Here are two wonderful choices for your music listening tonight. Since both musicians are playing at the same time in different parts of NYC, you’ll have to choose one over the other. But when you have two good choices, whatever choice you make will be a good one.
Call Robbie Fulks country, alt country or whatever. He plays a mean guitar and writes funny, clever and yes, even poignant songs. Robbie is based in Chicago and only gets to New York a couple of times a year, so take this opportunity to see him. This time around, Robbie is touring behind his last record, Gone Away Backward, which was one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2013.
Mary Lee’s Corvette, the band fronted by Mary Lee Kortes, hasn’t been around much over the past few years. But they have started playing again and they will make another appearance at Brooklyn’s Beast of Bourbon. Perhaps best know for covering Bob Dylan‘s album Blood on the Tracks, Mary Lee is a fine songwriter in her own right, and Mary Lee’s Corvette will serve up rock that is both smart and fun.
Robbie Fulks, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street or J Train to Essex Street), 9pm, $17
Mary Lee’s Corvette, Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 9-11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)