John Platt of WFUV has been hosting a series of shows over the years designed to introduce audiences to new music. The current series, titled On Your Radar, was originally held at The Living Room, until it moved to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 earlier this year. Tonight’s bill consists of three acts, two of which I know and can recommend.
If you are a regular reader of Now I’ve Heard Everything, you’ve read about Julia Haltigan here before. But if you don’t know Julia Haltigan or her music, all you need to know is that she writes and sings, plays guitar and leads a large band through material that draws on rock, r&b, latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more. Some of Julia’s songs could be called Tom Waitsian except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom.
The Looking is a project of musician Todd Carter. Todd has taken traditional and folk songs such as All the Pretty Little Horses and 900 Miles, and recorded them with full bodied rock arrangements. I haven’t seen The Looking play live yet, but the recorded stuff I have heard is impressive and I am looking forward to seeing Todd and his cohorts live tonight.
There is one more act tonight. It is Alan Semerdjian, who is new to me.
On Your Radar, hosted by John Platt with Julia Haltigan, The Looking and Alan Semerdjian, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $12