This Week in NYC: Samantha Crain Comes to Union Hall, Hospitality Releases a Friendly Album

Samantha Crain Plays Union Hall
Samantha Crain will belt it out at Union Hall this Wednesday.

Okay, guys. This is important. If you don’t know Samantha Crain, you need to do the following: take that all-important, weekly Wednesday Trivia/Bingo/Knitting Circle/Bro Hang/Downton Abby Marathon night and throw it out the window. Chuck it. Real hard, like. Then, get yourself to Union Hall. Crain, who’s toured with the likes of the lovable Frontier Ruckus, will play this time with Minnesota-native Ben Weaver, who’s a great artist in his own rite. Check out a video of Crain’s ‘Santa Fe’ below:

Now that we got that out of the way, a couple other shows to note. Less folky in their present musical state than in that of a few years ago, duo Kaiser Cartel returns to play Rockwood Music Hall this Thursday before opening a handful of U.S. shows for The Jayhawks. If you haven’t seen this couple live (and no, they’re not a couple-couple … but don’t we all wish they were? Just me?), they’re definitely worth a listen.

Another Brooklyn band, Hospitality, will be hosting an album release party at Williamsburg’s Glasslands this week. If the cold’s drying out your soul and you want music that will make you feel warm and cozy inside, lend this band an ear.

Monday, January 30
Rev. Vince Anderson and His Love Choir – 11 p.m. at Union Pool
Steve Earle, Allison Moorer and The Mastersons – 8 p.m. at City Winery

Tuesday, January 31
Dry the River, The Loom – 9:30 p.m. at Mercury Lounge
Michael Daves – 10 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall
Smith Westerns – 8 p.m. at Webster Hall

Wednesday, February 1
Samantha Crain with Ben Weaver – 9 p.m. at Union Hall

Thursday, February 2
Kaiser Cartel – 7 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall
Thurston Moore – 8:30 p.m. at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room (American Songbook Series)

Friday, February 3
Hospitality – Album Release Party with Glass Ghost and Dustin Wong, 8:30 p.m. at Glasslands
The Delorean Sisters – 9 p.m. at Bar 4

Saturday, February 4
Jenny Owen Youngs – 8 p.m. at The Rock Shop