We’re quite late out of the gate with shows to see this week(end), so here’s a quick-list. Don’t miss at least one night of Ritter’s dual shows in the city, as well as some good ole throwback ‘grass at Highline Ballroom with The Seldom Scene on Sunday.
Saturday, March 8
8:00 p.m. — Josh Ritter / Gregory Alan Isakov at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sunday, March 9
8:00 p.m. — The Seldom Scene at Highline Ballroom
Monday, March 10
9:00 p.m. — The Tony Scherr Trio feat. Rob Jost & Anton Fier at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
It’s Communion NYC night at Rockwood – thirteen bands on three stages for eleven bucks. The lineup includes a few of our faves like The Pearl & The Beard, Rockwood’s legendary Tuesday night regular Michael Daves and recently renamed string trio Haas Kowert Tice (not a huge departure from the band’s former name - Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert and Jordan Tice). Just last month, Brittany, Paul and Jordan recorded an album at Rotary Records in West Springfield, MA, which is slated for release later this year. For a taste, check out the Mason Jar video released in December. If you can’t make the Rockwood show tonight, the band will also play at Barbes in Park Slope on Thursday night.
Check out the full schedule for tonight’s show below.
|9:45pm||Pearl and the Beard|
The season is upon us in which our concert calendars go from touch-and-go to go. Starting this week. Like right now.
A few of our favorite things? Oklahoma’s Samantha Crain comes back to the Big Apple on Thursday, playing dual sets at Mercury Lounge. Catch one of ‘em. And this weekend, we basically suggest hanging out at Rockwood Music Hall. On Saturday, you’ll be able to catch Keenan O’Meara and The Boston Boys; Sunday, it’s back-to-back gcb friends The Falls and Joe Fletcher.
And if you haven’t heard the news, Band of Horses will be joining the Newport Folk Fest family this year. They’re also at Town Hall on Thursday. Aren’t we the lucky ones.
More must-sees below:
Wednesday, February 26
8:00 p.m. — Steve Earle (solo) at City Winery
Sunday, March 2
9:30 p.m. — The Falls at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
11:00 p.m. — Joe Fletcher at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
The 2014 Newport Folk Festival kicks off five months from today and the lineup continues to build. So far, we’ve got the newly rejoined Nickel Creek, legendary soulful folker Mavis Staples, newbies like The Oh Hellos and more, but two ATO Records bands from New Orleans top our lineup excitement list to date.
Hurray for the Riff Raff released its third album in three years earlier this month and this one – Small Town Heroes (Amazon MP3 & Spotify) – is the band’s best work so far and easily my favorite album of this year. Ranging from New Orleans Zydeco-infused Americana to bluesy numbers to gentle folk ballads, the album is solid all the way through and carries a true Louisiana feel that so many attempt and few can really pull off. The timeless vocals of Bronx-born Alynda Lee Segarra are set against her strongest writing. Of note is a song about the late Levon Helm (“Levon’s Dream”) and another about the tragic 2012 bus rape in New Delhi (“The Body Electric”), but my favorite is a song Segarra wrote with Sam Doores of fellow locals The Deslondes about St. Roch, the zero-sea level New Orleans neighborhood hit hard by Katrina (below, featuring members of The Deslondes).
In addition, Benjamin Booker, a new young ATO signee, might not have an album to share yet, but he’s got some DAMN fine momentum and buzz leading up to the festival. The guitarist points to gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, 80s/90s punk blues band The Gun Club and late 60s British folk rock T. Rex as influences. For now, all we’ve got are a few YouTube videos to sink our teeth into, but check out the range between the solo videos below. “Have You Seen My Son” is Mississippi Delta blues. “RTS,” featuring Max Norton – Booker’s only fellow band member – on drums, is something very different.
Check out the full lineup here and watch for more rolling lineup updates right here or on the NFF Facebook page.
Here are a few shots from our Mipso show at Rockwood last Friday night. Packed out crowd for an incredible set. Thanks to all of you who made it out. If you missed it, you can catch the band this Friday, Feb 28th at The Rock Shop in Park Slope.
All photos by Travis Emmett.
It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that the award for must-see of all must-sees this week goes to the inaugural grass clippings presents: Mipso at Rockwood Music Hall show on Friday.
That being said … there’s a bunch more to see this week, including tonight’s sets at Bowery Ballroom and Electric. Pro tip: catch a few acts at Electric before skipping over to Ballroom.
Wednesday, February 19
7:00 p.m. — Christopher Paul Stelling / Anthony D’Amato / Jonah Tolchin / Larkin Grimm / Dan Blakeslee at Bowery Electric
8:00 p.m. — Steve Earle at City Winery
8:00 p.m. — Lost in the Trees at Bowery Ballroom
Thursday, February 20
8:00 p.m. — Bridget Davis and the Viking Kings at Spike Hill
Friday, February 21
7:00 p.m. — Grass Clippings presents Mipso at Rockwood Music Hall!
Monday, February 24
8:15 p.m. — Michael Daves and Bryan Sutton at Rockwood Music Hall
Lake Street Dive, the viral success story band of New England Conservatory grads, today released its sophomore full-length album, Bad Self Portraits (Amazon). The entire album is golden and their long time fave “You Go Down Smooth” is blowing up, but I’ve been grooving to the smoothier “Better Than” on this first day back in the office after a long winter weekend. Here’s a take from the studio of Seattle’s KEXP. This is my new favorite song (MFNS).