Advance Planning: May Music Calendar Updates (Added 5/31)

May 31, 2011

Advance planning? Not really.  Here are two updates for tonight I’ve just received.  However, I can guarantee that this will be the final update for the May music calendar

May 31 – Jim Boggia– Doma Cafe (17 Perry St., Greenwich Village)  – 7pm

May 31 – Li’l Mo and The MonocatsBanjo Jim’s – 10pm


Tonight: Brianna Sage at The Rockwood Music Hall

May 31, 2011

Brianna Sage used to perform regularly around NYC.  She has an interesting back story: she went to SXSW some years ago, met a few folks and through them ended up writing a song (Warm with You) with Carol King. Tonight Brianna plays her first show in about a year at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Brianna is promising some new songs and some special guests at this early ( 7pm) show.

Brianna Sage & Friends, Rockwood Music Hall,  196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly encouraged)


From A Long Time Ago and A Universe Far Away: 45 Picture Sleeves

May 30, 2011

I found these long forgotten records in the back of a closet this weekend.  In the interest of history, science and mainly because I think that these are pretty neat, I’m posting them today.

Love =>Building on Fire – Talking Heads

Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen

Gloria – Patti Smith

I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea – Elvis Costello

Four Song EP from Graham Parker on Pepto Bismol pink vinyl


Music Video: The Baseball Project – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville

May 29, 2011

The Baseball Project is currently touring with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills pinch hitting for Peter Buck.  In this video, Mike steps up to the mike as The Baseball Project covers R.E.M.’s (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN on May 26, 2011.


Tonight: The Mastersons at The Bowery Electric

May 28, 2011

The Mastersons at SXSW 2011

Tonight’s show at The Bowery Electric features The Mastersons, a band formed around Chris Masterson and Eleanor Masterson (nee Whitmore), a married couple who have had separate careers but have recently started performing together.  Chris was in Son Volt (version 2.0) and plays electric lead guitar; Eleanor plays acoustic guitar and fiddle and has performed with many folks including James Maddock and Kelly Willis and has a fine solo album out.  They’ve put together a band and written some new songs which range from rock to Americana.  A debut album, Birds Fly South,  has been recorded and rumor has it that some copies might just be available at tonight’s show.

Tonight’s show will be the last Mastersons show in New York City for about six months, as Chris and Eleanor are part of Steve Earle‘s band and will be on tour with him during that time.  So if you are in the city and have the time tonight, you really should drop everything else and see The Mastersons.

The Mastersons, The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleeker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), 10pm


Advance Planning: June Music Calendar

May 27, 2011

The musical summer schedule starts in earnest this month with several of NYC’s outdoor festivals opening.  All this adds up to more shows in more places, with too many of them opposite each other.  And, as always, this calendar remains a work in progress with additions (and occasionally a subtraction) to be made further on down the road.

June 1 – PoundcakeThe Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

June 1 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

June 2 – Dayna KurtzBarbes – 10pm

June 2 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

June 3 – Eli Paperboy ReedSouthpaw – doors 8pm /show 9pm

June 3 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

June 4 – Richard JulianRockwood Music Hall – 9-11pm

June 4 – The Ramblers – Living Room – 10pm

June 5 – The Baseball ProjectCity Winery – doors 6pm /show 8pm

June 5 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

June 6 – Ursa MinorLiving Room – 10pm

June 7 – Carolyn WonderlandJoe’s Pub – 7:30pm

June 7 – The Golden Palominos –  Living Room – 8-10pm

June 7 – Keren AnnThe Bell House – 8pm

June 7 – Harper BlynnRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

June 8 – The Dirty UrchinsRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

June 8 – Keren AnnBowery Ballroom – 9pm

June 9 – Thomas Bryan Eaton – Googie’s Lounge (upstairs at The Living Room) – 7:30pm

June 9 – Mary LamontLakeside Lounge – 9pm

June 9 – My Pet Dragon (Record Release)- Rockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

June 10 – Jim’s Big Ego –  Living Room – 9pm

June 10 – Harper BlynnCameo (inside Loving Cup Cafe) – 9pm

June 10 – Hobson’s ChoiceSpike Hill – Midnight

June 11 – The Lascivious BiddiesRockwood Music Hall – 6pm

June 11 – Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club (Record Release) – Mercury Lounge – 7:30pm

June 12 – Carrie RodriguezRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

June 12 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

June 14 – Emily ZuzikPublic Assembly – 8pm

June 14 – Blackie and The Rodeo Kings –  Living Room – 9pm

June 14 – Chris Velan (Record Release) – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

June 15 – Eilen Jewell w/ special guest Zoe Muth & The Lost High RollersJoe’s Pub – 7pm

June 15 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

June 15 – Li’l Mo and The Monicats – Hill Country – 9pm

June 16 – Hal Willner’s Freedom Riders Project featuring  Geri Allen, Art Baron, Steve Bernstein, Steve Cardenas, James Carter, Rosanne Cash, Carla Cook, Helga Davis, Curtis Fowlkes, Brad Jones, Briggan Krauss, Eric Mingus, JD Parran, Toshi Reagon, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Tao Seeger, James Staten, Jason Walker, Kenny Wollesen and probably others as well – Celebrate Brooklyn – gates 6pm / show 7pm

June 16 – JD Souther and Jill AndrewsJoe’s Pub -7pm

June 16 – Charlie Faye –  Living Room – 8pm

June 16 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

June 17 – Adam Levy and The Mint Imperials –   Living Room – 7pm

June 17 – Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500The Bell House – 8pm

June 17 – Li’l Mo and The MonicatsTwo Boots Brooklyn – 10pm

June 18 – Jeremy MessersmithMercury Lounge – 9pm

June 18 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 10:30pm

June 18 – Wes HutchinsonRockwood Stage 2 – 11:30pm

June 19 – Abbie GardnerJalopy – 8pm

June 19 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

June 20 – Drive By TruckersBrooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm /show 8pm

June 22 – The Bottom Line Presents New York on My Mind starring GrooveBarbers, Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Meg Griffin, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, NRBQ, Martin Rivas, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Vin Scelsa, Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams, Catherine Russell and additional guests TBA featuring music director John Leventhal with Mojo Mancini – Rockefeller Park – 7pm

June 22 – Tift MerrittMadison Square Park – 7pm

Update: June 22 – Drina SeayMatt Torrey’s – 8:30pm

Update: June 22 – The Ramblers (acoustic) – Matt Torrey’s – 9:30pm

June 22 – TMF Productions presents The Wildflowers: A night of music inspired by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

(featuring Wes Hutchinson, Greg Mayo, Pat Firth, Oscar Bautista, Brian Killeen, Ryan Vaughn and special guests) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

June 23 – Ivan & AlyoshaWorld Financial Center Plaza – 5:30

June 24 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

June 25 – Sydney WayserLiving Room – 10pm

June 25 – Emily Zuzik (CD Release show) – Living Room – 11pm

Update: June 26 – The AmygdaloidsCoco66 – 9pm

June 26 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

June 27 – Addie BrownleeRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

June 27 – Jim LauderdaleThe Living Room – 9pm

June 28 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

June 30 – Justin Townes EarleCelebrate Brooklyn – gates 6pm / show 7pm

June 30 – Aaron Comess w/ James Maddock & Freddie Stevenson (Record Release ) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

June 30 – PalefaceSouthpaw – doors 8pm / show 8:30pm

Update: June 30 – Drina and The Deep Blue SeeBanjo Jim’s – 9pm


Photo Recap: Radio Free Song Club at The Living Room

May 26, 2011

Tuesday night’s live presentation of The Radio Free Song Club at The Living Room was a star-studded absolute delight.  Backed by the house band, The Radio Free All Stars (Andy Burton, Doug Wieselman, Paul Moschella, David Mansfield, JD Foster and Dave Schramm), Don Piper, Jody Harris, Laura Cantrell, Dave Schramm, Kate Jacobs, Jennie Lowe Stearns, Victoria Williams and Freedy Johnston each played a new song for the show.  Although they were not present, Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, Peter Blegvad and Peter Holsapple contribute a pre-recorded song for the festivities as well.  Nicholas Hill was the emcee/dj for the show, the 16th in the Radio Free Song Club series, which after a vote and discussion was dubbed the Sweet 16 Tons edition.  Here then are some photos of that show.

The Radio Free All Stars (l to r): Andy Burton, Doug Wieselman, Paul Moschella, David Mansfield, JD Foster and Dave Schramm

Don Piper

Jody Harris

Laura Cantrell

More photos of Laura Cantrell, Dave Schramm, Kate Jacobs, Victoria Williams, Jennie Lowe Stearns, Freedy Johnston and Nicholas Hill after the jump.

JD Foster, Dave Schramm, Andy Burton and Laura Cantrell

Dave Schramm

Kate Jacobs

Kate Jacobs, Victoria Williams and Jennie Lowe Stearns

Victoria Williams

Freedy Johnston

Jennie Lowe Stearns, Victoria Williams and Nicholas Hill confront “the elephant in the room” (Bob Dylan‘s birthday) by singing Yea, Heavy and A Bottle of Bread to close out the show


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