Tonight: Charlene Kaye, Alexz Johnson, Jay Stolar and Misty Boyce at The Highline Ballroom

February 28, 2013

Misty Highline Feb 28Tonight, four NYC based musicians, Misty Boyce, Jay Stolar, Alexz Johnson and Charlene Kaye, begin their nation-wide tour right here at The Highline Ballroom.  If you have wanted to catch any of them, take the opportunity of seeing this great four-in-one bill.

Up first tonight will be Misty Boyce. She’ll be fronting a new band and have mostly new songs, more in the singer-songwriter vein than her work with (is) boy.  Misty, who is a keyboard wiz,  is now playing electric guitar as well.

Misty will be followed by Jay Stolar, whose music could easily be called neo-soul.  Alexz Johnson will be up next.  She’ll play her modern pop with a band that included Misty on keys.

Closing out the night will be Charlene Kaye, who also plays her own brand of rock and pop.  Joining Charlene is her band, The Brilliant Eyes, which includes Jay.  Everything gets started at 7pm.

Charlene Kaye, Alexz JohnsonJay Stolar and Misty Boyce, The Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street, between 9th and 10th Ave (A, C or E Trains to 14th Street), doors 6pm / show 7pm, $20


Advance Planning: March 2013 Music Calendar Update (Added 2/27)

February 27, 2013

The first update to the March calendar. There will no doubt be more.

Mar. 1 – Sad Bastard – ZirZamin – 7pm

Mar. 12 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

April and Beyond

May 6 – Drew Holcomb and The NeighborsRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

May 7 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – show 7pm


Tonight: Kelli Scarr, Alana Amram and The Rough Gems and Ember Schrag at The Way Station

February 27, 2013

Kelli Scarr

It’s the last Wednesday in February, which means that this is the last night of Kelli Scarr’s residency at The Way Station. Up first at 9pm is Ember Schrag, a singer-songwriter based in in Iowa who is new to me. Ember’s music has been described as: “Subtle, subdued acoustic guitar ballads, devoid of flash but soaked in character and a perpetually unsettling sense of mystery.”

Then at 10pm Alana Amram and The Rough Gems will take the stage.  Alana and her band take a bit from alt country, mix it with elements from other genres and top it off with smokey, honey coated vocals.

To finish the evening, Kelli Scarr and her band will play a tribute to Karen Dalton beginning at 11pm.  Here’s what Kelli says about Karen:

I was first drawn to the voice – that weathered, longing, cracked voice that could mean nothing else but a life well lived. Plus her phrasing is out of this world. Add to that the fact that she got her teeth knocked out from getting caught in the middle of a fist fight between two lovers and you’ve got me. This woman is someone I seek to understand, someone I seek to honor.

Playing with Kelli tonight will be Scott Metzger on guitar, Rich Hinman on pedal steel, Claudia Chopek on fiddle, Jay Foote on bass and Taylor Floreth on drums.

Ember Schrag (9pm),  Alana Amram (10pm), and Kelli Scarr (11pm), The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue (2 or 3 Train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum or C Train to Clinton – Washington), No Cover (but a contribution for each of the bands is highly recommended)


Tonight: The Jim Keller Band at Spike Hill

February 26, 2013

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.  Jim’s album, Soul Candy, was on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums of 2011 list.  And Jim and the band are in the studio now recording the followup to that album, so I’d expect to hear some of the songs they’ve been working on tonight.

The Jim Keller BandSpike Hill, 184 & 186 Bedford Avenue between N. 6th & N. 7th Streets, Brooklyn (L Train to Bedford Avenue) 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Poundcake at City Winery

February 25, 2013

Long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Poundcake is made up of Teddy Thompson (guitar and vocals), Jeff Hill (bass and vocals) and Ethan Eubanks (drums and vocals).  They play rockabilly and early rock ‘n’ roll covers.  Poundcake is always great fun and the band has a knack for picking great songs and playing them with verve.

Still need more convincing that this is the show to see tonight? Then have a look at this live video from Poundcake playing It’s So Easy and Brown-Eyed Handsome Man.

Poundcake, City Winery, 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston or Canal Streets, C or E Trains to Spring Street), doors 6pm / show 8pm, $17-25


Advance Planning: March 2013 Music Calendar

February 24, 2013

calendar2 March begins this Friday so it’s time to roll out the calendar for next month.  I expect that there will be some updates rolling in, particularly from The Living Room, which announced last week that the club will remain open in its current location through April, and is just now booking the next two months.  In the middle of the month, NIHE will travel down to Austin for our yearly sojourn at the SXSW Music conference and festival.  As usual, this calendar will be updated during the month, although updates will probably cease during the festivities in Texas.

Mar. 1 – Sad Bastard – ZirZamin – 7pm

Mar. 1 – Mikal Evans (full band show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Mar. 2 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Mar. 2 – Band of Outsiders and Pin Ups – Ding Dong Lounge – show 9pm

Mar. 2 – Kendra Morris – Mercury Lounge – show 10pm

Mar. 3 – Teddy Thompson – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Mar. 3 – Andi Rae and the Back River BulliesRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Mar. 3 – NickCaseyRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Mar. 4 – John Kengla Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Mar. 4 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

Mar. 4 – Jim Campilongo Quartet with Peter Remm, Jay Foote and Ramblin’ Rob Heath – The Living Room – 10pm

Mar. 5 – Rich Hinman Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Mar. 6 – Madi DiazMercury Lounge – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm

Mar. 6 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.ZirZamin – 8:45pm

Mar. 6 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9:30

Mar. 7 – Jeremiah BirnbaumThe Living Room – 7pm

Mar. 7 – Alana Amram and The Rough GemsJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Mar. 8 – New PoniesThe Living Room – 11pm

Mar. 9 – Red Wanting BlueBowery Ballroom – 9pm

Mar. 11 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

Mar. 11 – Jim Campilongo Quartet with Peter Remm, Jay Foote and Ramblin’ Rob Heath – The Living Room – 10pm

Mar. 12 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Mar. 12 – Bess RogersRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Mar. 13 – Freddie Stevenson Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Mar. 13 – Jeremiah Birnbaum’s Righteous DevilsSpike Hill – 11pm

Mar. 14 – George Usher and Lisa BurnsZirZamin – 8pm

Mar. 14 – Amy CorreiaJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Mar. 14 – Richard JulianRockwood Music Hall – 10pm-Midnight

Mar. 15 – The DamnwellsBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Mar. 15 – Christine Ohlman and Rebel MontezHill Country – doors 10pm /show 10:30pm

Mar. 16 – St. Paddy’s Tribute to Van Morrison – A killer house band with horn section jams on some of Van The Man’s greatest tunes with guest vocals by Shelly Bhushan, Xavier Cardriche, Little Embers, Arthur Lewis, Chrissi Poland and many more – LIC Bar – 7:30pm

Mar. 16 – Spanking CharleneR Bar – 7:15pm

Mar. 16 –  Jules Shear and Pal ShazarThe Living Room – 9pm

Mar. 17 – James Maddock – Rockwood Stage 2 – 3pm

Mar. 18 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

Mar. 18 – Jim Campilongo Quartet with Peter Remm, Jay Foote and Ramblin’ Rob Heath – The Living Room – 10pm

Mar. 18 – Forge The Bell Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Mar. 20 – The Waterboys Present An Appointment With Mr YeatsTown Hall – 8pm

Mar. 20 – Full VinylRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Mar. 21 – Ana EggeJalopy – 9pm

Mar. 21 – Jim Keller BandDon Pedro – 9pm

Mar. 22 – Mike Farris  – Mercury Lounge – 8pm

Mar. 22 – Julia HaltiganThe Cutting Room – 10pm

Mar. 23 – Deni BonetFirst Acoustics at First Unitarian Church (Brooklyn) – show 8pm

Mar. 24 – So Brown –  Rockwood Music Hall – 6pm

Mar. 24 – Drina SeayZirZamin – 7pm

Mar. 24 – Lenny Kaye and Cindy Lee Berryhill –Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Mar. 25 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

Mar. 25 – Jim Campilongo Quartet with Peter Remm, Jay Foote and Ramblin’ Rob Heath – The Living Room – 10pm

Mar. 26 – Jill Andrews – Rockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Mar. 27 – Freddie Stevenson Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Mar. 27 – Kelli ScarrRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Mar. 27 – Nick Africano – Rockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Mar. 28 – Julia Haltigan and Kendra Morris Do Solo – Rockwood Music Hall – 9-11pm

Mar. 28 – SidecarThe Way Station – 10pm

Mar. 29 – Eric Andersen – Rubin Museum of Art – 7pm

Update: Mar. 29 – SidecarPete’s Candy Store – 11pm

Mar. 30 – Caitlin RoseUnion Hall – doors 8pm

Update: Mar. 30 – Adam Bernstein – Pete’s Candy Store – 8pm

Update: Mar. 31 – Homeboy SteveZirZamin – 7pm

Mar. 31 – Kinky FriedmanCity Winery – doors 7pm / show 8pm

April and Beyond

Apr. 1 – Caitlin RoseMercury Lounge – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm

Apr. 1 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Apr. 3 – Willie Nile – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Apr. 8 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Apr. 9 – Kristin Diable and Julia HaltiganLiving Room  – 9pm

Apr. 16 – Amy Speace  (CD Release Show) – Joe’s Pub – 9:30

Apr. 18 – Losers Lounge Tribute to Elvis Costello – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Apr. 18 – Phosphorescent – Bowery Ballroom – 8pm

Apr. 19 – Losers Lounge Tribute to Elvis Costello – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Apr. 19 – Losers Lounge Tribute to Elvis Costello – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Apr. 20 – Losers Lounge Tribute to Elvis Costello – Joe’s Pub – 6:30pm

Apr. 20 – Aimee MannWebster Hall (Bowery Presents) – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Apr. 20 – Losers Lounge Tribute to Elvis Costello – Joe’s Pub – 9pm

April 25 – Alana Amram and The Rough GemsThe Rock Shop – show 7:30pm

May 2 – Bryan Dunn – Spike Hill – 9pm

May 6 – Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

May 7 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – show 7pm

May 7 – Arum RaeMaxwell’s – doors 7pm / show 8pm

May 9 – Julia HaltiganJoe’s Pub – 7pm

May 10 – Hayes Carll – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm


Freebies: The Unofficial 2013 SXSW Torrent (Part 1)

February 23, 2013

SXSW Music 2013

How about 999 mp3s? As I previously noted, SXSW is a festival in Austin Texas next month in which more than 2500 bands will play over five nights.  Many of those bands have made mp3s available to the public on the SXSW website, and 999 of them have been gathered together in a torrent file for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a bit of everything in this collection, and there are probably more misses than hits, but it a great way to discover new music.  But wait, there’s more.  This is only part 1.  There will be a second large torrent full of SXSW 2013 music, probably within the next two weeks.  When it shows up, Now I’ve Heard Everything will have it for you as well.

If you don’t know what BitTorrent is or don’t have a BitTorrent client, check out the video below.  It’s a complete tutorial on how to download, install and configure uTorrent, a popular piece of software used to download torrents.

Have BitTorrent?  Ready to use it?  Then go here: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents


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