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NYC Live Music Calendar 11/20-12/7/07

We’ve extended this through the first week of December. We’ll get the complete month up by the end of November since some venues (lots of venues, actually) don’t post their calendars until the 11th hour. Which doesn’t help anybody, right?

Tues Nov 20 Carol Lipnik & Spookarama play the Rockwood, 11 PM followed by her drummer’s project the Dred Scott Trio. Lipnik has a spectacular 4-octave range, a deep feel for old-school soul/jazz (think Nina Simone, who she covers, well) and a gypsy violin player who almost steals the show – when those two trade off, the effect is spine-tingling. She also makes excellent albums.


In case anybody is in town on Thanksgiving eve, Weds Nov 21 Moisturizer plays their deliriously fun baritone sax/bass/drums instrumentals at Black Betty, 10 PM til whenever. Lately they’ve had a rotating cast of special guests sit in with them, both jazzcats and rock animals and you never know who might show up.


Also just a stone’s throw away – ok, a long stone’s throw away – the master of New York noir LJ Murphy plays a rare solo show at the Lucky Cat on Grand, just a walk down Havemeyer, starting at 10:30. His album Mad within Reason remains one of the 10 or so best albums of this decade, a triumph of old-school blues-inflected melody and scathingly intelligent lyrics.


Fri Nov 23 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play authentically spirited surf classics and obscurities along with instrumental versions of 60s hits at Lakeside, 11 PM


Sat Nov 24 sprawling harmonica-driven, bacchanalian, intense pan-global improvisers Hazmat Modine open for and then play with the ultimate Far Asian psychedelic musical experience, throat singers Huun-huur-tu at Symphony Space, 8 PM, adv tix available at the World Music Institute (click on Venues to your right, under Categories, then scroll down to Symphony Space to find box office hours and directions.


Sun Nov 25 gypsy guitar genius Stephane Wrembel is back at his usual spot, Barbes at 9 PM



Sun Nov 25 sultry NY expat and lefty guitarist/singer Leslie Nuss plays a rare NYC date at Banjo Jim’s, 9:30 PM. Equally adept at soaring, ethereal ballads, scorching garage rock and sweetly psychedelic, Beatles-inflected material. And whatever else she’s come up with out there in Indiana.


Tues Nov 27, 8ish Elisa Flynn plays Union Hall. She’s an electric indie rocker – not your usual weepy acoustic chick – with a nicely unpretentious, assured voice like an urban version of the Walkabouts’ Carla Torgerson. She has an uncommonly good sense of melody, likes minor keys and reverb, and as her guitar chops get better she’ll be someone to keep an eye on . Impatience, anger and frustration find their way into her smartly crafted, mid-80s style lo-fi songs along with a sense of humor. Catch her on the way up.


Tues Nov 27 Jenny Scheinman and her violin return to Barbes for an early show, 7 PM, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get there early.


Weds Nov 28 arguably one of the year’s best triple bills with literate, casually alluring, Richard Thompson-class janglerock songwriter Paula Carino – a terrific and very funny live performer – at 8, then the equally clever, funny and somewhat theatrical Tom Warnick, then Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams (NYC’s bombshell jazzkitten answer to Neko Case, and just as good) and the John Sharples Band winding up the night with some brilliant obscurities. 


Also Weds Nov 28, 7 PM it’s the annual Gram Parsons tribute, this year at Luna with Mary Lee Kortes of Mary Lee’s Corvette, Roscoe Ambel of the Yayhoos and Steve Earle’s band, Chip Robinson, Demolition String Band, King Vidor (King Vidor?!? Isn’t he about 200 years old, and shouldn’t he be behind a camera?) and others. 



Thurs Nov 29 Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. plays Otto’s, 8 PM, 2 sets. This retro pre-rockabilly trio look exactly as if they stepped off the stage at the Ryman, 1953 and play like it, although their lyrics have a contemporary edge and sense of humor.



Thurs Nov 29 marvelous British expats the Bedsit Poets play the Bowery Poetry Club, 8:45 PM. Windswept pastoral anthems, catchy 3-minute 60s style hits, and gorgeous harmonies featuring Amanda Thorpe’s haunting, luminous voice. 


Fri Nov 30 Jack Grace brings his boisterous, authentic 1960s style country band into  Barbes, 8 PM, get there early.


Also Fri Nov 30 brilliant, utterly original keyboardist Greta Gertler plays the cd release show for her surprisingly retro new one Edible Restaurant at Joe’s Pub at 7ish with “culinary audience participation” – assuming that means they have a menu there? The cd is amazing.




Fri Nov 30 Black Fortress of Opium plays Goodbye Blue Mondays in Bushwick, 9:30 PM. The name is apt: they blend ambient, psychedelic, female-fronted, Siouxsie & the Banshees-influenced, Middle Eastern-inflected art-rock with late 80s style dreampop. They’re big in Boston, home to World Champions. Let them see how tough it is to pull a crowd here in the wilds of Bushwick. But you should go: you might be the only people there.


Also Fri Nov 30 reliably hilarious ragtime throwback Al Duvall plays Pete’s, 10 PM. Sex figures into most of his totally authentic-sounding retro songs. As does history, New York City history in particular. And he plays a mean banjo.


Later Fri Nov 30, 11 PM Purple K’Nif play Lakeside. They’re sort of a shambling, jangling, psychedelic 2-guitar Ohio surf band plays a mix of classic covers and originals. Their big hit seems to be called The Beer Theme and it’s good.


Fri Nov 30 and Sat Dec 1 Ween at Terminal 5 is SOLD OUT


Sat Dec 1 it’s another Unsteady Freddy surf show at Otto’s with the sometimes painfully cutesy Tarantinos NYC along with Blue Wave Theory, The Outpatients and Strange But Surf. Among all these surf bands there ought to be at least a set worth of something decent and danceable, maybe a lot more.


Sun Dec 2 all-female rockabilly trio Catspaw has a new bass player and he’s a guy. They play Otto’s at 9:30 PM. They’ve really got an handle on inspired, fiery rockabilly and surf music and write some clever, funny, occasionally absolutely haunting originals.


Sun Dec 2 Matt Keating plays downstairs at the Brooklyn Lyceum, time TBA. He looks like a skinnier Jon Papelbon and throws just as hard, lyrically speaking, even if he doesn’t dance. Ask yourself, would you want to face Matt Keating in a key situation in the 9th inning? No way in hell.


Mon Dec 3 System Noise frontwoman Sarah Mucho stars in her noir sci-fi cabaret show Subterranean Circus at the Duplex, 7 PM, this will sell out fast, adv tix available at the box office. The show – a futuristic cautionary tale – has a throwback early 80s East Village punk rock vibe, and her pianist and accordionist are phenomenal. Imagination rules and rules are meant to be broken. And Mucho’s spectacular voice might shatter your glass. 


Fri Dec 7, 8 PM Hot Tuna plays electric at the Beacon Theatre. Former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen remains maybe the foremost exponent of Rev. Gary Davis’ searing, open-tuning delta blues style, and bassist Jack Casady is still one of the most melodic, interesting 4-string players around. Tix  $39.50 at the box office open 11-7 M-F, very pricy, but these guys actually could be worth it.

November 20, 2007 - Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City


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