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NYC Live Music Calendar 10/25-11/15/07

Thurs Oct 25 fiery indie rock trio Cementhead play the Delancey, 8:30 PM. Buzzcocks catchiness, Versus percussiveness, very interesting and innovative guitar and impressive 2-part vocal harmonies. They’ve really taken it to the next level with their new songs.


Thurs Oct 25 an unlikely and very good singer-songwriter bill at Fontana’s starting at 7 PM with the promising new Sharon Goldman & Nina Soka duo, then the casual and very smart Kirsten Williams at 8 followed by spectacular soul siren Meg Braun and her trio.


Also Thurs Oct 25 the Roulette Sisters finish their October residency at Pete’s, 9 PM.


Also Thurs Oct 25 legendary San Francisco punk rockers the Avengers – an iconic band every bit the equal of the Sex Pistols or the Dead Boys, with the great Penelope Houston on vocals – play  Maxwell’s at 10 PM. Their Bowery show last winter was packed, so this will sell out. Adv tix available at the box office and at Other Music. They’re also playing the Knit on Sat Oct 27


Fri Oct 26 the date band for people who hate date bands, the Moonlighters bring their gorgeous harmonies, authentic retro stylings and spot-on political sensibility to Barbes, 10 PM. Repeat after me, get there early.


Sat Oct 27 the absolutely brilliant Dixie Bee-Liners play Joe’s Pub, early, 7:30 PM. This is recent NY expats Buddy Woodward and Brandi Hart’s killer Bible Belt noir band: classic bluegrass melodies, first-class musicianship and some of the smartest, most incisive lyrics anyone is writing right now. They’re also very funny onstage. Welcome back, you guys!


Also Sat Oct 27 noir rocker Kristin Hoffmann plays Caffe Vivaldi in the West Village, 9 ish. A little cabaret, a little Tom Waits and most likely she’s playing with her excellent band which once used to feature the keyboardist from Erica Smith’s band.


Also Sat Oct 27 fiery highway rockers the Sloe Guns – who have taken on a harder edge lately – play the Baggot Inn, 9:30 PM.


Also Sat Oct 27 legendary 80s surf rockers Agent Orange play Europa in Greenpoint around 10, other acts on the bill TBA. Still living off their one classic album, 1981’s Living in Darkness, after all these years. And they still deliver the goods. It’s just a cry for help in a world gone mad! They’re also playing Midway on Monday the 29th at 11.


Also Sat Oct 27 Marcellus Hall plays Pete’s at 11. He wrote some very funny indie rock songs in Railroad Jerk and got even better in White Hassle, who were Joe Ben Plummer’s favorite New York band. But he’s taken it to the next level: he’s gotten REALLY good on guitar and his lyrics have taken a quantum leap from merely stream of consciousness funny to downright excellent, Ward White, LJ Murphy-class good. He’s also playing Union Pool on Nov 2 at 10ish.


Also Sat Oct 27, midnight the Coffin Daggers play at Beel Media Loft, 721 Grand St., Hoboken, $10 with open bar and free food, what a deal! Their relentless, gleefully macabre, scorchingly loud surf instrumentals have taken a turn away from the macabre into the simply loud and punked-out, but they still rock. Be aware that the Path train only runs once every half-hour after midnight. 


Mon Oct 29 smart, catchy female-fronted indie rock trio Girl Friday play a free show at the Magnetic Field,  9 PM, dollar beers while they’re onstage! Here’s hoping for a LONG set!!


Also Mon Oct 29 your last chance to catch the absolutely killer Chicha Libre and their surfy, Pan-American tunefulness during their residency this month at Barbes, 9:30 PM


Also Mon Oct 29 Rev. Vince Anderson plays Black Betty, 2 sets starting around 10:30 PM. One of the funniest, most charismatic, politically spot-on performers of our time. Also one of the greatest keyboardists of our time, a guy equally mesmerizing at blues, gospel, funk and honkytonk piano.


Also Mon Oct 29 the self-explantory, predicably charming Ukeladies play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM


Tues Oct 30 another chance to catch the panstylistically brilliant violinist Jenny Scheinman at Barbes, 7:30 PM, where it won’t cost you the usual $50 to see her.


Also Tues Oct 30 Australian punk rock legends the Saints play Maxwell’s, 10 PM. I say punk legends rather than janglerock legends because they’ve been doing the blistering old punk stuff which actually isn’t as good as the deliriously good jangle-and-clang they did in the 80s. But if you’re a fan, don’t miss them. Last time around they had the great Marty Willson-Piper from the Church doing his best Ron Asheton impersonation on lead guitar. They’re also playing Midway at midnight on Halloween.


Weds, Halloween, haunting cello rockers Rasputina play the Music Hall of Williamsburg FKA Northsix, 10:30ish,  adv tix an absolute must and available at the Mercury box office. I can’t think of anything better to do on Halloween.


Also Halloween, 9 PM System Noise – another equally good Halloween choice, with their eerie guitar and otherworldly vocals – plays R Bar on Bowery north of Delancey, east side of the street. For a $8 cover you get OPEN BAR from 7-8 PM, shades of Trash Bar. This is THE party tonight.


Thurs Nov 1 Rachelle Garniez – multi-instrumentalist whose main axe is the accordion –  plays Barbes, 10 PM. Arguably the best songwriter out there right now, a master of any retro style she chooses. And a powerful, hilarious, magnetic performer who always gives 200% onstage.


Fri Nov 2 Spanking Charlene plays Lakeside, 11 PM. Slightly Stonesy, Heartbreakers-ish, Max’s Kansas City style punk band – the punk is more the attitude and the funny lyrics than the music. And the singer is amazing – Charlene McPherson can belt and wail with anybody.


Fri Nov 2 legendary 60s garage band the Sonics – whose legend vastly surpasses their recorded output, which was mostly covers and a few C-list instrumentals like the Witch – play Warsaw as part of the Cavestomp garage rock fest. Tix $35 in advance, available at Earwax on Bedford Ave., Other Music and the Warsaw box office. Your best bargain if you’re into this kind of thing is the $90 three-day pass which also gets you the Strawberry Alarm Clock (which was a bunch of jazz guys playing psychedelia – I have their album which includes faux-hippie drivel like Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow) on Saturday night and the Fleshtones and the Sonics again on Sunday. No idea how many if any of these bands’ original members (the Fleshtones happily excluded) are playing. Or still alive.


Also Fri Nov 2, 8 PM it’s the Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Band, with 2 other Hungarian gypsy bands at Symphony Space  – tix not available online but at WMI box office 49 W. 27th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway, 9th floor, Suite 930.,Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 10am –1pm. A cimbalom looks like the inside of a piano, it’s termed a zither for reasons I cannot fathom (it’s played with mallets rather than strummed) but it actually sounds like somebody playing a harpsichord with an icepick. Could be a great show.


Sat Nov 3, 7:30 PM Monlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood’s superb, authentic acoustic delta blues band  Delta Dreambox plays the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library,  1 Grand Army Plaza, 2 train to G.A.P, two sets and worth it,  $10


Also Sat Nov 3 amazing Dick Dale-inspired Connecticut surf band 9th Wave fronted by guitarist Mike “Staccato” Rosado plays Hank’s, time TBA, guessing around 9?


Also Sat Nov 3 Hem plays the Highline Ballroom, 8 PM. They do one thing and do it very well: pretty, downtempo, major-key, Sunday afternoon Americana and their singer is excellent.


Also Sat Nov 3 the Roulette Sisters do their annual Halloween spectacular at Barbes, 10 PM: does that mean they’re giving biscuits and gravy away?


Also Sat Nov 3 the original gypsy punks Gogol Bordello play Terminal 5 way over on the west side on 56th St., 11ish, tix available at the Mercury box office


Also Sat Nov 3 old school ska stalwarts the Bluebeats play 2 sets starting around 8:30 PM at Magnetic Field. If ska can be quiet, introspective, downtempo and jazzy, then that’s what they play, and they’re very good.


Sun Nov 4 Django Reinhardt disciple Stephane Wrembel plays wildly percussive gypsy jazz at Barbes,  9 PM, get there EARLY.


Mon Nov 5 former Backsliders frontman Chip Robinson does his growly, twangy, somewhat Steve Earle-ish stuff at Lakeside, 10 PM


Also Mon Nov 5 Peruvian-style psychedelic surf monsters Chicha Libre continue their residency at Barbes, 9:30 PM


Also Mon Nov 5 Rev. Vince Anderson continues his piano-bashing residency at Black Betty, 2 sets starting around 10:30 PM


Tues Nov 6, 9 PM it’s a Jack Grace family thing with his wife and bassist Daria’s charming oldtimey ukelele-driven Prewar Ponies opening for his extremely sick Van Halen cover band Van Hayride at Rodeo Bar.


Weds Nov 7 Ninth House, who are sort of a cross between Johnny Cash and Joy Division (accent on the Cash) play Luna, 8PM. With the violin and the keys, they’ve never sounded better, and considering how good this place sounds, it should be excellent.


Also Wes Nov 7 raucous, politically charged funk rockers Funkface play Midway, 11 PM


Thurs Nov 8 Al Stewart – who 40 years ago was one of Britain’s best acoustic rock guitarists, believe it or not – plays an acoustic duo show at the Cutting Room, 7:30 PM. No idea what he’s been up to since the 80s, but he’s got a great back catalog of songs.


Fri Nov 9 Delta Dreambox plays Barbes, 8 PM opening for Balkan brass band Zagnut Orkestar


Also Fri and Sat Nov 9 and 10 The Flail – a bunch of A-list European jazz guys notable for their originals – record a live album at Small’s, 10 PM


Also Fri Nov 9 boisterous, improvisational Brooklyn bluegrass cats Citigrass play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM


Sat Nov 10, 8 PM the Dastan Ensemble plays Persian classical music at Symphony Space, tix available at the World Music Institute (click on Venues to your right and scroll down for detailed info). This pan-Asian, string-driven classical group rode to fame on their Silk Road albums and put on a lush, truly transcendent show.


Also Sat Nov 10 Laura Cantrell, who might still be New York’s best country singer a few years after she became the excellent Americana rock singer that she probably always was but never told anybody, plays the Mercury early, 8 PM. She’s been busy with the kid, hasn’t played a show in a long time, this will sell out, get your advance tix fast. She’s undiminished and can still give you chills.


Also Sat Nov 10 if you still can’t get enough of Delta Dreambox, they’re opening for the authentically retro but lately painfully precious Cangelosi Cards at Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM


Sun Nov 11 speaking of authentically retro, the Moonlighters play Rose Bar in Williamsburg at 8 PM


Also Sun Nov 11 charming harmony-driven Pan-American stylists Las Rubias del Norte play backed by the Parker String Quartet at Barbes, 9 PM. How they’re going to fit all those musicians in the back room is something of a mystery: get there very early because they’ll take up half the room.


Mon Nov 12 British semi-sensations the Pipettes play the Gramercy Theatre, 10ish, adv tix available at the Irving Plaza box office. Their shtick is that they’re foul-mouthed cockney gangster girls doing early 60 style American girl-group music. No idea how well the music is live, but they probably put on a good show.


Also Mon Nov 12 Chicha Libre is back at Barbes,  9:30 PM. As is Rev. Vince Anderson at Black Betty an hour later. You can catch both acts if you bolt for Williamsburg (and the G train is running) at the end of Chicha Libre’s set.


Tues Nov 13 the versatile, excellent violinist-composer Jenny Scheinman plays one of her increasingly more frequent shows at Barbes, 7 PM


Also Tues Nov 13 the 2 Man Gentleman Band – just ukelele and washboard – play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Not sure how well you’ll be able to hear them in this room, but they totally nail the retro hokum stuff they do and they’re funny.


Thurs Nov 15 the Ventures play B.B. King’s, 8 PM adv tix avail $35 and worth it.  Bob Bogle and Don Wilson are still at it after all these years. The Ventures rank with the Beatles, the Stones and the Clash as one of the most important rock bands ever. They didn’t invent surf music but they had more surf hits than anybody else and this configuration of the band still plays with virtuosity and twangy intensity.

October 23, 2007 - Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City

1 Comment »

  1. Hello, we are an up and coming Brooklyn based rock band by the name of Lucius, and we would love to know if there was anyway to get reviewed at one of our shows? We will be involved in the final round of Rolling Rock presents Original Sessions National Band Search on Nov 30th, at Blaggards Pub in Midtown, as well as upcoming shows at Rockwood Music Hall (nov 18th) and Bowery Poetry Club(Dec 3rd).
    Please let us know the best way of going about this!! You can contact us through:

    Thanks again!!
    Holly Laessig

    Comment by Holly Laessig-Lucius | November 3, 2007 | Reply

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