Tonight: The Baseball Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 13, 2012

Tonight The Baseball Project, a band whose songs deal with America’s Pastime, pulls into New York City and will play The Metropolitan Museum of Art (yes, really!)  This group is made up of  Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon both from Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3, plus a contingent from REM: Scott McCaughey (also in the The Minus 5) Peter Buck, and tonight, also joining the group will be Mike Mills. Tonight’s set will be inspired by the Metropolitan’s baseball card collection.   You can be sure that the music you will be hearing will really rock.

The night will start out will a panel discussion about that baseball card collection and its relationship to baseball. Panelists include:

The Baseball Project, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium (1st Floor), 82nd Street and 5th Avenue (4, 5 or 6 Train to 86th Street), 7:30pm, $24


Tonight: Six Shows With 11 Bands, You Pick ‘Em

November 19, 2011

There are almost too many good choices for music tonight.  You can head out to The Bell House in the industrial area of Gowanus in Brooklyn and hear the psychedelic pop of Robyn Hitchcock and then stick around for the second show with the folk noir of John Wesley Harding and the rock of The Minus 5.

Also in Brooklyn, but this time in Brooklyn Heights, you will find the jangly folk-rock of The Kennedys in the impressive First Unitarian Church.  Brooklyn-based jazz-rocker Debbie Deane opens the show.

Back in Manhattan,on the Lower East Side, you can check out four local musicians (Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Matt Cranstoun, Brian Bonz and Nick Africano) playing the early show at The Mercury Lounge.  This is also the CD release show for Matt Cranstoun‘s new one, The Last Drop of Color.

Just a few blocks away from  The Mercury Lounge you can see gritty-voiced Matthew Ryan and his band, The Red Needles, perform songs from the Matthew latest album, I Recall Standing as Though Nothing Could Fall at  The Living Room.

Finally, a few blocks uptown in The East Village you will find the rock and punk band Spanking Charlene playing what the band describes as 5th Annual Spanking Charlene Big Ass Birthday Bash in honor of Charlene’s birthday.  We have been promised horns, strings, backup singers, food, trivia contest, games, laughter, revelry and humiliations galore.  All this happens at The Lakeside Lounge.

Robyn Hitchcock (7pm, $20), John Wesley Harding and The Minus 5 (9pm, $15), The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (Shuttle Bus running in place of the F or G Trains from Jay Street to 4th Avenue or R Train to 9th Street)

Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Matt Cranstoun, Brian Bonz, Nick Africano, 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 J or M Trains to Essex Street), 7pm, $10

The Kennedys and Debbie Deane, First Acoustics at First Unitarian Church, Brooklyn Heights, Pierrepont Street at Monroe Place (4, 5, N or R Trains to Court Street / Borough Hall – note that the 2 and 3 Trains will not be running to Court Street this weekend), 8pm, $30

Matthew Ryan and The Red Needles, Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street at Stanton Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, $10

Spanking Charlene, Lakeside Lounge, 162 Avenue B near 10th Street (any train to 14th Street or the L Train to 1st Avenue, transfer t0 the M14A or M14D bus to 11th Street and walk to Avenue B), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is strongly encouraged)


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


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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Freebie: Yep Roc Records Sampler

April 10, 2010

Today’s freebie is a sampler from Yep Roc Records which includes a song each from The Sadies, Paul Weller, Peggy Sue, The Gourds, The Minus 5 and others.  All you need do to download it is to go here, provide your email address and choose what format you’d like (just pick the standard high quality mp3 format) and you are set.


Opening Day Freebie: The Baseball Project – Cubs 2010

April 5, 2010

It’s the opening day of the baseball season and just in time, The Baseball Project, the rock group made up of Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon (from Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3), Scott McCaughey (REM touring band, The Minus 5) and Peter Buck (REMThe Minus 5) have come out with their pick to win it all this year: The Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, but hey, any team can have a bad century.  This song is the next in a series of topical baseball songs that The Baseball Project is calling The Broadside Ballads and you can download your own copy of the song legally right here.


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