Breaking: Celebrate Brooklyn Announces Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Show

April 30, 2010

The announcement of the Celebrate Brooklyn 2010 season is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, May 4th, but the folks at Celebrate Brooklyn have just tweeted that Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings will be playing the festival on Saturday August 7th.  Also already announced are: Konono No 1 on July 17 and Sonic Youth on July 31.  The Celebrate Brooklyn shows take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Tonight: Last Milton Show for A While

April 30, 2010

Milton is both the name of this band and its leader.  Milton plays a catchy, literate and infectiously toe tapping brand of Americana, roots rock and blues.  I’ve frequently said that this band is my favorite band regularly playing in NYC, but tonight will be the last full band show for Milton for what the band describes as “a long while.”  So do whatever you have to do to see this wonderful band at the new, comfortable 92Y Tribeca main stage.

Still not sold?  Then just take a look at the video above.  The title track from Milton’s last album, Grand Hotel, it’s a bittersweet story of two friends meeting again after some time.

Milton, 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street one block south of Canal Street ( A, C, E or 1 Trains to Canal Street, then walk west to Hudson Street) 8pm doors / 9pm show, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band opens, $15

Advance Planing: Music for May

April 29, 2010

It’s nearly May and therefore time for the monthly post for all of you who prefer to plan in advance.  Here’s what looks interesting in the coming month.  The usual caveat applies: the further you go into May, the more likely it is that things may change.

May 2 – Hoboken Music and Arts FestivalFountains of Wayne (4:30pm), Freedy Johnston (3:00pm) – Washington St. at Observer Highway, Hoboken, NJ

May 3 – Liz TormesThe Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

May 4 – Amy SpeaceThe Living Room – 10pm ($5)

May 5 – The SilosLakeside Lounge – 9:30ish

May 6 – Sydney WayserThe Living Room – 9pm

May 7 – The Golden Palominos (1986 Syd Straw line up) – Le Poisson Rouge – 7pm ($15)

May 7 – Film: Search and Destroy: Iggy and the Stooges’ Raw Power, plus discussion with photographer Mick Rock, 92Y Tribeca, 7pm and 9pm, $12

May 9 – Emily ZuzikThe Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8pm

May 10 – Harper BlynnThe Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9:30pm

May 11 – The Golden Palominos (1986 Syd Straw line up) – The Living Room – 9pm – ($15)

May 13 – Harper BlynnSpike Hill – 9:30pm

May 14 – Poundcake – The Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 14 – James MaddockThe Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8pm ($10/$12day of show)

May 14 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsThe Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 11:59pm ($5)

May 15 – Richard Julian with Amy CorreiaThe Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7:30pm (CD Release Show) ($15/$17 day of show)

May 15 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

May 16 – NYC Punk and Underground Record FairSouthpaw – 10am-6pm ($5)

May 16 – The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society Plays Tusk – Union Hall – 8pm ($12)

May 16 – Carolyn Wonderland and Guy ForsythJoe’s Pub – 7pm ($15)

May 18 – Maura Kennedy – Googie’s Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room) – 8:30pm

May 18 – George UsherLakeside Lounge – 9:30pm

May 19 – Jenny Scheinman and Robbie FulksJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

May 20 – John Wesley Harding‘s Cabinet of Wonders (with, among others, Lenny Kaye, Janeane Garofolo, Robbie Fulks, Paul Muldoon and Eugene Mirman) – Le Poisson Rouge – 7pm

May 20 – Sasha DobsonThe Living Room – 9pm

May 21 – PalefaceSouthpaw – 8:30pm ($10)

May 21 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsThe Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 11:59pm ($5)

May 25 – Madison Square GardenersJoe’s Pub – 7pm ($12)

May 26 – Misty BoyceThe Living Room – 9pm

May 27 – Dylan Fest 2010 – A Night to Get Drunk and Celebrate The Songs of Bob Dylan (cast of 1000s)- The Bowery Ballroom – $13

May 28 – Jeremy MessersmithJoe’s Pub – 7pm ($15)

May 28 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsThe Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 11:59pm ($5)

Updated May 2; May 3; May 10

Music Video: The Damnwells – No One Listens to the Band Anymore

April 28, 2010

The Damnwells had one of my favorite albums of 2009, One Last Century, which was released free on the Internet.  They are currently recording their follow up, which won’t be free, and has been financed by their fans (I’ve already ponied up).  This track, No One Listens to the Band Anymore, will probably be on the new one.  As you can tell by the banner in the video this was recorded at SXSW 2010 last month.

Tonight: Three Singer-Songwriters Walk into The Lakeside Lounge

April 27, 2010

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: three singer-songwriters walk into a bar…  But tonight’s show at The Lakeside Lounge, titled Greg Trooper’s Song Roundup with Pete Kennedy and Laura Cantrell is no joke; it is in fact something rare and worthwhile.  Rare in that I can’t think of a show in which Greg, Pete and Laura all played together.  Worthwhile in that each of these musicians writes, sings and plays top shelf material.

If your are not familiar with tonight’s players, here’s the 25 word or less run down on each: Greg is originally from New Jersey and according to one reviewer, “Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.”  Pete is a guitar wiz who, together with his wife Maura Kennedy,  has spent the last 15 years as one half of the folk-pop duo The Kennedys.  Laura is not only a singer and a songwriter, but a musicologist and the proprietress of WFMU‘s Radio Thrift Shop.  Country and alt country is mostly where you find Laura.

Other than there will be three guitars, I’m not sure of the musical configuration or whether other musicians will be playing tonight.  I do know that whatever is played and however it is played, it will be worth your while to be at The Lakeside tonight.

Greg Trooper’s Song Roundup with Pete Kennedy and Laura Cantrell, The Lakeside Lounge, 162 Avenue B at 10th Street (A,C, E, F, N,R, V, W, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6  Trains to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, transfer to M14A or M14D bus to 11th Street, walk to 10th Street and Avenue B), 9:30, No Cover

Tonight: James Maddock at The Rockwood Stage 2

April 26, 2010

James Maddock is certainly a favorite around here.  He had a wonderful album out last year, Sunrise on Avenue C, and he is even better live.  Tonight he plays The Rockwood Stage 2 for the first time and to mark the occasion he’s expanding his usual band and adding David Immergluck from the Counting Crows on mandolin, Eleanor Whitmore on violin plus the wonderful Leslie Mendelson (who will at the very least sing and maybe play some piano as well).  Still not sold?  Here’s James with a brand new song, which is probably titled Old Song.

James MaddockThe Rockwood Stage 2 (also known as The Rockwood Colosseum), 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Street (F or V Trains to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit) 10pm, No Cover (but $5 contribution to the band highly encouraged)

News and Notes

April 25, 2010

The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (also known as The Rockwood Colosseum here at NIHE)  will be having some ticketed shows (as opposed to no cover but pass the tip jar shows).  On The Rockwood’s schedule for May and June are ticketed shows for Jenny Owens Young, Chris Velan and James Maddock, Ari Hest, Jody Shelton and Jay Nash and Chris Pierce.

Although the show is not getting a lot of publicity, NIHE favorite Milton will be playing at 92Y Tribeca on Friday.  This will be Milton’s last show in the NYC area for a while.  92Y Tribeca is a great venue (even though it is a bit hidden away) and this should be a really good show.

Laurie McClain is a singer-songwriter who I have not heard of before.  But she is recommended by NIHE favorite Amy Speace, and Steve Forbert really likes her her new CD, Ascend, saying it is the” best thing I’ve heard in a long while.”  Laurie is not often in NYC but she’ll be playing at The Living Room this Saturday, May 1st at 8pm.

Speaking of Amy Speace, she wants to sing at your house on May 6th.  More specifically Amy is looking for someone in the New York, New Jersey or Connecticut area who wishes to host a house concert that night.  If this interests you, please email Amy asap at

Coming up tonight is the Alex Chilton Tribute at The Living Room at 8pm. It’s one of those cast of 1000s things, but whoever it is that will show up, the music will be the Big Star and make it worth your while.

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