Music Video: The Waco Brothers – Had Enough

March 31, 2016

SXSW 2016 Waco Brothers

I walked into The Broken Spoke at noon the Thursday I was at SXSW this year.  The Waco Brothers were just finishing setting up.  They started their set shortly after that and I got blasted with their brand of cow punk.  Here is the official video for Had Enough, a song from their most recent album, Going Down in History.  It’s more punk than cow; you’ll find it quite bracing.


Tonight: Joe Whyte at The Rockwood Music Hall

March 30, 2016

Joe Whyte Full Band

Tonight at 8pm, Joe Whyte takes the stage at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Joe plays alt country and Americana and his last record, When the Day Breaks, sounds good to me.  Tonight, as has been the case lately, Joe will playing with a full (and top notch) band which includes Mason Ingram on drums, John Kengla on guitar and Catherine Popper on bass.  It’s been a while since Joe was in town, so perhaps he has a few new songs up his sleeve too.

Joe Whyte, The Rockwood Music Hall,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)


Photo Recap: Some More of SXSW 2016

March 29, 2016

Here are some additional photos I took at SXSW 2016 (you’ll find the first batch posted here).  Besides the usual band photos, I’ve included a few interesting photos from around Austin.  Some of these photos originally appeared on Instagram.  So follow @nowiveheardeverything there as well.

SXSW 2016 - Eleanor FriedbergerEleanor Friedberger

SXSW 2016 Great Caeser on the roof at Whole FoodsGreat Caesar playing on the roof of Whole Foods

SXSW 2016 Chvrches at Austin Convention CenterChvrches from the back of the Radio Day Stage

SXSW 2016 Waco BrothersCowpunk at noon with The Waco Brothers

SXSW 2016 License Plate 2

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Tonight: A Tribute to Bonnie Raitt at Beast of Bourbon and The After Party at Rockwood Stage 2

March 28, 2016

Bonnie Rait

I’m recommending two show for tonight.  Both feature a large cast of musicians lovingly covering someone else’s music.  Things should time out so that you can catch both if you choose to do so.

First up, starting at 7:30pm, at Beast of Bourbon over in Bed-Sty is A Tribute to Bonnie Raitt.  Covering songs from Bonnie’s carrer – which goes back more than 40 years now – will be Lizzie Edwards, Sarah Wise, Mary Spencer Knapp, Erica Smith, Rembert Block, Alexis Thomason, Rebecca Turner, Mike Fornatale, Greg McMullen, Rich Feridun, Charly Roth, Tom Shad, Tommy DeVito, Javier Ramos, and no doubt more.  Come early, get some BBQ and check out dozens of beers and bourbons if you choose.

And there’s even a great raffle: a pair of tickets to see Bonnie’s sold out show at The Beacon on Saturday, April 2nd. Just enter your name, and the winner will be announced at the end of the second set.

The After Party 1-2016

Back in Manhattan over at the Lower East Side at The Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2, you’ll find tonight’s installment of The After Party (the above photo was taken at the January installment of the show).  The After Party is the latest in a line of shows at The Rockwood in which a large number of musicians who are part of The Rockwood community get together and cover songs.  At The After Party, each show is dedicated to songs belonging to a given year.  Yes, it’s going to be a late night.  But if the time works for you, The After Party will be fun and surprising.

A Tribute to Bonnie Raitt, Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 7:30pm, 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), 11:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Choose One of Three Shows

March 27, 2016

Choices Large

Once upon a time, Sunday was a sleepy day musically.  That hasn’t been the case in a while and it certainly isn’t true tonight.  Here are three shows you can pick and choose from to fill your night with live music.

Up first is Aaron Lee Tasjan.  Aaron’s a great songwriter and guitar player. He’s been on the road lately, not only playing with The Mastersons but also with such guitar greats as Chuck Prophet and Steve Wynn.  If you’ve seen Aaron before, you know that he offers up Americana with a blend of keen insight, humor and word play.  NPR has featured one of Aaron’s songs.  Tonight’s show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 will be opened by Brian Wright, will begin at 7pm.

You’ll find the next edition of The Radigan Roundup over in Park Slope, just three blocks from the F train.  This show is run by Terry Radigan on Sundays at  The 12th Street Bar and Grill.  As usually, Terry will play a short set and is joined tonight by Scott Klass, Freedy Johnston, Arum Rae, and Emily Duff.   At the Roundup, the music is usually stripped down and things are loose and spontaneous.  Things will get going tonight at 7:45pm.

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 there consists of four singer-songwriters: Ann Klein, Simon Chardiet, Drina Seay, and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin (of course) sitting around singing.

Aaron Lee Tasjan, (Brian Wright opens), Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $12

The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Scott Klass, Freedy Johnston, Arum Rae, and Emily Duff, 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), 7:45pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Ann Klein, Simon Chardiet, Drina Seay, and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train 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)


Today: Laura Cantrell at Pete’s Candy Store

March 26, 2016

Laura Cantrell Jimmy Ryan Jeremy Chatsky edit 5-12-15

Laura Cantrell was born and raised in Nashville, but came to New York City for college and never left.  She’s not only a singer and songwriter but a musicologist as well, having served as the proprietress as The Radio Thrift Shop on WFMURolling Stone has called Laura “A modern woman with an old-timey heart, with a voice pitched somewhere between the bluesy realism of Lucinda Williams and the vintage femininity of Kitty Wells.”

Laura plays traditional country, alt-country and folk-rock as well.  The title song from her debut album, Not The Trembling Kind, was written by Jersey rocker George Usher.  She’s also covered Gordon Lightfoot‘s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Laura has opened for Elvis Costello and also for country music legend Charlie Louvin.

Does seeing music on a late Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg works for you?  Then this is the show to see today.

Laura CantrellPete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), 5pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Photo Recap: Some of SXSW 2016

March 25, 2016

Here are some photos I took at SXSW 2016 last week.  Some have been posted here or on Instagram previously, some haven’t surfaced until now.  Enjoy these; there will be more coming shortly.

SXSW 2016 Austin Convention CenterThe heart of SXSW: The Austin Convention Center

Bleached - SXSW 2016 TuesdayBleached

Uncle Lucius SXSW 2016Uncle Lucius

SXSW 2016 Gina ChavezGina Chavez

SXSW 2106 Charlie Faye and The FayettesCharlie Faye and The Fayettes

Lines SXSW 2016 WednesdayLines!!


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