Tonight: Israel Nash Gripka at The Mercury Lounge

February 28, 2011

In early 2009, Israel Nash Gripka released an album titled New York Town.  It was one of my favorite albums of  that year which I described as a reach back to much of what was good in 70s rock.  Israel played a bunch of shows supporting that album but he didn’t play New York for a long time.  That changed last month when Israel plays a show at Spike Hill.  Now Israel has a new album about to come out.  It’s called Barn Doors and Concrete Floors.  I’ve posted a link to a free track from the album previously here.

Tonight Israel and his band will play an early set at The Mercury Lounge.  I’m sure songs from Barn Doors, as well as Israel’s last album, New York Town, will be on the set list.  This is one show you should see.

Israel Nash Gripka, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 7pm, $8

Tonight: Melody Kills at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

February 27, 2011

Yeah, I know.  Come out to catch a band at 10:30 on a Sunday night?  Well, if there’s a way to do it, you should.  Leslie Mendelson is an NIHE favorite.  In years past you could find Leslie playing her original piano-based songs and some inspired covers around town often.  But she took much of 2010, during which time she put together a new band called Melody Kills.  That’s a picture of Leslie and the band above.  Leslie explained the new band:

Why Melody Kills?  Cause it’s a whole new set of songs I’m playing with Steve McEwan and The Madison Square Gardeners… and it’s gonna kill!!!
Melody Kills is full of fun and energy and is just top notch musically.  And if you didn’t take advantage of download two free tracks from Melody Kills before, you can do so now:   Just click here to go to the Melody Kills Facebook page music player and click download.  This will work even if you are not on Facebook.  So like I said before, do what you can to catch this show.
Melody Kills (Leslie Mendelson), The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10:30pm, No Cover (but a donation for the band is highly recommended)

Freebies: New Songs from The Damnwells and The Watson Twins

February 26, 2011

Alex Dezen of The Damnwells

The Great Unknown is a new track from The Damnwells‘ upcoming record, No One Listens To The Band Anymore, which is due to be released March 15.  The band and Paste Magazine are offering a free download of the song.  Just click here for it.

The Watson Twins have just finished recording an EP.  Titled Night Covers, the record, as you can guess, consists of a bunch of cover tunes.  It’s due out April 18th, but you can download an mp3 from it.  The song is titled You Showed Me (originally done by The Turtles).  All you need do to get is to click here and provide your email address for The Watson Twins’ email list.


Music Video: Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers – Marie

February 25, 2011

I’m not sure how I came across this video; it was probably posted by a friend of a friend of a friend, but I like it.  And I don’t know anything about Roger Clyne other than this song is from an album coming out later this spring.  And Clyne has another career going as well.  According to his website:

Clyne is involved with many projects, including producing his own brand of triple-distilled, extremely smooth, Blue Agave tequila called Mexican Moonshine.

Tonight: The Madison Square Gardeners at The Rock Shop

February 24, 2011

High energy, fun and straight ahead rock define The Madison Square Gardeners.  They have a new EP coming out in mid-March, titled Teeth of Champions, which is the follow up to their last EP, issued last November, Taste The Thunder.  If you haven’t yet seen them live, now is the time to do so.  They have an enthusiastic following which you can join tonight.  If you are still not sold on them, just take a look at the video I posted previously.  The Gardeners take the stage at 10:30pm.

The Madison Square Gardeners, The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue (Brooklyn) between Carroll and President Streets (R Train to Union Street), 10:30pm, $7

Tonight: The Final February Dueling Residencies Wednesday

February 23, 2011

Here we are at the final February Residency Wednesday. Two are on the Lower East Side, one at 8pm and one at 9pm, and one is in Williamsburg at 10pm. And  tonight will be the night I will test whether you can get from the Lower East Side to Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg by cab in 10 minutes. Tonight’s selections:

Milton is both the name of this band and its leader (he’s sitting at the right of the picture to the left).  You’ll find that Milton’s songs are well-crafted and lyrically strong.  Milton hasn’t played New York City all that much in the past few months, and has been working on a new record. Unlike the previous shows, tonight’s show starts at 8pm and will be an extra length show.  As usually, the venue is the  The Living Room, the band’s NYC home.  Also appearing with Milton and the band tonight will be fiddler Kari Denis.  There’s also the possibility of an appearance by Frank Campbell, who previously played piano with the band.

Aaron Lee Tasjan plays in four bands that I can think of right now, and he will appear as a sideman for a plethora of disparate New York-based musicians.  Tonight Aaron gets a show billed in just his name.  He’s a great songwriter and guitar player, and seems to know and to play with nearly every musician in New York City, so the “and friends” part of Aaron’s show can be practically anyone. No matter what Aaron has up his sleeve, this 9pm show at The Rockwood Music Hall should be well worth your while.

Serena Jean plays a blend of music which is mostly rock with a bit of alt country thrown into the mix.  Originally from Canada, she certainly shows that the saying that no one plays American music better than Canadians is correct in her case.  And guitarist Thomas Bryan Eaton not only rocks, he knows how to shred when the situation calls for it.  Tonight’s show at Pete’s Candy Store will feature a full band and starts at 10pm.


Milton, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets, (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Aaron Lee Tasjan and Friends, The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Serena Jean, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St Williamsburg (L Train to Lorimer Street or G Train to Metropolitan Avenue), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Advance Planning: February Music Calendar Updates (Added 2/22)

February 22, 2011

One cancellation due to illness; one show with a time change and one additional show listed:

Update: Feb. 23 – The Good LoveliesRockwood Music Hall – 7pm Canceled due to illness; will be rescheduled

Update: Feb. 23 – MiltonThe Living Room – 8pm Note new starting time

Update: Feb. 23 – Robert DiPietroRockwood Music Hall -8pm

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