Saturday: Five Picks

October 25, 2014

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For today, the last day of CMJ, I offer five picks.  As usual, they are a mix of CMJ and non-CMJ shows.

First up, at The Rockwood Music Hall at 7pm, is Fife & Drom, a blues based band led by the husband and wife team of Abby Ahmad and Mark Marshall.  British new wave rockers Eddie and The Hot Rods will headline a four band bill at The Bowery Electric. The show starts at 7:30pm, which means that Eddie and The Hot Rods will hit the stage sometime after 10pm; check with the club for the exact time.

If you missed seeing pop rockers  Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) earlier this week, catch them now at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 11pm.  Just a few blocks east, you’ll find the amazing Alana Amram and The Rough Gems at The Parkside Lounge at 11:30pm. Alana’s stock in trade are country inflected languid songs with a touch of psychedelia.  Over in Williamsburg, you’ll find rockers Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club playing at the newly reopened Living Room, also at 11:30pm.

Fife & Drom, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Eddie and The Hot RodsThe 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), show 7:30pm, $20

Mosco Rosco, 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)

Alana Amram and The Rough Gems, Parkside Lounge, 317 E. Houston Street at Attorney Street (F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 11:30pm, No Cover

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club, The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 11:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for each of the bands is highly recommended)


Friday: Afternoon and Evening, You’ve Got Lots of Good Options

October 24, 2014

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Both this afternoon and this evening have some particularly good shows, some CMJ, some non-CMJ.  Here’s the run down.

Originally from New York, Texas-based Ann Klein plays an amalgam of rock, blues and alt country.  She’ll appear at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 at 12:40pm.  A bit later, at 3pm, Brooklyn-based rockers Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club will hit the original stage at  The Rockwood Music Hall.  Back at Rockwood Stage 3, Austin’s legendary rocker Jon Dee Graham will play at 3:20pm.

Moving uptown to the Lincoln Center area, you’ll find Jeff Litman playing rock and power pop, Bryan Dunn playing story-based folk rock, and Martin Rivas playing rock as well.  This is the line up for the Friday afternoon concert series at the American Folk Art Museum.  The show starts there at 5:30pm.

Turning to tonight, Elizabeth and The Catapult bring their classical-tinged indie pop to Rockwood Stage 3 at 8pm.  Uptown in Harlem, rockers Rony’s Insomnia will play The Shrine at 8:30pm.  Legendary poet, bluesman and political activist John Sinclair will again team up with New York’s Adventures in Bluesland at Bed-Sty’s Beast Of Bourbon at 9pm.  At that same time, Brooklyn’s Jessie Kilguss will lead her band through a set at Red Hook Bait and Tackle. Finally, Jay Stolar will bring his rock and soul to Rockwood Stage 3 at 10pm.

Ann Klein (12:40pm), Jon Dee Graham (3:20pm), Elizabeth and The Catapult (8pm), Jay Stolar (10pm), Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover

Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 3pm, No Cover

Jeff Litman, Bryan Dunn and Martin Rivas, American Folk Art Museum, 2Lincoln Square at 66th Street and Columbus Avenue (1 Train to 66th Street), 5:30pm, Free

Rony’s Insomnia, The Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between West 133rd and West 134th Streets (2 or 3 Trains to 135th Street), 8:30pm, No Cover

John Sinclair with Adventures in Bluesland, Beast Of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Jessie Kilguss, Red Hook Bait and Tackle, 320 Van Brunt Street between Pioneer Street and Visitation Place (F or G Trains to Smith-9th Streets, transfer to B61 Bus to Downtown Brooklyn), 9pm, No Cover


Thursday: Six Picks

October 23, 2014

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Today’s picks are a mixture of CMJ and non-CMJ shows. There’s one in the afternoon, then at night there are four running pretty much opposite each other in disparate corners of NYC, and one late show.

Rock and soul man Jay Stolar starts today’s picks this afternoon at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall.  Jay’s show begins at 2:15pm.

Tonight, Austin’s legendary rocker Jon Dee Graham, accompanied by Mike June will play Hill Country NY in Chelsea at 9pm.  Over in Williamsburg at the same time, The Looking, a project which melds old traditional songs with new and interesting rock arrangements is up at Pete’s Candy Store, also at 9pm.

Moving south and east to The Way Station in Prospect Heights, The Jacks of Kings County will play their usual blend of rock and Americana.  This show is being videoed by the band, so expect some surprises.  Back in Manhattan on the Lower East Side, the multitalented John Sinclair will join NYC’s Adventures in Bluesland at Sidewalk Cafe at 10:30pm.  Finally, rockers My Pet Dragon will play the CMJ Afterparty at Cameo in Williamsburg at the stroke of midnight.

Jay Stolar, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 2:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Jon Dee Graham with Mike June, Hill Country NY, 30 W. 26th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway (F, M or R Trains to 23rd Street), 9pm, No Cover

The Looking, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

The Jacks of Kings County, The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue (2 or 3 Train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum or C Train to Clinton – Washington), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

John Sinclair with Adventures in BlueslandSidewalk Cafe,  94 Avenue A at 6th Street (Any Train to 14th Street, L Train to 1st Avenue, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street, then transfer to M14A Bus to 6th Street) 10:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

My Pet Dragon, Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street (L Train to Bedford Avenue or G Train to Metropolitan Avenue), Midnight, No Cover


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

October 22, 2014

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For today at CMJ, I have five recommendations.  There is one show in the afternoon and four at night, and two show in Brooklyn and three in Manhattan.

Up first is Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) the pop rock outfit that used to pack them on the Lower East Side until they pull up stakes and moved to LA a few years back.  This show gets going at 2:30pm at The Bowery Electric, but if you can’t make it to this show, don’t worry, Mosco Rosco will play another show tonight as well.

Then, at 8:45pm this evening, at Friends and Lovers in Crown Heights, Karlie Bruce will play a set of her original rock tunes with her band.  I just saw her last week and was impressed at how good she and her band are.  Although not strictly a part of CMJ, North of Amarillo, with amazing vocalist Kelli Scarr, will be playing their usual Wednesday night gig of covering the songs of Emmylou Harris and others at 9pm at Skinny Dennis in Williamsburg.

Back in Manhattan, Secret Someones will bring their power chords and harmonies to The Rockw0od Music Hall Stage 2 at 10pm.  They will soon be touring in Australia, so take this opportunity to see a band that I just can’t rave about enough.  Finally, you can end the night with Mosco Rosco, this time at The Studio at Webster Hall.  This show will start at 11:30pm.

Mosco Rosco, 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),2:30pm, Free

Karlie Bruce, Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave between Pacific and Dean Streets, Crown Heights (C or S Trains to Franklin Avenue, transfer to B48 Bus to Dean Street), 8:45pm, $10

North of Amarillo, Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Secret Someones, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street near Houston Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Mosco Rosco, The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues (N, Q, 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 14th Street or L Train to 3rd Avenue), 11:30pm, $10


Tuesday: CMJ 2014 Begins and The Living Room Reopens

October 21, 2014

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The CMJ 2014 Music Marathon, a conference and festival, begins today and  will run through Saturday (October 25). As you can see in the CMJ logo above,  the number of bands involved in CMJ is around 1,300 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.  I’ve gone with the time listed on the venue website.  I’ll also include non-CMJ shows as well.

Also of note tonight is the reopening of The Living Room, now located in Williamsburg at 134 Metropolitan Avenue.  The two bands playing there that I heartily recommend are Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) at 10pm and Elizabeth and The Catapult at 11pm.  Mosco Rosco play, tuneful pop rock with great vocals, while Elizabeth and The Catapult go for classical tinged indie pop.  Both are guaranteed to leave you feeling good.

There are also two shows elsewhere that are worth catching. At 7:45pm,  Aly Tadros brings her full band to play her amalgam of folk and classical to The Bitter End.  Over in Brooklyn at 8:30pm, singer-songwriter Dan  Bern will play at The Bell House.  Dan’s songs can cover anything and everything, and can range in emotions from poignant to laugh out loud funny.

Mosco Rosco (10pm), Elizabeth and The Catapult (11pm), The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), No Cover (but a contribution for each of the bands is highly recommended)

Aly Tadros, The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to W. 4th Street), 7:45pm, $10

Dan  Bern, The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (F or G Trains to 4th Avenue, R Train to 9th Street), doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm, $15


News and Notes

October 20, 2014

NIHE N Logo 2012Although you’ve not yet heard of The Almost IV, chances are that you will sooner or later.  Bucks Burnett, a music fan and proprietor of Dallas’ The Eight Track Museum, has put together that new band.  Not only will Bucks play in it, but so will Alejandro Escovedo, Peter BuckR.E.M., The Minus 5, The Baseball Project), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, The Baseball Project), Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (both of The Talking Heads and The Tom Tom Club). The Almost IV was originally conceived as a Minus 5 tribute band, but it has become more than that.  The Almost IV has started recording with the goal of putting out an EP in the spring.

NIHE N Logo 2012The rest of this week will be a big one for New York music with CMJ and the reopening of The Living Room.  Don’t forget to check Now I’ve Heard Everything every day starting tomorrow for daily CMJ picks.


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