Tonight: Kristin Diable, John Fullbright at Rockwood Stage 2 and Mikal Evans at Cameo Gallery

March 24, 2014

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There are three musicians playing in two shows tonight who deserve your attention.  Early in the evening there’s a wonderful double bill at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.

First up at Rockwood Stage 2 is Kristin Diable.  Kristin is a singer-songwriter I discovered some years back when she was regularly playing  in New York City.  Her music is a combination of rock, folk and blues all held together with an amazing voice made even more astonishing with a Louisiana drawl. Kristin lives in New Orleans these days and is only in NYC a couple of times a year, so take advantage of this opportunity to see her.

At 8pm, Kristin will turn over the stage to John Fullbright.  I first saw John two years ago at Threadgill’s in Austin at SXSW 2012, and shortly thereafter at a house concert in the East Village. John is a top notch songwriter and a great performer.  He’s got a new album, Songs, due at at the end of May.  John is a native of Oklahoma and gets to these parts even less frequently than Kristin.

Just a short subway ride away from The Rockwood Music Hall , Mikal Evans will play a set at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg at 10pm.  Mikal’s stock in trade is straight ahead rock with strong vocals, boisterous electric guitar, ambient, moody music and lyrics worth a second listen.  Most of Mikal’s shows lately have been solo, and it’s probable that this one will be as well.  This show will be the last one for Mikal for a bit, so make this one if you can.

Kristin Diable (7pm), John Fullbright (8pm), Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), $12

Mikal Evans, Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street (L Train to Bedford Avenue or G Train to Metropolitan Avenue), 10pm $8.

Music Video: Mike Farris and John Fullbright – Mercy Now

February 11, 2013

If you have been reading Now I’ve Heard Everything for a while, you will have seen a couple of mentions of Mike Farris over the years.  Both were in conjunction with SXSW, and the most recent one came last year.  I just noticed over the weekend that this performance of Mike’s from SXSW 2012 was posted by the folks at Music Fog.  I was amazed by it then (you can spot me in the audience at the end of the video) and remain amazed by it now.  John Fullbright joins in on guitar as Mike covers this Mary Gauthier song.

Music Video: John Fullbright – Gawd Above

December 16, 2012

I saw John Fullbright at a house concert in the East Village last night, where he played this song.  It was the second time I saw him.  The first was at Threadgill’s in Austin at SXSW 2012, where this video was shot by the good folks at Music Fog.  This song is a co-write by John and Dustin Welch.

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

Music Video: Lydia Loveless – Can’t Change Me

June 14, 2012

Lydia Loveless is coming to town on Saturday and will play a late show at The Mercury Lounge that night.  Here’s a video shot by Music Fog at SXSW 2012 of Lydia and her band playing Can’t Change Me.  Even though there’s a lot of country and alt country in what Lydia does, this one has a real punk feel to it, both in the lyrics and the lead guitar.

Tonight: Uncle Lucius at The Rodeo Bar

June 4, 2012

I lucked into Uncle Lucius this year at SXSW; they were the band on before Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds.  Based in Austin, Uncle Lucius (not to be confused with the New York City based band Lucius) plays soul-tinged rock.  Looking back at what I wrote back in March, I found Uncle Lucius to be one of the hits of the night.  So come on down to The Rodeo Bar tonight, raise a Shiner Bock and take this rare opportunity to hear this band from Texas right here in NYC.

Uncle Lucius, The Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Avenue at 28th Street (R or 6 Train to 28th Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Music Video: Cotton Mather – My Before and After

May 5, 2012

I saw Cotton Mather at SXSW this year, a group that had long ago broken up and which had just come back together.  Here’s My Before and After, a track from that band from their 1997 album Kon Tiki.

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