Tonight: Three Shows

June 17, 2016

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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

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.


Music Video: Secret Someones – Heartbreaker (Acoustic)

November 8, 2015

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Here’s a video from Secret Someones that was just released a few days ago.  The song is Heartbreaker, the full electric version of which can be found on the bands self-titled album.  I’m not sure where or when this was shot, but if you look out the door on the right, you’ll see lots of snow.

Today and Tonight: Karla Rose and The Thorns and Secret Someones at Rockwood Stage 2

October 16, 2015

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Because of the ongoing CMJ, today’s recommendations make up a day night doubleheader, with both ends of this twin bill being hosted at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  The first band up takes the stage at high noon.  Karla Rose and The Thorns is the new name for Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Karla Moheno.  Her songs draw on a diverse set of influences including noir, 60s girl groups, a bit of country and some show music.  This melange served up by Karla and her band contains many familiar flavors presented in unexpected ways.  If you have yet to hear Karla’s music, today’s show should be the perfect introduction to it and her.

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Do what you will after Karla, but get yourself back to Rockwood Stage 2 in time to check out Secret Someones at 10pm.  The last time the band – Hannah Winkler, Bess RogersZach Jones and Lelia Broussard – played The Rockwood, just two weeks ago, they blew the roof off of the place.  The three women in the band contribute songs, take turns on lead vocals and sing backup.  Instrumentally, it’s Bess on electric guitar, Lelia on bass, Hannah on keys, acoustic guitar and tambourine and Zach on drums.  There are harmonies and power chords galore and even a bit of an influence from The Cars.  I expect this show to be jammed, just like their previous show.

Karla Rose and The Thorns (Noon), Secret Someones (10pm), Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Photo Recap: Secret Someones CD Release Show at Rockwood Stage 2 (With Set LIst)

October 2, 2015

Secret Someones – Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard, Hannah Winkler and Zach Jones – blew the roof off of the jammed packed (all the tables had been removed) Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 last night.  This was the release show for their brand new self titled CD, which is out today.  The band played all the songs on the album, plus a really inspired cover.  I can’t think of a better show that I’ve been to recently.  Here are ten photos from that show, plus a set list after the photos.

Secret Someones RW2 10-1-15 01Bess, Zach and Lelia confer while setting up

Secret Somoenes RW2-10-1-15 02Bess’s pedals

Secret Somoenes RW2-10-1-15 03  Hannah, Bess and Leliah

Secret Somoenes RW2-10-1-15 04Hannah

Many more photos, plus the set list, after the jump

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