Saturday, May 2, 2015

International Jazz Day Photo Review: Danilo Perez Performance & Master Class

This past Thursday, April 30, was International Jazz Day.  Newport Festivals Foundation and Salve Regina University presented a free performance for local elementary students and a master class for high school student jazz combos with pianist Danilo Perez & The Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the Casino Theatre in Newport, RI.  This is what it looked like.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Milk Carton Kids To Release New Album, May 19 + Tour Dates

The Milk Carton Kids are scheduled to release their new album Monterey on May 19. This week, they announced dates for their fall tour.  They will be making a stop in New York at The Town Hall on Friday, September 11 at 8PM. Tickets go on-sale TODAY, Friday, May 1 at NOON. See below for more details.  If you haven't seen these two perform, you should.  

Friday, September 11
123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7:30PM / Show 8PM
All Ages

The band’s new album, Monterey, was recorded not in a studio, but on the stages of theaters and churches across North America that have always coaxed the band’s most uninhibited expressions. It is a method that allowed the band to finally capture on record the same fearlessness and spontaneity usually only achieved in a live setting.

Tour Dates:

  • 9/7/15 Northampton, MA - Academy of Music Theatre
  • 9/8/15 Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
  • 9/9/15 Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theatre
  • 9/10/15 Washington, D.C. - Lisner Auditorium
  • 9/11/15 New York, NY - Town Hall
  • 9/12/15 Brevard, NC - Mountain Song Festival
  • 9/13/15 Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
  • 9/15/15 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
  • 9/17/15 Louisville, KY - Bomhard Theatre
  • 9/18/15 Columbus, OH - Lincoln Theatre
  • 9/30/15 Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre
  • 10/1/15 Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • 10/4/15 Chico, CA - Laxson Auditorium
  • 10/5/15 Portland, OR - Newmark Theatre
  • 10/6/15 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
  • 10/7/15 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
  • 10/9/15 Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre Concert Hall
  • 10/10/15 Calgary, AB - Central United Church
  • 10/28/15 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 10/29/15 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
  • 10/30/15 Chicago, IL - Fourth Presbyterian Church
  • 10/31/15 Grand Rapids, MI - Covenant Fine Arts Center
  • 11/2/15 St. Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theater
  • 11/3/15 Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
  • 11/4/15 St. Louis, MO - Sheldon Concert Hall
  • 11/5/15 Nashville, TN - James K. Polk Theater
  • 11/6/15 Atlanta, GA - Symphony Hall
  • 11/9/15 Asheville, NC - Diana Wortham Theatre
  • 11/10/15 Charleston, NC - Charleston Music Hall
  • 12/1/15 San Francisco, CA - The Palace of Fine Arts
  • 12/2/15 Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre
  • 12/3/15 Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theatre
  • 12/5/15 San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre
  • 12/7/15 Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theatre
  • 12/8/15 Santa Fe, NM - The Lensic
  • 12/9/15 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
  • 12/11/15 Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater
  • 12/13/15 Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Video of the Day: Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles

Check out "Holy Roller" the video from Seattle's Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles.  The track is from the upcoming album Oh Man, Cover The Ground that is scheduled for release on May 26.  Check out the video below as well as upcoming tour dates.

Track List
  • Butter & Eggs
  • Holy Rollers
  • Oh Man, Cover The Ground
  • Itching Around
  • Potato Chips
  • Golden Days
  • (death riff)
  • Rounding The Block
  • City To City
  • Sucking Stones
  • Quiet As Skin
  • Change In The Ocean

Tour Dates
  • 05.14.15 - Seattle, WA at Tractor Tavern supporting The Cave Singers
  • 05.22.15 - Tumbleweeds, ID at Farm Fest
  • 05.23.15 - Salt Lake City, UT at Diabolical Records
  • 05.25.15 - Omaha, NE at Sweatshop Gallery
  • 05.26.15 - Columbia, MO at Cafe Berlin
  • 05.27.15 - Memphis, TN at Glitch
  • 05.31.15 - Detroit, MI at UFO Factory
  • 06.03.15 - Fargo, ND at The Aquarium
  • 06.05.15 - Calgary, AB at Local 510
  • 06.26.15 - Seattle, WA at Columbia City Theater (Album Release Party)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Song of the Day: The Bright Smoke - "Shakedown"

Today we have for you a track from Brooklyn based duo The Bright Smoke. The track, "Shakedown", is the third single from their upcoming full-length album, Terrible Towns. It's scheduled for release on May 5th. "Shakedown" is part slinky, part blues-twang, part sultry, part soulful folk and 100% good. Check out the track below plus details on some upcoming shows.

Oracle Room
Tuesday, May 19
93 N 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY


Dolly Spartans / Tomato Dodgers / Shirt/Pants / Yabadum
Friday, June 19
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6:30PM

Track Listing

  • Hard Pander
  • Like Video
  • On Ten
  • August/September
  • Exit Door
  • Shakedown
  • Howl
  • City On An Island
  • Month Six
  • Or

Monday, April 27, 2015

Song of the Day: Great Peacock - "Tennessee" + Tour Dates

Today we have for you "Tennessee" from Great Peacock.  They'll be releasing their full-length debut Making Ghosts on May 12.  Check out the track below plus show details.

Great Peacock
Friday, May 1
217 E Houston Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7:30PM

Tour Dates

  • 4/30 – Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Apache Relay
  • 5/1 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Apache Relay
  • 5/2 - Westhampton Beach, NY @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
  • 5/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
  • 5/7 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
  • 5/8 - Columbus, GA @ The Loft
  • 5/9 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre
  • 5/14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
  • 5/30 – Waverly, AL @ This is American Music Showcase at Standard

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Those Darlins To Play Rough Trade, Thursday, May 7

Those Darlins are scheduled to take the stage at Rough Trade NYC over in Brooklyn on Thursday, May 7 at 9PM.  It'll cost you $15 (see below for more details).  Hey, someone pick me up a copy of their Live at Pickathon vinyl…no, really, seriously, it's one of the few RSD releases I wanted and couldn't find in-store and I can't be there!

Adia Victoria, Johnny Ain't Bad
Thursday, May 7
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Friday, April 24, 2015

If I Dropped By… with Elaine Romanelli + Show Details

Today, we dropped in on Elaine Romanelli who just released her new album, The Hour Before, this week.  She'll be celebrating its release with a show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 this Saturday, April 25 at 7PM. It'll cost you $10 (full details at the end of our visit).  

We paid her our customary hypothetical visit.  This is what we learned.

Quirky NY Chick (QNYC): … and brought a friend who didn't know your music, what song of yours would you play for them and why?

Elaine Romanelli (ER): Probably '25', because it can apply to most everyone. Feel as vital today as your body allows, value your friends, and, whenever possible, dance with abandon! 

Res To Play Two Shows At Rockwood Music Hall TONIGHT, 4/24!

Songstress Res will be doing two sets tonight, Friday, April 24 at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3.  See below for details!

Friday, April 24
185 Orchard Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7PM
$10 drink minimum


Friday, April 24
185 Orchard Street
New York, NY
Doors: 11:15PM / Show: 11:30PM
$10 drink minimum

Check out this clip of "The Chain" from her EP Refried Mac, her reinvention of some classic Fleetwood Mac songs.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Joan Armatrading To Tour North America

Singer/Songwriter Joan Armatrading will bring her "Me Myself I" tour to the United States.  The tour, set to be her last major world tour, kicks off in April. She will, for the first time in her four decade plus career perform her entire set solo.  Unfortunately, if you don't already have tickets New York, you're going to miss it. That show is sold out. See below for a list of tour dates.

The British singer/songwriter/guitarist/instrumentalist, best known for such worldwide hits as "Love And Affection," "Me Myself I," "Drop The Pilot" and many more, performs for nearly two hours per show sharing the highlights of her extensive career, singing, playing guitar and piano.  The set also includes an intimate photo montage, narrated by Armatrading herself, which beautifully captures her career in pictures. 
Of the "Me, Myself, I" world tour, Joan Armatrading commented, "'I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake.  For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar and piano and singing. I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience."  Armatrading's "Me Myself I" world tour has been winning rave reviews from the media globally with The Argus (Brighton, England) declaring, "The veteran performer didn't just take to the stage...she owned it..." and The Stourbridge News (Stourbridge, England) avowing, "Accompanying herself on either guitar or piano, Joan showed what an accomplished musician she is as well as possessing a truly original voice and wonderful songwriting skills."

Joan Armatrading "Me Myself I" North American tour dates:

 8         Brownfield, ME                       The Stone Mountain Arts Center
 9         Ridgefield, CT                         The Ridgefield Playhouse
10        Boston, MA                             Berklee Performance Center
11        Westhampton Beach, NY       Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
12        Albany, NY                            Hart Centre/Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center
15        Alexandria, VA                        Birchmere Music Hall
16        Alexandria, VA                        Birchmere Music Hall
17        New York, NY                         The Concert Hall At The New York Society For Ethical Culture
18        Collingswood, NJ                    Scottish Rite Auditorium
19        Durham, NC                           Carolina Theatre
22        Kent, OH                                 The Kent Stage
23        Chicago, IL                              City Winery Chicago
24        Chicago, IL                              City Winery Chicago
25        Nashville, TN                          City Winery Nashville
27        New Orleans, LA                    Civic Theatre
29        Atlanta, GA                             Symphony Hall/Woodruff Arts Center
30        Ponte Vedra, FL                      Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
 1         Clearwater, FL                        Capitol Theatre
 2         Orlando, FL                             The Plaza  Theatre
 3         Fort Lauderdale, FL                Parker Playhouse
 5         San Francisco, CA                 The Regency Ballroom
 6         Santa Barbara, CA                 Lobero Theatre
 7         Carmel By The Sea, CA         Sunset Center
 8         Grass Valley, CA                    Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
 9         Los Angeles, CA                     Orpheum Theatre

Saturday, March 14, 2015

AIR BAG ONE To Tour North America + New Single

AIR BAG ONE recently released their new catchy single, 1992.  The song is from their upcoming album Rich Kids

They're making two stops in New York. Monday, March 16 they will be on the LES at Pianos.  On Wednesday, March 18, they will be over in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right. See below for more details and to stream "1992".

Monday, March 16
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6:30PM


Wednesday, March 18
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY

March 16 th @ Pianos / New York - New York 
March 18 th @ Baby's All Right /Brooklyn -New York 
March 19 th @ The Yard -  Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 19 th @ Ten Oak -  Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 21 st @ Noize Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 21 st @ Buffalo Billiards Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 24 th @ Los Angeles - California TBC 
March 24 th @ Los Angeles - California TBC 
March 25 th @ Los Angeles - California TBC