Advance Planning: September 2015 Music Calendar

September 1, 2015

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It’s September, but a quirk in the calendar gives us a full week before Labor Day.  So the summer season has one more week than usual to run.

I’ve broken one of the usual rules to list a show that is priced above the $40 ticket price cutoff.  That show is Neil Fest, which has a bunch of big names singing the songs of Neil Young.  At $50-55 a ticket, it’s pricey, but it’s being done for charity.

As for the rest of 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 always, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.

Latest Update: Sept. 2

Sept. 1 – Matt KeatingHi-Fi Bar – 8:30pm

Sept. 2 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Sept. 3 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.The Rock Shop – 9pm

Sept. 3 – Drina Seay with Homeboy SteveSilvana – 8pm

Sept. 5 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Update: Sept. 6 – Vicki Kristina BarcelonaBarbes – 7pm

Sept. 6 – Kevin Gordon TrioRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Sept. 8 – Freddie Stevenson (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Sept. 8 – To Live is to Fly: A celebration of the music of Townes Van Zandt with Collin Couvillion, Marc Delgado, Joe Redding and more – The Way Station – 9pm

Update: Sept. 10 – The Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 10pm

Sept. 10 – Rony’s InsomniaRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Sept. 11 – Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders with special guests Ted Allen, Stacey D’erasmo, Dave Hill, Sally Timms (The Mekons), Dar Williams, and Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 12 – Bryan DunnRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Sept. 12 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 10pm

Sept. 13 – Marshall Crenshaw, Garland Jeffreys & Jonathan Edwards In-The-Round – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 13 – Neil Fest, A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young with The Cabin Down Below Band, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt, Nick Zinner, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel and David Gibson and more – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Sept. 14 – Heartless BastardsMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 9pm

Sept. 14 – Neil Fest, A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young with The Cabin Down Below Band, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt, Nick Zinner, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel and David Gibson and more – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Sept. 14 – Interrobang (with Zach Jones, Chris Kuffner, Martin Rivas)Rockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Sept. 18 – Matt KeatingLiving Room – 7pm

Sept. 18 – Dirty Water DogsBar Chord – 9pm

Sept. 18 – The Humdrums – Hank’s Saloon – Midnight

Sept. 19 – Kristin DiableMadison Square Park – 3pm

Update: Sept. 19 – Drina SeayPleasant Village Community Garden – 3:15pm

Update: Sept. 19 – Elena Skye and Boo ReinersPleasant Village Community Garden – 4pm

Sept. 19 – Liz TormesPete’s Candy Store – 5pm

Sept. 19 – Rebecca Loebe, BettysooRockwood Stage 3 – 6:30pm

Sept. 20 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Sept. 20 – Kristin DiableKnitting Factory – 6pm

Update: Sept. 21 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight-3am

Sept. 23 – Joy AskewRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Sept. 23 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Sept. 24 – The JacksThe Way Station – 9pm

Sept. 25 – The Kennedys: A Tale of Two CitiesRockwood Stage 3 – 7:30pm

Update: Sept. 25 – Vicki Kristina BarcelonaBar LunAtico – 8:30pm

Update: Sept. 27 – Nicole AtkinsHoboken Arts and Music Festival (Observer Highway Stage) – 2:50pm

Update: Sept. 27 – Willie Nile – Hoboken Arts and Music Festival (Observer Highway Stage) – 4:30pm

Update: Sept. 28 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Sept. 30 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Sept. 30 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

October and Beyond

Oct. 1 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Hi-Fi Bar – 8pm

Update: Oct. 1 – Secret SomeonesRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Oct. 3 – Liz TormesPete’s Candy Store – 5pm

Oct. 3 – Richard LloydThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Oct. 4 – Misty BoyceRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 7 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Update: Oct. 9 – Bottle Rockets, Mark OlsonBowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Oct. 12 – Chuck Prophet, Robbie FulksCity Winery – doors 6pm/ show 8pm

Oct. 14 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Oct. 16 – Jon Dee Graham, Rod PicottHill Country NY – 11pm

Oct. 18 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Oct. 22 – Israel NashMercury Lounge – 8pm

Oct. 24 – John Doe and The SadiesHill Country NY – doors 9:30pm / show 10pm

Oct. 25 – PoundcakeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Oct. 30 – Richard LloydThe Bowery Electric – show 8pm

Update: Nov. 20 – Dawn LandesJoe’s Pub – 7:30pm

Nov. 22 – The Flamin’ GrooviesBaby’s All Right – 8pm


Tonight: A Tripleheader at The Rockwood Music Hall

August 17, 2015

RockwoodIt’s a good night to hang out at the original stage at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Hitting the stage at 8pm will be long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Sasha Dobson.  For this show she is stepping away from Puss n Boots, the band she is in with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper.  Sasha will be playing her own songs, including those from her most recent album, Aquarius, released about two years ago, and I suspect some new material as well.

Later, at 10pm, Jim Campilongo will continue his long running Monday night residency as well.  Joining Jim tonight, will be Chris Morrissey on bass and Josh Dion on drums.  These Monday night sessions are an exploration of the instrumental side of music, a jazz approach to rock, if you will.  Jim is a master of the Telecaster, and you will be amazed at what he can do with it.

Immediately following Jim, David Luther take over.  David will not be playing his usual set tonight; here’s what he says will be happening:

This time, I’ll be trying something new: a set of atmospheric instrumental tunes, inspired by old rhythm n’ blues, surf rock, spaghetti westerns, classic James Bond underscore, and such ilk. Screaming sax, spring reverb in abundance, a variety of delectable grooves.

As usual, David will be on sax and tonight will be joined by Mark Marshall on guitar, Adam Minkoff on bass and Rob Heath on drums.

Sasha Dobson (8pm), Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion (10pm), and David Luther (11pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit – note that the F Train is only running uptown into the Lower East Side), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Music Video: Puss n Boots – Same Old Bullshit (Live)

July 24, 2015

Pussn Boots Same Old

Puss n BootsNorah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper – have just completed a four show stint where they opened for Neil Young.  This video was shot at their show at the Champlain Valley Fair Grounds in Essex Junction, Vermont.  This song, Same Old Bullshit, is a new one, and as far as I know it’s the first time that Norah plays drums for the band.  A big tip of the hat to Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, know as  nnmvt on YouTube, who recorded this.

 

 


Tonight: Sasha Dobson and The Looking at SubCulture

May 29, 2015

Sasha Dobson Make It Alright Bell House

There’s a very interesting double bill over in Noho at SubCulture tonight.  Headlining will be long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Sasha Dobson.  For this show she is stepping away from Puss n Boots, the band she is in with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper and which is getting ready to go on tour to open for Neil Young.  Sasha will be playing her own songs, including those from her most recent album, Aquarius, released about two years ago.

Opening the show will be The Looking, which is a project of musician Todd Carter.  Todd has taken traditional and folk songs such as All the Pretty Little Horses and 900 Miles, and recorded them with full bodied rock arrangements.

Sasha Dobson and The Looking, SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street between Lafayette and Mott Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or B, D, F or M Trains to Broadway-Lafayette), 8pm, $15


Tonight: Tony Scherr and Jim Campilongo at The Rockwood Music Hall

February 23, 2015

Tony Scherr

If you are a musician in New York City, you’ve definitely heard of Tony Scherr, and probably, at one time or another, played with him.  The list of people who Tony has played with includes Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Norah Jones, and Ana Egge.  Tony is also a member of the band Ursa Minor.

But tonight, like he has on so many Monday nights before, Tony will set up at The Rockwood Music Hall and play guitar for an hour with Rob Jost on bass and Anton Fier on drums.  You can expect to hear crunchy guitar parts, slide work and extended jams.  But there can be more introspective numbers too: I’ve even seen Tony unplugged his electric guitar for a quiet song.

 

Campilongo cutdown

After Tony and his trio finish their set, Jim Campilongo will continue his long running Monday night residency as well.  Joining Jim tonight, will be Chris Morrissey on bass and Josh Dion on drums.  These Monday night sessions are an exploration of the instrumental side of music, a jazz approach to rock, if you will.  Jim is a master of the Telecaster, and you will be amazed at what he can do with it.

Update: Hagar Ben Ari is in and Chris Morrissey is out on bass with Jim tonight.

Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost (9pm), Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion (10pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

 

 


Music Video: Puss n Boots – Shake Yer Christmas Butt

December 17, 2014

Christmas Butt Cat

If you are tired of the repetition of holiday music (15 songs make up 50% of what’s played on holiday formatted radio), why not turn to a holiday song that was first performed last week?  Here is a video from The Puss n Boots Christmas Spectacular Take 3 at The Bell House.  The song is an original from Puss n Boots bassist Cat Popper and it’s called Shake Yer Christmas Butt.  You’ll see Norah Jones on guitar and vocals, but Sasha Dobson on the drums is off camera.  As he has done several times before, tahcofan capture Puss n Boots for us.


Best Albums of 2014 – Part 2

December 13, 2014

Here are the second five albums in the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best of 2014 list; you’ll find the first part here.

Jim Keller Heaven Can WaitJim Keller – Heaven Can Wait: Jim Keller is known for his soul tinged rock and his full speed ahead shows originally at The Lakeside Lounge and more recently at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Heaven Can Wait is a small departure from that; Jim said that these songs were written at 2am.  As befits something happening in those early hours, the songs on this collection are more quiet and introspective than those on Jim’s previous records.  Standouts include Cali Girl (what seems to be a scene from long ago), Crush on You and Take Me for a Ride.

Leonard Cohen Popular ProblemsLeonard Cohen – Popular Problems: Just a few days short of his 80th birthday, Leonard Cohen graced us with this new record.  While his voice has grown rougher with age, it still is the perfect vehicle for his work.  The batch of songs this time around compare admirably with Leonard’s previous ones.  Musically, the instrumentation  plus female backup singers that has worked so well with previously are here again.

PussnBoots No Fools No FunPuss n Boots – No Fools, No Fun: Puss n Boots consists of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper.  They have been around so long that their first website was on My Space.  They’ve played small clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn for years, and this year they finally put out a record so that those of us who have not been able to see them at their gigs can finally get to hear them.  What you get is a fine blend of originals (two each from Sasha and Cat and one from Norah) and mostly country covers, although Down By the River and Jesus, Etc., both here, can hardly be called country.  Of course, the vocals and harmonies from Norah, Sasha and Cat are all top notch as well.

RyanAdams Self TitledRyan Adams – Ryan Adams: After suffering with some health issues over the past few years, Ryan Adams is back and ready to rock.  The album’s lead off track, Gimme Something Good, is an insistent rocker which impressed David Letterman so much that he asked Ryan and band to play it twice when they appeared on Letterman’s show.  This self-titled album also has a few slower numbers mixed in with the rockers.  There is no doubt that with this album Ryan is back and ready to play again.

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn CoverSad Bastards of Brooklyn – Volume 1: For quite a while now, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner of the hard rocking Spanking Charlene step out of that band and play as The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  The idea of SBB is that Charlene and Mo will  play the most depressing songs they know.  The surprising thing is that their gigs have always been a good deal of fun.  So about a year ago, they stepped into the studio with Eric “Roscoe” Ambel producing and recorded this record of covers.  You’ll be impressed by Charlene’s voice, Mo’s acoustic guitar and the selection of songs here.  And although this record may be on the quiet side, it’s impressive, not depressing.


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