Tonight there’s yet another Lower East Side doubleheader. This time it’s over at The Mercury Lounge. Although each show has a separate admission charge, each of these acts is worth it.
If you are a long time reader, you may remember Now I’ve Heard Everything’s coverage of Israel Nash. Israel left New York City a few years ago and has been touring, mostly in Europe, since then. Israel’s last two records made the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums list in 2009 and 2011. His new one, Israel Nash’s Rain Plans, is a rock record which is languid and a bit psychedelic. Israel kept his streak going with Rain Plans, as it’s on The Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums of 2014 list. Israel is back in town tonight along with a full band at The Mercury Lounge. He’ll hit the stage at 8pm.
Karla Moheno plays rock, blues and ballads. Her songs draw on a diverse set of influences including noir, 60s girl groups, a bit of country and some show music. This melange served up by Karla and her band contains many familiar flavors presented in unexpected ways. If you have yet to hear Karla’s music, tonight’s set at 10:15pm should be the perfect introduction to it and her.
Israel Nash (8pm, $12), Karla Moheno (10:15pm, $10) 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 M or J Trains to Essex Street)