Advance Planning: April 2014 Music Calendar (Update Added 4/22)

April 22, 2014

In case you had been planning to see Jim Keller later this week or Elliott Murphy in a few weeks, note that those shows are not going to happen.

Canceled! Apr. 24 – Jim KellerBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

Canceled! May 2 – Elliott MurphyRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm


Advance Planning: April 2014 Music Calendar (Added 4/17)

April 17, 2014

A few more shows coming up shortly:

Apr. 20 – Jahn XavierTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

Apr. 22 – Jimmy and Immy (James Maddock and David Immergluck) – Rockwood Stage 3 – 9:30pm

 


Tonight: Spottiswoode at Joe’s Pub, My Pet Dragon at The Rockwood and Jeremiah Birnbaum at 2A

April 17, 2014

Choices Large

There are three shows I can recommend tonight.  If you want to make a long night of it (starting at 7pm and ending at 3am), you can actually catch all three.

First up is Spottiswoode And His Enemies. Spottiswoode has been a favorite around here, but hasn’t played NYC much recently.  That changes tonight as the band releases its new album, English Dream, which one reviewer has called darker and cinematic.  This show gets going at 7pm at Joe’s Pub.

Later, at 10pm, My Pet Dragon will play a set at the original Rockwood Music Hall.  MPD has blended some interesting sounds in the past, including 80s synth pop and U2-like anthemic songs.  Take this opportunity to check out Todd and Reena and see what they have up their collective sleeves.

Finally, for the late nighters among you, check out Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends at 2A.  The theme for tonight is “Twistin’.”  I suppose at least some of the works of Chubby Checker will make an appearance at sometime between 11pm and 3am.

Spottiswoode and His Enemies, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place),  7pm, $15

My Pet Dragon, Rockwood Music Hall, 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 encouraged)

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)


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


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