Tonight: Three Shows

June 17, 2016

Choices Large

There are three shows tonight which I can recommend.  It might be possible to see the two shows at the two different Rockwood stages, but that will require really paying heed to the clock.

Over in Brooklyn, Megan Reilly  will play Union Hall.  Her last record, The Well, is flat out wonderful.  Originally from Memphis, Megan has lived in both New York City and Philadelphia before settling in suburban New Jersey.  Of course none of that tell you about Megan’s music.  Call it rock with a psychedelic tinge and Megan’s ethereal vocals.  Real rock, no acoustic guitars or stand up basses here.  And Megan’s band is made up of top notch area musicians: James Mastro on guitar, Tony Maimone on bass and Steve Goulding on drums.  It appears that Megan will be the second act to play in a show that starts at 8pm.  Call the club if you need an exact time here.

Back in Manhattan on the Lower East Side at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall, at 9pm, you’ll find Mieka Pauley.  Mieka had taken some time off from performing over the last few months, but she’s back at The Rockwood every Friday this month.  Mieka is an incisive writer, a powerful singer and a fine blues guitarist, and  whether she is singing her own songs or playing a few choice covers, you’ll find yourself moved by her performance.  So whether you’ve seen Mieka before or she is new to you, this is a great show to see.

Then, at 10pm around the block at Rockwood Stage 3, the debut of The Allie, Bess and Hannah Harmony Extravaganza.  Former Secret Someones Hannah Winker and Bess Rogers will be joined by long time musical associate Allie Moss.  The group promises “an entire night of harmonies harmonies and more harmonies. We’ll be doing some originals and some covers, all in 3 part harmony bliss!”  You might want to get your tickets in advance for this one as it has a chance of selling out.

Megan Reilly, Union Hall, 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue (R Train to Union Street), doors 7:30pm /show 8pm, $10

Mieka Pauley, 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 recommended)

The Allie, Bess and Hannah Harmony Extravaganza, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, $10, with a two drink minimum

Advance Planning: May 2016 Music Calendar Update (Added 5/18)

May 18, 2016

Here’s this Sunday’s bill at The Radigan Roundup plus a bunch of shows coming up in mid to late June.

May 22 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Eric Ambel, Mary Lee Kortes, Diane Garisto, Elise Morris, Carmella Ramsey, Kenny Vaughn – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

June and Beyond

June 16 – Karen Kuhl Band – Sinatra Park (Hoboken) – show 7pm

June 17 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

June 17 – John KenglaRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

June 17 – The Allie, Bess and Hannah Harmony ExtravaganzaRockwood Stage 3 – 10pm

June 25 – Christine Ohlman and Rebel MontezHank’s Saloon – 9:30pm

Music Video: Bess Rogers and The Flux Capacitors – Addicted to Love

March 5, 2016

Bess Rogers Flux Capacitors 2-2010

Today we’ll set the Wayback Machine to The Rockwood Music Hall in February, 2010.  On stage that night was Bess Rogers and The Flux Capacitors.  That band would take 80s hits and play country and blue grass versions of them.  Here Bess and the band take on Robert Palmer‘s Addicted to Love.  Enjoy!

Breaking: Secret Someones Go on Indefinite Hiatus

January 9, 2016

Secret Someones

After forming just about two and a half years ago, Secret Someones – Lelia Broussard, Zach Jones, Hannah Winkler and Bess Rogers are calling it quits and going their separate ways.  The band revealed this on posts on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday afternoon.  The band stated:

for many reasons we have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. We still love each other, the music we made together, and all of you. We will continue to make new music, individually and/or together, and although we are sad to find ourselves at the end of an era, we are excited about new adventures ahead.

Secret Someone’s self titled debut album was tied for Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Album of 2015.  I’m sorry there won’t be a follow up.

Best Albums of 2015 – Part 1

December 9, 2015

Today Now I’ve Heard Everything begins presenting its Best Albums of 2015, with the Best Songs of 2015 to follow. Each of those lists will be presented in two parts.  Although in past years most of the bands on the Now I’ve Heard Everything year end lists were locally based, that is really not the case this time around.  Chalk that up to 2015 being a banner year for the type of music covered here.  I’ll also admit to not getting to everything that I could have listened to this year.

We’ll begin with the two Best Albums of 2015, because this year there is a tie for first place.  The remaining records presented in alphabetical order today and tomorrow.

Bottle Rockets South BroadwayBottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club
The Bottle Rockets have been around for a while and their songs have previously come and gone from my life. But this time around TBRs have planted a rock n roll stake in the ground and will not leave. The subjects on South Broadway Athletic Club range from the passage of time, assembly line jobs, and just lying around and all get a very satisfying two guitars, bass and drums attack. Even the clean and straight forward production by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel deserves special mention. If you like rock, this album will provide you with many, many hours of pure enjoyment.

Secret Someones AlbumSecret Someones – Secret Someones
All four members of Secret Someones – Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard, Hannah Winkler and Zach Jones – have been playing solo and as part of other bands in New York’s Lower East Side music scene for a number of years. Two years ago they got together as Secret Someones and their music took off to the next level. This self-titled, first record has 10 songs bursting with hooks, power chords and harmonies. The band has readily acknowledged a sonic debt to Weezer, but I also hear influences here from The Cars as well. Although this record can accurately be summed up as power pop, it is a type with lots rock substance. Producer Chris Kuffner is credited by the band as almost being their fifth member, and his work getting this record to sound as good as it does needs to be acknowledged.

Dawes All Your Favorite BandsDawes – All Your Favorite Bands
Dawes‘ fourth album continues down the road that somehow makes this band a favorite of both millennials and baby boomers. Heirs to both the introspective Jackson Browne and the more excitable Warren Zevon, Dawes offers up lyric driven folk rock that avoids being maudlin or tired. All Your Favorite bands is that musical staple, the break up record. Lyricist and lead singer Taylor Goldsmith spends nine songs intelligently exploring the emotions and ramifications of decoupling. He comes up with a nifty goodbye benediction, “may all your favorite bands stay together,” in the title track. Of course, that might have been too much of a dare to lay out before the universe, as Dawes keyboardist parted ways with the band a few months back.

Jason Isbell Something More Than FreeJason Isbell – Something More Than Free
You can view Jason Isbell‘s songs as incredibly detailed snapshots or very brief short stories, but each certainly tells a tale. Those stories concern people battered, bruised and sometimes broken by life. Yet you always root for these underdogs. The music here is Americana, sometimes tinged with rock. The production by Dave Cobb is clean and never overwhelms or subdues the music. Although there is no song that jumps off of this record, the whole disk is satisfying.

Jeff Litman PrimetimeJeff Litman – Primetime
One among many former Minnesotans playing music in New York City, Jeff Litman plays guitar and keys (sometimes on stage at the same time). This six song EP is full of power pop, with just one somewhat slower number. Whether Jeff is turning his watchful eye on others, TV or himself, he makes sure that everything rocks. To its credit, this record sounds very much like one Jeff’s live shows. If there is a problem with this record it’s that once hearing you are left wanting to hear more of Jeff.

Best Albums of 2015 will conclude tomorrow.


Tonight: Dueling Extravaganzas (Choose One)

December 8, 2015

Choices Large

You pay your money and you take your choice goes the saying.  And that’s the story for tonight with two multi-artist, over the top shows on tap.

The first is a benefit show presented by Fieldhouse Music, a music production company specializing in discovering and promoting new talent for film and television soundtracks.  The show is in support of Arteamor, an organization which provides arts workshops to children who live in extreme poverty, in dangerous surroundings, are orphaned, are or have been victims of sexual or physical abuse and/or are at risk for living a life of crime and drug abuse.  The show is at Rockwood Stage 2 beginning at 7:00pm and features Anna Rose, Jared Mahone, Jamie Rae, Bess Rogers, Ryan Doyle, Shira Elias, Mike Grubbs, Chris Ayer, B-Ski, Bryan Dunn, Jay Stolar, Brandi Thompson, Caleb Hawley, Andi Rae Healy, Wes Hutchinson, Sam Bisbee, Justin Bohr, Brooklyn Sugar Company, Sicily Knight, Toby Lightman, Jeff Litman, Bluebirds of Paradise and John Schmitt.

Over the river, at 8:30pm in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, Sasha Dobson is curating A Night to Remember at The Bell House.  Joining Sasha tonight will be Pat Irwin, DJ Nappy G, Corn Mo, Todd Carter, The Tall Pines, Dred Scott, Neal Miner, Tom Beckham, J. Walter Hawkes, Danielle Schultz, Kyle Paas, Joel Hamilton, Mauro Refosco, So Brown, Chris Bergson, The Slim Kings, Elizabeth and The Catapult, Chris Cubeta, Van Hayride, Minnie Tonka, The Pre-War Ponies and more.

Fieldhouse Presents: A Holiday Benefit, Rockwood Stage 2 ,196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $20

A Night To Remember Curated By Sasha Dobson, The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (F or G Trains to 4th Avenue or R Train to 9th Street), doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm, $15

Advance Planning: December 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 12/3)

December 3, 2015

Some new shows and some shows with additional performers.

Dec. 5 – NYC Holiday Benefit for Toys for Tots with The Spring Standards, STOLAR, Drew Yowell, and Julian VelardRockwood Stage 2 – 3:30pm (bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation, minimum value $10)

Dec. 5 – Cariad HarmonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 6 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Warren Malone, Reid Paley, Chris Foley, Paul Fairall and Rony Corcos – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Dec. 7 – Teddy Kumpel LOOPestra with Shawn Pelton and Zev KatzRockwood Music Hall – midnight

Dec. 8 – Fieldhouse Presents: A Holiday Benefit with Anna Rose, Jared Mahone, Jamie Rae, Bess Rogers, Ryan Doyle, Shira Elias, Mike Grubbs, Chris Ayer, B-Ski, Bryan Dunn, Jay Stolar, Brandi Thompson, Caleb Hawley, Andi Rae Healy, Wes Hutchinson, Sam Bisbee, Justin Bohr, Brooklyn Sugar Company, Sicily Knight, Toby Lightman, Jeff Litman, Bluebirds of Paradise, John SchmittRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 14 – Billy Libby, Lelia Broussard and Tommy SiegelPete’s Candy Store – 8pm


Jan. 25 – Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle RocketsCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

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