Tonight: Bess Rogers and The Flux Capacitors at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

October 31, 2011

You can get your Halloween off to a great start tonight with Bess Rogers and The Flux Capacitors.  It’s a costume party of sorts, because what Bess and the band do is take 80s hits and dress them up as blue grass songs.  It’s lots of fun as this clip shows.  Here’s the old Robert Palmer hit, Addicted to Love, given the Flux Capacitor treatment:

Bess Rogers and The Flux Capacitors, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm,


Advance Planning: November Music Calendar

October 30, 2011

November is jammed packed with live music.  No show on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Calendar costs more than $40 and a very large percentage of them are low cost or free.

As always, this calendar is an evolving post as there will be shows added during the month as well as the occasional cancellation. This time around I’ve included some shows on advance sale in December and January which might sell out.

Nov. 1 – The Brooklyn Scramble – Alice Bierhorst, Chris Moore & Matt KanelosFreddy’s Bar – 8-10pm

Nov. 1 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 2 – Shelby LynneHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 2 – Sasha DobsonBarbes – 7pm

Nov. 2 – Matthew Sweet (Girlfriend Anniversary shows) – City Winery – doors 10:45pm / show 11:15pm (Other shows sold out)

Nov. 3 – Melody KillsBar Matchless – 8:30pm

Nov. 3 – PoundcakeRockwood Music Hall – 10pm – Midnight

Nov. 4 – Jim Keller BandHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm /show 7:30pm

Nov. 4 – Joe ThompsonRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Nov. 4 – Hayes Carll, Caitlin RoseMusic Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nov. 4 – Demolition String BandRodeo Bar – 11pm

Nov. 5 – Aaron Lee Tasjan & a new yet unnamed bandRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Nov. 6 – Freddie Stevenson Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Nov. 7 – Jeremiah BirnbaumSpike Hill – 9pm

Nov. 7 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30

Nov. 8 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 9 – Sasha Dobson (Band show) – Barbes – 7pm

Nov. 9 – Chris VelanRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 9 – Lil’ Mo and The MonicatsHill Country – 9:30pm

Nov. 10  – WinterpillsMaxwell’s – 8:30pm

Nov. 10 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 11 – Martha WainwrightCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 11 – None More Eleven: A Spinal Tap Appreciation EventThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Nov. 13 – Terre RocheRockwood Music Hall – 6pm

Nov. 13 – Freddie Stevenson Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Nov. 14 – Rich HinmanRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Nov. 15 – Misty Boyce (solo show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 15 – Julia Haltigan (Jam Session) – 11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 16 – Sasha DobsonBarbes (Jazz show) – 7pm

Nov. 16 – Bill BourneRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 16 – Hill Country Live Wildfire Benefit with Shooter Jennings, Chip Taylor& John Platania, Dallas Wayne, Grayson Hugh, Laura Cantrell, The Defibulators, and others – Hill Country – doors 8pm / show 8:30pm

Nov. 16 – Michaela AnneRodeo Bar– 8:30pm

Nov. 16 – Blackie and The Rodeo KingsLiving Room – 10pm-Midnight

Nov. 17 – Kelly Willis and Bruce RobisonJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Nov. 17 – WinterpillsMercury Lounge – 7pm

Nov. 17 – Red MollyRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Nov. 17 – Alex Battles and Whisky RebellionRodeo Bar– 9:30pm

Nov. 17 – The RamblersLiving Room  – 11pm

Nov. 18 – Dayna KurtzBarbes – 8pm

Nov. 18 – John Wesley Harding‘s Cabinet of Wonders with Nicole Atkins, The Blue Fisherman (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Howe Gelb, Myla Goldberg, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman and Audrey Niffenegger – City Winery  – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – Robyn HitchcockThe Bell House – doors 6pm / show 7pm

Nov. 19 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Matt Cranstoun, Brian Bonz, Nick AfricanoMercury Lounge  – 7pm

Nov. 19 – Linda McRae and Drina Seay – Kathryn’s Space House (RSVP essential to: kathryn_space@yahoo.com) doors 7pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – The Kennedys with Debbie DeaneFirst Acoustics at First Unitarian Church, Brooklyn Heights – 8pm

Nov. 19 – Matthew Ryan and The Red Needles – Living Room – 8pm

Nov. 19 – John Wesley Harding and The Minus 5The Bell House – 9pm

Nov. 19 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 10pm

Nov. 20 – John Wesley Harding and The Minus 5Maxwell’s – 8pm

Nov. 20 – Megan ReillyLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 20 – Freddie Stevenson Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Nov. 21 – Martha WainwrightCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 21 – Occupy the Mic (Benefit for Occupy Wall Street) with Aaron Lee Tasjan and other artists – Lakeside Lounge – 9pm

Nov. 22 – The Dirty Urchins11th Street Bar – 9pm (opening for Julia Haltigan)

Nov. 22 – Peter CaseJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Nov. 22 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 23 – Sasha DobsonBarbes – 7pm

Nov. 23 – Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones, MiltonCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 23 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 25 – Willie NileJ&R Music World – 2pm

Nov. 26 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Nov. 26 – Drina and the Deep Blue SeaOtto’s Shrunken Head – 7:15pm

Nov. 26 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Nov. 26 – Jim BoggiaRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Update: Nov. 26 –  Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 27 – Lisa Lowell, Nate Schweber, special guest Chris Flynn, and Li’l MoThe Treehouse at 2A –  8:30

Nov. 27 – Freddie Stevenson Record Release – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Nov. 28 – My Pet DragonBrooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 28 – Mick ReedRodeo Bar– 8:30pm

Nov. 28 – Rich HinmanLiving Room – 10pm

Nov. 29 – The Songs of Beulah Rowley, Vol. I continued with Mary Lee KortesThe Cell Theatre – 8pm (advance tickets recommended)

Nov. 29 – The Dirty Urchin11th Street Bar – 9pm (opening for Julia Haltigan)

Nov. 29 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 30 – Sasha DobsonBarbes – 7pm

Nov. 30 – Allison WeissRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Now on Advance Sale:

Dec. 1 – Ivan & AlyoshaKnitting Factory – doors 7pm /show 8pm

Dec. 2 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3The Bowery Electric – doors 7:30pm

Dec. 4 – John DoeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sold Out! Dec. 6 & 7 – DawesMaxwell’s – 9pm

Dec. 7 – Clap Your Hands Say YeahWebster Hall – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 8 – Shooter JenningsRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 9 – Elliott Murphy and the Normandy All-StarsRockwood Stage 2 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30p

Dec. 15 – The MastersonsThe Bowery Electric – doors 7:30

Dec. 21 – Lelia BroussardMercury Lounge – 10pm

Update: Dec. 23 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds (Tall Tall Trees opens) – Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Dec. 26 – Dar WilliamsThe Bell House – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Dec. 30 – Ted Leo and The PharmacistsThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 31 – Ted Leo and The PharmacistsMaxwell’s – 8pm

Dec. 31 – The DamnwellsRockwood Stage 2 – 2 shows 8:30pm and 10:30pm

Jan. 13 – PoundcakeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sold Out! Jan. 27 – Aimee MannMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm


Tonight: Melody Kills at The Rockwood Music Hall

October 29, 2011

Leslie Mendelson of Melody Kills

Melody Kills is keyboard whiz Leslie Mendelson and guitarist Steve McEwan, sometimes alone and sometimes with a band.  Tonight it’s just Leslie and Steve, but you’ll find them and their songs full of fun and energy and just top notch musically.  And you can listen to and even download two free tracks from Melody Kills.  Just click here to go to the Melody Kills music player and click download.

Melody Kills, 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 musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Three Good Shows, But You Can Only See One

October 28, 2011

Tonight is one of those nights: three are three really good shows, but they are all occur at the same time, 9pm (one is actually a 9:30 show) so you can only see one of them.  Your choices are Sasha Dobson, Julia Haltigan and James Maddock.

Sasha Dobson plays BAMcafe Live and will be joined by her band which includes the amazing Steve Elliot on lead guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass and Ben Perowski on drums.  During the set Sasha will play songs from her 2010 EP, Burn, which was one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2010, and the title track was also one of NIHE’s Best Songs of 2010.  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, tonight’s your night to get it.

Julia Haltigan and her band leave the confines of their home at the 11th Street Bar tonight and go downtown to The Roclwood Music Hall.  They played The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest a few weeks ago and absolutely demolished the place.  Julia sings, plays guitar and leads a large band through material that draws on rock, r&b, latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more.  Some of Julia’s songs could be called  Tom Waitsian except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom.

James Maddock and his band will also be at The Roclwood Music Hall, but on Stage 2.  James recently released an excellent new album, Wake Up and Dream,which I previously reviewed here.  Joining James will be his band, Oli Rockberger (piano), John Shannon (guitar), Drew Mortali (bass), Aaron Comess (drums) and Leslie Mendelson (vocals and tambourine).  The hardest thing in writing about James is coming up with an apt short description of his music.  Folk Rock might be close, but much of James’ work is close to anthemic.

Sasha Dobson, BAMcafe Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Street and St. Felix Place, Brooklyn (2,3,4,5, B or Q Trains to Atlantic Avenue, D, N or R Trains to Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street, C Train to Lafayette Street or G Train to Fulton Street), 9pm, No Cover

Julia Haltigan, 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 musicians is highly recommended)

James Maddock, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, $15


Advance Planning: October Music Calendar Updates (Added 10/27)

October 27, 2011

This will add a show to the calendar and take away one (a sell out).

Oct. 28 – Sasha DobsonBAMcafe Live – 9pm

Sold Out! Oct. 31 – Matthew Sweet (Girlfriend Anniversary shows) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm (But tickets to the Late Nov. 2 show still available)


Tonight: The Jim Keller Band at The Lakeside Lounge and The Ramblers at The Living Room

October 27, 2011

Back in the early 80s, Jim Keller wrote the still ubiquitous 867-5309/Jenny and was part of the band that recorded it, Tommy Tutone.  That band broke up shortly after that and Jim kept working as musician.  After a few years, he put his guitar away and ended up working for the music company of composer Philip Glass, licensing Glass’s music.  About five years ago, Jim dug his guitar out of the back of the closet and started writing and performing again.  The Jim Keller Band is made up of some of New York City’s musical mainstays.  One thing for sure, these guys know how to rock.  And Jim has a brand new album out, titled Soul Candy.  You’ll surely hear songs from it tonight.

Later, The Ramblers will take the stage over at The Living Room at 11pm.  Guitarist Jeremiah Birnbaum and keyboardist Scott Stein will lead the band  through a set of straight ahead rock with some southern rock influences.  And since there’s a B3 organ on stage at The Living Room, Scott will rock it.

The Jim Keller Band, Lakeside Lounge, 162 Avenue B near 10th Street (any train to 14th Street or the L Train to 1st Avenue, transfer t0 the M14A or M14D bus to 11th Street and walk to Avenue B), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is strongly encouraged)

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


News and Notes

October 26, 2011

More news about the The Del-Lords, from Scott Kempner:

Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Frank Funaro and I would like to officially welcome The Duke (Michael DuClos) to the Del-Lords. We are once again a four piece, two guitar, bass and drums (as G-d intended) rock’n’roll band. The last two basic tracks are now complete, with the record to be done in its entirety by the end of January, followed by an early spring release on GB Records (home of champions). Thanx to everyone who has been so enthusiastically anxious for this record. Your unwavering faith & intense interest is the fuel in our tank.

Return of Beulah Rowley: Back in the spring, Mary Lee Kortes revealed the songs of Beulah Rowley to the world during two performances at a small theater in Chelsea.  Here’s how it was described then:

Mary Lee Kortes, with a band of stellar musicians, presents the story and songs of Beulah Rowley, a depression-era singer from the Midwest who rose to regional fame but until know has remained little known to the world at large. Through a wondrous fluke, her story and songs were discovered by this contemporary singer/songwriter who has vowed to keep them alive. And remember, just because she made it all up doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Mary Lee is back with more songs from Beulah on November 29th.  Read about the show here and get tickets here.

It’s not quite Halloween, Thanksgiving is a month away, but I’ve seen the first tickets for New Years Eve go on sale.  The honor of being first out of the shute goes to The Damnwells, who are playing two shows at The Rockwood Music Hall on December 31st.


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