July 20, 2014
Here are some noteworthy shows coming up over the next few months. In August, The Bushwick Book Club will be heading over to City Winery with a bunch of newly written songs inspired by the book My Life as a Dog. In September, Misty Boyce will play the CD Release show for her new album The Life. Finally, in October, Mary Lee Kortes will once again sing the songs of Beulah Rowley at The Rockwood Music Hall.
Aug. 20 – The Bushwick Book Club playing songs inspired by My Life as a Dog by Reidar Jönsson
- City Winery – doors 7:30pm / show 8pm
Sept. 3 – Misty Boyce (CD Release Show) – Rockwood Music Hall – Stage and Time TBD
Oct. 7 – Mary Lee Kortes plays the Songs of Beulah Rowley – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm
July 18, 2014
There are a number of records that have been announced for later this year that I anticipate. Here are five of them in release date order.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye: This rock n roll record is due out in less than two weeks on July 29. One track from it, American Dream Plan B, has been available for streaming for a bit, and it sounds like vintage TP & TH to me. You can listen to that song by clicking on the player just below.
Secret Someones – I Won’t Follow: Secret Someones have been saying that they would have another EP out this year, and I Won’t Follow is it. I don’t know the tracks on it, but it’s now set to drop on August 26, with a full length CD from the band to follow in 2015.
Chuck Prophet – Night Surfer: As noted here yesterday, the next record from Chuck, Night Surfer is due out on September 23. If you missed listening to Wish Me Luck, the first song made available from that record, just click here.
James Maddock – The Green: The new one from James is coming some time in October and is currently available on pre-order through Pledge Music. James says that The Green will be an “up-beat, full band, full throttle experience.”
Misty Boyce – The Life: Misty’s forthcoming record is complete but has yet to find an official release date. Right now you can get a download of the album through Misty’s Pledge Music campaign.
April 18, 2014
Over the past few years I’ve heard a bit of Fleetwood Mac influence in a number of songs. That influence is very much present in this song by Lissie, a musician based in California. Here is Lissie and her band live on Conan with Further Away (Romance Police). And a tip of the hat to Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Misty Boyce for bringing this artist and video to my attention.
April 14, 2014
The Name Game: There have been a number of musician and band name changes recently. As I noted yesterday, Israel Nash Gripka is now just Israel Nash (that’s a picture of him taken at last night’s short but wonderful set at Brooklyn Bowl). Sydney Wayser is now performing under the name Clara-Nova and Harper Blynn has become Mosco Rosco. As the song Istanbul (Not Constantinople) goes “Why’d they change it? I can’t say.”
Records in the works: Leslie Mendelson is currently recording a new album in the UK with Glyn Johns producing. Secret Someones just finished tracking their first full length record. And Misty Boyce is in the midst of a Pledge Music drive to raise the money to finish the record she has been putting together since late last year.
J&R Gone: As you’ve probably read by now, J&R, formerly J&R Music World Computer World closed its doors for good last Wednesday, April 9th.
Last Minute Changes to tonight’s shows: Jim Campilongo‘s show at The Rockwood Music Hall has been canceled. Tony Scherr‘s show there will consist of Tony, Tony’s brother Pete and Anton Fier.
March 26, 2014
Aaron Lee Tasjan is back in town from East Nashville where he moved last year. Aaron will be playing the release show for Crooked River Burning, his album released yesterday by Rockwood Music Hall Recordings. Aaron has been on the road lately, playing with such guitar greats as Chuck Prophet and Steve Wynn. I’m sure tonight’s show, which Aaron will be playing with a band at Rockwood Stage 2, will be a barn burner.
Once Aaron is finished, just head through the curtain next to the stage and walk through the short hallway. You’ll then find yourself in Rockwood Stage 3. Once you’ve paid the person at the head of the stairs, head downstairs. There you’ll find singer-songwriter Misty Boyce, playing in trio formation. Misty had a wonderful EP last year, Tough Love, and is currently working on, and has a Pledge Music campaign going on for, a new full length record, The Life. Opening for Misty (as well as backing her up) will be fellow New Mexico musician Tiffany Christopher.
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Misty Boyce, (Tiffany Christopher opens), Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:45pm, $10 with a $10 drink minimum.
January 20, 2014
Here’s some more info on Saturday’s show by Li’l Mo and The Monicats as well as some newly announced shows for February and March.
Jan. 25 – Li’l Mo and The Monicats (accompanied by The Girl Group Spectacular on When Girls Sing and Too Much Time With Your Tears by The Girl Group Spectacular – Lisa Lowell, Sherryl Marshall, Susan Didrichsen, Drina Seay, Meredith Minogue, Rembert Block, Lisa Zwier, Mary Olive Smith, Monica Anderson, Deena Shoshkes, Rebecca Turner and Colleen Hindsley) - Connolly’s – 8:30pm
February and Beyond
Feb. 11 – Kelli Scarr – Bowery Electric – doors 7:30pm
Feb. 27 – Mary Lee’s Corvette – Beast of Bourbon – 9pm
Mar. 18 – Spanking Charlene – Bowery Electric – doors 7pm
Mar. 26 – Misty Boyce – Rockwood Stage 3 – 10pm