Tonight: The Damnwells at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

December 31, 2015

Damnwells 2015

If you still don’t have New Year’s Eve plans, The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 is the place to go. As of 8:30am, they still have tickets for both the 7:15pm and 10pm shows.

The Damnwells play rock and power pop with well crafted songs and great vocals. They have a wonderful new album released earlier this year, titled, simply enough, The Damnwells. It was one of the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums of 2015, and one song from it, Lost, was the Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Song of 2015.

The Damnwells have a history worthy of, well, a band. They put out a couple of records, got trapped in record company stupidity and two of the original members left the band.  Two other members, including songwriter and front man Alex Dezen, soldiered on releasing two albums over the past few years.  The original line up of The Damnwells then got back together.  And as things happened, one of those member is not able to tour right now, and for tonight’s show, he’s being replaced by a familiar face: Whynot Jansvelt, who was the bassist in the now dissolved band Harper Blynn.  Opening tonight’s shows will be Rockwood regular Julian Velard.

The Damnwells (Julian Velard will open),  Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7:15pm, 10pm, $35


Tonight: Elizabeth and The Catapult at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

December 30, 2015

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Tonight, head over to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on Allen Street at 10:30pm.  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 Like It Never Happened, one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Top Albums of 2014).  You’ll no doubt hear some new stuff too, as Elizabeth is currently working on a new album.  Elizabeth also likes to throw in some inspired covers as well.

Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10:30pm, $10


Tonight: Bryan Dunn at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

December 29, 2015

Bryan Dunn 2015

Bryan Dunn is originally from Austin.  Bryan can be funny, sardonic or touching, and has a knack for telling stories in his songs; so much so that many of those songs can be classified as literature with a guitar.  Among Bryan’s repertoire tonight, you will no doubt hear songs from his last album, Sweetheart of the Music Hall and EP, Zapgun!  Bryan has just returned from Hollywood and has shot a new video, so perhaps we’ll hear something about those adventures.  This is a full band show; backing Bryan tonight will be his band, The Convenients.

Bryan Dunn, Rockwood Stage 2, 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)


Tonight: David Luther at The Rockwood Music Hall

December 28, 2015

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At 10pm on the Lower East Side, David Luther will take the stage at The Rockwood Music Hall. Playing with David tonight will be Al Street on guitar, Matt Lindsey on bass and Jordan Perlson on drums.  With his sax in hand and that band behind him, David will dip into the instrumental pieces he’s been writing recently.  This music is influenced by jazz, old TV themes, spaghetti westerns and more.  This is a wonderful, laid back way to spend a Monday night.

David Luther, 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 donation for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Choose Between The Radigan Roundup at The 12th Street Bar and Grill and The Treehouse at 2A

December 27, 2015

Choices Large

With the Christmas live music lull over, tonight offers you the choice of two established series.  Each offers a number of musicians playing short, stripped down sets.

The Radigan Roundup is run by Terry Radigan on Sundays at Park Slope’s 12th Street Bar and Grill.  As usually, Terry will play a short set and is joined tonight by Freedy Johnston, Scott Klass from The Davenports, and Dan Miller who plays with They Might Be Giants.  At the Roundup, the music is usually stripped down and things are loose and spontaneous.  Things will get going tonight at 8pm, but getting to The 12th Street Bar and Grill early for a seat (the place is on the small size) is not a bad idea.

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 billed as The Happy Musical Family Show and will feature Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Drina Seay, Emily Duff, Scott Aldrich and Homeboy Steve.  Look for the emphasis to be on harmonies.  The show starts at 9pm.

The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Freedy Johnston, Scott Klass, and Dan Miller, 12th Street Bar and Grill, 1123 8th Avenue – enter on 12th Street, Park Slope (F or G Trains to 7th Avenue, use the 8th Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover, (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

The Happy Musical Family Show with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Drina Seay, Emily Duff, Scott Aldrich and Homeboy Steve, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (A, C or F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Merry Christmas from Now I’ve Heard Everything; Next New Post Sunday

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from Now I’ve Heard Everything to those celebrating the holiday.  I’m taking today and tomorrow off and will be back here posting as usual on Sunday.


Music Video: Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Live 2014

December 24, 2015

Darlene Love Christmas Letterman 2014

This song originally appeared on what is generally know as the Phil Spector Christmas Album (titled A Christmas Gift to You when originally released in 1963 and again available under that name).  Darlene Love has performed it every year since 1986 on the final new episode before Christmas of Late Night with David Letterman (NBC) and the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS).  Since that show is no more, here Darlene’s last version of that song on that show, broadcast last year.


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