Saturday: Three Recommendations for the Last Day of CMJ

October 20, 2012

It’s the last day of CMJ and here are three recommendations, one very early and two later.  If you didn’t catch Jay Stolar last night, you get another chance to see Jay and his band play their combination of rock and soul at The Rockwood Music Hall at the early hour of 6pm.  Over at The Rock Shop in Park Slope, you find The Figgs (who have backed up Graham Parker for the last 15 years or so) celebrate their 25th anniversary with their original line up.  Things get started there at 10:40pm.  Finally, back on the Lower East Side, modern popster Kendra Morris will play a set at  The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at midnight.

Jay StolarRockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 6pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

The FiggsThe Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue (Brooklyn) between Carroll and President Streets (R Train to Union Street), 10:40pm, $10

Kendra Morris, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), Midnight, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


Friday: Five Artists, Six Shows

October 19, 2012

Here are five artists playing six shows over the Lower East Side and Park Slope, yours to mix and match.  First up is Jay Stolar, just back from L.A., who will play his brand of rock and soul at R Bar on The Bowery at 8pm.  Next, you can catch the indie rock of Sydney Wayser at The Living Room at 8:30pm.  Yes, that conflicts with Jay, but you can also see Sydney later tonight at ZirZamin in Greenwich Village at 11pm.

Moving over to  The Rockwood Music Hall, you can see a great double bill of the uniquely talented Julia Haltigan and her band at 10pm, followed by the literate folk-rock of Freddie Stevenson at 11pm.  Also at 11pm, over at The Rock Shop in Park Slope, you can check out the soul tinged ballads of Nick Africano.

Jay Stolar, R Bar, 218 Bowery between Spring and Prince Streets (J Train to Bowery, 6 Train to Spring Street), 8pm

Sydney Wayser, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the bands is highly recommended)

Julia Haltigan (10pm), Freddie Stevenson (11pm),  Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for each band is highly recommended)

Sydney Wayser, ZirZamin, 90 W. Houston Street  between Laguardia Place and Thompson Street (B, D, F, or M Trains to Broadway – Lafayette or R Train to Prince Street), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Nick Africano, The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue (Brooklyn) between Carroll and President Streets (R Train to Union Street), 11pm, $10


Thursday: Only One Recommendation for CMJ

October 18, 2012

It’s the luck of the draw, I guess, that I only have one recommendation for CMJ today (tomorrow, on the other hand, there are many).  But it’s a good one.

At 9pm, at The Rockwood Music Hall,  you’ll find Bess Rogers.  Bess can play everything from power pop to punk, writes wonderful songs and is an engaging performer with a great sense of fun.  Bess has promised to play some new material and “will be ready to rock your face off” at tonight’s full band show.  Out of the Ocean, Bess’ last album, was one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2011.

Bess Rogers, The 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 band is highly encouraged)


Wednesday: One Afternoon Show and Several Alternatives at Night at CMJ

October 17, 2012

For today at CMJ, I have three shows plus an event going on throughout the evening event with a cast of dozens to recommend.  First up, in mid afternoon, is long-time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan, just back from a road trip. It’s hard to describe Julia’s music in just a few words, but bluesy, retro, Latin and Waitsian should be among the words in that description.  She’ll be playing at The Rockwood Music Hall at 2:30pm.

Later, next door at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 7:15pm, Jonatha Brooke will be playing her first show in a while.  This one will be a full band show and Jonatha promises to “rock it up a little, break your heart a little, and have some fun. I Might even try my new favorite song out.”  Later, at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Eytan & The Embassy will be playing their keyboard-based pop and rock at Spike Hill at 9:15pm.

Finally, The Bowery Electric holds its CMJ edition of its weekly Old Soul Revival.  Tonight’s OSR gets going in The Map Room on the first floor at 8pm, and will have a one hour open bar from 9 to 10pm.  As always, there will be a large number of musicians playing fairly short sets.  Special guests tonight include rockabilly legend Robert Gordon, Patti Smith guitarist, author and producer Lenny Kaye and indie rocker Michelle Casillas (from Ursa Minor).  They’ll go on sometime after 10pm.

Julia Haltigan, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 2:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Jonatha Brooke, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Old Soul Revival with Robert Gordon, Lenny Kaye, Michelle Casillas and many others, The Bowery Electric (Map Room), 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), 8pm, Free

Eytan & The Embassy, Spike Hill, 184 & 186 Bedford Avenue between N. 6th & N. 7th Streets, Brooklyn (L Train to Bedford Avenue) 9:15pm, $7


Tuesday: CMJ 2012 Begins

October 16, 2012

The CMJ 2012 Music Marathon, a conference and festival, begins today and  will run through Saturday (October 22).  I’ve heard the number of bands involved in CMJ estated to be around 1,000 this year.  They will be performing throughout the week in various bars and clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Admission to CMJ shows is without additional charge to those who are CMJ badge holders, and depends upon the admission policy of the bar or club otherwise: some are free, some have an admission charge.  Most CMJ shows are short; some run less than 30 minutes.

During the run of CMJ, Now I’ve Heard Everything will be providing a list of shows that are worth checking out.  A problem which presented itself in compiling the CMJ shows is that there are frequently different times listed for a show, depending on whether you have consulted the official CMJ schedule, the club schedule or the band’s website.  For the most part, I’ve gone with the time listed on the venue website, but it’s not a bad idea to check with the club before you head out the door.  I’ll also include non-CMJ shows as well.

I have three recommendations for today, which are spread out both geographically and in time: folk-rocker Lisa Jaeggi over at the The Bowery Electric in the late afternoon, the straight ahead rock band Mancie at Sullivan Hall in the early evening and indie Sydney Wayser (who will be playing many times over the course of CMJ) at Union Hall in Park Slope in mid evening.

Lisa Jaeggi, The Bowery Electric (Map Room), 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), 5:15pm, Free

Mancie, Sullivan Hall, 214 Sullivan Street between Bleecker and 3rd Streets (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to West 4th Street), 7:30pm, $12

Sydney WayserUnion Hall, 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue (R Train to Union Street), 9:15pm, $10


Advance Planning: October 2012 Music Calendar Update (Added 10/15)

October 15, 2012

Here are a few more shows at CMJ this week, plus some shows later in the month.

Oct. 16 – MancieSullivan Hall – 7:30pm (CMJ)

Oct. 17 – Eytan & The EmbassySpike Hill – 9:15pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Jay StolarR Bar– 8pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Nick Africano – The Rock Shop – 11pm (CMJ)

Oct. 20 – Eytan & The EmbassyThe Studio at Webster Hall – 8pm (CMJ)

Oct. 27 – Los DudesDing Dong Lounge – 9pm

Oct. 27 – Spanking CharleneDing Dong Lounge – 10:30pm

Oct. 28 – Alana Amram and The Rough GemsThe Living Room – 9pm


Advance Planning: October 2012 Music Calendar Update (Added 10/12)

October 12, 2012

Two listings for CMJ next week (one was listed before but now has a more exact time) plus some listings for later in October, November and December.

Oct. 16 – Lisa JaeggiThe Bowery Electric (Map Room) – 5:15pm (CMJ)

Oct. 17 – Old Soul Review with Robert Gordon, Lenny Kaye, Michelle Casillas and many others – The Bowery Electric (Map Room) – Evening (only time given) (CMJ)

Oct. 25 – Jeremiah Birnbaum (Record Release show) – Living Room – 10pm

November and Beyond

Nov. 1 – Jodi Shaw (full band show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Dec. 11 – Jeremiah Birnbaum (as part of John Platt’s On Your Radar) – Living Room – 7pm


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