage 3, which is a perfect place to see her.
Amy has recently completed a new album, titled That Kind of Girl. Even though the record is not due out until March, 2015, I have no doubt that some of the new songs on it will make an appearance tonight.
After Amy finishes, Peter Case will take the stage. Peter burst into the public’s consciousness back in the 80s with The Plimsouls and the song A Million Miles Away. But lately he has been playing more stripped down music. Peter also has a new album coming out in 2015. It’s titled HWY 62 and I’m sure we’ll get a preview of it tonight.
This is an early show, starting at 7pm. It’s perfect for those who don’t like going out late on a school night.
Amy Speace, Peter Case, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $20 with a $10 drink minimum