Advance Planning: November Music Calendar

October 30, 2011

November is jammed packed with live music.  No show on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Calendar costs more than $40 and a very large percentage of them are low cost or free.

As always, this calendar is an evolving post as there will be shows added during the month as well as the occasional cancellation. This time around I’ve included some shows on advance sale in December and January which might sell out.

Nov. 1 – The Brooklyn Scramble – Alice Bierhorst, Chris Moore & Matt KanelosFreddy’s Bar – 8-10pm

Nov. 1 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 2 – Shelby LynneHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 2 – Sasha DobsonBarbes – 7pm

Nov. 2 – Matthew Sweet (Girlfriend Anniversary shows) – City Winery – doors 10:45pm / show 11:15pm (Other shows sold out)

Nov. 3 – Melody KillsBar Matchless – 8:30pm

Nov. 3 – PoundcakeRockwood Music Hall – 10pm – Midnight

Nov. 4 – Jim Keller BandHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm /show 7:30pm

Nov. 4 – Joe ThompsonRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Nov. 4 – Hayes Carll, Caitlin RoseMusic Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nov. 4 – Demolition String BandRodeo Bar – 11pm

Nov. 5 – Aaron Lee Tasjan & a new yet unnamed bandRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Nov. 6 – Freddie Stevenson - Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Nov. 7 – Jeremiah BirnbaumSpike Hill – 9pm

Nov. 7 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30

Nov. 8 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 9 – Sasha Dobson (Band show) – Barbes – 7pm

Nov. 9 – Chris VelanRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 9 – Lil’ Mo and The MonicatsHill Country – 9:30pm

Nov. 10  – WinterpillsMaxwell’s – 8:30pm

Nov. 10 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 11 – Martha WainwrightCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 11 – None More Eleven: A Spinal Tap Appreciation EventThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Nov. 13 – Terre RocheRockwood Music Hall – 6pm

Nov. 13 – Freddie Stevenson - Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Nov. 14 – Rich HinmanRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Nov. 15 – Misty Boyce (solo show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 15 – Julia Haltigan (Jam Session) – 11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 16 – Sasha DobsonBarbes (Jazz show) – 7pm

Nov. 16 – Bill BourneRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 16 – Hill Country Live Wildfire Benefit with Shooter Jennings, Chip Taylor& John Platania, Dallas Wayne, Grayson Hugh, Laura Cantrell, The Defibulators, and others – Hill Country – doors 8pm / show 8:30pm

Nov. 16 – Michaela AnneRodeo Bar- 8:30pm

Nov. 16 – Blackie and The Rodeo KingsLiving Room – 10pm-Midnight

Nov. 17 – Kelly Willis and Bruce RobisonJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Nov. 17 – WinterpillsMercury Lounge – 7pm

Nov. 17 – Red MollyRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Nov. 17 – Alex Battles and Whisky RebellionRodeo Bar- 9:30pm

Nov. 17 – The RamblersLiving Room  – 11pm

Nov. 18 – Dayna KurtzBarbes – 8pm

Nov. 18 – John Wesley Harding‘s Cabinet of Wonders with Nicole Atkins, The Blue Fisherman (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Howe Gelb, Myla Goldberg, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman and Audrey Niffenegger – City Winery  – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – Robyn HitchcockThe Bell House – doors 6pm / show 7pm

Nov. 19 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Matt Cranstoun, Brian Bonz, Nick AfricanoMercury Lounge  – 7pm

Nov. 19 – Linda McRae and Drina Seay – Kathryn’s Space House (RSVP essential to: kathryn_space@yahoo.com) doors 7pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – The Kennedys with Debbie DeaneFirst Acoustics at First Unitarian Church, Brooklyn Heights – 8pm

Nov. 19 - Matthew Ryan and The Red Needles – Living Room – 8pm

Nov. 19 – John Wesley Harding and The Minus 5The Bell House – 9pm

Nov. 19 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 10pm

Nov. 20 – John Wesley Harding and The Minus 5Maxwell’s – 8pm

Nov. 20 – Megan ReillyLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 20 – Freddie Stevenson - Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Nov. 21 – Martha WainwrightCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 21 – Occupy the Mic (Benefit for Occupy Wall Street) with Aaron Lee Tasjan and other artists – Lakeside Lounge – 9pm

Nov. 22 – The Dirty Urchins11th Street Bar – 9pm (opening for Julia Haltigan)

Nov. 22 – Peter CaseJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Nov. 22 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 23 – Sasha DobsonBarbes – 7pm

Nov. 23 – Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones, MiltonCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 23 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 25 – Willie NileJ&R Music World – 2pm

Nov. 26 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Nov. 26 – Drina and the Deep Blue SeaOtto’s Shrunken Head – 7:15pm

Nov. 26 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Nov. 26 – Jim BoggiaRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Update: Nov. 26 –  Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 27 – Lisa Lowell, Nate Schweber, special guest Chris Flynn, and Li’l MoThe Treehouse at 2A –  8:30

Nov. 27 – Freddie Stevenson Record Release – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Nov. 28 – My Pet Dragon -Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 28 – Mick ReedRodeo Bar- 8:30pm

Nov. 28 – Rich HinmanLiving Room – 10pm

Nov. 29 – The Songs of Beulah Rowley, Vol. I continued with Mary Lee KortesThe Cell Theatre – 8pm (advance tickets recommended)

Nov. 29 – The Dirty Urchin11th Street Bar – 9pm (opening for Julia Haltigan)

Nov. 29 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 30 – Sasha DobsonBarbes – 7pm

Nov. 30 – Allison WeissRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Now on Advance Sale:

Dec. 1 – Ivan & AlyoshaKnitting Factory - doors 7pm /show 8pm

Dec. 2 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3The Bowery Electric – doors 7:30pm

Dec. 4 – John DoeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sold Out! Dec. 6 & 7 – DawesMaxwell’s – 9pm

Dec. 7 – Clap Your Hands Say YeahWebster Hall – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 8 – Shooter JenningsRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 9 – Elliott Murphy and the Normandy All-StarsRockwood Stage 2 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30p

Dec. 15 – The MastersonsThe Bowery Electric – doors 7:30

Dec. 21 – Lelia BroussardMercury Lounge – 10pm

Update: Dec. 23 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds (Tall Tall Trees opens) – Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Dec. 26 – Dar WilliamsThe Bell House – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Dec. 30 – Ted Leo and The PharmacistsThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 31 – Ted Leo and The PharmacistsMaxwell’s – 8pm

Dec. 31 – The DamnwellsRockwood Stage 2 – 2 shows 8:30pm and 10:30pm

Jan. 13 – PoundcakeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sold Out! Jan. 27 – Aimee MannMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm


Music Video: Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 – Death Valley Rain (Live at SXSW 2011)

April 12, 2011

This video of Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 playing one of their signature songs was taken at a show at SXSW 2011 which I attended by “Matzohball 77″ (who must have been standing about three or four people away from me based on the view).  The photography is excellent and the sound is pretty good.  The only thing this video doesn’t capture was the heat and humidity of Jovita’s on that Thursday afternoon, about 95 in each case.

And if you’ve been reading NIHE since the beginning, you’ll remember that I posted a video of this song before.  That other video was done 10 years ago.  You can watch it if you want by going here.


Advance Planning: April Music Calendar

March 29, 2011

April is almost here and it is time once again to take a look at the month ahead musically.  There’s no fooling about April 1st; this year it is one of the dates on which everyone seems to be in town and playing at the same time.

But as usual, things will change as the month progresses.  So look out of updates throughout the month.

Apr. 1 – Abbie Gardner (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Music Hall –  7pm

Apr. 1 – The Madison Square GardenersSouthpaw – doors 7:30 / show 8pm / Gardeners go on 11:30ish

Apr. 1 – Israel Nash GripkaThe Gutter – 8pm

Apr. 1 – Richard Julian- Rockwood Music Hall –  8-10pm

Apr. 1 – Waco BrothersThe Bell House – 8pm

Apr. 1 – Mike ViolaJoe’s Pub – 9pm

Apr. 1 –  Serena JeanSpike Hill – 10pm

Apr. 1 – My Pet DragonMercury Lounge – Midnight

Apr. 2 – Graham ParkerCity Winery – 8:30pm

Apr. 2 – The Mastersons and The Jim Keller BandBowery Poetry Club – 8:30pm

Apr. 4 – Bob Dylan and The Law – McNally Amphitheater at Fordham Law School -

Discussion – 6pm; Performance of Dylan songs by The Kennedys – 7pm

Apr. 5 – Melody KillsThe Living Room – 10pm

Apr. 5 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Apr. 5 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Apr. 7 – Adam Levy & The Mint ImperialsRockwood Music Hall –  10pm

Apr. 8 – James MaddockThe Bowery Electric – 9pm

Apr. 8 – Lakeside Lounge 15th Anniversary Party – Lakeside Lounge – 9pm

Apr. 9  – Amy Correia and Matt Keating- The Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

Apr. 9 – Liam FinnThe Bell House – doors 7:30 / show 8:30pm

Apr. 9 – Deni BonetThe Living Room – 9pm

Apr. 9 – Demolition String BandPercy’s Tavern – 10pm

Apr. 10 -Fundraiser for Japan hosted by Emilie Cardinaux & Outer Child with performances by The Outer Child Kid’s Band, The Outer Child Choir, Emilie Cardinaux, Sasha Dobson, Richard Barone, Ari Hoenig, Bill Sims, Doug Wamble, Elaine Caswell and more – The Living Room – $10 suggested donation & bake sale goods – 3pm

Apr. 10 – The Lascivious BiddiesRockwood Music Hall –  6pm

Apr. 10 – Freddy StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Apr. 11 – Leslie Mendelson (solo show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Apr. 11 –  Michael Kaeshammer – Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Apr. 12 – Emily ZuzikBanjo Jim’s – 8pm

Apr. 12 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Apr. 14 – Sasha DobsonCaffe Vivaldi – 9:30pm

Apr. 14 – Ursa MinorThe Living Room – 10pm

Apr. 15 – Serena JeanBar Matchless – 8pm

Apr. 15 – Red Wire Black WireSpike Hill – 9pm

Apr. 15 – Hobson’s Choice – Bar Matchless – 10pm

Apr. 16 – My Pet DragonMaxwell’s – Time TBA

Apr. 16 – Brianna SageThe Underground Lounge – 7pm

Apr. 16 – Hotels and Highways (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 –  7:40pm

Apr. 16- The FiggsThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Apr. 16 – Sarah JaroszRockwood Music Hall –  8pm

Apr. 16 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Apr. 17 – David RocheThe Turning Point – 4pm

Apr. 17 – Fangbanger – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Apr. 17 – Freddy StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Apr. 18 – Lianne SmithThe Living Room – 8pm

Apr. 18 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Apr. 19 – Misty BoyceRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Apr. 19 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Apr. 20 – The RaveonettesMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm

Apr. 21 – The RaveonettesMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm

Apr. 21 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesJoe’s Pub – 9pm

Apr. 21 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Stage 2 –  10pm

Apr. 22 – My Pet DragonWebster Hall Studio – 7pm

Apr. 22 – Hayes Carll and Jason Isbel and The 400 Unit – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Apr. 22 – Sea of BeesSpike Hill – 10pm

Update: Apr. 22- Demolition String BandRodeo Bar -10pm

Apr. 23 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 –  7:30pm

Apr. 23 – The RamblersThe Living Room – 9pm

Apr. 23 – Allison WeissPete’s Candy Store – 10pm

Apr. 24 – Sea of BeesThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Apr. 24 – Freddy StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Apr. 25 – Film: The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town – City Winery – 8pm

Apr. 25 – Sea of BeesRockwood Music Hall –  8pm

Update: Apr. 25 – Li’l Mo and The MonicatsBanjo Jim’s – 10pm

Apr. 26 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Apr. 26 – Fangbanger – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11:15pm date and time change

Apr. 27 – Mojo ManciniRockwood Stage 2 –  7pm

Update: Apr. 28 – George UsherBanjo Jim’s – 8pm

Apr. 28 – Harper BlynnThe Living Room – 9pm

Apr. 28 – Drina and the Deep Blue SeaBanjo Jim’s – 9pm

Apr. 29 – The Baseball Project and Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3The Bell House 8pm

Apr. 29 – May 1 (three shows) –  Marshall Crenshaw & Band performing Marshall’s self-titled album from 1982 – City Winery – 8pm

Apr. 29 – Fangbanger – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11:00pm

Apr. 30 –  Garland JeffreysHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 7:30pm

Apr. 30 – Alejandro Escovedo and Jesse MalinThe Bell House – 8pm


SXSW 2011: Some More Photos

March 26, 2011

Here are seven more photos shot during SXSW at various shows.  The order of the shots is chronological.

Willie Nile

Sean, Lindsay and Alex of Or, The Whale

Great Lake Swimmers

The Hobart Brothers featuring Li’l Sis Hobart (Susan Cowsill and Freedy Johnston; John Dee Graham not shown)

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SXSW 2011: Saturday

March 21, 2011

Photo of Caitlin Rose by and courtesy of Robert Borowicz

All the plans I had made for Saturday went out the window when I saw that the so far elusive Caitlin Rose was playing early that afternoon.  I called Bob and told him.  His response was quick and unequivocal: “I’m there.”

Fran and I had lunch on South Congress.  We then walked over to Jovita’s where we met Bob.  We got there in enough time to see three songs from Eddie Spaghetti, a fun straight ahead rocker from Seattle.  Once Eddie had finished, we were told to go to the stage in Jovita’s Front Room.

When we got there, Caitlin and her band (lead and pedal steel guitarists) were already set up.  Although the sound mix in the Front Room was not ideal, Caitlin showed herself to be an up and coming talent as she played a fine set of alt country and rock originals.

After the show, Bob and I spent some time speaking with Caitlin and her manager.  I learned that Caitlin will be in New York City on March 28th opening for Ron Sexsmith at The Highline Ballroom, which sounds like a great show.

Then the three of us went separate ways.  I made it back to South Congress and over to the Yard Dog for the day show billed as Steve Wynn’s Spring Training.  I spent some time talking to Bill from the Steve Wynn list and Edgar from Blue Rose Records.  Edgar and I agreed that blogging from SXSW took up time that probably could be spent at other SXSW events.

I then made it over to the stage where Casey Neill and The Norway Rats were already in progress.  They had a sound similar to early R.E.M. and I liked their set a lot.  Next up was the Minus 5, which on Saturday consisted of Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck, the drummer from Casey Neill, a guitarist who I think  was from Casey Neill as well and a mandolin player whom I did not know but whom Scott said was also the stage manager for this show.  The Minus 5 played a fine, fun, energetic set.

More SXSW 2011 Saturday after the jump.

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SXSW 2011: Thursday

March 18, 2011

With enough sleep under my belt, Thursday started on a much better note than Wednesday.  I blogged after breakfast, and then Fran and I took a walk down to the lake.  After an early lunch, we made it to the first venue of the day, Skinny’s Ballroom, which was diagonally across the street from our hotel.  We got there at 1pm for Or, The Whale, a wonderful, large Americana/alt country band from San Francisco.  Since I saw OTW last year, they have replaced their keyboard player and lost their full time electric guitar player.  But the changes did not affect their sound, and the band put on a rocking and very enjoyable set.

Bob and Bill joined us about three songs from the end of OTW’s set.  With the set over, we all marched over to the City Hall garage, got into Bob’s car and drove down to Jovita’s over in South Austin.  Once at Jovita’s we found that there were problems with their outside stage and that instead of shows alternating between that stage and one inside, all shows were going to be on the inside stage.  The only problem with that was that Jovita’s was quite hot and even more humid.  Still it was tolerable (barely).  I got to see Great Lake Swimmers, a five-piece chamber pop band from Toronto, another performance from The Hobart Brothers featuring Li’l Sis Hobart (Freedy Johnston, John Dee Graham and Susan Cowsill) and Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers, a traditional country band from Seattle.  Bob and Bill then decided that they needed to take a nap and they went home to do so.  I missed most of the set by Pretty Little Empire, a straight ahead rock band, but what I heard I liked.

Up next were the highlights of the afternoon, Steve Wynn and The Miracle, 3, and The Baseball Project.  Both bands put on great, loud and sweaty sets.  In the audience were some Steve Wynn fans from NYC, as well as Bill, from Madison, WI, who I last saw probably three years ago.  With those two sets over, at 6:10, Fran and I left Jovita’s for the relative cool of the outdoors.

After dinner at Guero’s on South Congress, we took the 1L bus and made it over to Antone’s for the evening’s shows.  We decided to park it there for the night and catch The Americana Music Association’s string of shows there.  With badges and wristbands, Bob, Bill  and I were all able to get in without a problem.  Fran had to wait on the ticket buyers line for about 45 minutes, but she made it in too.

Leading off the night was The Band of Heathens, an Austin group who played songs solely from their new album.  Next up was Abigail Washburn, a banjoist with a full band and whose set was musically wide-ranging; she was not a blue grass act by any means.  Although both these bands were excellent musically, they did nothing for me.  Bob and Bill then decided they wanted to see Jason Isbell and left.

Next up was Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison.  I’ve been a fan of Kelly’s for more than a decade.  She’s now part of a band with Bruce, her husband.  Although this combination tacks more toward modern country than Kelly’s previous albums, there were a few songs, notably a new one written by Kelly and Chuck Prophet, where Kelly really shines through.

It was about 11:30 when Emmylou Harris hit the stage.  She played in a trio format and her set was limited to songs from her forthcoming album.  Emmylou sounds as good as ever.  But for some reason I was not drawn to the new songs.  Perhaps you can chalk that up to standing all night on a hard concrete floor.  Fran and I called it a night after Emmylou.


Music Video (Sort Of): A Day in the Death of Donny B (1969 Public Service Film)

March 10, 2011

Back in October, I posted a video of Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 recording the song The Death of Donny B (click here to see it again).  As Steve has since explained, that song comes from an anti-drug short film made for the Federal Government back in 1969.  Like so many things, that original film has ended up on YouTube.  I watched it recently and was struck by not only how much New York City has changed, but how accurately it captures the look and feel of NYC back then.  It’s a bit long (14 minutes), it’s certainly a downer and it’s in black and white, but I find it fascinating.


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