March 10, 2014
It’s SXSW 2014 time and as you read this I am making my way to Austin, where I will attend and report on this year’s festivities. Although when one is down there, it feels like every band in the world and most of their audiences are there too, that is hardly the case.
Certainly this year there is no lack of bands or shows back here in NYC. This stacks up as a pretty decent week, period. So here’s what’s happening this week in the greatest city in the world:
Monday – March 10
Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm
Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
Tuesday – March 11
Bucky Hayes – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm
Michaela Anne – Hill Country Brooklyn – 8pm
Wednesday – March 12
North of Amarillo – Skinny Dennis – 9pm
Thursday – March 13
The Looking – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
Freedy Johnston with James Mastro and Steve Goulding – Beast of Bourbon – 9pm
The Amygdaloids – Bowery Electric – 9:45pm
Friday – March 14
Chris Cubeta – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
Li’l Mo and The Monicats – Sunny’s – 10pm
Fife & Drom (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm
Saturday – March 15
Dirty Water Dogs – Radegast Hall – 3pm
Houndmouth – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm
Nick Africano – Rockwood Stage 3 – 10pm
Sunday – March 16
Dan Bern – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s Choice – Skinny Dennis – 9pm
March 6, 2014
Here’s a nice twofer at the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall. First, at 9:30pm, Sonya Kitchell will take over the cozy, seated subterranean Rockwood Stage 3. Sonya is playing tonight solo and promises to bring some new material with her for this show. Sonya will be followed at Rockwood Stage 3 by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.
Once you are finished at Rockwood Stage 3, make your way upstairs and next door on Allen Street to the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall. There, at the stroke of midnight, Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends will play what has been billed as Jeremiah’s birthday show. Jeremiah can and does play everything from acoustic folk to electric blues and rock, from originals to inspired covers. Expect anything and everything.
Sonya Kitchell (with Alan Hampton on the same admission), Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum
Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends, The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), Midnight, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
March 2, 2014
Here are a bunch of updates, starting this week and extending through June!
Mar. 5 – Chip Taylor – The Cutting Room – doors 6:30pm / show 8pm
Mar. 7 – Exile on Myrtle Avenue: Tribute to The Rolling Stones hosted by Elena & Boo of The Demolition String Band, with Lianne Smith, Mary Lee Kortes, String Bean Blues, Charlene McPhearson, Nate Schweber and more – Beast of Bourbon – 9pm
Mar. 13 – Freedy Johnston with James Mastro and Steve Goulding – Beast of Bourbon – 9pm
Mar. 22 – Eli “Paperboy” Reed – Studio at Webster Hall – doors 7pm/ show 8pm
Mar. 25 – Aly Tadros – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm
Mar. 27 - Chris Morrissey – Rockwood Stage 3 – 9:30pm
April and Beyond
Apr. 2 – James Maddock (solo) – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
Apr. 4 – Benjamin Cartel (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm
May 22 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 play songs from the Desert Trilogy – Bowery Electric – Time TBA
June 8 – Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm
March 1, 2014
This year, March comes in like a polar vortex. So if you don’t want to leave your house tonight, who can blame you. But if you don’t mind venturing forth later this evening, make your way over to the Lower East Side and The Rockwood Music Hall. There, at 11 pm, Bryan Dunn will play a show with his band The Humdrums. Bryan and The Humdrums play early rock and roll. You’ll hear songs from 1960 and before, some well known and some more obscure.
If you are still not sold on Humdrums, here’s a video of them playing Stagger Lee. They adhere pretty much to the Lloyd Price version, a big hit in 1959!
Bryan Dunn and The Humdrums, The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
February 26, 2014
When I first started Now I’ve Heard Everything, Emily Zuzik seemed to be ubiquitous. She was always around The Rockwood Music Hall and The Living Room (among other places), sometimes playing her own shows, sometimes backing up other musicians. And her record, The Wild Joys of Living, was one of the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums of 2011.
So when Emily left New York City and move to Los Angeles 2 1/2 years ago, a big void was created. During that time, Emily has concentrated on things other than music.
But we finally have a new song from Emily. Titled The Only Moment in the World, it blends genres, and Emily creates a moody sonic landscape. Only Moment is also part of a multimedia project. As Emily explained:
The song was created as part of a digital pop-up book project, A Picture is Worth…, published by Proseed Books, which paired musicians and photographers together to create a work based on the imagery provided. Drawing on images of industrial French river towns at the break of day, the song follows a couple as they wind their way along the water and through a history of their affair.
You can listen to The Only Moment in the World by clicking the player below (and there is a link to iTunes to buy it as well).
February 26, 2014
Hannah Winkler, Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard and Zach Jones (in that order in the photo above) toured together last year and had such a great time doing it that they decided to form a band. That band is named Secret Someones, and they played their first show ever at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in August.
I was there and can tell you that this band rocked. All three women contributed songs, took turns on lead vocals and sang backup. Instrumentally, it was Bess on electric guitar, Lelia on bass, Hannah on keys, acoustic guitar and tambourine and Zach on drums. There were harmonies and power chords galore. What this means is that Secret Someones were my favorite new band of 2013.
Not only is this a great show, but for those of you who can’t get home too late on a school night, it’s an early one too. The band will hit the stage at 7pm.
Secret Someones, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 7pm, $10
February 23, 2014
Here are two interesting shows on the Lower East Side Tonight. You can choose one or even both of them.
The subterranean, seated Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 will host The Big Bright , the new musical collaboration from Glenn Patscha and Fiona McBain of Ollabelle and musician and photographer Liz Tormes. The Big Bright takes New Wave and ’80s Brit-pop (Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, The Cure) and creates atmospheric dream-pop arrangements of them. This show begins at 8pm.
At 9pm, just a couple of blocks away, Tom Clark turns the programing of The Treehouse at 2A over to Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, who brings her long running series, The Field of Stars, to its stage. This time around the Field of Stars features Li’l Mo, Rachelle Garniez and Rhythm Bound.There will be solo sets by Li’l Mo and Rachelle; then they will sing and play together, including a few Johnny Cash songs in honor of his birthday. The evening closes with a set of Sun-era Johnny Cash songs performed with traditional rockabilly style by Rhythm Bound. As usual, the fun here starts at 9pm.
The Big Bright , Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, $10 with a $10 drink minimum.
The Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Rachelle Garniez and Rhythm Bound, Treehouse at 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), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)
February 22, 2014
Check out this imaginative pairing of two long time favorites: Freedy Johnston (that’s him in the photo above) and James Mastro. It’ll happen in the quiet, seated Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3.
Freedy Johnston, who is originally from Kansas, first got attention through the albums he released with Bar None Records back in the 90s. His songs tell great stories and sound great whether they are played with a single guitar or a band. Freedy recently moved back to New York City and is preparing to release his next album, tentatively titled Neon Repairman.
Tonight Freedy will be joined James Mastro. Long part of the Hoboken scene, James has been a member of The Bongos and The Health and Happiness Show, as well as playing with and producing a large number of area musicians. James’ stand out lead guitar work ranges from tasteful to pyrotechnical.
Freedy Johnston with James Mastro, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, $15 with a $10 drink minimum