Tonight: Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club at Rockwood Stage 2

October 31, 2010

Although Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club have been playing around town for a while now, I saw them for the first time in September.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to see them, but don’t you make the same mistake.  Chris is a very good song writer and he and the band play tuneful rock.  They are on early, just right for what is a school night.

Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution to the band is strongly recommended)

Tonight: Deni Bonet at The Living Room (with Video)

October 30, 2010

Deni Bonet is a singer songwriter who plays electric violin with attitude (both rock ‘n’ roll and New York).  She’s also recently taken up the ukulele.  Deni has played along with folks you probably know: Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Robyn Hitchcock and Richard Barone.  She is finishing up her new record, It’s All Good, and songs from it will undoubtedly make their appearance tonight.  This full band show will be Deni’s last for 2010.

If you are still not convinced, here is a clip from last year of Deni playing her song, Alone.

Deni Bonet, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but donation to the band strongly recommended)

Tonight: Jim’s Big Ego at The Living Room

October 29, 2010

A bunch of years back I was going through a box of CDs at the WFMU Record and CD Fair when one very unusual one caught my eye.  The CD cover was mostly yellow and drawn like a super hero comic.  It was the album They’re Everywhere from Jim’s Big Ego, which is comprised of guitarist Jim Infantino, percussionist Dan Cantor and bassist Jesse Flack.  Inside were songs about bars, paranoids, math professors, mix tapes, The Flash (the DC comics super hero whose Silver Age of Comics artist, Carmine Infantino, is Jim’s uncle) and assholes.  And JBE is as musically astute as they are lyrically astute.  Because they haven’t played New York City in a while (they are based in the Boston area), take this opportunity to see what Jim’s Big Ego has up their collective sleeves.

Jim’s Big Ego, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a donation for the band is strongly recommended)

Tonight: Petty Fest at The Bowery Ballroom

October 28, 2010

A few years back I went to a songs of Tom Petty night over at The Living Room.  I was reminded then how good a writer Tom Petty was.  Which brings us to tonight’s Petty Fest, which should be fun.  Here’s the line up, courtesy of The Bowery Ballroom:

With Special Guests: Adam Green, Norah Jones, Will Forte & Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live, Nicole Atkins, Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Catherine Pierce, Jesse Malin, Tyson Ritter ­ of the All American Rejects, Reeve & Zane Carney, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne, Sammy James of the Mooney Suzuki, Steve Schiltz ­ of Hurricane Bells & Longwave, Antony Ellis of Five O’Clock Heroes, Mikki James, Hymns And a ton of other special guests you won’t believe!!!

Petty Fest, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St between Chrystie Street and The Bowery (F Train to Delancey Street or J, M or Z Trains to Essex Street), 8pm, $20

Update: The Bowery Ballroom website now says this show is sold out.

Advance Planning: November Music Calendar

October 27, 2010

It’s nearly November so it’s time to take a look at the month ahead.  And don’t just look once; I do update this calendar often, and any updates are marked.

There’s a lot going on in November.  Things start to get sketchy around Thanksgiving, but I’m sure we’ll get more details  shortly.

Nov. 1 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8:30pm

Nov. 1- Jonathan RichmanBowery Ballroom – 9pm

Nov. 2- Jonathan RichmanThe Bell House – Doors 8pm

Nov. 2 – Jim Lauderdale & Carrie RodriguezCity Winery – 9pm

Nov. 3 – Melody Kills (New Leslie Mendelson Project) – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9pm

Nov. 4 – Teddy ThompsonRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 4 – Madison Square GardenersJohn Varvatos Store – 8pm

Nov. 4 – Jim KellerLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Nov. 5 – DawesWebster Hall – Doors 6pm*

Nov. 5 – Charlie FayeThe Living Room – 8pm

Nov. 5 – Milton (with Frank Campbell on piano)- The Turning Point – 9pm

Nov. 5 – Hey MamaRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 5 – Mike ViolaJoe’s Pub – 11:30pm

Nov. 6 – Laura CantrellBrooklyn Museum – 6pm*

Nov. 6 – My Pet DragonCameo– 10pm

Nov. 7 – Bloodshot Records Fall Pageant (with The Bottle Rockets, Graham Parker, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Cordero, Lydia Loveless, and special Guests to be announced)- The Bell House – Doors 5:30pm / Show 6:30pm

Nov. 7 – Film: Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)Highline Ballroom – Doors 7pm /Show 8pm

Nov. 8 – Nick AfricanoThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 9 – On Your Radar hosted by WFUV’s John Platt with The Maura Kennedy Band, Avi Wisnia, and K.C. CliffordThe Living Room – 7-9pm*

Nov. 9 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Nov. 10 – Chuck Prophet, Stephanie FinchUnion Hall – 8pm

Nov. 10 – Emily ZuzikThe Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 11 – Chuck Prophet, Stephanie FinchThe Bowery Electric – 8pm

Nov. 11- When Giants Walked The Earth: A Musical Memior By Andy Shernoff (Dictators), Paul CollinsUnion Hall – 8pm

Nov. 11 – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty BirdsSullivan Hall – 8pm*

Nov. 12 – Wreckless Eric and Amy RigbyThe Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

Nov. 13 – Jon Graboff’s Pedal Steel Guitar World of DiscoveryRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 13 – Richard BaroneMaxwell’s (Hoboken) – 7:30pm*

Nov. 13 – The Grip WeedsKenny’s Castaways – 9:45pm*

Nov. 14 – Charlie FayePete’s Candy Store – 10:30pm

Nov. 16 – The MastersonsThe Living Room – 8pm*

Nov. 17 – Girlyman, Red MollyCity Winery – Doors 5pm / Show 8pm

Nov. 17 – Misty BoyceThe Living Room – 10pm†

Nov. 18 – Charlie FayeThe Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 18 – Jon Langford and Skull OrchestraThe Bell House – Doors 8pm

Nov. 18 – 4th Annual George Harrison Tribute – Banjo Jim’s – 8pm†

Nov. 19 – Chip Taylor & Carrie RodriguezThe Living Room – 7-10pm†

Nov. 20 – Chip Taylor & Carrie RodriguezThe Living Room – 8-10pm*

Nov. 20 – Harper Blynn (opening for Greg Laswell) – Highline Ballroom – Doors 6pm /Show 7pm

Nov. 20 – My Pet DragonThe Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Nov. 20 – Spanking Charlene (Charlene’s Birthday Show) – Lakeside Lounge – 10:30pm†

Nov. 21 – Charlie FayeKnitting Factory – 8pm†

Nov. 24 – My Pet DragonRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9:30pm†

Nov. 24 – Will Sexton, The MastersonsThe Bowery Electric – 10:30pm†

Nov. 27 – Amy CorreiaRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7:30pm*

Nov. 27- Christine Ohlman92Y Tribeca – doors 8pm /show 9pm§

Nov. 27 – Danny KalbJalopy – 8:30pm§

Nov. 28 – Deidre Rodman Invitational with Joy Askew, Misty Boyce, Lee Feldman, Rob Jost , Matt Singer, Lee Ann Westover and others – Zora Art Space – 5-7pm†

Nov. 28 – Serena JeanRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7pm§

Nov. 28 – Adam Levy and The Mint ImperialsThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 29 – George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” 40th Anniversary – The Bell House – 8pm†

Nov. 30 – Dayna KurtzThe Living Room – 9pm†

*Updated Oct. 27 – Nov.5

†Updated Nov. 15-20

§Updated Nov. 24, 27

Freebies: Two for Tuesday – New Tracks from Steve Wynn and HarperBlynn

October 26, 2010

Two very good but very different acts have each released a track off of their new records for you to download for free.

First up is Resolution, the lead track off of Northern Aggression, the record by Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 scheduled to be released on November 30. Like most lead tracks on SW&M3 records, it is a relentless hard rocker.  It also has a bit of a psychedelic edge to it, just like the cover of Northern Aggression, which is shown to the left.  Thanks to the courtesy of Magnet Magazine, you can click here to get your copy of Resolution.

Our other freebie today comes from Harper Blynn, and the soon to be released EP with the same name, which is picture to the right.  I saw this band play a short set at CMJ, and they just keep getting better and better.  The freebie off of the Harper Blynn EP is titled Every Impulse and is made available through the courtesy of Filter Magazine.  You can go to Filter here and download Every Impulse by clicking the link there in the middle of the page.

Tonight: Sasha Dobson and Poundcake at Rockwood Stage 2

October 25, 2010

There’s a nice double feature at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 tonight.  It’s early enough (8 to 10 pm) that the fact that it’s a school night should not interfere.

First up at 8pm is Sasha Dobson.  Sasha has been on the road the past few months both opening for and then playing in Norah Jones‘ band.  Norah’s tour has a few weeks off and so Sasha is dealing with that by playing a few shows while she is in town.  Tonight she plays  Rockwood Stage 2.  Most likely Sasha will be joined by her band (including Steve Elliot on lead guitar) and play songs from her new EP, Burn.  NIHE gets a constant stream of  people looking for Burn.  Sasha sells it at her shows, so if you are looking for an excellent bunch of songs (see my review of it here), tonight’s your night to get it.


According to Sasha’s website, this will be a solo show.

At 9pm, Poundcake will Take the stage.  Made up of Teddy Thompson, Jeff Hill and Ethan Eubanks, Poundcake will play a set of rockabilly/early rock ‘n’ roll covers.  Always great fun, this band has a knack for picking great songs and playing them with verve.

Sasha Dobson (8pm) and Poundcake (9pm), The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a $5 donation for each band is highly recommended)

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