Music Video: Borns – Electric Love (Live)

May 31, 2016

Borns w Misty Boyce Electric Love Live MTV Austin

Late last year, Borns released this song, Electric Love.  WFUV and KCRW played it.  It’s a nice piece of dream pop.  Here’s a live version of that song, recorded by MTV earlier this year at the MTV Woodie Awards at SXSW.  Playing keyboards and singing backing vocals is Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Misty Boyce (who you’ll be able to see on the right).


Happy Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

Now I’ve Heard Everything is taking today off.  But tomorrow, NIHE will be back bright and early as usual.


Tonight: The Radigan Roundup at The 12th Street Bar and Grill

May 29, 2016

12th Street Bar

Check out tonight’s holiday weekend edition of The Radigan Roundup.  This show 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 Andy Mac, Bryan Dunn, Heather Eatman, Aron Blue, and Alex Battles.  At the Roundup, the music is usually stripped down and things are loose and spontaneous.  Things will get going tonight at 7:30pm  and run through 10:30pm, 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.

The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Andy Mac, Bryan Dunn, Heather Eatman, Aron Blue, Alex Battles, 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), 7:30pm, No Cover, (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Tonight: Nick Africano at The Rockwood Music Hall

May 28, 2016

If you haven’t left New York City during this holiday weekend, there is still live music for you to catch.  Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Nick Africano will play the first set in his residency at The Rockwood Music Hall tonight at 10pm.  Nick has said that each of his residency shows will be different, and tonight he’ll play solo and feature songs from next record.  Nick has a deep rich voice and plays several guitars including a steel guitar.

Nick Africano, 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 bands is highly recommended)


Tonight: One Out of Three to Start the Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2016

Choices Large

The weather has turned warm and Memorial Day weekend is upon us.  If you are sticking around New York City, there’s still live music to be heard.  Tonight, there are three wonderful shows at times and at places which means you can only catch one of them.  But whichever of these shows you pick to see, you will have made a good choice.

Starting at 10pm over in Red Hook, at Sunny’s Bar, Monica Passin, better known as Li’l Mo, will lead her band, The Monicats, through country, rockabilly, blues, 60s pop and whatever else she and they may play.  And I’ll add that not only are Li’l Mo and The Monicats terrific musically, they are just plain fun to watch.  I’m sure you’ll hear songs from the last album from Li’l Mo and The Monicats, Whole Lotta Lovin’ and you’ll have the opportunity to pick up a copy as well.

Back on the Lower East Side at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, you’ll find long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan playing at 10pm.  Julia has a fine new EP called Hot Tears.  You’ll hear songs from it and Julia’s past albums as well.  Julia recently moved to a classic four piece band (two guitars, bass and drums) and a more rocking sound.  I’ve called Julia brassy, and even without a horn section, I still think that description holds.  Some of Julia’s songs could be called  Tom Waitsian except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom.

Freddy’s Bar stands in Brooklyn in Greenwood Heights, sometimes called the South Slope when a real estate type wants to justify the rent.  On stage at Freddy’s at 11pm, will be Andi Rae and The Back River Bullies.  Andi Rae and the band play their original Americana and folk rock with verve and energy.  They have a good new CD, titled If You Want to Be My Man, and I’m sure they will be playing songs from it, and stuff from their catalog as well.

Li’l Mo and The Monicats, Sunny’s Bar, 253 Conover Street between Beard and Reed Streets (F or G Trains to Smith-9th Street, transfer to the B61 bus to Van Dyke and Van Brunt Streets and walk two blocks to Sunny’s), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Julia Haltigan, 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)

Andi Rae and The Back River Bullies, Freddy’s Bar,  627 5th Ave between 17th and 18th Streets, Brooklyn (R Train to Prospect Avenue), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Advance Planning: May 2016 Music Calendar Update (Added 5/26)

May 26, 2016

Here’s what the two long running Sunday night series have in store this time around.

May 29 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Andy Mac, Bryan Dunn, Heather Eatman, Aron Blue, Alex Battles12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

May 29 – Drina Seay, Ed Tristram, Greta Tristram and Monica “Li’l Mo” PassinTreehouse at 2A – 9pm


Tonight: Michaela Anne at The Mercury Lounge

May 26, 2016

Michaela Anne

Michaela Anne used to be based right here in NYC until she left for the greener pastures of Nashville two years ago.  But her sojourn down there seems to have paid off.  Michaela’s new record, Bright Lights and the Fame is a worthy follow up to her wonderful 2014 release, Easy My Mind.  Bright Lights and the Fame mixes its Americana, alt country and modern country in a way that any fan of any of those musical areas would be pleased.  Michaela ruminates on life and love on the 11 songs that make up the album.  I find myself drawn back to the open track, Living Without You, which features Michaela singing quietly at times and cutting loose at others.  But all the songs here deserve a listen and have something to offer.

Tonight, Michaela and her band pull into The Mercury Lounge to play the record release show for the new album.  The show opens at 7pm with NYC’s Zephaniah and the 18 Wheelers, with Michaela Anne hitting the stage at 8pm.  It’s an early enough show.  Given that Bright Lights and the Fame has garnered lots of good press (even the New York Times likes it), take this opportunity and catch Michaela Anne tonight.

Michaela Anne (8pm) (with Zephaniah and the 18 Wheelers opening at 7pm), 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 J or M Trains to Essex Street), $12


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