Tonight: Mieka Pauley at The Rockwood Music Hall and Arum Rae at The Mercury Lounge

August 28, 2015

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Tonight, there’s a late night Lower East Side doubleheader on tap.  It starts at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall tonight, at 9pm.  There you’ll find Mieka Pauley playing her monthly Rockwood show.  Mieka is an incisive writer, a powerful singer and a fine blues guitarist.  Whether she is singing her own songs or playing a few choice covers, you’ll find yourself moved by Mieka’s performance.  So take this opportunity to see her.

Arum Rae

Once Mieka’s show has finished, walk three blocks east on Houston Street.  There, just a few feet from the corner of Essex Street is The Mercury Lounge, where Arum Rae will play a set at the stroke of midnight.  Arum is a singer and songwriter (she has cowritten material with The Civil WarsJohn Paul White and Steve McEwan of Melody Kills).  I’ve seen Arum play several shows over the years and in those shows her songs have run the gamut between indie rock and blues. In any event, Arum will grab your attention.

Mieka Pauley, 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 band is highly recommended)

Arum Rae, 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 M or J Trains to Essex Street), Midnight, $10


Tonight: Arum Rae at The Rockwood Music Hall

February 6, 2014

Arum Rae

Arum Rae is a singer and songwriter (she has cowritten material with The Civil WarsJohn Paul White and Steve McEwan of Melody Kills).  She tried living in New York City recently, but decided that Austin was more to her liking and returned there.  I’ve seen Arum play several shows recently and in those shows her songs have run the gamut between indie rock and blues. In any event, Arum will grab your attention.

Arum Rae, The 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 band is highly recommended)


Tonight: Arum Rae at Glasslands

May 12, 2013

Arum Rae

Arum Rae is a singer and songwriter (she has cowritten material with The Civil WarsJohn Paul White and Steve McEwan of Melody Kills).  She tried living in New York City recently, but decided that Austin was more to her liking and returned there.  So tonight’s show is our last chance to see Arum for a while.  I’ve seen Arum play several shows recently and in those shows her songs have run the gamut between indie rock and blues. In any event, Arum will grab your attention.  She is headlining a bill that includes Wyatt and Diane Birch.

Arum Rae, Glasslands, 289 Kent Avenue between South 1st and South 2nd Streets (L Train to Bedford Avenue, G Train to Metropolitan Avenue (but note that the G Train is on a limited and curtailed schedule) or J Train to Marcy Avenue), show 8:30pm, $10


Tonight: Ana Egge at The Rockwood Music Hall, Arum Rae at The 11th Street Bar and The Strummerville Benefit at The Bowery Electric

January 29, 2013

Choices LargeIf you looked at the January music calendar,  you have noticed that there are a bunch of sold out shows over the next few days.  However, there are some good shows which are still available to you, particualrly tonight.

Over at The Rockwood Music HallAna Egge and The Ohiomen will take the stage at 8pm.  You can expect to hear songs from Ana’s last album, which was produced by Steve Earle, in the set set of Americana roots rock.

A bit further uptown at The 11th Street Bar, Arum Rae will play between 9 and 11pm.  Recently moved to NYC, Arum is a singer and songwriter (she has cowritten material with The Civil WarsJohn Paul White and Steve McEwan of Melody Kills).  I’ve seen Arum play several shows recently and in those shows her songs have run the gamut between indie rock and blues. In any event, Arum will grab your attention.

Finally, at 11pm, over at The Bowery Electric, the late show (the early show is sold out) of  Strummerville, a benefit concert to celebrate the life and music of Joe Strummer and The Clash begins.  The house band for the show will feature Todd Youth, Tad Kubler, Sam Hopkins, Michael Wildwood, Randy Schrager, Catherine Popper and Derek Cruz, with performances by Ivan Julian, Brian Fallon, H.R., Jesse Malin, Joseph Arthur, Willie Nile, Jeffrey Gaines, Shannon Funchess, Matthew Ryan, Michelle Casillas, Walter Lure, So So Glos, Vanessa Bley, Felice Rosser, Jasno Swarez, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Leo Mintek, Jack Ridley III, The Young Things, Mick Stitch, Mike Montali, Jenny Jenny and a spoken word performance by Bob Gruen.

This show will benefit Strummerville, a charity set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, which offers support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them.

Ana Egge, 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 band is highly recommended)

Arum Rae, 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A &B (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Strummervile, 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), 11pm, $30


Tonight: Ana Egge and Freddie Stevenson at The Rockwood Music Hall and Arum Rae at The 11th Street Bar

January 22, 2013

Choices Large

Tonight you can see one, two or perhaps even all three of the fine shows listed below.  Over at The Rockwood Music HallAna Egge and The Ohiomen will take the stage at 8pm.  You can expect to hear songs from Ana’s last album, which was produced by Steve Earle, in the set set of Americana roots rock.

After Ana, Freddie Stevenson will take over the stage at The Rockwood at 9pm.  Freddie’s original music has a little bit of everything in it including folk and English music hall, and he’s an engaging performer. If you’d like a taste of what’s in store for you just check out this video of Baby I Own This Town from a recent show.

A bit further uptown at The 11th Street Bar, Arum Rae will play between 9 and 11pm.  Recently moved to NYC, Arum is a singer and songwriter (she has cowritten material with The Civil WarsJohn Paul White and Steve McEwan of Melody Kills).  I’ve seen Arum play two shows recently and in those shows her songs have run the gamut between indie rock and blues. In any event, Arum will grab your attention.

Although tonight presents some difficult choices, whatever show or shows you choose will be good.

Ana Egge (8pm), Freddie Stevenson (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 bands is highly recommended)

Arum Rae, 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A &B (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


Tonight: Bryan Dunn and Arum Rae at The Rockwood Music Hall

January 2, 2013

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Tonight, 2013 gets started in earnest as live music returns to all the usual places, and The Rockwood Music Hall has a good double bill stating at 10pm tonight.  First up is Bryan Dunn.  Bryan has a knack for storytelling in his songs.  Originally from Austin, Bryan can be funny, sardonic or touching. Among Bryan’s repertoire tonight, you will no doubt hear songs from his latest album, Sweetheart of the Music Hall, whose title track is a tribute to the Rockwood.  That’s the painting used for that record’s cover shown above.  Bryan has also put together a really clever video based on old movie trailers to introduce that album.  Go here to see that video.

Following Bryan at 11pm will be Arum Rae.  I only became away of Arum last week when I saw her open for Alberta Cross at Brooklyn Bowl.  I enjoyed her set, which consisted of indie rock which she played with just her on electric guitar and a drummer.  That first look has me interested in seeing more of her.  I’ve since learned that Arum has spent time in both Nashville and Austin and has co-written songs with Steve McEwan.

Bryan Dunn (10pm), Arum Rae (11pm), 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 of the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Joy Askew and Leslie Mendelson at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

September 30, 2012

There’s a very nice double bill at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 tonight.  First up at 9:15pm is Joy Askew.  As I mentioned in my interview with Joy Askew (read part 1 here and part 2 here), her gorgeous album Drunk on You is keyboard based, atmospheric, rhythmically driven rock.  It was also one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2011.  Tonight, Joy plays a full band show.  You can expect to hear many songs from DOY, some new songs and probably some from Joy’s earlier work.

Then at 10:15, Leslie Mendelson will take over the stage.  Whether performing under her own name or a part of the band Melody Kills, Leslie has long been a favorite of Now I’ve Heard Everything.  Tonight, Leslie will play her mostly piano-based songs (including some brand new ones) and will be joined during the show by The Mastersons and Steve McEwan.  This is Leslie’s last show before she heads over to England (where she’ll be for a while), so it is a must-see.

Joy Askew (9:15pm), Leslie Mendelson (10:15pm), Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, note that the Brooklyn bound F Train is not stopping at 2nd Avenue), No Cover (but a contribution for  each band is highly recommended)


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