Friday: Afternoon and Evening, You’ve Got Lots of Good Options

October 24, 2014

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Both this afternoon and this evening have some particularly good shows, some CMJ, some non-CMJ.  Here’s the run down.

Originally from New York, Texas-based Ann Klein plays an amalgam of rock, blues and alt country.  She’ll appear at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 at 12:40pm.  A bit later, at 3pm, Brooklyn-based rockers Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club will hit the original stage at  The Rockwood Music Hall.  Back at Rockwood Stage 3, Austin’s legendary rocker Jon Dee Graham will play at 3:20pm.

Moving uptown to the Lincoln Center area, you’ll find Jeff Litman playing rock and power pop, Bryan Dunn playing story-based folk rock, and Martin Rivas playing rock as well.  This is the line up for the Friday afternoon concert series at the American Folk Art Museum.  The show starts there at 5:30pm.

Turning to tonight, Elizabeth and The Catapult bring their classical-tinged indie pop to Rockwood Stage 3 at 8pm.  Uptown in Harlem, rockers Rony’s Insomnia will play The Shrine at 8:30pm.  Legendary poet, bluesman and political activist John Sinclair will again team up with New York’s Adventures in Bluesland at Bed-Sty’s Beast Of Bourbon at 9pm.  At that same time, Brooklyn’s Jessie Kilguss will lead her band through a set at Red Hook Bait and Tackle. Finally, Jay Stolar will bring his rock and soul to Rockwood Stage 3 at 10pm.

Ann Klein (12:40pm), Jon Dee Graham (3:20pm), Elizabeth and The Catapult (8pm), Jay Stolar (10pm), Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover

Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 3pm, No Cover

Jeff Litman, Bryan Dunn and Martin Rivas, American Folk Art Museum, 2Lincoln Square at 66th Street and Columbus Avenue (1 Train to 66th Street), 5:30pm, Free

Rony’s Insomnia, The Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between West 133rd and West 134th Streets (2 or 3 Trains to 135th Street), 8:30pm, No Cover

John Sinclair with Adventures in Bluesland, Beast Of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Jessie Kilguss, Red Hook Bait and Tackle, 320 Van Brunt Street between Pioneer Street and Visitation Place (F or G Trains to Smith-9th Streets, transfer to B61 Bus to Downtown Brooklyn), 9pm, No Cover


Thursday: Six Picks

October 23, 2014

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Today’s picks are a mixture of CMJ and non-CMJ shows. There’s one in the afternoon, then at night there are four running pretty much opposite each other in disparate corners of NYC, and one late show.

Rock and soul man Jay Stolar starts today’s picks this afternoon at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall.  Jay’s show begins at 2:15pm.

Tonight, Austin’s legendary rocker Jon Dee Graham, accompanied by Mike June will play Hill Country NY in Chelsea at 9pm.  Over in Williamsburg at the same time, The Looking, a project which melds old traditional songs with new and interesting rock arrangements is up at Pete’s Candy Store, also at 9pm.

Moving south and east to The Way Station in Prospect Heights, The Jacks of Kings County will play their usual blend of rock and Americana.  This show is being videoed by the band, so expect some surprises.  Back in Manhattan on the Lower East Side, the multitalented John Sinclair will join NYC’s Adventures in Bluesland at Sidewalk Cafe at 10:30pm.  Finally, rockers My Pet Dragon will play the CMJ Afterparty at Cameo in Williamsburg at the stroke of midnight.

Jay Stolar, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 2:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Jon Dee Graham with Mike June, Hill Country NY, 30 W. 26th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway (F, M or R Trains to 23rd Street), 9pm, No Cover

The Looking, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

The Jacks of Kings County, 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), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

John Sinclair with Adventures in BlueslandSidewalk Cafe,  94 Avenue A at 6th Street (Any Train to 14th Street, L Train to 1st Avenue, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street, then transfer to M14A Bus to 6th Street) 10:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

My Pet Dragon, Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street (L Train to Bedford Avenue or G Train to Metropolitan Avenue), Midnight, No Cover


Wednesday: One Afternoon Show and Several Alternatives at Night at CMJ

October 22, 2014

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For today at CMJ, I have five recommendations.  There is one show in the afternoon and four at night, and two show in Brooklyn and three in Manhattan.

Up first is Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) the pop rock outfit that used to pack them on the Lower East Side until they pull up stakes and moved to LA a few years back.  This show gets going at 2:30pm at The Bowery Electric, but if you can’t make it to this show, don’t worry, Mosco Rosco will play another show tonight as well.

Then, at 8:45pm this evening, at Friends and Lovers in Crown Heights, Karlie Bruce will play a set of her original rock tunes with her band.  I just saw her last week and was impressed at how good she and her band are.  Although not strictly a part of CMJ, North of Amarillo, with amazing vocalist Kelli Scarr, will be playing their usual Wednesday night gig of covering the songs of Emmylou Harris and others at 9pm at Skinny Dennis in Williamsburg.

Back in Manhattan, Secret Someones will bring their power chords and harmonies to The Rockw0od Music Hall Stage 2 at 10pm.  They will soon be touring in Australia, so take this opportunity to see a band that I just can’t rave about enough.  Finally, you can end the night with Mosco Rosco, this time at The Studio at Webster Hall.  This show will start at 11:30pm.

Mosco Rosco, The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit),2:30pm, Free

Karlie Bruce, Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave between Pacific and Dean Streets, Crown Heights (C or S Trains to Franklin Avenue, transfer to B48 Bus to Dean Street), 8:45pm, $10

North of Amarillo, Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Secret Someones, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street near Houston Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Mosco Rosco, The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues (N, Q, 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 14th Street or L Train to 3rd Avenue), 11:30pm, $10


Music Video: Leslie Mendelson and Steve Nieve – Everyday I Write The Book

October 17, 2014

Leslie Mendelson City Winery 10-3-14

Leslie Mendelson was back in town for the past two weeks or so.  She not only played a wonderful show the other night at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, but also guested with Steve Nieve (one of The Attractions) at City Winery on October 3rd.  Steve played the songs of Elvis Costello at that show, and here’s  Leslie joining Steve on lead vocals and acoustic guitar on Everyday I Write the Book.  Many thanks to Larry Rulz, who captured that performance on video.

Those two shows were all we’re going to see of Leslie now, as she’s off to the west coast, and will then be returning to England to finish up the album she’s been recording.


Tonight: Bucky Hayes at The Rockwood Music Hall or Dear Georgiana at Rockwood Stage 2

October 16, 2014

Choices Large

Here are two good shows; unfortunately they conflict, so you’ll  need to choose one or the other.

At the original stage at The Rockwood Music Hall, you’ll find Bucky Hayes at 9pm.  You name it, Bucky can do it, and if you name a local musician, it’s likely that Bucky has played with him or her.  Bucky’s stock in trade is Americana and he’s a very good songwriter and an engaging performer.

But at 9:30pm, Dear Georgiana will be starting their set at Rockwood Stage 2.  Call their music atmospheric folk-rock that’s melodic with very nice vocals.  Dear Georgiana is led by Lauren Balthrop, who also plays in Elizabeth and The Catapult.  Elizabeth Ziman frequently joins Dear Georgiana as well, and should be part of the band tonight.

Bucky Hayes, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Dear Georgiana, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians band is highly recommended)


Tonight: Leslie Mendelson at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

October 15, 2014

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Long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Leslie Mendelson has been living in London this year and has been absent from her long time home, The Rockwood Music Hall.  But Leslie will grace Rockwood’s Stage 2 tonight for what looks like her only 2014 show there.

If you haven’t heard or heard of Leslie, she plays piano, guitar, ukelele and sings, has a great pop sensibility, and as Vin Scelsa of WFUV once said, “nobody can write a sweet song like Leslie.”  Famed producer Jac Holzman has even compared Leslie to Carol King.  Leslie just recently performed Elvis Costello‘s Everyday I Write the Book with Steve Nieve at City Winery, and has played with Bob Weir as well.

Leslie Mendelson, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews, used with permission of Leslie Mendelson

Advance Planning: October 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 10/14)

October 14, 2014

More updates, mostly for November.

Oct. 27 – Ann KleinRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

November and Beyond

Nov. 1 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr. – Beast Of Bourbon – 10pm

Nov. 3 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 10 – Jim Campilongo and Honey FingersRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Jan. 17 – The KennedysRockwood Stage 3 – 7:30pm


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