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


Tonight: Megan Reilly at The Rodeo Bar

November 10, 2013

Megan Reilly‘s latest 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.  There will be two sets tonight, and in addition to her originals, Megan will include covers requested during the past week.  The music starts at 9pm.

Megan Reilly, The Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Avenue at 28th Street (6 Train to 28th Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged).


Tonight: Megan Reilly at The Living Room

September 4, 2013

Last year, Megan Reilly released her first new record in six years. It’s titled The Well, and it’s 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.  I’m not 100% sure what configuration Megan is playing in tonight, but she almost always plays with a band made up of top notch area musicians: James Mastro on guitar, Tony Maimone on bass and Steve Goulding on drums.  Megan’s show is an early one, so if you can’t or don’t want to stay out late, this is the show for you.

Megan Reilly, The Living Room , 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Tonight: Megan Reilly at Union Hall

July 18, 2013

Last year, Megan Reilly released her first new record in six years. It’s titled The Well, and it’s 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.  I’m not 100% sure what configuration Megan is playing in tonight, but she almost always plays with a band made up of top notch area musicians: James Mastro on guitar, Tony Maimone on bass and Steve Goulding on drums.

Megan Reilly, Union Hall, 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue (R Train to Union Street), doors 8pm / show 9pm, $8


Best Songs of 2012 – Part 2

December 15, 2012

Here are the second five songs in the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Songs of 2012 list; you’ll find the first part here.

Mastersons - Birds Fly SouthThe Mastersons – Crash Test: A great song from the debut album of this band led by the husband-wife duo of Chris and Eleanor Masterson.  Twangy guitars and  great harmonies make up this song that should make everyone who likes country rock smile as well as rock.
Chuck Prophet - Temple BeautifulChuck Prophet – Willie Mays Is Up at Bat: Chuck offers up a portrait of the people who made up San Francisco circa 1964.  Chuck’s  lyrical clarity, the bouncy melody and the nice harmonies from Stephanie Finch make this a history lesson you’ll like to study over and over.
Megan Reilly - The WellMegan Reilly – To Seal My Love: The first song off of Megan’s album The Well takes Megan’s high but surprisingly powerful voice and joins it with the guitar pyrotechnics of James Mastro and the top notch rhythm section of Steve Goulding and Tony Maimone.  Musically, there is always something interesting, even exciting going on in this track.
Spanking Charlene - Where Are the FreaksSpanking Charlene – The Other Girl: Lead singer Charlene McPherson’s tour-de force vocals on this track is what grabs you at first, but the rest of the band backing her builds, eventually leading to a wonderful crescendo.  From Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Album of 2012, Where Are The Freaks?
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking BallBruce Springsteen – We Take Care of Our Own: Occasionally a song stands out primarily because of its lyrics.  This is one of those times.  Although it doesn’t name names, given that the past election was between the forces of those who take care of their own and those who would have you be on your own, Bruce’s sentiments were clear enough in this rallying cry of a song.  Musically, the song works well enough, except maybe for the Wild Honey inspired intro.


Best Albums of 2012 – Part 2

December 11, 2012

Here are the second five albums in the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best of 2012 list; you’ll find the first part here.

Dayna Kurtz Secret CanonDayna Kurtz – Secret Canon, Vol. 1 – Moving a bit afield from the music she usually plays, Dayna Kurtz followed her instincts and recorded an album of mid-20th century jazz, blues and R&B songs that were not previously covered, plus one original that sounds right at home in that mix.  Secret Canon, Vol. 1 is a virtuoso performance showing Danya’s emotive and vocal range and power.  Highlights include the amazingly electric Do I Love You, Not the Only Fool in Town (the original by Dayna) and Take Me in Your Arms.  Not considering this record even though it is outside the musical genres surveyed by Now I’ve Heard Everything would be like ignoring Einstein because one is not a fan of relativity.

Mancie - Only the WantedMancie – Only the Wanted: This Brooklyn based garage rock band self released this EP  early this summer.  It features the insistent vocals of front woman Andrea Montgomery, smart songwriting (and cover choices) and lots of fuzz and reverb.  In other words, 100% of your recommended daily allowance of pure unadulterated rock n roll.  There’s even one song that Borough President Marty Markowitz should consider declaring the national anthem of BK.  Of course, it’s titled Hey, Brooklyn.

Mastersons - Birds Fly SouthThe Mastersons – Birds Fly South: The first record from the band fronted by husband and wife duo of Chris and Eleanor Masterson, Birds Fly South is a collection of 11 songs which range from rock to alt country to Americana. Lead vocals are split between Chris and Eleanor, but no matter who is singing lead, there’s plenty of harmony on these tracks.  Highlights include Crash Test, a rocker with Chris and Eleanor sharing the lead and with some tasty pedal steel work, The Other Shoe, a song which features Eleanor’s violin front and center, the more Americana-ish Tell Me It’s Alright, which also has plenty of that great fiddle and the single, One Word More, a rocker with nice lead vocal from Chris. You can hear One Word More, Crash Test and The Other Shoe streaming here.

Chuck Prophet - Temple BeautifulChuck Prophet – Temple Beautiful: This year’s offering from the extremely talented but not well known enough Chuck Prophet is a tour of San Fransisco, Chuck’s adopted home town.  This aural tour includes Willie Mays, a stripper, Jim Jones, a punk club created from an old synagogue and the Cain and Abel (right down to the murder) of porn films, the Mitchell brothers.  And that’s just for starters.  Musically, Chuck and his top notch band play rock meant to make you move and smile at the same time.

Megan Reilly - The WellMegan Reilly – The Well: Megan and her band made up of top New York City musicians (James Mastro on guitar, Tony Maimone on bass and Steve Goulding on drums) play shimmering, atmospheric rock on which Megan uses her voice like an instrument.  Megan had taken some time out from her musical career before recording The Well, but this record shows that she has returned at the top of her game.  The standout track here is To Seal My Love, but this album is always memorable and sometimes haunting.


Tonight: Megan Reilly at The Rodeo Bar

November 8, 2012

Megan Reilly recently released her first new record in six years. It’s titled The Well, and it’s 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.  There will be two sets tonight and the music starts at 9:30pm.

Megan Reilly, The Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Avenue at 28th Street (6 Train to 28th Street), 9:30pm, No Cover but donations for Hurricane Sandy relief will be collected.


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