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NYC Live Music Calendar 7/23-30/07

New stuff just added for this weekend!  



Mon July 23 Girl Friday plays the Magnetic Field on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Heights,8 PM, no cover. Female-fronted indie rock trio, subtly catchy, very smart songwriting. Check our reviews page for a look at how they sound live.



Later Mon July 23 once and future Beat Rodeo frontman George Usher plays Lakeside, 10 PM. His most recent solo effort is reputedly one of the great powerpop efforts of recent years; his old band did some mighty fine stuff in that vein back in the 80s. 



Later 7/23 Rev. Vince Anderson plays Black Betty, 10:30 PM. See our reviews page for a look at his wild, exuberant, politically spot-on show last week here.




Weds July 25 Brooklyn schoolteacher and dancehall reggae legend Sister Carol plays  Brower Park in Bed-Stuy, bordered by Brooklyn & Kingston Aves on one side and St. Mark’s & Park Place on the other (Kingston/Throop Ave. station on the M, walk along Kingston and you’ll hit it), 7 PM. Half of her students will probably be there. Forget her cover of Wild Thing: her way of getting a conscious message across is to get the party rolling and then sneak it in. This sister is pretty smart, yeah mon.  



Later Weds July 25 brilliant bluegrass guitarist Danny Weiss plays with his terrific frontwoman, his wife Mary Olive Smith and their band Reckon So at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Weiss is one of the few guitarists to utilize the lower register of the fretboard to the absolute max, resulting in a particularly warm, soulful sound.



Thurs July 26 former Muddy Waters harp player James Cotton plays Metrotech Park in downtown Brookln,  noon, F train to Jay St., get out at the back of the train if you’re coming from Manhattan. Reputedly he still has it.



Also Thurs July 26, 7 PM, the rambunctious Musette Explosion (Matt Munisteri, Will Holshouser and Marcus Rojas) play haunting accordion-based French and Belgian dance music from the 20s and 30s at The Jewish Museum, 5th Ave and 92nd St in Manhattan, free with admission.



Also Thurs July 26, Sharon Jones, arguably the best singer in soul music today, plays with her brilliant old-school funk band the Dap Kings at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, 2 tix available per person starting at 5 PM at the table in front of the fort, sneak out of work early and get there by 4:30 PM if you really want a ticket. The show will probably start around 7.



Later Thurs July 26 Jack Grace and his old-school country band play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. He books the place, so he usually plays there on weekends: here’s your chance to catch his wild, completely over-the-top act without having to make your way through the crowds of drunken Baruch kids.



Also Thurs July 26 there’s what could be a pretty amazing nostalgia bill at Asser Levy Park, across the street from the aquarium at Coney Island (W 5th and Surf Ave) starting at 7:30 PM. On the bill: Country Joe McDonald, who with his band the Fish put out some classic psychedelic stuff in the late 60s (although he may be completely toasted by this point); folk/pop singer Melanie, who did some very pretty poppy stuff in addition to her unctuous single Brand New Key; Denny Laine, who sang Go Now with the Moody Blues before they became an art-rock act, and was later in Wings; the Zombies (original members, yeaaah!), chamber pop legends;  and Brill Building faux-hippies the Rascals and the Turtles.  B/D train to Stillwell, or F to West 8th. Best to get there by 9 if you’re going to see the Zombies like everybody else.



Fri July 27 a great double bill at Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn, F train to 7th Ave., starting at 8 PM with hauntingly brilliant art-rock keyboardist Greta Gertler and her band the Extroverts, followed by Jack Grace and his band in case you missed them the previous night.



Later Fri July 27 an amazing show at The Silo at The Yard (400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn (between Bond & Nevins on the Gowanus Canal), $10 at the door. Check out this lineup: 9 PM it’s Beans from Anti-Pop Constortium, one of the great hip-hop MCs of this era, then at 10 PM Moist Paula from Moisturizer does her mesmerizing, soundtrack-style Secretary instrumental project, then at 11 PM it’s devious keyboardist/frontman Wilder Zoby from Chin Chin, doing his hypnotically danceable, sexy Zapp-style funk/groove stylings. 







Later Fri July 27 Boston garage rockers, soon to be legends, Muck & the Mires play Lakeside, 11 PM. Be forewarned: these guys have become very popular, get there by 10 if you’re going.





Sat July 28,  2-9 PM there’s an old-school salsa all-day spectacular at Prospect Park.  Tito Rojas, who’s been around forever and still sounds pretty much the same, headlines. The Joe Cuba Sextet – who brought boogaloo to the masses and still kick out an intoxicating groove – are also on the bill along with Viento De Agua, David Cedeno and others. Beware: security is sure to be unusually nasty, since this is a Latino bill; watch out for undercover agents provocateurs trying to stir up trouble, and maybe stay out of the inner arena entirely.



Sat July 28 the Dog Show brings their deliriously powerful literate mod punk stylings to the Mean Fiddler, 266 W 47th St. in midtown, 7 PM. Guaranteed trendoid-free and the sound here is great. This is a trio show with frontman Jerome O’Brien wailing on bass.

Later Sat July 28, punk/reggae/dance legends the Slits open for Sonic Youth – playing their classic album Daydream Nation in its entirety – at McCarren Pool, 8 PM. Advance tix are expensive ($34 through the Irving Plaza box office), but this could be amazing (though who’s playing piano on Providence?) – Thurston & Co. played here with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs last year and predictably stole the show.  



Sun July 29 gypsy jazz monster guitarist Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes, 9 PM. Another guy who’s become very popular: get there at least by 8 if you even want to have a prayer of getting into the little back room here.



Later Sun July 29 Australian punk/jangle legends the Saints play the Mercury Lounge, 10 PM. Last time around they were doing all the old punk stuff and had Marty Willson-Piper from the Church doing his best Ron Asheton imitation.



Mon July 3 brilliant Hawaiian/retro harmony stylists the Moonlighters play Barbes, 8:30 PM, sounding better than ever. Click on our review page for a look at how amazing they sound with the new lineup



Also Mon July 30 at Bar on A (Ave. A/11th St.), a killer acoustic show. On the bill:

8:30 PM Ian Roure and Liza Garelik from the Larch and Liza & the WonderWheels doing a rare duo acoustic show. If you’re very lucky maybe Liza will belt White Rabbit for you like she did at that private party a few months ago.

9 PM fingerpicking acoustic guitarist Bob Prince

9:30 PM Dan Sallitt, former frontman of darkly sardonic LA new wave obscurities Blow This Nightclub working up some new material


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July 22, 2007 Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City | Leave a comment

Al Duvall and Matt Keating in Concert 7/21/07

Al Duvall opened, playing a solo set to a small but enthusiastic crowd at a downtown tourist trashpit that shall remain nameless, and stole the show. He plays the banjo chordally, like a guitar, and writes authentic-sounding ragtime songs with thinly and not-so-thinly disguised dirty lyrics. Like the Roulette Sisters (with whom he sometimes performs), he’s an absolute master of innuendo. His biggest crowd-pleaser tonight was called Reconstruction, about a Civil War-era sex change operation. It’s funnier, and more grisly, than you could possibly imagine. Like the early 20th century songwriters he so clearly admires, he has a New York fixation, and a lot of the most evocative material he played tonight was set during that period here, including Steeplechase Bound, about a kid from Greenpoint going out to Coney Island for some R&R at the racetrack, and the predictably amusing Welfare Island (which is what Roosevelt Island used to be called).

Keating followed with an acoustic set, playing guitar and occasional piano, accompanied by upright bassist Jason Mercer (from Ron Sexsmith’s band). Keating’s most recent material has been on the Americana tip, and judging from the mostly unreleased stuff he played tonight, he isn’t finished with that genre yet. This may have been an acoustic set, but Keating made sure his guitar was good and loud in the mix, and wailed, leaving no one guessing how much of a rocker he really is. Of the new material, the most memorable tracks were Saint Cloud, his latest Bukowskiesque set piece, all loaded imagery; Before My Wife Gets Home, possibly the most ribald thing he’s done to date, an oldschool honkytonk cheating song that he played on piano; and the closing song of the set, the vivid Louisiana, inspired by a stop in New Orleans after the hurricane and Brownie’s masterful management of the disaster. He also played the intense, climactic Lonely Blue, which builds from a slow, deliberate series of screechy chords on the verse to one of his typically anthemic, major-key choruses and this went over especially well with the crowd. If the show was any indication, his next album will be as good as his last one, which was as good as the one before that, ad infinitum: living here in New York, we so often take for granted performers that people around the country wait for impatiently for months to see.

The reliably delightful Moonlighters headlined, but we had places to go and things to do; however, you can read a review of an excellent show they did at Barbes last month.

July 22, 2007 Posted by | concert, Live Events, Music, New York City, review, Reviews, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment