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NYC Live Music Calendar 7/9-16/07

Mon July 9 Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams play what has become a rare live show at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM, early. They’ve been working on the new album a lot, and this may be their last show for awhile, so see them if you’re a fan. Smith is NYC’s answer to Neko Case, a soul/jazz cat at heart who can write in any style she pleases and make it instantly her own and good and haunting. The band has the versatility to follow wherever she wants to sharpen her claws.  





Tues July 10 Richard Buckner plays the Mercury with a backing band, 10 PM. His stuff can be a mixed bag but when he’s on there is no better songwriter out there: if he plays Lil Wallet Picture, it’ll be worth the price of admission and then some. Haven’t seen him with a band since his William Carlos Williams days, when Laura Cantrell opened for him here and stole the show, but he’s always worth checking out.



Also Tues July 10 the strongest woman in rock, Heather Eatman (it’s either her or Erica Smith) plays Sidewalk, 11 PM. This Canadian songstress’s best material has considerable sinew and lyrical muscle as well. 





Also Tues July 10 Whisper Doll (the name’s a joke) plays Trash, 10 PM. This is songwriter Dan Penta (aka Cockroach Bernstein, ex-Larval Organs frontman) in punk/metal mode, with some of the Organs behind him. Very loud, very pissed, very literate in a stream-of-consciousness stoner way.



Also Tues July 10 at 8 PM sharp at Prospect Park, the NY Philharmonic Orchestra plays the bombast of Berlioz (Le Corsaire Overture), the mischief of Mendelssohn (a violin concerto) and the tsuris of Tchaikovsky (the Pathetique Symphony). OK – the alliteration isn’t quite right, but that’s what you get for nothing.  2 /3 train to Grand Army Plaza, follow the crowd into the park.



Thurs July 12 brilliant art-rockers Melomane play Galapagos, 8 PM. Click on our Reviews page, then scroll down for a look at how good this powerful, politically charged, orchestrated rock unit sounds live.



Also Thurs July 12 Evan Schlansky plays Pete’s at 11 PM with some supporting characters. How such a good rock songwriter manages to fly so far below the radar is one of Brooklyn’s great mysteries. Tunes, check. Lyrics, check. Guitar chops, check. Sense of humor, doublecheck. Dylan and Leonard Cohen look on from behind the glass, darkly and approvingly.



Also Thurs July 12 Willie Nile & the Prisoners of 2nd Ave. (Jimmy Vivino, John Conte, Rich Pagano) play the Cutting Room on 24th St., 8 PM adv tix avail now and highly recommended: he usually packs Bowery Ballroom, so this will sell out fast. Click the Reviews page for a look at his terrific new live album.



Fri July 13 Delta Dreambox – yet another Bliss Blood project, this one an acoustic Delta blues band – plays Barbes, 8 PM. Same dreamy vocals, same edgy sense of humor, somewhat more earthy.



Fri July 13 Secretary – which is Moisturizer frontwoman/baritone sax goddess Paula Henderson’s soundtracky side project – plays 9 PM at the Silo, 388-400 Carroll St. (Bonds/Nevins) in Gowanus/Carroll Gardens. Paula is curating an amazing series that continues on the next two Fridays with great acts like Wilder Zoby from Chin Chin and Beans from Anti-Pop Consortium.



Also Fri July 13 Todd Michaelsen, late of passionate, anthemic Radiohead-influenced rockers My Pet Dragon plays Plan B (the old Drinkland) on 10th west of Ave. B., 9 PM.



Sat July 14 Lianne Smith plays Bowery Poetry Club, 8:30 PM. Reverb-loving guitarslinging rocker who usually plays solo on electric. Utterly unique, great sense of humor, great stories and a fun playful psychedelic side. And DAMN, what a voice. Her sharply literate husband Phil’s band The Scene Is Now plays afterward for anyone with fond memories of their heyday at Brownies a few years back.



Also Sat July 14 Johnny Chan & the New Dynasty Six play the Magnetic Field on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Neights, 9ish. The band is back after a 5 year hiatus; they did the retro Yardbirds wannabe thing as well as anybody back in the day. This venue is rapidly becoming Brooklyn R&R Central and is worth checking out on a random night: they have more adventurous booking here than pretty much anywhere in NYC except maybe Luna or Hank’s.



Also Sat July 14 Ninth House plays Hank’s, 10 PM to celebrate the drummer’s birthday. The keyboardist moved over to guitar and can now show off his terrific chops; the new keyboarist is also a hell of a player, making their Joy Division/Johnny Cash amalgam better than it’s been in a long time.



Also Sat Jan 14 Johnny Allen plays Terra Blues, Bleecker just west of LaGuardia, 10 PM. One of the best blues singers, and also the best blues guitarists left. When he hits that sustain pedal and starts to solo, look out. He also does a killer cover of the Albert Collins classic I Ain’t Drunk (I’m Just Drinking).

Sun July 15 virtuoso gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel channels Django Reinhardt at Barbes, 9 PM. Very popular, get there at least by 8 if you want a seat.



Also Sun July 15 the Flying Neutrinos play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Not clear how many of the original members will be onstage for this one, but back in the late 90s this band, along with the Moonlighters, ruled the old-timey, swing/jazz/blues/country scene here.

July 8, 2007 - Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City


  1. But wait-
    The Dog Show featuring J.O’Brien (bass), D.Popeck (gtr) and J.Belknap (drms) this Saturday at 7pm at Midway (25 Ave B).

    come if you can….

    Comment by JRome | July 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Looks like none of you noticed that I got all the dates wrong for this weekend!!! It’s SATURDAY July 14. I’ve fixed it…

    Comment by delarue | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. Another “baritone sax goddess ?” Wooo yeah !! Maybe she and Claire Daly should have some kind of retro-cutting contest to raise money for charity.

    So many terrific people, so little time.

    Went to see Lisa & Her Kin with mr_xeno on Friday. I have not seen her in a couple of years, and she’s only gotten better. A good show, despite my being exhausted and the distraction of the Friday the 13th franchise playing on the bar TV. (bleah)

    The “store” link on her webpage links to CD Baby and music clips, if you’re interested.

    Comment by ms_xeno | July 15, 2007 | Reply

  4. Lisa & Her Kin, great stuff!!! Thanks for the introduction!

    Comment by delarue | July 16, 2007 | Reply

  5. 🙂 But of course, del.

    Comment by ms_xeno | July 18, 2007 | Reply

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