Advance Planning: December 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 12/20)

December 20, 2014

Here are five more December shows, including three tomorrow!

Dec. 21 – Alex Battles (solo acoustic) – Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Dec. 21 – Emily Duff, Jahn Xavier – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Dec. 21 – Karlie BruceRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 26 – Jeff LitmanThe Bitter End – 8pm

Dec. 28 – Field of Stars with Dina Regine, Robin Aigner, Kelli King and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm


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.  When 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.


Advance Planning: December 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 12/11)

December 10, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to update the calendar, so here are a whole bunch of shows running from this week into February.

Dec. 12 – Andi Rae and The Back River BulliesHank’s Saloon – 11:30pm

Dec. 14 – Eric “Rosco” Ambel – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Dec. 26 – Jessi MechanicRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Dec. 26 – Interrobang with Zach Jones, Chris Kuffner, Martin RivasRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Dec. 29 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 29 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

January 2015 and Beyond

Jan. 2 – Karla MohenoHank’s Saloon – 9:30pm

Jan. 5 – The Lascivious BiddiesRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Jan. 5 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Jan. 5 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Jan. 9 – Mary GauthierRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Jan. 9 – Luke WesleyRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Jan. 9 – Bryan DunnRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Jan. 17 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 3 – 11pm

Jan. 23 – Ana Egge -The Living Room – 8pm

Feb. 5 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm


Tonight: A Six Pack of Choices

December 8, 2014

Choices Large

Sometimes the universe conspires to place an astonishing number of top notch musicians playing on or close to the same time on a single night.  Tonight is one of those nights.  Here are six wonderful choices for you to mix and match.

Over at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall you can go early and stay late.  The Lascivious Biddies, take the stage there at 7pm.  Time Out New York describes them as having “angelic vocal harmonies, wordy humor, jazz chops & pop moxie.”  That sounds as good a description as you can find of them.  Next, long-time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan will play a duo show with mandolin and harmonica player Emmet Haltigan, her dad.  Julia is a wonderfully eclectic songwriter with a powerful voice.  The duo will get going at 8pm.  Then, at 9pm,  the Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost will play another show in their long-running Monday night residence.  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.

Now let’s turn to the cozy and subterranean Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, whose entrance is on Orchard Street.  At 7pm you find enough songwriters there to field a baseball team.  That’s when the latest installment of  The 9 Songwriter Series will start.  Tonight’s participants are Jes Hudak, Abby Ahmad, Joel Streeter, Bryan Dunn, Justin Trawick, Ina May Wool, Andy Mac, Markeisha Ensley, and Jacqueline Pie Francis.

Back on Allen Street, at Rockwood Stage 2, Jim Keller will bring his band and the accumulation of additional musicians that are now know as Jim Keller’s Revolving Door at 8pm.  Jim plays soul-tinged rock.  This year he released a fine new album, Heaven Can Wait.  He was also in the band Tommy Tutone back in the 80s, and yes, you’ll likely hear 867-5309/Jenny tonight.

Finally, in Williamsburg over at Pete’s Candy Store, old friend Milton will be leading a group of musicians pick for the occasion through a tribute to George Harrison.  This show gets started at 9pm.

The Lascivious Biddies (7pm), Julia Haltigan and Emmet Haltigan (8pm), Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost (9pm), 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 each band is highly recommended)

The 9 Songwriter Series featuring Jes Hudak, Abby Ahmad, Joel Streeter, Bryan Dunn, Justin Trawick, Ina May Wool, Andy Mac, Markeisha Ensley, Jacqueline Pie Francis, Rockwood Stage 3 , 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum

Jim Keller’s Revolving Door, 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 musicians is highly recommended)

Milton and friends play a tribute to George Harrison, 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)


Tonight: Toys for Tots Benefit Show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

December 7, 2014

Toys for TotsIt’s the season for holiday benefits and there’s a pretty interesting one going on tonight at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  The beneficiary is the Toys for Tots program.  Admission by  free ticket (get them here) plus a new, unwrapped toy (minimum value $10 ).  Marines will greet you at the door to collect the toys and welcome you.  There will be a raffle about half way through the show with some great prizes. You will receive one ticket for every toy you donate.  Playing tonight will be Jay Stolar, Mieka Pauley, Drew Yowell, and Jenni Alpert.

NYC Holiday Benefit for Toys for Tots, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), doors 5:30pm / show 6-8pm7pm, Admission via free ticket plus a new, unwrapped toy (minimum value $10).


Advance Planning: December 2014 Music Calendar

December 1, 2014

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It’s time for the December Music Calendar.  The usual ground rules apply: 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 or when doors open, I’ll list that and so note it.  As usual, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.  Expect already announced New Years Eve shows to sell out, but some shows will be announced shortly and there will be some open houses around as well.  Meanwhile, get your calendars out and start planing December.

Latest Update: Dec. 20

Dec. 1 – Ana EggeRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Dec. 1 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 1 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Hagar Ben-Ari, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 2 – Leave A Lasting Mark Tribute to The Band and The Last WaltzThe Bitter End – 7-9pm

Dec. 2 – The Sirens of Brooklyn ChoirPlymouth Church – 7:30pm

Dec. 2 – Poundcake Living Room – 8pm

Dec. 3 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Dec. 4 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 5 – HeapBowery Electric – 7:30pm

Dec. 5 – Call and Response – ‘answer songs’ to the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil by Natalia Zukerman, Susan Hwang, and Ben ArthurRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Dec. 5 – Jessi Robertson (CD Release Show) – Union Hall – 9pm

Dec. 6 – The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard (a documentary) – The Bell House – 7:30pm

Dec. 6 – Karen KuhlBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

Dec. 6 – Fife & DromRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Dec. 7 – NYC Holiday Benefit for Toys for Tots with Jay Stolar, Mieka Pauley, Drew Yowell, Jenni AlpertRockwood Stage 2 – 6pm

Dec. 8 – The Lascivious BiddiesRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Dec. 8 – The 9 Songwriter Series featuring Jes Hudak, Abby Ahmad, Joel Streeter, Bryan Dunn, Justin Trawick, Ina May Wool, Andy Mac, Markeisha Ensley, Jacqueline Pie FrancisRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Dec. 8 – Julia Haltigan and Emmet HaltiganRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Dec. 8 – Jim Keller’s Revolving Door  - Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Dec. 8 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 8 – MiltonPete’s Candy Store – 9pm

Dec. 9 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 10 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Dec. 11 – Puss n Boots Christmas Extravaganza Take 3  – The Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Dec. 11 – Bucky HayesRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 12 – Alex Battles and The Whiskey Rebellion – The Bell House – 9pm

Dec. 12 – The Jacks of Kings CountyThe Way Station  – 9pm

Dec. 12 – Andi Rae and The Back River BulliesHank’s Saloon – 11:30pm

Dec. 13 – The Return Of The Aimee Mann Christmas Show with Aimee Mann, Ted Leo with special guests Susanna Hoffs, Jonathan Coulton, Fred Armisen and more to be announced – Town Hall – 8pm

Dec. 14 – Eric “Rosco” Ambel – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Dec. 15 – WinterpillsRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Dec. 15 – Adam Levy and the Mint ImperialsRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Dec. 15 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 15 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 15 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight

Dec. 16 – Members of The Spring Standards, Northwood, and Friends play Lucinda Williams‘ Car Wheels Gravel Road – Rockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Dec. 17 – The Looking – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Dec. 20 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s Choice (Record Release Show) – Living Room – 9-11pm

Update: Dec. 21 – Alex Battles (solo acoustic) – Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Update: Dec. 21 – Emily Duff, Jahn Xavier – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Update: Dec. 21 – Karlie BruceRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 22 – Jill SobuleSubculture – 8pm

Dec. 22 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 22 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 22 – Kelli KingPete’s Candy Store – 10pm

Dec. 23 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Hagar Ben-Ari, Josh Dion – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 24 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Dec. 26 – Jessi MechanicRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Update: Dec. 26 – Jeff LitmanThe Bitter End – 8pm

Dec. 26 – Interrobang with Zach Jones, Chris Kuffner, Martin RivasRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Dec. 27 – Jahn Xavier and The BowerytonesBeast Of Bourbon – 10pm

Update: Dec. 28 – Field of Stars with Dina Regine, Robin Aigner, Kelli King and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Dec. 29 – Elliott Murphy – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Dec. 29 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 29 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Dec. 30 – The Pin UpsArlene’s Grocery – 7pm

Dec. 30 – Poundcake Living Room – 8pm

Dec. 30 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 31 – Elizabeth & The Catapult, Dear GeorgianaRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Dec. 31 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

January 2015 and Beyond

Jan. 1 – Chuck Prophet – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 2 – Karla MohenoHank’s Saloon – 9:30pm

Jan. 5 – The Lascivious BiddiesRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Jan. 5 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Jan. 5 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Jan. 6 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Living Room – 9pm

Jan. 7 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Jan. 9 – Mary GauthierRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Jan. 9 – Luke WesleyRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Jan. 9 – Bryan DunnRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Jan. 13 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceLiving Room – 8pm

Jan. 14 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Jan. 15 – Jessie KilgussLiving Room – 8pm

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

Jan. 17 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 3 – 11pm

Jan. 20 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Living Room – 9pm

Jan. 21 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Jan. 22 – Israel NashMercury Lounge – 8pm

Jan. 22 – Alejandro Escovedo performing Gravity- City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 23 – Alejandro Escovedo performing Thirteen Years – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 23 – Ana Egge -The Living Room – 8pm

Jan. 24 – Alejandro Escovedo performing With Theses Hands – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 28 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Feb. 5 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Feb. 10 – Jay FarrarLiving Room – 10pm


Tonight: Three Intriguing Choices

November 30, 2014

Choices Large

If you’ve had enough turkey and want to step out of the house and see some live music, tonight offers you some very intriguing choices.  You’ll find the first of those choices over in Park Slope.  Terry Radigan has recently begun a Sunday night series called The Radigan Roundup at The 12th Street Bar and Grill.  Tonight, Terry will be joined by Adam Bernstein, Paul Carbonara, Cosmos Sunshine, Alex Battles and, Terry notes, “a few star drop ins” as well.

On the last Sunday of the month, Tom Clark, who runs  The Treehouse at 2A, turns the programming over to Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin.  The result is the series called the Field of Stars (originally held at the late and lamented Banjo Jim’s).  Tonight’s show consists of singer-songwriters Homeboy Steve, Drina Seay, Tom Clark, George Gilmore and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin (of course) sitting around singing at the comfortable, homey Treehouse.

Just a few blocks away from 2A, Rony Corcos will lead her band, Rony’s Insomnia, through a  set of psychedelic-tinged rock at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 starting at 10:15pm. Tonight’s show is the CD release show for the band’s brand new record, so this show show be an exceptional one.

Terry Radigan, Adam Bernstein, Paul Carbonara, Cosmos Sunshine, Alex Battles and others, 12th Street Bar and Grill, 1123 8th Avenue at the corner of 12th Street, Park Slope (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 8th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover, (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Homeboy Steve , Drina Seay, Tom Clark, George Gilmore and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Rony’s Insomnia, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


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