Advance Planning: Music for June

May 31, 2010

Tomorrow is June and therefore it’s time for the monthly calendar.  Not only does June kick off the summer festival season, but this month seems to have more than the usual number of worthwhile shows. Of course I’ll add my usual warming: the further you go into the month, the more likely it is that things may change.

June 1 – Sasha DobsonJalopy – 10pm

June 2 – JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys –  Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

June 2 – Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

June 3 – Sydney WayserUnion Hall – 7:30pm

June 3 – Marah/Madison Square Gardeners/Carla RhodesThe Bowery Electric – 8pm

June 4 –  Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby/McGinty & White The Bowery Electric – 8:30pm

June 4- Chris Masterson and Eleanor WhitmorePete’s Candy Store – 9pm

June 4 – Winterpills92Y Tribeca – 9:30pm

June 4 – Van GhostRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

June 4 – MiltonJalopy -9:30pm

June 4 – Demolition String BandRodeo Bar – 10:30pm

June 5 – Dave RaveAce of Clubs – doors 7pm

June 6  – Camera ObscuraThe Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place (downstairs in the vault) – 2pm

June 6 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8:30pm

June 7 – Amy Speace and Sid SelvidgeThe Living Room – 8pm

June 7 – Folk City at 50 (about 40 performers confirmed as of this posting) – Village Underground – doors 6pm – show 7pm

June 8 – KaiserCartelJoe’s Pub – 7pm

June 9 – Norah JonesCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 8pm

June 9- Second DanRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

June 10 – Charlie FayeRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

June 10 – James Maddock with Freddie StevensonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

June 11 – Will Sexton and Friends (opening for Robert Gordon) – The Bowery Electric – 8pm

June 11 – Freedy JohnstonRodeo Bar – 10:30pm

June 12 – Allen Toussaint / Davell CrawfordCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 7:30pm

June 12 – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty BirdsRockwood Stage 2 – 8:15pm

June 15 – Mark OlsonRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

June 15 – Maura Kennedy – Googie’s Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room) – 8:30pm

June 15 – Fred EaglesmithRodeo Bar – 9pm

June 16 – Emily ZuzikRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

June 19 – Dan BernCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 7pm

June 19 – The Morning Benders / Freelance Whales – Governors Island – doors 6pm / show 8pm

June 19 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

June 20 – James MaddockRockwood Music Hall – 1am (birthday show)

June 21 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

June 23 – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty BirdsSullivan Hall – 9pm

June 24 – Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club with Omara Portuondo / Nelida TiradoCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 7:30pm

June 25 – L’il Mo and The MonicatsPublic Assembly – 10pm

June 25 – Madison Square GardenersRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

June 25 – Harper BlynnRockwood Stage 2 – Midnight

June 26 – Texas Tornados / Red Clay RamblersCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 7:30pm

June 29  – Al Kooper Rockabilly Trio – Hudson Square Backyard BBQ – 5-7pm

June 29 & 30 – Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive BoysCity Winery -7pm (6/29); 8pm (6/30)

June 30 – Adam LevyRockwood Stage2 – 8:30pm

Updated June 2, June 3


Not Quite Music: A World Without Intellectual Property Protection

May 30, 2010

I saw this video the other day and found it fascinating.  It’s a presentation by Johanna Blakely about how the fashion industry works without having any intellectual property protection (copyrights or patents).

What does this have to do with music?  Our friends, the record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), keep telling us that the making of unauthorized copies is theft.  It’s not.  Theft means you own something, I take it and you no longer have it.  Theft is a crime.  The making of unauthorized copies is not.  It’s a civil matter.

In the fashion industry deals with people copying things without authorization all the time.  Here then, are lessons from fashion’s free culture.


Music Video: Sydney Wayser – La Di Da

May 29, 2010

Sydney Wasyer was scheduled to play a show tonight but that show has been postponed.  So instead of telling you about that show, here’s a video of Sydney and her band from earlier this year.


Tonight: Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds at The Rockwood

May 28, 2010

It’s the Memorial Day Weekend!  If you are staying in the city and would like to stay up late and celebrate the official unofficial beginning of summer, I can think of no better way to do that then with Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds who will be playing The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (also affectionately known around here as The Rockwood Colosseum) Friday night into Saturday morning from midnight to 2am.

SS&DB packs them into the smaller original Rockwood (which has a 40-50 person capacity if everyone is being friendly).  So if you are going to be up late,  you can see this nine-piece funk, rock and soul band, complete with a horn section, in the new larger room which still allows you to get close to the band but will give you more room.  They also have a wonderful, self-titled CD out which sounds every bit as good as the band does live.

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F or V Trains to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), Midnight, $5


Music Video: Leslie Mendelson – Shine on Me

May 27, 2010

Leslie Mendelson has been one of my favorite musicians over the past few years, but she has been on a performing hiatus since the end of 2009.  That break is just about over and Leslie will be playing The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (also know around here as the Rockwood Colosseum) again on June 21st.  So I thought I’d post this video of Leslie, Steve McEwan and James Maddock (who is out of frame to the left and who takes the guitar solo) from last May.


Tonight: Misty Boyce at The Living Room

May 26, 2010

Misty Boyce Solo at The Rockwood Music Hall

I’ve seen singer-songwriter Misty Boyce play as a solo and with a band. Whatever configuration she plays with, what you get is great songwriting, spirited playing and an energetic crowd and tonight should be no exception.  From a cryptic remark on Misty’s Facebook page, this looks like a band show.  After Misty’s set, she’ll stick around and play with Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club at 10pm.  And if you really want to make a night of it, NIHE faves Harper Blynn will play at 11pm.

Misty Boyce, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street at Stanton Street (F or V Trains to 2nd Avenue, us the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but $5 donation for the band strongly suggested)


News and Notes

May 25, 2010

Streamapalooza:  Spinner.com is streaming 19 new and soon to be released albums right now.  The artists available include Crystal Caves, Karen Elson, Far, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cure, Solvent, Toots and The Maytals, Betty LaVette, Tift Merritt, Mariana and The Diamonds, Glitch Mob, Peg Simone, Fyfe Dangerfield, Grovesnor, Widespread Panic, Peter Wolf Crier, Sara Jackson-Holman and John Prine.  A little something for everyone.  And if you can’t play YouTube videos at work, this might be an alternative.  Thanks to Dave B over at Podcast Party for the tip on this.

For years now, if you wanted to get The Dream Syndicate‘s 1984 album, Medicine Show, on CD, you had to hang out on eBay, wait until someone put a copy of it on auction and end up paying around $100 to get it.  All that is soon to end, as Medicine Show will be reissued on June 15th.  The new version will be remastered, have new liner notes, new photos and will also include all of the EP, “This Is Not The New Dream Syndicate Album…Live.”  For more information on the Medicine Show reissue or to order it, check the website of Dream Syndicate’s frontman, Steve Wynn, right here.

Here’s an interesting show at an interesting venue for a good cause tonight, as reported by Time Out New York:

Anthemic noise-pop kids Japanther have a knack for whipping a room full of young hipsters into a frenzy that’s awesome to behold. This is punk as performance art, and no one in town does it better; plus the band has a new album in tow, Rock ’n’ Roll Icecream. Also playing this Girls Write Now literary benefit: kid-rockers Care Bears on Fire, who met in kindergarten, and formed after a freak accident involving gummy bears and a microwave.

Tickets are from $2 to $22.

Japanther and Care Bears on Fire, Galapogos Art Space, 16 Main Street at Water Street, Brooklyn (F Train to York Street, A or C Trains to High Street), 8pm


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