Tonight: The Kennedys at Rockwood Stage 3, Aaron Lee Tasjan at Rockwood Stage 2 or Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club at Spike Hill

April 16, 2014

Choices Large

Here are three shows that timed and spaced so that you’ll probably only be able to see one of them.  First off at 8pm at cozy and subterranean Rockwood Stage 3, The Kennedys will play a tribute to Nanci Griffith.  Both Pete and Maura played in Nanci’s band years ago.

Upstairs in Rockwood Stage 2, Aaron Lee Tasjan is back in town from East Nashville where he moved last year.  Aaron’s a great songwriter and guitar player, and this set, which starts at 9pm, will be well worth your while.

Finally, over in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg, Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club will play another show in their Wednesday night residency at Spike Hill. Chris and company will take the stage at 10pm.

“Trouble in the Fields: The Songs of Nanci Griffith” a tribute by The Kennedys, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, $15, with a $10 drink minimum, 8pm

Aaron Lee Tasjan, Rockwood Stage 2, 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 recommended)

Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Spike Hill, 184 & 186 Bedford Avenue between N. 6th & N. 7th Streets, Brooklyn (L Train to Bedford Avenue) 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Advance Planning: April 2014 Music Calendar Update (added 4/10)

April 10, 2014

Here are some updates that have shown up recently.  As usual, they have also been added to the main April 2014 calendar.

Apr. 14 – Wilderlands – Pete’s Candy Store – 11pm

Apr. 24 – Julia HaltiganKnitting Factory – show 10pm

May and Beyond

May 1 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 3 – 11pm

May 4 – Julia Haltigan, Arum RaeJoe’s Pub – 7pm

May 4 – Jim KellerRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

May 7 – Rony’s InsomniaRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 8 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

May 26 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm


Tonight: Amy Speace featuring James Mastro at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

April 7, 2014

Amy Speace Health Care PSA

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 with long-time musical collaborator James Mastro on guitar at the seated, cozy Rockwood Stage 3, which is a perfect place to see her.

I’ve heard that Amy has been working on some new songs; perhaps she’ll showcase some of them tonight.  Amy has also recently appeared in a public service announcement made on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services about here experiences with the Affordable Care Act, as well as in a press conference with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Amy Speace, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, $15 with a $10 drink minimum


Tonight: The Jim Keller Band at The Rockwood Music Hall

April 6, 2014

Jim Keller

Back in the early 80s, Jim Keller wrote the still ubiquitous 867-5309/Jenny and was part of the band that recorded it, Tommy Tutone.  That band broke up shortly after that and Jim kept working as musician.  After a few years, he put his guitar away and ended up working for the music company of composer Philip Glass, licensing Glass’s music.  About five years ago, Jim dug his guitar out of the back of the closet and started writing and performing again.  The Jim Keller Band is made up of some of New York City’s musical mainstays.  One thing for sure, these guys know how to rock.  Jim’s album, Soul Candy, was on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums list a few years back.  Even though Sunday is a school night, this show starts early and you’ll be able to get home before it gets too late.

The Jim Keller Band, Rockwood Music Hall, 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 musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Losers Lounge at Joe’s Pub, Benjamin Cartel at Rockwood Stage 2 or Mancie at Arlene’s Grocery

April 4, 2014

Choices Large

While tonight is not quite the everyone playing everywhere moment like last night, Friday night still has many things going on.

At Joe’s Pub, the latest offering from The Losers Lounge is Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly Simon in which an all star cast will present songs from these long time favorites. There are shows tonight (each a separate admission) at 7pm and 9:30pm.

A bit further downtown, Benjamin Cartel will play the record release show for his new one, Money & Love.  If you only know Benjamin from his previous incarnation as half of the lo-fi duo KaiserCartel be prepared to see a different side of him here.  Money & Love is a record which gets much inspiration from 60s and 70s pop and rock.  Benjamin will get going at 8pm.

Then at 9pm, just down the block and around the corner, Mancie, the Brooklyn-based garage/punk band whose EP Only the Wanted landed on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums of 2012 list, will be playing at Arlene’s GroceryMancie features the insistent vocals of front woman Andrea Montgomery, smart songwriting and cover choices and lots of fuzz and reverb.  In other words, 100% of your recommended daily allowance of pure unadulterated rock n roll.

The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly Simon, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place),  7pm and 9:30 (separate admissions), $25

Benjamin Cartel , Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, $10

Mancie, Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton Street (F  Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, $10


Tonight: The Biggest Night I Can Recall

April 3, 2014

Choices Large
There are eight shows I can recommend tonight: I don’t remember any one night having so many good acts playing.  Even though the wonderful Secret Someones are sold out, that still leaves seven shows from which you can choose.

Starting at 7pm over at Joe’s Pub, the latest offering from The Losers Lounge is Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly Simon in which an all star cast will present songs from these long time favorites.  Then at 8pm, Just a bit north in Greenwich Village, Julia Haltigan will be playing her songs which draw on rock, r&b, Latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more in trio formation at Greenwich House Music School.  Also at 8pm, Elizabeth and The Catapult will be playing a solo show at Rockwood Stage 3.  Elizabeth was thinking of making this an all Joni Mitchell cover show.

There are a three shows over in Brooklyn which begin at 9pm.  At Skinny Dennis over in Williamsburg, North of Amarillo will feature Kelli Scarr on vocals as they play covers which include many from Emmylou Harris.  A few blocks away, Jeff Litman will be playing his power pop and rock songs with a full band at Spike Hill.  And also at 9pm, near the Myrtle-Willoughby stop on the G train, Megan Reilly will bring her atmospheric rock over to Beast of Bourbon.

Finally, tonight is the inaugural show featuring Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends at 2A over in the East Village.  Things get going at 11pm and will continue through to 3am.

The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly Simon, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place),  7pm, $25

Julia Haltigan, Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street between Bedford Street, Barrow Street and 7th Avenue South (1 Train to Christopher Street or A,B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to West 4th Street), 8pm, $15

Elizabeth and The Catapult, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, $7 with a $10 drink minimum

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

Jeff Litman, Spike Hill, 184 & 186 Bedford Avenue between N. 6th & N. 7th Streets, Brooklyn (L Train to Bedford Avenue) 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Megan ReillyBeast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 9-11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends, 2A,  25 Avenue A between Houston and 2nd Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street or J Train to Essex Street), 11pm – 3am, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Advance Planning: April 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 4/2)

April 2, 2014

Two residencies, and a few shows in addition to them, including two shows for tomorrow.

Apr. 3 – Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Apr. 3 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 9 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm

Apr. 10 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 16 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm

Apr. 17 – My Pet DragonRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Apr. 17 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 23 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm

Apr. 24 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 30 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm


News and Notes

April 1, 2014

 

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The second floor at 2A, the bar on Avenue A and 2nd Street has been hosting Tom Clark’s Treehouse at 2A on Sunday nights for several years.  Now, it will be hosting music on Thursday nights from 11pm until 3am as well.  Musician (and the guy who booked Banjo Jim’s) Jeremiah Birnbaum announced the following yesterday:

Starting this Thursday and ongoing, my amazing band of friends and I will host a late night weekly residency/community musical evening Upstairs at 2A, inspired by the old days of post-gig jams at Banjo Jim’s and Late Night at Rockwood, and the great Tom Clark’s weekly Treehouse!

Goodbye Blue Monday

Goodbye Blue Monday lives to see another day.  Now I’ve Heard Everything previously reported on the Bushwick venue’s quest to raise $7000 to pay off its fines and remain open.  Fortunately the money was raised and the venue remains open, at least for now.  The next deadline facing Goodbye Blue Monday will be in June, when its current lease expires.

Julia Haltigan Motorcycle

Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan made the pages of the New York Times yesterday.  However, the article was not about Julia’s activities as a musician, but as a motorcycle rider.  If you’ve seen Julia a time or two and heard her sing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning , you’re probably aware of  this part of Julia’s life.  Check out the full New York Times article by clicking here.

JandR logo 300Finally, after Sunday’s post about J&R, I received a report that the 40 year old New York City institution is going to be sold to new owners this spring.   Given the state of the store these days, I will not be surprised if this happens.


Advance Planning: April 2014 Music Calendar

March 31, 2014

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No fooling, tomorrow’s April!  And just as Now I’ve Heard Everything has done for the past 50 consecutive months, here is the monthly music calendar, this time for April 2014.  Listings on the calendar 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, I’ll list that and so note it.  As usual, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.

Latest Update: April 16

Apr. 2 – James Maddock (solo) – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Apr. 2 – Jim Campilongo and HoneyfingersBarbes – 8pm

Apr. 2 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Apr. 3 – The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly SimonJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Apr. 3 – Julia HaltiganGreenwich House Music School – 8pm

Apr. 3 – Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Apr. 3 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Apr. 3 – Megan ReillyBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

Sold Out! Apr. 3 – Secret SomeonesKnitting Factory – 9pm

Apr. 3 – Jeff LitmanSpike Hill – 9pm

Apr. 3 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 4 – The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly SimonJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Apr. 4 – Benjamin Cartel  (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Apr. 4 – MancieArlene’s Grocery – 9pm

Apr. 4 – The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly SimonJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Apr. 5 – The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly SimonJoe’s Pub – 1pm

Apr. 5 – The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly SimonJoe’s Pub – 6:30pm

Apr. 5 – Ursa MinorThe Bowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Apr. 5 – The Losers Lounge Presents: Linda Ronstadt vs. Carly SimonJoe’s Pub – 9pm

Apr. 5 – Dirty Water DogsBar Chord – 9pm

Apr. 6 – Jim KellerRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Apr. 7 – Amy Speace featuring James Mastro – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Apr. 7 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Apr. 7 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Apr. 7 – Rich HinmanRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Apr. 8 – Michaela Anne (Record Release) – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Apr. 9 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Apr. 9 – Karlie BruceThe Way Station – 9pm

Apr. 9 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm

Apr. 10 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Apr. 10 – Rony’s InsomniaRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Apr. 10 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 11 - Sad Bastards of BrooklynSidewalk Cafe -8pm

Apr. 12 – Israel NashPianos – 8pm

Apr. 13 – Israel NashBrooklyn Bowl – show 8pm

Apr. 14 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Pete Scherr – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Apr. 14 – Wilderlands – Pete’s Candy Store – 11pm

Apr. 16 – “Trouble in the Fields: The Songs of Nanci Griffith” a tribute by The KennedysRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Apr. 16 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Apr. 16 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Apr. 16 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm

Apr. 17 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Apr. 17 – Chris MorrisseyRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Apr. 17 – My Pet DragonRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Apr. 17 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 18 – David LutherRockwood Stage 2 – Midnight

Apr. 19 - James Maddock The Cutting Room – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm

Apr. 19 – Jeremiah BirnbaumRockwood Music Hall – 1am

Apr. 21 - Arum RaeGlasslands – doors 8:30pm

Apr. 21 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Apr. 21 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Apr. 21 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight – 3am

Apr. 22 – Drina Seay and Homeboy StevePianos (Upstairs) – 8pm

Apr. 22 – Rich HinmanRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Apr. 22 – Andi Rae & The Back River BulliesRockwood Stage 2 – 11:15pm

Apr. 23 – Jessie KilgussRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Apr. 23 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Apr. 23 – Thomas Bryan EatonRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Apr. 23 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm

Apr. 24 – So Brown (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Apr. 24 – Joe WhyteRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Apr. 24 – Jill Sobule (Record Release Show) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Apr. 24 – Jim KellerBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

Apr. 24 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Apr. 24 – Julia HaltiganKnitting Factory – show 10pm

Apr. 24 -  Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends – 2A – 11pm – 3am

Apr. 26 – Dirty Water DogsRadegast Hall – 3pm

Apr. 26 – The Split Squad (featuring members of Blondie, The Plimsouls, The Fleshtones and The Baseball Project) – Bowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Apr. 26 – Amelia White, Sergio WebbHill Country Brooklyn – 8pm

Apr. 26 – Robbie FulksMercury Lounge – 9pm

Apr.  26 – Mary Lee’s CorvetteBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

Apr. 28 – Joy AskewRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Apr. 28 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Apr. 28 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Apr. 29 – Kelley Mickwee (opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Apr. 29 – The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Apr. 30 – Karla MohenoRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Apr. 30 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Apr. 30 - Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubSpike Hill – 10pm

May and Beyond

May 1 – The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

May 1 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

May 1 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 3 – 11pm

May 2 – Elliott MurphyRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

May 2 – Spanking CharleneFontana’s – 8:30pm

May 4 – Julia Haltigan, Arum RaeJoe’s Pub – 7pm

May 4 – Jim KellerRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Update: May 6 – Michaela Anne, Elijah OceanUnion Hall – show

May 7 – Elizabeth and The Catapult (opening for Katie Herzig) – Bowery Ballroom – 9pm

May 7 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 7 – Rony’s InsomniaRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 8 – Jim KellerBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

May 8 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Update: May 8 – MancieSpike Hill – 10pm

May 9 – Drivin’ N Cryin’Mercury Lounge – Midnight

May 12 – Keren AnnJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

May 14 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 16  Hayes Carll (solo) – The Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

May 18 – Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 18 – Charlie FayeRockwood Stage 3 – 9:30pm

May 21 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 28 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 29 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 play Lou Reed – Bowery Electric – Time TBA

May 24 – Jess KleinRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

May 25 – Jim Campilongo and HoneyfingersBarbes – 8pm

May 26 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

May 28 – World PartyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

May 29 – World PartyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

May 31 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsBowery Ballroom – 9pm

June 3 – Old 97s and Lydia LovelessWebster Hall – doors 7pm / show 9pm

June 4 – Mia DysonRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

June 8 – Bruce Robison and Kelly WillisJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

June 10 – Jeremy MessersmithBowery Ballroom – 9pm

June 12 – Chuck Prophet (performing Temple Beautiful with strings) – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

June 14 – Mary GauthierJoe’s Pub – 7:30pm

June 18 – Willie NileHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm

June 20 – Secret SomeonesBrooklyn Bowl – show 8pm

Update: June 20 – John DoeThe Bell House – doors 7pm / show 8pm

June 21 – HoundmouthBrooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 9pm

June 22 – Jim Campilongo and HoneyfingersBarbes – 8pm

June 22 – Drina SeayTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

July 8 -Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets (Requests Show) – City Winery -  doors 6pm / show 8pm

July 15 – Camera Obscura, Laura CantrellLe Poisson Rouge – doors 8pm / show 9pm

July 16 – Camera Obscura, Laura CantrellMusic Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

July 29 – Conor Oberst with special guest DawesCentral Park Summerstage – doors 6pm / show 7pm


Music Video: Aaron Lee Tasjan – Don’t Walk Away (Live)

March 28, 2014

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Aaron Lee Tasjan released Crooked River Burning, a new EP, earlier this week, which yesterday went to #1 on the iTunes Singles/EP chart.  The lead off song from that record is Don’t Walk Away.  Here is a live version of that song recorded professionally at The Rockwood Music Hall a few months back.


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