News: Norah Jones to Play Staten Island This Friday, May 4

April 30, 2012

Norah Jones has just announced that she will be playing the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island this Friday, May 4 with doors at 7pm and the show at 8pm.  Tickets are $35 and will go on sale at noon on Tuesday May 1 here.

Review: Kathleen Edwards at Webster Hall

April 30, 2012

There was some foreshadowing of Saturday night’s show by Kathleen Edwards at Webster Hall earlier that afternoon in a post on Facebook by Kathleen and the response by me.  It was:

Kathleen: Just going to say it because I may never get to again: I’m playing Webster hall tonight. Butterflies!

Me: You’ve done nothing but play impressive shows in NYC since 2002 (I know, I’ve seen most of ’em). Don’t worry, NY has your back!

Kathleen and her band hit the stage right around 9 o’clock, opening with Empty Threat and playing a mix of songs from Voyageur and Asking for Flowers (I’ve provided a full set list at the bottom of this post).  The band was strong, Kathleen’s singing and playing were fine, but Kathleen was quiet, perhaps unusually so for her.

Then, six songs into the show, Kathleen told us she had to pee.  She explained that she would start the next song and in the middle, during the solos, she would run off stage and take care of it.  And that’s exactly what happened.  Kathleen and the band started 12 Bellvue.  When they got to the bridge, Kathleen put down her guitar, ran off stage while the band continued playing and probably set a land speed record in getting back on stage to finish the song.

That seemed to be a turning point of sorts, because after that Kathleen was back to her chatty self.  She then again spoke to the audience, saying that she had to address the elephant in the room, and that “your team was better than my team…this year” (the New York Rangers had beaten the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs).  And she played Hockey Skates.

Kathleen also spoke to us about her voice and body giving out while on tour recently, how lately she’s been a bundle of nerves, and how New York is always the largest audience she plays for.  She thanked us for being there.  It was real and touching.

But at another point, Kathleen also walked over to Jim Bryson and kissed him on the lips.  “Sideman makes out with singer” was how Jim summed it up later.  And when Kathleen and Jim were tuning up for the last song of the night, Mercury, Kathleen responded to the guy shouting “turn it up” by replying “this is a quiet song, asshole” and then blowing him a kiss.

It was a fine show.  And as I told Kathleen earlier that afternoon, New York City did have her back.  And she acknowledged that.

See the set list after the jump Read the rest of this entry »

Tonight: The Last Call at The Lakeside Lounge with Eric Ambel and Friends

April 30, 2012

Tonight, 16 years after it first opened, is the last call at The Lakeside Lounge.  The music will start at 9pm and be provided by Eric Ambel (one of the Lakeside’s owners), with able assistance from Phil Cimino, Alison Jones and Chip Robinson.  My bet is that the place will be crowded, so get there early.  If you’ve been to the Lakeside before, I have no doubt that you’ll want to be there tonight to say goodbye.

Update: There will be special guests joining Eric tonight and they include Mary Lee Kortes, Andy York, Mark Spencer, Jimbo Mathus and more.

Eric Ambel with Phil Cimino, Alison Jones and Chip Robinson, 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

Advance Planning: May 2012 Music Calendar Update (Added 4/29)

April 29, 2012

Three updates for the coming week: the time for Alana Amram‘s show has been revealed,  Bryan Dunn has been added to Friday at The Rockwood Music Hall and Jeremiah Birnbaum has had to cancel his show on Tuesday.

Canceled: May 1 – Jeremiah Birnbaum – Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

May 3 – Alana Amram and The Rough GemsBar Matchless – 11pm

May 4 – Bryan DunnRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Tonight (Sunday) and Tomorrow Night (Monday): Benefit for Lucinda’s Kids at The Bowery Electric

April 29, 2012

If you went to see music at The Rockwood Music Hall, The Mercury Lounge , The Living Room or The Bowery Electric, chances are that you would eventually run into Lucinda Gallagher.  She was a  dark haired, bright eyed and generous woman with an encyclopedic knowledge of local bands.  Stick around a little more and you would learn that Lucinda was a single mom with two kids,  each kid having his or her own musical taste, which you would learn about too.

Lucinda died suddenly late last December, sadly and without warning, a suicide.  Friends from the downtown music scene stepped into to give those kids a home.  Tonight and tomorrow night, some of Lucinda’s favorite bands will be playing at The Bowery Electric to help raise funds for her kids.

Apr. 29 – Benefit for Lucinda’s Kids featuring Marah, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, Jimmy Gnecco, Dave Milone,  Jim Boggia, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Petter Ericson Stakee (of Alberta Cross). The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), 6pm, $25

Apr. 30 – Benefit for Lucinda’s Kids featuring Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements), HR (of Bad Brains), Alan Vega (of Suicide), James MaddockAaron Lee Tasjan & Very Special Guests, The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), 7:30pm, $20

Advance Planning: May 2012 Music Calendar Update (Added 4/28)

April 28, 2012

Here are the first batch of updates to the May calendar.  Biggest surprise this time around is seeing that Second Dan is back playing after a long hiatus.

May 1 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 2 – The Lascivious BiddiesLIC Bar – 9pm

May 4 – Melody KillsBar Henry – 9pm

May 7 – Adam Levy (solo acoustic) – The Living Room – 6pm

May 7 – Jim Campilongo and Adam Levy – The Living Room – 10pm

May 10 – Jeremiah BirnbaumBar Henry – 8pm

May 10 – Full Vinyl Vol. 5 – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 11pm

May 15 – Freddie Stevenson – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 17 – Jeremiah BirnbaumBar Henry – 8pm

May 17 – Second Dan – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9pm

May 18 – Julia Haltigan – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9pm

May 20 – The Lascivious BiddiesRockwood Music Hall – 5pm

May 24 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

May 24 – Jeremiah BirnbaumBar Henry – 8pm

May 24 – Melody Kills – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

May 24 – Sydney WayserJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

May 30 – Melody KillsLIC Bar – 8pm

Music Video: Tom Jones – Tower of Song

April 28, 2012

Tom Jones has an album of covers coming out shortly and it includes him covering Leonard Cohen‘s Tower of song.  Tom’s version of that song is stark and moving, as is this video.

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