Thursday, October 31, 2013

Upcoming: Have Gun, Will Travel To Play Two NY Shows

Have Gun, Will Travel will be in New York for two shows.  The first at Pianos on Friday, November 8 and the second in Brooklyn at Cameo Gallery on Sunday, November 10...full details below.  The band released their forth full-length album Fiction, Fact or Folktale? in September.

The Whiskey Gentry
Friday, November 8
158 Ludlow Street 
New York, NY


The Whiskey Gentry
Sunday, November 10
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 7PM

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tango With Lions - A Long Walk

Athenian band Tango With Lions released their album A Long Walk worldwide via Inner Ear Records and Rough Trade Distribution a couple of weeks ago. Vocalist Kat Papachristou's warm, smokey vocals swirl around sexy rhythms and melodies painting a beautiful noir picture.  Check out the video of the title track at the bottom of the post.

Their musical path during the last four years could be compared to a long walk. The project of Kat  began as a changing group of musicians and has grown to be the stable lineup of the band that recorded "A Long Walk". 
With the compositions and lyrics of Kat as a starting point, the band took their time to arrange the 10 album songs with continuous pre-production and rehearsals during the last two years. The recordings began in summer 2012 and were completed in January 2013 by Thodoris Zefkilis in SCA studio. 
As in "Verba Time" so here, every song is a small story, but this time the stories are self-contained, with routes through dark dreams, night trips, sunny fantasies, memories and stories of love and separation. In Tango With Lions’ long walk bittersweet melodies and dreamy lyrics encounter rich arrangements. The result is unique: atmospheric electricity with dark outbursts, mystic trombone melodies, an old piano and a dark and solid rhythm section, always maintaining the special atmosphere that hovers around Kat’s voice. 

Track List

  • Slippery Roads
  • A Long Walk
  • News
  • Rainy Fall
  • Kite
  • People Stare
  • Obituary
  • Where Heroes Die
  • Over The Neon Lights
  • Playground

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Upcoming: Rocket & The Ghost at Rockwood Music Hall on 11/9

Rocket & The Ghost will be taking the stage at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 on November 9.  The show is in celebration of their upcoming self-titled EP which is scheduled for release on November 5.

Lily & The Parlour Tricks
Saturday, November 9
196 Allen Street
New York, NY

Rocket & The Ghost consists of Kiyoshi Matsuyama (songwriter/vocals/guitar), Brian Kesley (bass), Stuart Bidwell (drums), Sean Gavigan (guitar), and Alan Markley (keyboards). In 2011, Kiyoshi found himself in a difficult position for anyone in a band on the rise. As a founding member of Brooklyn's The London Souls, he had spent the past seven years on an adventure that was nothing short of extraordinary, touring with the likes of The Black Crowes, The Roots, and recording with Ethan Johns at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. As his tastes changed, so did the music he was writing, and Kiyoshi had to move on. Rocket & The Ghost was born out of a brief but powerful songwriting collaboration with Lily Clair of Lily & The Parlour Tricks, who assisted Kiyoshi to flesh out the songs he had written during his last years with The London Souls.
Call Rocket & The Ghost a "rock band" would be the easiest way to categorize them, but not necessarily the most accurate. They have all the proper elements: thunderous drums, booming bass, the fuzz and wail of two electric guitars, and it's clear that the rock n' roll music of the '60s and '70s had indelibly left a mark, both on Kiyoshi's songwriting and showmanship. Although, laced with those old influences came some playful new ones, such as the at once shocking yet beautiful use of vocal range, which can reach Harry Nilsson highs and Johnny Cash lows all in one breathe. In addition to the arrangements, carefully constructed yet wildly dynamic, showcase the band whispering in your ear one minute and hollering at you from the top of a mountain the next. Then there are the songs themselves, which draw as comfortably from 1920s Americana as they do from millennial pop music without losing their fundamental garage grit. At their heart they are folk songs; they tell stories. 
Kiyoshi tells us,"I feel like a recording is only special when it conveys the personality of everyone involved. We really put ourselves into these songs. I hope people hear that first before they think about the style we play in or what other people are saying about it. I hope they hear people that care about each other playing the music that they love".

Track Listing

  • Daylight
  • Shame
  • Howling
  • Gold
  • Goodbye

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jake Lewis & The Clergy Release Gossip Today

Jake Lewis & The Clergy released their new album Gossip today. It's good listenin' folks. You can check it out and show them some love (i.e. buy it) using the handy widget below. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Holy Cow, We're 5 Years Old Today!

Five years ago, in the wee hours of the morning, I got a crazy notion to start a blog.  Given my propensity to procrastinate, get bored and in general lose interest in things, I didn't expect to have a first anniversary let alone a fifth anniversary!

So, yay QNYC!  Happy anniversary to me.  This calls for cake and booze and music and cute men folk...perhaps not in that order.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed in some way to keeping my little corner of the blog world alive.

And, for the record, I'm still quirky...oh, and still female!

LaNita / Quirky NY Chick

Friday, October 4, 2013

Swear and Shake Kick Off Tour Next Week

Brooklyn based indie folk rockers Swear and Shake will be kicking off their fall tour next Thursday, October 10 in New York.  They'll be taking the stage at Drom.  Full show details are below as well as a list of tour dates.  Go show them some love when they're near you or heck, take a road-trip and show them some love.

Swear and Shake is fronted by the guitar wielding Kari Spieler and the guitar and banjo playing Adam McHeffey, the two expertly blend their vocals, melodies, and confessional lyrics. Rounding out the quartet are old friends Ben Goldstein on drums and Shaun Savage on bass guitar. The group released their debut LP, Maple Ridge, in 2012 and have their sophomore album set for release in 2014 (date tba).  

85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th)
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM
Show: 8 PM
Tickets: $8 adv / $10 dos

  • 10/10               Drom                              New York, NY          
  • 10/11              Fall for Greenville         Greenville, SC         
  • 10/12              Newport Music Hall       Columbus, OH        
  • 10/16              The Forvm                   Buffalo, NY   
  • 10/17              The Saint                    Asbury Park, NJ      
  • 10/18              Church                        Boston, MA               
  • 10/19              World Cafe Live           Philadelphia, PA                 
  • 10/20              Stage One                  Fairfield, CT             
  • 11/01              Rombello                    Miami, FL     
  • 11/08              9:30 Club                   Washington, DC
  • 11/09              The National               Richmond, VA         
  • 11/15              Baby Grand                 Wilmington, DE               

You can check out the video for "Brother" over at

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Archer & Light - "Melbourne (I Used to Be Your All)"

Australian band Archer & Light released their video for the track "Melbourne (I Used to Be Your All)" last month.  The song is from their record Our Love Is Confetti which was released this past August.  Check out the Michael Maclean directed clip below.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Upcoming: The Golden Furs at The Bitter End This Saturday, 10/5

The Golden Furs are doing a show this Saturday, October 5 to celebrate the release of their Strand EP. You should go and show them some love.  Full details are at the bottom of the post.

147 Bleecker Street
(between Thompson and LaGuardia)
New York, NY