Music Video: James Maddock and Leslie Mendlson – When You Go Quiet

November 30, 2011

Here’s an older James Maddock song which has been rearranged as a duet with Leslie Mendelson, who takes this to the next level.  Leslie, who performs her own material these days in the duo Melody Kills, is a fine singer-songwriter in her own right.  This performance occurred at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 this past Saturday.

Music Video: Freddie Stevenson and The Midnight Crisis – Unsatisfied

November 29, 2011

Shows on Sunday nights are traditionally a bit sparsely attended.  But the release show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 for The City Is King (pictured on the left), the new CD from Freddie Stevenson and The Midnight Crisis, was jammed packed and even had a party feel to it.  There were also plenty of musicians in the audience and from time to time some of them would join the band for a song or two.

One of the high points of the two hour show was this number, Unsatisfied.  Playing on this song you’ll find Freddie Stevenson (vocals), David Luther (sax), Oli Rockberger (piano), John Jackson (mandolin), Irakli Gaprindashvili (acoutic guitar), James Maddock (electric guitar), David Immergluck (electric guitar), Julia Haltigan (vocals) and Rob Heath (drums).  Somewhat paradoxically, I find this number to be quite satisfying.

Advance Planning: December Music Calendar

November 28, 2011

December looks more jammed packed than usual, and that’s with many places not yet posting the entire month’s schedule.  Some New Years Eve shows have been announced, but there will be more to come.  The top ticket price on the calendar is $40 but most of the shows listed here are free or low cost.

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

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

Dec. 2 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

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

Dec. 4 – Richard Julian & Rosita Kess –  Rockwood Stage 2 -9:30pm

Dec. 4 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 5 – Decembersongs with Dan Navarro, Amy Speace, Sally Barris and Jon VenzerLiving Room – 8-10pm

Dec. 5 – Kevn Kinney, Anton Fier, Andy Hess, and Tony ScherrRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Dec. 6 – Greg TrooperRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Dec. 6 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Canceled: Dec. 7 – The Dirty UrchinsThe Tippler – 7pm

Dec. 7 – Puss N BootsBarbes – 6-8pm

Dec. 7 – Sirens of Brooklyn (A concert of Christmas and seasonal music performed by Joy Askew, Amy Merrill (Sidecar), Cat Martino, Courtney Kaiser (of KaiserCartel), Kendall Meade (Mascott), Mia Riddle (of Mia Riddle), Dawn Landes (Bandana Splits), Liz Tormes, Greta Gertler, Holly Nadal (M6), Misty Boyce and many more) – Plymouth Church Sanctuary (Orange Street between Hicks and Henry Street, Brooklyn) – doors 7pm / show 7:30pm

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

Dec. 8 – Alabama Shakes – Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm /show 9pm

Dec. 8 – Shooter JenningsRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 8 – Joy Askew – The Christopher Street Coffee House – 7pm

Dec. 8 – Jim Keller BandLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Dec. 9 – Drina Seay and the Deep Blue SeaLakeside Lounge – 7pm

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

Dec. 9 – Adam Bernstein (Record Release Show) – Bar 4 – 9:30pm

Dec. 9 – The Pretty BabiesLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Dec. 9 – The Dirty UrchinsRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec 11 – Toys for Tots Benefit with Melody Kills, Jenny Owens YoungFreddie Stevenson and more – ARC Athletics (5 Harrison St) – 3-7pm – Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

Dec. 11 –Miss Tess (CD Release), Annie Lynch and Michaela Anne and The Calamity JanesUnion Hall – doors 7:30pm / show 8pm

Dec. 11 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 13 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Dec. 14 – Puss N Boots – Barbes – 6-8pm

Dec. 14 – A Holiday Benefit V featuring: Casey Shea, Bryan Dunn, Chris Abad, Benjamin Wagner, Misty Boyce, Caleb Hawley, Sarah Nischwitz, Mary Bragg, Martin Rivas, Paula Valstein, Greg Mayo, The Vanity Belles, Astoria Boulevard, The Stone Lonesome and more – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

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

Dec. 15 – Sydney WayserRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 15 – My Pet DragonNorthern Soul (Hoboken) – 9pm

Dec. 16 – Alana Amram and Thomas Bryan Eaton with Hobson’s ChoiceZebulon – 9pm

Dec. 16 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 16 – Enemies! (Aaron Lee Tasjan, Rich Hinman, Mark Stepro, John Kengla) – Rockwood Stage 2 – Midnight

Dec. 17 – James MaddockThe Bowery Electric – 8:45pm

Dec. 17 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Dec. 18 –11th Street Bar Holiday Party – Melody Kills (plus friends and special guests) – 11th Street Bar – 7pm

Dec. 18 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 19 – Puss N Boots Christmas Spectacular (with special guests) – The Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8pm (advance purchase highly recommended, 2 ticket per person limit)

Dec. 20 – Harper BlynnRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 20 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Dec. 21 – Sasha Dobson – Barbes – 7pm

Dec. 21 – Lelia BroussardMercury Lounge – 10pm

Dec. 22 – The RamblersLiving Room – 11pm

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

Update: Dec. 23 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Dec. 24 – JewmongousJoe’s Pub – 7pm

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

Dec. 26 – Adam Levy – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Canceled: Dec. 27 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Canceled:Dec. 28 – Sasha Dobson – Barbes – 7pm

Dec. 29 – Joy Askew – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

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

Dec. 30 – Bess RogersGlasslands Gallery – 9pm

Dec. 30 – Melody Kills – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

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

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

Now on Advance Sale:

Jan. 4 – Elizabeth and The CatapultMisty Boyce and Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubMercury Lounge – doors 7pm

Jan. 5 – Rhett Miller with Adam LevyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 5 – Allison Weiss – Glasslands Gallery – 8:30pm

Update: Jan. 7 – Carrie RodriguezThe Living Room – 10pm

Jan. 11 – The PiercesMercury Lounge – 8pm

Jan. 11 – The Lemonheads performing It’s A Shame About Ray – Knitting Factory – doors 7:30pm /show 8:30pm

Jan. 12 – The PiercesMercury Lounge – 8pm

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

Jan. 20 – James Maddock –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Update: Feb. 8 – Adam Levy (CD Release) with special guest The Mastersons – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Feb. 19 – Red MollyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Feb. 22 – Jill SobuleCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Mar. 9 – Garland JeffreysRubin Museum of Art – 7pm

Mar. 10 – They Might Be Giants, Johnathan CoultonTerminal 5 – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Tonight: Freddie Stevenson Record Release Show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

November 27, 2011

Originally from England, Freddie Stevenson has been playing midnight Sundays at The Rockwood Music Hall, along with his band, The Midnight Crisis, for a while now.  His original music has a little bit of everything in it including folk and English music hall, and he’s an engaging performer. The picture above was taken at The Brooklyn Independent Music Fest a few months back where Freddie and the band just blew the audience away.

Tonight, Freddie releases a new CD and moves over to the bigger Stage 2.  And the show is at the more reasonable hour of 10pm.

Freddie Stevenson and the Midnight Crisis, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Tonight: Jim Boggia and Adam Levy at The Rockwood Music Hall

November 26, 2011

Tonight you’ll have a chance to see a fine double bill with two exceptional musicians.  First up, at 8pm, is Jim Boggia (pictured above).

If you’ve ever seen Jim Boggia play live, you’ve probably come away with the feeling that he could very well know every song written since 1964.  While that is possibly not true, you never know what Jim will throw into the mix.

What you do know is that you’ll hear Jim play his own material which ranges from the hysterical to the heartbreaking with many points in between.  And when Jim plays someone else’s song his interpretation will add greatly to it (just look at the version of Jim playing Thunder Road on the ukelele which I previously posted here).  Between the songs you’ll also hear Jim’s very funny takes on life as well.

Following Jim, Adam Levy (pronounced Leh vee) will take the stage at 9.  Adam is best known as a jazz and blues guitarist, and for his role as the guitarist in Norah Jones‘ Handsome Band.  It was during that gig that Adam started writing his own songs.  In addition to playing his own material, Adam covers a wide range of material.  No matter what Adam is playing, it will always be tasty.

Update! Tonight is the eve of Adam’s birthday, and he’s bringing presents: free copies of a 7-inch 45rpm phonograph record of his song, Got My Joy.

Jim Boggia (8pm), Adam Levy (9pm),  Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Now I’ve Heard Everything.  NIHE will be taking today and tomorrow off, to travel, eat and shop just like everyone else, but will be back in action on Saturday.  Be sure to check back then.

Tonight: Melody Kills at The Rockwood Muisc Hall; Friday Afternoon: Willie Nile at J&R Music

November 23, 2011

If you are staying in town over the Thanksgiving holiday, here are two show free shows for you.  Tonight, Leslie Mendelson and Steve McEwan, collectively know as Melody Kills, will be playing The Rockwood Music Hall at 9pm.  Leslie will play piano and provide lead vocals and Steve will be on guitar and backing vocals.  You’ll find their songs both hummable and memorable.

On Friday afternoon at 2pm, Willie Nile will be playing in-store at J&R Music World near City Hall in support of his new album, The Innocent Ones.  If you buy a copy of that album there, Willie will be happy to autograph it for you after the performance. You’ll find Willie to be a stirring performer and his songs anthemic.

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)

Willie Nile, J&R Music World, 23 Park Row between Ann and Beekman Streets (A, C, J, 2, 3, 4 or 5  Trains to Fulton Street or R Train to City Hall), 2pm, Free

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