Tonight, head over to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 on Orchard Street at 8:30pm. There you’ll find Elizabeth and The Catapult. You can expect keyboard based idiosyncratic classical tinged pop and songs from the band’s three albums (including the recent Like It Never Happened, one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Top Albums of 2014). You’ll probably hear some new stuff as well as Elizabeth is currently working on a new album. Elizabeth also likes to throw in some inspired covers as well. Since it’s Halloween, Elizabeth has promised to play this show in costume!!
It’s an “either or” kind of night: uptown or downtown, rock or Americana. But choices like this are good to have.
If you choose downtown and rock, you’ll get Richard Lloyd. Richard is one half of the famed guitar duo that powered the band Television back in the day (Tom Verlaine was the the other half). He’ll bring his imaginative and sometimes otherworldly guitar playing along with his band to the subterranean stage of The Bowery Electric tonight. Opening the show tonight will be New York Junk and Faith. The show starts at 8pm; Richard should hit at 10pm.
If you choose uptown and Americana, you’ll get Drina Seay (pronounced Sea). I first saw Drina at the late, lamented Banjo Jim’s a few years back, mostly singing wonderful harmonies with the likes of Li’l Mo and The Monicats. Drina has been playing and singing her own material (which consists of Americana and alt country) for a while now. Tonight you’ll find Drina, backed up by Homeboy Steve at Silvana. Silvana is a restaurant and club in Harlem. You’ll find the music, along with food and drink, in the basement. Drina and Steve will get going at 8pm.
Richard Lloyd (New York Junk and Faith open), The 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), doors 7:30pm / show 8pm, $15
Drina Seay with Homeboy Steve, Silvana, 300 West 116th Street at the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard (B or C Train to 116th Street), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Lilly Hiatt was in town a few months ago opening for Aaron Lee Tasjan. It was just her and a guitar player on that tour. I liked what I heard, but thought that she would sound even better with a full band. Lilly’s album, Royal Blue, released earlier this year is a full band affair and indeed, it does sound great. If you haven’t yet discovered Lilly check out this video of Get This Right, a song from that album.
There’s a whole night of music in store for your tonight a block or two off Houston Street in either direction. If you’re up for it, you can start early and stay late.
At 8pm at the new club Berlin, which is in the basement of 2A, you’ll find Karla Rose and The Thorns. That’s the new name for Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Karla Moheno. 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, today’s show should be the perfect introduction to it and her.
Move a few blocks south and east at 9pm. That puts you in The Rockwood Music Hall just in time to see Vicki Kristina Barcelona, a trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi. When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits. And that’s what they are still doing.
Then stick around until 11pm for The After Party, a new, monthly, late night show at The Rockwood Stage 2. The After Party is the latest in a line of shows at The Rockwood in which a large number of musicians get together and cover songs belonging to a given topic. The musicians this time around are scheduled to include Akie Bermiss, who will also act as MC, Rebecca Haviland, Paul Maddison, Oscar Bautista, Bryan Dunn, Josh Dion, Wes Hutchinson, Caleb Hawley, Kevin Johnston and more.
Karla Rose and The Thorns, Berlin, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 8pm, $5
Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
The After Party, 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)
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.
Comedian Jeff Hanley will open tonight’s show. He should fit right in; the banter between the members of Poundcake is often quite funny as well.