Tonight is one of those nights: three are three really good shows, but they are all occur at the same time, 9pm (one is actually a 9:30 show) so you can only see one of them. Your choices are Sasha Dobson, Julia Haltigan and James Maddock.
Sasha Dobson plays BAMcafe Live and will be joined by her band which includes the amazing Steve Elliot on lead guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass and Ben Perowski on drums. During the set Sasha will play songs from her 2010 EP, Burn, which was one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2010, and the title track was also one of NIHE’s Best Songs of 2010. NIHE gets a constant stream of people looking for Burn. Sasha sells it at her shows, so if you are looking for an excellent bunch of songs, tonight’s your night to get it.
Julia Haltigan and her band leave the confines of their home at the 11th Street Bar tonight and go downtown to The Roclwood Music Hall. They played The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest a few weeks ago and absolutely demolished the place. Julia sings, plays guitar and leads a large band through material that draws on rock, r&b, latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more. Some of Julia’s songs could be called Tom Waitsian except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom.
James Maddock and his band will also be at The Roclwood Music Hall, but on Stage 2. James recently released an excellent new album, Wake Up and Dream,which I previously reviewed here. Joining James will be his band, Oli Rockberger (piano), John Shannon (guitar), Drew Mortali (bass), Aaron Comess (drums) and Leslie Mendelson (vocals and tambourine). The hardest thing in writing about James is coming up with an apt short description of his music. Folk Rock might be close, but much of James’ work is close to anthemic.
Sasha Dobson, BAMcafe Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Street and St. Felix Place, Brooklyn (2,3,4,5, B or Q Trains to Atlantic Avenue, D, N or R Trains to Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street, C Train to Lafayette Street or G Train to Fulton Street), 9pm, No Cover
Julia Haltigan, 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 musicians is highly recommended)