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

October 22, 2014

CMJ 2014 Logo

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

Leslie Mendelson 2

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


Tonight: The Kennedys at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

October 10, 2014

The Kennedys (Pete and Maura) have been playing together since 1994. Usually, when they play live it’s just the two of them.  Even so, with their two guitars, they still get a rather full sound.   I’ve always described the full band Kennedys as sounding like The Byrds but with female lead vocals.

Tonight’s show celebrates the 20th Anniversary of The Kennedys.  So Pete and Maura will be playing requests from their past two decades and will be throwing in some brand new songs as well.  If you’ve seen The Kennedys before, you’ll want to be at this show, and if they are new to you, this is a great way to catch up with their career over the past two decades.

This all takes place at the cozy, all seated Rockwood Stage 3.  It’s also an early show (7:30pm), great for those who don’t like to stay out late.

The Kennedys, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7:30pm, $15, with a $10 drink minimum


Advance Planning: October 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 10/8)

October 8, 2014

This batch of updates includes the first shows by  Leslie Mendelson and Winterpills in a while, plus a few more shows this month and next.

Oct. 15 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Oct. 18 – James Maddock (Solo)Rockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Oct. 27 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Dan RieserRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 3 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Dan RieserRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 5 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 3 – 6:30pm

Nov. 9 – WinterpillsMercury Lounge – 10pm

Nov. 21 – James Maddock (Full Band)Rockwood Stage 2 – 8:15pm


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