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NYC Live Music Calendar 9/26-10/13/07

You didn’t think we’d go another week without putting up another NYC live music calendar, did you? This one covers the next couple of weeks so you can plan ahead. This time around we have a new feature: an ever-more-increasingly complete list of NYC music venues. Not sure what the place you’d like to go to is like? Look to your right under Categories and click on Venues for each club’s website, subway directions and more useful info!


Weds Sept 26 torchy panstylistic chanteuse Eleni Mandell (with Melomane’s Pierre de Gaillande) on guitar play Joe’s Pub, 10 PM. Country songwriter Jim Lauderdale is also on the bill and he’s actually not bad. Not clear who’s playing when, but if you aren’t already in the Eleni cult, this show could make you a fulltime member.


Also Weds Sept 26 Miller’s Farm play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Frontman Bryan Miller wrote a great country song about the L train, and they’ll do that one and others in a similar vein. Don’t laugh: these guys can play. 


Thurs Sept 27, 8 PM Will Scott plays Bar Matchless in Williamsburg. He does acoustic Mississippi hill country blues in the style of T-Model Ford and R.L. Burnside, tersely and efficiently. I know it’s a cliche to say that most white people can’t play the blues, but it’s true more often than not. This guy is the rare exception.




Later Thurs Sept 27 Demolition String Band plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Both the mandolin player and the guitarist are fiery, trad country types whose solos are worth the jaunt up here just east of Curry Hill. They have a new album coming out next month and by all indications it’s a real scorcher.


Fri Sept 28 Demolition String Band open for country legend Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Bros. at Maxwell’s, 7:30 PM sharp. They may also be part or most of his backing band. As a singer, Charlie was the lesser of the two Louvins and his voice is completely shot, at his advanced age, but he retains 100% of his charming old-school Nashville showmanship. I saw him last year: he’s an icon, somebody you ought to know, and just hearing him do Why Must You Throw Dirt in My Face made the trip absolutely worthwhile. 


Fri Sept 28 all-instrumental, all-low frequency trio Moisturizer play BAM Cafe, free, 9 PM. These mischievous hellraisers will rock this place like no one ever has. I can’t think of a single other band whose every song has been a good one: they’ve literally never written a clunker. All their songs are true stories too. Baritone sax, bass and drums. See ya there.


Fri Sept 28, 9 PM the reliably effervescent, wickedly smart Bliss Blood of the Moonlighters hosts Ukulele Night at the Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St, Red Hook, $10.00, B61 bus (which you can pick along Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg, or on Atlantic Ave. just north of Court St.) to the end of the line.


Also Fri Sept 28 towering, powerful, subtly funny, politically charged art-rockers Melomane play Hill Country, a new place at 30 W 26th betw 6th/Bwy, 10 PM. If they keep doing what they’re doing they’ll end up in the pantheon alongside Pink Floyd. And the Clash.


Also Fri Sept 28 at Barbes, 10 PM: from their website:  SOUNDS OF TARAAB. Music of Zanzibar. A little over 100 years ago, the Sultan of Zanzibar sent his court musicians abroad to study. They returned and ‘Taraab’ was born. A spicy blend of East African Rhythms, Arabic modalities, and Indian influences,’Taraab’ is sung in Kiswahili and is popular in the coastal cities of Tanzania and Kenya. “The Sounds of Taraab” features vocalist Alsarah accompanied by oud master Haig Manookian, Ismail Butera on accordion and vocals, Michael Hess on violin and nai flute, and a duo percussion team of Tiye Giraud & April Centrone.



Also Fri Sept 28 Willie Nile plays with his band at Kenny’s Castaways, 10 PM, $15 and worth it. Absolute master of the big rock anthem, coming off the two best albums of his career, a killer studio collection and a scorching live set. Revered by artists far more popular than he is (Bono, Pete Towhshend, Springsteen) even if he’s probably better than they are at this point in his career.


Sat Sept 29 it’s Ed Schmidt’s Dumbolio, a monthly variety show, 37 Main Street, Dumbo, F train to York St. with a bunch of acts starting around 9 including two amazing, intense keyboardists: the wild gospel groovemeister Rev. Vince Anderson & his Love Choir, and enchanting accordionist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez, who never met a retro style of music she couldn’t make indelibly her own. Eleni Mandell fans should seek her out. Tix $15 advance, $20 at the door and worth it.



Also Sat Sept 29 the Disclaimers play Arlene’s, 9 PM. Garage band with guitar and keys. Some of their stuff sounds like Radio Birdman, no joke; otherwise they have a killer catchy hit sensibility: Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Big Star all come to mind. And a kick-ass live show. If we’re lucky they’ll have the excellent Naa Koshie Mills on violin.


Also Sat Sept 29 old-school Greek rebetika revivalists Magges play their intoxicaiting Mediterranean hash-smoking dance tunes at Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM.


Also Sat Sept 29 Chicha Libre play Barbes, 10 PM. In a previous life, I played in a surf band. The drummer would always insist that anyone who wanted to write a surf song should just walk into a bodega and copy whatever was playing at the time. Chicha Libre give credence to that argument, surfing out Peruvian Amazon styles as well as Erik Satie on a mix of electric and acoustic instruments. Only in New York, kids. 


Also Sat Sept 29 former My Pet Dragon bandleader Todd Michaelsen plays his soaring, epic, Radiohead-influenced anthems with his wife Reena Shah and ace drummer Rajeev Maddela at Rebar, 147 Front St., Dumbo, Brooklyn, 11 PM , F train to York St. and a brief two-minute walk from the train.


Sun Sept 30, 5 PM legendary faux-French garage rockers Les Sans Culottes (with the awesomely melodic Moist Gina from Moisturizer on bass) play the Atlantic Antic street fair outside the Last Exit Bar, 136 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, any train to Atlantic Ave. and exit the train, wherever you are you’ll probably be able to see the band or at least hear them.


Sun night Sept 30 System Noise, arguably the best live band in town and without a doubt the most intense, play Arlene’s  9 PM. Dynamic frontwoman with a spectacular voice, scorchingly good, evil guitar and a ferocious rhythm section. For a band as noisy are they are, they sure are tuneful. And even the lyrics are good. And this being Arlene’s, you’ll most likely be able to hear them.


Mon Oct 1 fiery, ferocious, velvet-voiced rocker Randi Russo and her band play a rare non-weekend show at the Magnetic Field, 9 PM. This great-sounding bar is a remarkably good fit for her eerie, overtone-laden guitar playing and excoriating outsider anthems, one part Siouxsie Sioux, the other maybe vintage Daydream Nation era Sonic Youth with some vintage Velvets beats.  


Weds Oct 3 speaking of dark, eerie chanteueses, Nina Nastasia plays with Jim White of the Dirty Three at 11 PM at the Mercury,  $12 adv tix available at the box office. Her 2002 album The Blackened Air, with its layers and layers of ominous strings, TOTALLY hits the spot for anyone who had to live through 9/11 and its aftermath. Which is probably most of us.


Thurs Oct 4 Rachelle Garniez plays Barbes as she does the first Thursday of every month at 10 PM. Accordionist who’s been playing a lot of piano these days. She’s a throwback in the sense that she’s A) fond of pretty much every retro style from ska to jazz to salsa ; B) a formidable musician and C) one of the most mesmerizing (and funniest) live performers of this era. You must see her sometime. Get here early if you’re coming.


Fri Oct 5th at the Baggot Inn it’s the annual bluegrass festival featuring the Y’all Stars at 8 PM, Demolition String Band doing their killer acoustic set at 9 PM, the Cheatin’ Hearts at 10 and Chris Thile and The Tension Mountain Boys headlining at 11. Expect a big crowd.


Also Fri Oct 5 barrelhouse blues monsters the 4th St. Nite Owls play Barbes, 9 PM. The guitar and keys in this band are exceptionally good, and they know their ragtime too.


Also Fri Oct 5 tastily twangy Steve Earle soundalikes the Sloe Guns promise to play a set of all-new material at Arlene’s, 9 PM. These guys have all been around awhile and if they have the organ with them, it’ll be an even more exceptional show. If you’re really lucky they’ll do the dueling guitar thing which is literally breathtaking.


Sat Oct 6 sprawling bluesy behemoth Hazmat Modine plays Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM. Charismatic frontman; dueling blues harps; eerie minor key melodies; New Orleans marches, klezmer dances, sly ballads and a bizarre calypso monstrosity, the title track to their excellent latest album. This is a party, folks.


Also Sat Oct 6 amazingly authentic 60s psychedelic throwbacks Love Camp 7 play the  Parkside, 10 PM, hot on the heels of their best-ever album. Dave Campbell – arguably the best rock drummer out there right now – swings the band around him while the guitar and bass swirl and mingle and take all kinds of unexpected twists and turns.


Also Sat Oct 6 at Barbes at 10: FORRO FOR ALL. From their website: “Led by accordionist Rob Curto, the band plays the classic brazilian Northeast forros of Luis Gonzagua and Jackson do Pandeiro. Forro comes from the African word “forrobodó” which means big party. Mispronounced by the English railroad workers in Brazil, Forró became For All. Forro Updating the traditional setting, Forro For All uses Accordion, Zabumba (a bass drum strapped on at an angle) and Triangle; Cavaquinho (ukulele-size steel string guitar), a 7-String Guitar (which plays the bass lines), and percussion such as Snare Drum, Agogo and Pandeiro.”


Sun Oct 7 also at Barbes, 7 PM it’s the Quavers, purveyors of two very different styles: lush, haunting, orchestrated violin-driven art-rock and charming, lo-fi country tunes with sweet guy/girl harmonies. They build these songs live by laying down layers and layers of loops on top of each other, an effect that is as spectacular to watch as it is to hear. Virtuoso gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel plays afterward at 9 PM.


Also Sun Oct 7 the Van Halen country cover band from hell, Van Hayride plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Now that David Lee Loserface is back with the band and Eddie V.H. is out of rehab at last, you know these guys will be especially amped and probably drunker than usual. They are hysterically funny especially if you ever were forced against your will to become familiar with their source material.


Mon Oct 8 Pete Best – that’s the Beatles’ drummer – appears at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Not sure if he’ll be singing, playing, or just hanging out at the bar, but all the Beatlemaniacs will be there.


Also Mon Oct 8 the Pipettes play Irving Plaza, 10 PM, adv tix available at the box office. Their shtick is that they’re cockney gangster girls playing authentically charming 60s American girl-group pop, except with dirty/hostile lyrics. It works surprisingly well.


Also Mon Oct 8 pan-American acoustic/electric surf instrumentalists Chicha Libre are back at Barbes, 10:30 PM continuing their Monday residency this month.


Also Mon Oct 8 Rev. Vince Anderson plays his weekly Monday residency at Black Betty, 2 sets starting around 10:30 PM. A legend in the making: killer keyboardist equally adept at blues, gospel, country and Billy Preston-style funk, brilliant showman, as spiritually (and politically) spot-on as he is funny. Liberation theology with a libido and a great backing band featuring Moisturizer’s Moist Paula.


Weds Oct 10 the sprawling oldtimey M. Shanghai String Band rock the Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM


Thurs Oct 11, one of the greatest voices of our time, frontman Sam Llanas of the Bodeans plays an extremely rare solo show at Luna, 7:30 PM. Over the last 20 years, this powerful, soulful baritone singer has delivered some of the most intense, passionate and amusing rock anthems you’ll ever hear. He also writes dark, sparse, powerful Americana-inflected singer/songwriter material. Here’s your chance to hear both. See ya there.



Also Thurs Oct 11 Devi – which is killer guitarist Deb DeSalvo’s power trio – plays Arlene’s, 9 PM. They’re going more and more in a psychedelic direction with lots of band interplay which is great because DeSalvo is a tremendously smart, tasteful player who can channel just about any mood she’s in. And her songs are good too, in a dark, Randi Russo/AK Healey way. Nice voice, too!


Also Thurs Oct 11 monster surf/twang guitarist Jim Campilongo plays with his trio at Barbes, 8 PM. Your rare chance to see him outside his usual residency at the odious Living Room. If you like Big Lazy you’ll like this guy too.


Also Thurs Oct 11 Demolition String Band plays the Monkees along with special guests at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. I have an idea: is Steve Jone around? Maybe they can do Stepping Stone. I’d definitely show up for that one.


Fri Oct 12 at 7 PM Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood’s charmingly authentic acoustic delta blues project Delta Dreambox plays a double bill with the M Shanghai String Band at the soon-to-be-defunct Mo Pitkins, $12 and worth it.


Also Fri Oct 12 tremendous saxophonist Dave Hillyard & his ska jazz band the Rocksteady 7 take over the Magnetic Field, 8 PM. Coleman Hawkins is his big influence, but it’s the wild, scary, later-period bop-oriented Hawk that this guy channels. And his originals are pretty damn good too. The band is every bit as good as the material.


Also Fri Oct 12 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play Lakeside, 11 PM. Ten glorious years ago, the rhythm section in this band was part of the Supertones, whose Saturday night residency at the old Luna Lounge is the stuff of legend. When I first saw this new band I thought they were just spinning their wheels, but they’re really pulled it together. Surf music is their thing: instrumental versions of 60s pop hits, rare Ventures classics and an ever-growing repertoire of great dance tunes, done tightly and with a remarkably self-aware sense of humor.


Also Fri Oct 12 the Jack Grace Band plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. This guy books the place, so he gets first dibs at weekend shows here, and he’s worth coming out to see if you’re in a party mood. They do the occasional hilarious Led Zep or Bee Gees cover along with Grace’s surprisingly dark, haunting, potent new Merle Haggard/George Jones flavored material. If old-school country is your thing, this is your man.


Also Fri Oct 12 minimalist Americana rockers Kill Henry Sugar play Barbes, 10 PM. Just guitar or lapsteel and drums: smart, understatedly funny songs with an apt political sensibility when they feel like injecting it into the set.


Sat Oct 13 Boston garage revival legends the Lyres play the Magnetic Field,  9 PM. Not sure how lucid their frontman/organist Jeff Connolly is at this point, but at one point, like the Fleshtones, nobody did old-school 60s garage punk better than that guy and his rotating cast of characters.




Also Sat Oct 13 oldtimey “historical orchestrette” Pinataland and their faux-gospel choir the Temple Of Reasons Singers play a rare gig at Barbes, 10 PM. Their accordionist David Wechsler has a superb new solo cd out, and they may do some stuff from it.


Also Sat Oct 13 Zane Campbell, who pretty much invented alt-country by himself in New York 20 years ago plays the Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. He’s a real throwback and something of a hellraiser, and has a whole lot of good songs and a pedigree to go with it: if memory serves right, he’s Ola Belle Reed’s nephew.



Also Sat Oct 13, the Roscoe Trio plays Lakeside 10:30 PMish. Since Eric “Roscoe” Ambel is Steve Earle’s powerhouse lead guitarist, this band will never shortchange you. Expect a long set of very smart, surprisingly subtle, stylistically diverse twangy guitar shit. And maybe a Yayhoos song if you’re lucky. Baby I love you, just leave me the fuck alone so I can enjoy the show.



Also Sat Oct 13 the Moonlighters play at 9 PM at the Jalopy Cafe, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, B61 bus to the end of the line.

September 26, 2007 - Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City

1 Comment »

  1. I love the Yayhoos and if you haven’t heard their newer album, it’s a must! You can also check them out on Lone Star 92.5! They play a variety of music such as Alternative Country, Classic Rock, and Outlaw Country to name a few. Visit to listen live! I work with them and am an avid listener!

    Comment by Makenzie | October 11, 2007 | Reply

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