Tonight: Dawes and Kurt Vile Early; Lydia Loveless Late

June 16, 2012

Tonight there are two shows, one early and one late that should time out pretty well and give you a musical Saturday to remember.  First up at Summerstage in Central Park is the twin bill of Dawes and Kurt Vile and The Violators.  Dawes has been a favorite seen I first caught them at SXSW in 2010.  With Dawes, you’ll get intelligent lyrics, nice harmonies and a band that likes to rock out.  Opening the show will be Kurt Vile and The Violators, who I have not yet seen live, but who are said to really rock live with a three guitar attack.

If the transit gods are with you when you leave Central Park, you should get to The Mercury Lounge in time to catch Lydia Loveless.  Lydia’s music is an amalgam of rock, Americana, alt country with some punk thrown into the mix as well.  I’ve been waiting for her to hit town since I saw her at SXSW earlier this year.

Dawes (Kurt Vile and The Violators open), Central Park Summerstage (Rumsey Playfield), enter at 69th Street and 5th Avenue (6 Train to 68th Street or F Train to Lexington Avenue), 7pm, Free

Lydia Loveless, 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 Train to Essex Street), $12, 11pm

Tonight: Court Yard Hounds at Celebrate Brooklyn and Misty Boyce at The Mercury Lounge

July 7, 2011

Court Yard Hounds at SXSW 2010

July has many nights which have multiple good shows and tonight is one of them.  Here are two shows which should time out.

Court Yard Hounds are playing at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park.  I saw this band about 18 months ago at SXSW 2010 and my review from then pretty much sums up my favorable impression of this band:

Court Yard Hounds is made up of  Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, 2/3rds of The Dixie Chicks, along with two guitarists, a bass player, a drummer and a keyboardist.  Their sound was more rock than country, and seemed like a natural progression from the last Dixie Chicks album, Taking the Long Way.  Their instrumentation reminded me of mid-70s rock, something reinforced when Jakob Dylan joined them for a cover of Rod Stewart‘s You Wear It Well (Jakob also sang on a CYH original, See You in the Spring).  Although going in I wasn’t sure what to expect from Court Yard Hounds, I liked them and their show quite a bit.

Once Celebrate Brooklyn lets out (they seem to have a 10:30pm hard cut off), walk one block down 9th Street and take the F Train to 2nd Avenue.  Then walk three blocks east to The Mercury Lounge.

Playing The Merc at 11pm is Misty Boyce.  Misty is playing with her band, newly christened Changes Come (but which Misty cautions us is a working title).  It’s been a while since I’ve seen Misty and she just might have some new material to present along with her older well crafted songs.  Misty plays pop rock and ballads, her shows are excellent because she pours so much of herself into her performance, and the crowds always respond.  I am sure tonight will be no exception.

Court Yard Hounds, Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, entrances on Prospect Park West and 9th and 11th Streets (F or G Trains to 7th Avenue, use the 8th Avenue exit), gates 6pm /show 7pm, Free (but $3 contribution at the gate is requested)

Misty Boyce, 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), 11pm, $10

A Few Pictures from SXSW 2010 I Had Forgotten About

April 20, 2010

I had forgotten that I had taken a few shots at SXSW with my phone (as I’ve noted, my camera went missing in February).  Here are some of those shots that came out well enough to share:

Tom Fruend (center) and his band are joined by Chris Masterson (left) and Eleanor Whitmore (right) at the Guitartown/Conqueroo day party.

John Hiatt and his band play in support of his album, The Open Road, at La Zona Rosa, a former warehouse that holds 1500.  I was still able to get near enough the stage to snap this.

Martie Maguire (left) and Emily Robison (right) of Court Yard Hounds play at Antone’s.  This is a side project for these two sisters who are also two-thirds of The Dixie Chicks.

A not uncommon view of SXSW.

Tonight: L’il Mo and The Monicats at Banjo Jim’s

April 8, 2010

The last time I saw L’il Mo, it was the day the temperature dropped into the 40s at SXSW a few weeks ago.  She was wearing a full length winter coat and a coonskin cap and under the circumstances both made sense. Tonight, though, things will be more normal as L’il Mo returns to her home base, Banjo Jim’s, to lead the Monicats through a set of country, rockabilly, blues, 60s pop and whatever she may play.  And I can guarantee that no winter coats will be worn on or off the stage.

Li’l Mo and The Monicats, Banjo Jim’s, 700 E. 9th Street and Avenue C (Any Train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, Transfer to 14D bus to 11th Street and Avenue and walk south two blocks), 8:30pm, No Cover

Music Video: Joe Doe & Big Star – I’m in Love With a Girl (SXSW Alex Chilton Tribute)

March 24, 2010

After the death of Alex Chilton last week, the scheduled Big Star reunion show at SXSW became an Alex Chilton tribute with Big Star playing with many guests (more information here).  One of my favorite performances of the night was this one with John Doe singing I’m In Love With a Girl.  Though the magic of inexpensive video cameras and YouTube, you can see it too.

SWSW Saturday: Cold as Ice

March 22, 2010

I awoke Saturday to a downpour; a build an ark type of rain complete with thunder and lightening.  Fran and I ate breakfast, I worked on that morning’s blog post and mostly we waited to see what was going to happen with the weather.

Our plan for the day shows for Saturday, plotted out on Friday, was to stay in the South Congress area (walking distance from our hotel).  The trouble with that plan now was that everything we had counted on seeing was outdoors.  But eventually the rain stopped and we decided to go ahead with our original plan.

We knew that the temperature was going to be in the 40s.  We dressed in long sleeves and our New York outerwear. But the combination of cold and wind that greeted us was more challenging than we had imagined. Still, we pushed on.

The first stop of the day was the Brooklyn Country Cookout, located on a side street.  Between Bob’s directions (“it’s right behind Guero’s”) and Google maps, we had no trouble finding it.  But when we got there we were told that they were running behind schedule and that it would take another half hour or 45 minutes to get things set up.  We then walked back to Home Slice Pizza and had a very quick couple of slices for lunch.

We still had some time, so we wandered around the back of Home Slice to see what was happening at Music by the Slice, Home Slice’s day show.  We caught what was supposed to be Jeremy Messersmith’s last song.  But because there was a power failure affecting the second stage, Jeremy ended up playing another four songs.  Jeremy and his band sounded like a harder edged Fountains of Wayne, and I liked his stuff.

It was then time to go back to Brooklyn Country.  We walked the two short blocks back there and found set up was almost complete.  One of the organizers told me that I could help myself to cold beer (Brooklyn Lager, hence the Brooklyn Country name).  I told him I was too cold for cold anything, but that I would certainly consider hot beer.

While Charlie Faye and Will Sexton were setting up, a car pulled up and up  popped L’il Mo, a New York City favorite, who was not listed on the schedule. “I see a familiar face” she said, and came over to say hello.

Charlie and Will then took the stage and played a nice half hour set.  In the meantime, L’il Mo and The Monicats had set up on the second stage and started up when Charlie and Will finished.  I’ve seen L’il Mo a number of times, but never saw her play in a full length winter coat, coonskin cap (bought in Crockett, Texas and worn in honor of Fess Parker who had just died) and sunglasses.  No matter, it was a good set and she made a good impression on the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

SXSW Friday: I’m So Tired

March 21, 2010

I thought I was pacing myself on Friday.  But I ended up not scheduling any downtime in the afternoon and paid for it Friday night.

Friday morning was again a quiet one, with my first activity (that is if you don’t count blogging in my hotel room as an activity) at 11am.  The SXSW described the panel as the “Adult Rock Music Meeting” and the panelists were Sean Coakley (Songlines) Bob Boilen (NPR Music), Rita Houston (WFUV), Jim McGuinn (KCMP), Bruce Warren (WXPN) and Norm Winer (WXRT).  Although the session consisted mostly of a rate the record session for about a half dozen songs, give or take,  it was quite a bit of fun.  One of the panelists mentioned that a song itself might not be that good, but it might be intriguing enough to lead you to see what else that artist had done.  Although I had never put that concept into words myself, I though that it hit the nail on the proverbial head.

After the panel, I joined Fran and we had a nice lunch at the nearby P.F. Chang’s.  We then made our way to the University District and went to The Hole in The Wall once again.  We got there in time to see the first of two mini sets by Any Day Parade, a country rock band. ADP played on the smaller front stage while the larger stage in the back was being set up for the next band.  Next up on the the big stage was a favorite from last SXSW, Or, The Wale, a seven piece band from San Francisco.  OTR plays rock/alt country/folk rock with great four voice (two men, two women) harmonies.  This set was the tightest one I have seen them play.  Following OTR on the big stage was The Mother Hips, a band that moved between rock, alt country and psychedelic jam. Read the rest of this entry »

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