Photo Recap: The Low Anthem at Celebrate Brooklyn

July 31, 2010

I made it over to Celebrate Brooklyn last night and got these shots of The Low Anthem, who opened the show.

Tonight: Li’l Mo and The Monicats at Two Boots Brooklyn

July 30, 2010

Her day jobs include painter, music teacher and chocolate maker.  Her album, On the Moon, (pictured above) was one of my 10 best for 2009.  And tonight, Manhattan based Monica Passin, better known as Li’l Mo, crosses the river into Brooklyn to lead her band, The Monicats, through a set of country, rockabilly, blues, 60s pop and whatever else she and they may play.  And I’ll add that not only are Li’l Mo and The Monicats terrific musically, they are just plain fun to watch.

Li’l Mo and The Monicats, Two Boots Brooklyn, 514 2nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues (F or G Train to 7th Avenue or 2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza), 10pm, No Cover

Music Video: New Kathleen Edwards Song – Mint

July 29, 2010

Before we leave Kathleen Edwards, I wanted to share this video taken a few days ago from her recent short tour of the North Eastern US.  It’s a brand new song called Mint, and it rocks.

Tonight: Twi-Night Outside Inside Doubleheader

July 28, 2010

First up tonight is an outdoor show.  I haven’t seen The Wailin’ Jennys before but they do come recommended: they’ve won a Juno (the Canadian version of a Grammy) and they are picked by Pierre over at The Gigometer as the best show in town today.  Their sound is described as including folk, classical and pop and the focus of the group is on their harmonies. This show is another in the free Madison Square Park Music Series, so get to the park early and bring a blanket.

Later, head downtown and indoors.  NIHE favorite Amy Speace will be appearing at The Living Room and playing with a trio: two guitars and an accordion. I’m not sure what Amy has up her sleeve tonight, but it should be interesting.

The Wailin’ Jennys, Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues (F, M, R or 6 Trains to 23rd Street), 7pm, Free

Amy Speace, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but $5 contribution for the band highly encouraged)

Music Video – Alejandro Escovedo and Bruce Springsteen – Always A Friend

July 27, 2010

A few days after Alejandro Escovedo played The Bowery Electric in New York City, he played The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.  And as you might have suspected, Bruce Springsteen showed up at that show and joined Alejandro on a few songs.  Here’s a video of Always A Friend from that night.

Photo Recap: Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds

July 26, 2010

The wonderfully brassy, both in terms of instrumentation (the band has four horns) and personality (of lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe) Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds packed them into the new Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on Saturday night and had the whole place up and dancing.   Here then are some pictures of the band, which, in addition to Sister Sparrow herself is made up of Jackson Kincheloe (harmonica), Bram Kincheloe (drums), Aidan Carroll (bass), Sasha Brown (guitar), Ryan “Spatch” Snow (trombone), JJ Byars (alto saxophone), Cole Kamen-Green (trumpet) and Johnny Butler (baritone saxophone).

Photo Recap: Kathleen Edwards Playing Rockin’ the River

July 25, 2010

Here are nine shots from Thursday’s Kathleen Edwards show which took place on a boat, part of the Rockin’ the River Cruise series.  The show itself took place in a roped off area which was pretty nice sized, larger, in fact than the stage at many of the local clubs I go to. The sound was decent; in fact, better than I thought it would be.

Although I don’t know if being on a ship added anything to the show, it created its own unique moments. At one point early on, Kathleen wanted to know if the Statue of Liberty had yet come into view; it hadn’t. When it did, Jim Bryson (see the photos below) took out his iPhone turned around and took a picture and then went back to playing without missing a beat. The water was mostly calm, but there was a moment where it did bob up and down and Kathleen lost her balance.

Kathleen and the band played for 90 minutes or so and the set consisted of a mix of songs from Kathleen’s three albums, about four top notch new songs and a couple of covers, including America’s Sister Golden Hair. Clare Burson, who has been opening for Kathleen (but did not do so on Thursday), came on for the last song of the designated encore (no one left the stage as there wasn’t any time to do so).

Jim Bryson, Kathleen Edwards, Lyle Molzan, John Dinsmore, Gordon Tough

More photos after the jump

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