Tonight: Five Shows, Pick One

Choices Large

It’s one of those nights.  Good shows abound, yet they conflict with each other.  But remember, when faced with multiple good choices, whatever you choose is a good choice.

Over at Webster Hall, the Austin-based hard rocking Heartless Bastards pull into town on their nationwide tour behind their new record, Restless Ones (to be released tomorrow).  Opening the show will be Craig Finn who steps away from The Hold Steady for this tour.  The show starts here at 8pm.

Alana Amram drops in for a visit from Los Angeles bringing her atmospheric alt country songs with her.  Since Alana’s band, The Rough Gems is not mentioned in the various notices about this show, it’s most likely that Alana is playing solo.  But that should not dissuade you from see this wonderfully singular musician.  Also on the bill at The Living Room tonight are The Chapin Sisters, with Alana hitting the stage at 8pm.

Down on the Lower East Side, there are three shows to choose from at The Rockwood Music Hall.  On Stage 2 at 8pm, Xavier Cardriche will be playing his original songs with his band. Xavier is new to me, but I’ve recently sampled some of his music and it fits right in with the rock, Anericana and alt country that Now I’ve Heard Everything covers.

Although Freddie Stevenson has been back in New York City for the past few weeks, tonight is his first time playing The Rockwood, this time Stage 3 at 8:30pm, since he left NYC about 18 months ago.  Freddie’s been writing songs and recording a new record with Mike Scott.  I’m sure we’ll hear all about it, and new songs from it as well.

Finally at 10pm at the original stage of the Rockwood Music Hall, you’ll find The Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh Dion playing their Monday night residency.  You’ll find these musicians approaching rock with a jazz-like mind.  And don’t forget that Jim is a master of the Telecaster.

The recap:

Heartless Bastards with Craig Finn opening, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues (N, Q, 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 14th Street or L Train to 3rd Avenue), doors 7pm / show 8pm, $23

Alana Amram (also on the bill, The Chapin Sisters), The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Xavier Cardriche, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Freddie Stevenson, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, $12, with a $10 drink minimum

Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

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