Streaming: Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 – Halloween

October 31, 2014

Steve Wynn Miracle 3 Halloween

Here’s a wonderful live version of Halloween, certainly an appropriate song for today, originally by The Dream Syndicate.  This version is by Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 and comes from KDHX‘s Twangfest back in 2011.  Play this song by clicking on the player below on the letters KDHX; turning it up would be a great idea.

Tonight: Robbie Fulks at Union Hall

October 30, 2014

If you don’t know Robbie Fulks you should.  Call him country, alt country or whatever.  He plays a mean guitar and writes funny, clever and yes, even poignant songs.   If you read his blog, you’ll find that he’s probably one of the most literate musicians anywhere. Don’t just take my word for it.  The New York Times noted:

But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else.

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 with a quartet.  Opening the show tonight will be Alex Battles and The Whiskey Rebellion, a band that seems well-matched with Robbie.

Robbie Fulks (Alex Battles and The Whiskey Rebellion open),  Union Hall, 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue (R Train to Union Street), doors 7:30pm /show 8:30, $15

Streaming: Spanking Charlene – Sugar Love (Live)

October 29, 2014

Spanking Charlene Sugar Love

Here’s a just released recording from long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Spanking Charlene.  This is a live track, recorded, I am told, by South Jersey Taper.  Many thanks to Spanking Charlene for permitting Now I’ve Heard Everything to stream this.

In this song, you’ll hear a number of call outs by lead singer Charlene McPherson to Roscoe.  Those calls are, of course, invitations to Eric “Roscoe” Amble, who usually plays with Spanking Charlene,  to take the lead.  Eric is currently the lead guitarist in The Del-Lords.  And if the lyrics of this song sound more spicy than sugary, they are totally in line with the band’s name.  Just click on the player below to listen.

Advance Planning: November 2014 Music Calendar

October 28, 2014



It’s time for the November Music Calendar.  The usual ground rules apply: listings on the calendar are for venues in New York City and for bands that I can personally recommend or which I have reason to believe are worthwhile.  All shows listed here are free or have tickets which cost $40 or less. I’ve tried to list the set time for each band.  If all I have is a time when the show starts or when doors open, I’ll list that and so note it.  As usual, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.

Latest Update: Nov. 26

Nov. 1 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr. – Beast Of Bourbon – 10pm

Nov. 2 – Lizzie and The SinnersTreehouse at 2A – 10pm

Nov. 2 – Dear GeorgianaCameo – 9pm

Nov. 3 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 3 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Dan RieserRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 5 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 3 – 6:30pm

Nov. 5 – BB Booking Showcase with Matt Singer, Tall Tall Trees, The Bright Silence, Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club, Steve WaittRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Nov. 5 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 5 – Fife & DromThe Way Station – 11pm

Nov. 6 – Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 8 – The Artist Formally Known As Vince BandDon Pedro – show 7pm

Nov. 8 – Karyn Kuhl BandThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Nov. 8 – Adam BernsteinPete’s Candy Store – 8pm

Nov. 8 – Fife & DromRockwood Stage 2 – 10:15pm

Nov. 9 – Elizabeth & The CatapultRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 9 – The Artist Formally Known As Vince BandThe Delancey – show 7:30pm

Nov. 9 – Lenny KayeTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

Nov. 9 – WinterpillsMercury Lounge – 10pm

Nov. 10 – Jeff LitmanSpike Hill – 8pm

Nov. 10 – Don Piper’s “Monday Monday” with Alice Bierhorst, David Rappaport and Matthew HornHiFi Bar – 8pm

Nov. 10 – Jim Campilongo and Honey FingersRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 11 – Jessie Kilguss (CD release show) – The Bowery Electric – 8pm

Nov. 12 – Brigitte DeMeyerRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 12 – Will KimbroughRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Nov. 12 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 12 – Poundcake – The Bitter End – show 9pm

Nov. 12 – Rony’s InsomniaLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 13 – Spanking CharleneThe Bowery Electric – 7pm

Nov. 13 – Joe WhyteRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 13 – Luke WesleyRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 13 – Caroline Rose – Mercury Lounge – 11pm

Nov. 14 – Misty BoyceSupernova at Carroll Place – 9pm

Nov. 14 – Lizzie and The Sinners – Pete’s Candy Store – 9pm

Nov. 14 – New Ponies – Living Room – 11pm

Nov. 15 – Jessi MechanicThe Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

Nov. 15 – Will Kimbrough with special guest Bridgette DeMeyer – House Concert in NYC – doors 7pm / show 8pm – click here to email for information and reservations

Nov. 15 – Caroline RoseKnitting Factory – show 8pm

Nov. 16 – MiltonCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 16 – The Dream SyndicateRough Trade – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nov. 17 – Mary Lee KortesRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 17 – Benjamin CartelLiving Room – 7pm

Nov. 17 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight

Nov. 18 – Jess Klein with Jessie TorrisiRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Nov. 18 – Joy AskewRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 18 – Dina RegineThe Bowery Electric – 9pm

Nov. 18 – Karla MohenoRockwood Stage 2 – 9:15pm

Nov. 18 – Ursa MinorThe Bowery Electric – 10pm

Nov. 18 – Michaela AnneRockwood Stage 2 – 11:15pm

Nov. 19 – A Circle of Songs, hosted by Richard Barone with Duncan Sheik, Allison Moorer, and Holly NearSubCulture – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 21 – James Maddock (Full Band)Rockwood Stage 2 – 8:15pm

Nov. 21 – Chuck ProphetThe Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Nov. 22 – Bryan DunnLiving Room – 7pm

Nov. 22 – Mya ByrneLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 22 – Aly TadrosRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 22 – Jay StolarMercury Lounge – 9pm

Nov. 23 – Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Nov. 24 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Update: Nov. 30 – Terry Radigan, Adam Bernstein, Paul Carbonara and others – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7pm

Update: Nov. 30 – Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Drina Seay, Homeboy Steve, Tom Clark and George Gilmore – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Nov. 30 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 30 – Rony’s Insomnia  – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10:15pm (new time)

December and Beyond

Dec. 1 – Ana EggeRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Dec. 1 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 1 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Hagar Ben-Ari, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 2 – Poundcake Living Room – 8pm

Dec. 2 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 4 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 6 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Dec. 9 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 11 – Puss n Boots Christmas Extravaganza Take 3  – The Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Dec. 15 – WinterpillsRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Dec. 15 – Adam LevyRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Dec. 16 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 17 – The Looking – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Dec. 23 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 27 – Jahn Xavier and The BowerytonesBeast Of Bourbon – 10pm

Dec. 29 – Elliott Murphy – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Dec. 30 – Poundcake Living Room – 8pm

Dec. 30 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Jan. 17 – The KennedysRockwood Stage 3 – 7:30pm

Jan. 22 – Alejandro Escovedo performing Gravity- City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 23 – Alejandro Escovedo performing Thirteen Years – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 24 – Alejandro Escovedo performing With Theses Hands – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Music Video: Alice Cooper – Eighteen (Live at 2A)

October 27, 2014

Alice Cooper 18 at 2A

So this happened just this past Thursday.  Rock photographer Bob Gruen had a birthday party at 2A, the space where Tom Clark‘s Treehouse at 2A happens every Sunday night.  Jesse Malin and Billie Joe Armstrong put together a band to play a set of covers.  The night stared with Alice Cooper fronting this live version of Eighteen.  A tip of the hat goes to Ryan Crase, who was there to record this for posterity.

Tonight: The Great Harmony Swap – The Rolling Stones at The Treehouse at 2A

October 26, 2014

Great Harmony Swap Rolling Stones Revised

On the last Sunday of the month, Tom Clark, who runs  The Treehouse at 2A, turns the programming over to Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin.  The result is the series called the Field of Stars (originally held at the late and lamented Banjo Jim’s).

Tonight’s show is a doozy, with more than 35 musicians – solos, duos and combos – performing more than 35 Rolling Stones songs.

Joining Li’l Mo tonight will be Dina Regine, Nate Schweber, Sherryl Marshall, Jahn Xavier, Tom Clark, Charles Roth, Rembert Block, Susan D, Charlene McPherson, Gene Casey, Charlie Giordano, Emily Duff, Liane Smith, Angello Oliveri, Frank Migliorelli, Mo Goldner, Dave Donen, Mary Lee Kortes, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Eddie Kunze, Homeboy Steve, Lisa Lowell, Dave Foster, Fausto Bozza, Meredith Minogue, Scott, Aldrich, Dave Sonnenborn, Tim Heap, Michelle Casillas, Paul Pimser, Jim Barry, Shaky Dave, Leslie Wagner, and Deborah Berg

The fun gets going at 8:30pm, but it’s going to be crowded up at The Treehouse, so getting there early is highly recommended.

The Great Harmony Swap – The Rolling Stones, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J Train to Essex Street), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Saturday: Five Picks

October 25, 2014

CMJ 2014 Logo

For today, the last day of CMJ, I offer five picks.  As usual, they are a mix of CMJ and non-CMJ shows.

First up, at The Rockwood Music Hall at 7pm, is Fife & Drom, a blues based band led by the husband and wife team of Abby Ahmad and Mark Marshall.  British new wave rockers Eddie and The Hot Rods will headline a four band bill at The Bowery Electric. The show starts at 7:30pm, which means that Eddie and The Hot Rods will hit the stage sometime after 10pm; check with the club for the exact time.

If you missed seeing pop rockers  Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) earlier this week, catch them now at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 11pm.  Just a few blocks east, you’ll find the amazing Alana Amram and The Rough Gems at The Parkside Lounge at 11:30pm. Alana’s stock in trade are country inflected languid songs with a touch of psychedelia.  Over in Williamsburg, you’ll find rockers Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club playing at the newly reopened Living Room, also at 11:30pm.

Fife & Drom, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Eddie and The Hot RodsThe 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), show 7:30pm, $20

Mosco Rosco, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Alana Amram and The Rough Gems, Parkside Lounge, 317 E. Houston Street at Attorney Street (F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 11:30pm, No Cover

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club, The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 11:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for each of the bands is highly recommended)

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