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JAZZ, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND THE ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY

NYC Live Music Calendar 8/29-9/9/07

Weds Aug 29 supercatchy female-fronted indie rock/popsters Palomar play Luna, 8 PM, $10. Northern State – the lesbian Vanilla Ice –  headline at 10.

  

Also Weds Aug 29 Feist plays McCarren Pool, 8 PM,  ticketmaster has $29 tix. Expensive but worth it. If you aren’t already a convert, believe the hype: Toronto’s Leslie Feist is the real deal, kind of like an electric Erika Simonian, or Randi Russo in a quieter mode, all thorny evil melodies, imaginative chord voicings and an alluring, completely unaffected voice.

  

Weds Aug 29 and Thurs Aug 30 legendary New York twangsters the Hangdogs reunite at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. This fiery, politically charged, Steve Earle-ish band was the closest (and funniest) thing we had to the Dead Kennedys until they broke up a couple years ago. Their final album Wallace ’48, which might be onsale tonight, has to be one of the ten best albums of the past decade.

  

Thurs Aug 30 New York expat Jenifer Jackson plays a trio show at the Rockwood, 7 PM. One of the smartest, most imaginative and compelling songwriters of our time, a slinky jazzcat at heart, Beatlephile and terrific guitarist adept at pretty much any style she wants to play. See our reviews page for a look at her amazing new one The Outskirts of a Giant Town. 

  

Also Thurs Aug 30 jazz guitar monster Matt Munisteri plays an instrumental show with a rhythm section plus the best accordionist in jazz, Joey Barbato (which is kind of like calling the Red Sox the best team to play at Fenway Park – Joey would love that reference)– at the MOMA Sculpture Garden, 6 PM til close, two sets, free w/museum admission (which I know is absurdly high, but if you’ve been thinking of MOMA lately, this is the night you should go).

  

Fri Aug 31 the Freddy’s Bar crew takes over Hank’s, Atlantic Ave. and 3rd Ave. (they intersect), any train to Atlantic Ave. and walk back on Atlantic toward Brooklyn Heights. This night is pretty appropriate since both venues’ days are numbered by encroaching luxury housing, Hank’s by the Ratso Ratner Atlantic Yards goons while Hank’s owner has put the place up for sale as a “development site” – you know what that means. John Sharples and his jangly crew play around 10 followed by Plastic Beef who will have the nonpareil Erica Smith singing this time, and jam the hell out of everything they touch with some pretty way-out results.

  

Sat Sept 1 obscure but excellent 50s rockabilly guitarist Charlie Gracie plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. He was the first guy to displace Elvis Presley from the #1 spot on the singles chart. Now in his 70s, he remains a sizzling, fast player. 

  

Sun Sept 2 gypsy jazz virtuoso Stephane Wrembel returns to Barbes, 9 PM, be there by 8 if you’re going.

 

Also Sun Sept 2 Moisturizer plays Sputnik, 262 Taafe Pl. betw Dekalb/Willoughby in Ft. Greene, midnight-ish. Probably the best train is the B to DeKalb or G to Classon. Their first show since May, you know that the moist trio will be super amped for this one. Baritone sax, bass and drums, one of the most interesting bass players on the planet and all of their instrumentals are true stories!

 

 

Also Sun Sept 2 Moisturizer plays Sputnik, 262 Taafe Pl. betw Dekalb/Willoughby in Ft. Greene, midnight-ish. Probably the best train is the B to DeKalb or G to Classon.

Their first show since May, you know that the moist trio will be super amped for this one. Baritone sax, bass and drums, one of the most interesting bass players on the planet and all of their instrumentals are true stories!

  

Mon Sept 3 sultry Roulette Sisters frontwoman/guitarist Mamie Minch shares a bill with another fine picker, Jan Bell and others doing the oldtimey thing at Barbes, 10 PM, I know it’s late on a Monday but Minch is very popular so early arrival is a must. She’s playing every Monday in September here.

  

Also Mon Sept 3 Rev. Vince Anderson is doing his piano-bashing craziness at Black Betty again, 10:30 PM. With the Labor Day weekend, the Rev. should be in an especially potent, political mood.

 

 

Weds Sept 5 the Gotham 4 play Midway, 9 PM. They’ve been sounding pretty raw and desperate lately, maybe because nobody in the band is 18 or gay or cute and therefore they have no chance of getting a record deal, and the pleasure is all yours. But they’d be the ideal band to do the soundtrack to the 90s nostalgia movie, all big anthemic hooks and guitar atmospherics.

  

Thurs Sept 6 panstylistic rock goddess Rachelle Garniez plays Barbes, 9 PM, get there early. Some say she’s the best songwriter around right now and they might be right. And a hell of a keyboardist (accordion is her main axe), hell of a singer, brilliant lyricist with quite a surreal edge, very fond of retro styles, a terrifically funny and compelling live performer.

  

Fri Sept 7, 10 PM at Lost & Found, Greenpoint Ave. & Franklin St  (G to Greenpoint Ave. or just walk from the Bedford Ave. L, it’s about 20 minutes on foot), a strange bill: Casa de Chihuahua, which is basically a bluegrass band with punkish lyrics opens for surf rockers the Sea Devils, which is half of the original, excellent band plus a new rhythm section. Free hot dog with admission. Be hungry.

  

Also Fri Sept 7, Sir Richard Bishop opens for Smog at the swanky new Highline Ballroom, way west on 16th St. on the same block as the old Roxy, 9 PM, $15. The former loves his Middle Eastern tonalities and plays some captivating, mostly acoustic instrumentals; the headliner still does the sometimes eerie lyrically-driven minimalist, slightly shoegaze thing as well as he’s always done it. The venue wants desperately to be the Supper Club: don’t even think of drinking unless you’re doing it on someone else’s tab and they’re either not your friend or a very, very good one.

  

Also Fri Sept 7 it’s ukelele night at Barbes starting at 8 PM with Bedroom Community (who from the club’s website sound pretty twee), Daria Klotz’s charmingly oldtimey Prewar Ponies at 9, the self-explanatory Ukeladies and the boisterous, always enjoyable J. Walter Hawkes.

  

Also Fri Sept 7 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play Lakeside, 11 PM. Wow –  these surf instrumentalists have really gotten tight and have expanded their repertoire: they played the rare Ventures classic Ginza Lights last time they were here.

 

 

Sat Sept 8, 10 PM legendary 90s all-female funk/punk/pop rockers the Maul Girls reunite for a one-off show at Crash Mansion on Bowery. What a fertile band this was: after they split up, various members would go on to form or join the B Loud Three, Noxes Pond, Ssssh and Velvet Mafia. They were a great party and will definitely deliver that and a lot more, considering that this is a free show and that there’s OPEN BAR from 9 to 10, no joke.

 

 

Also Sat Sept 8 Ninth House plays the new MI-5 club, 52 Walker St. in Chinatown, 11 PM with the dangerous, gypsy-inflected Suzy Mitchell on violin. 6/N/R/Q/W/J/M/Z to Canal St. and walk a block south (Walker runs parallel to Canal). Dark 80s-influenced art-rock band with a burgeoning improvisational streak: not a jam band, but they improvise. Who would have thought.

  

Also Sat Sept 8 Steve Wynn plays Lakeside, 11 PM, get here early. He and his backup unit the Miracle 3 are arguably the best rock band on the planet at this point, evil noisy guitar duels punctuating Wynn’s vast catalog of classic, noir songs dating back to the 80s and his legendary band the Dream Syndicate.

  

Sun Sept 9, Greta Gertler & the Extroverts play the Brooklyn Lyceum in the big room downstairs, 7 PM. Click for our review of their most recent, absolutely brilliant set at the Mercury. The venue is right above the Union St. R train stop, otherwise take the F to 4th Ave. and walk back toward Brooklyn Heights about 9 blocks, past the UHaul place.

 

 

Also Sun Sept 9 gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel  is back at Barbes, 9 PM, you know the deal: get here early or don’t bother. 

 

 

We’ll keep this updated regularly – sorry no new posts here for a few days – these are the dog days of August after all. Check back tomorrow for new posts, your contributions are always welcome.

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August 28, 2007 Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City | 1 Comment