"Taking their cue from that mythological Nuggets moment in 1966 when bands like The Remains, The Barbarians, and The Sonics spied the charts, Muck And The Mires turn simplicity into a virtue. Each song on their third long-player rants, raves, and gets out of town in about two minutes, leaving a swirl of hooks and guitar wreckage in its wake. Bandleader Evan Shore may be a limited singer, but his songs are models of power and style." -Uncut
Long-standing borough-boy rockers The Brought Low have kept a low profile the past year while working on LP #3, but return to the stage to reclaim their standard as one of the cities' best live bands. Their newer, faster material seems to re-visit their punk-rock roots, and indicates growing older doesn't always mean growing softer. Come see their first show in months... And be sure to bring earplugs!
Beer! Crabs! Live music! Fun! And a donation to a GREAT CAUSE (The Tyanna Barre O'Brien Breast Cancer Foundation)! There is something for everyone! Horseshoes, Volleyball, Flip Cup, Ice Luge and Beer Pong... and the worlds longest Slip and Slide. For the kids: Pony rides, Moon bounce, Bubbles, Water Slides and temporary tattoos... There will also be hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, chips and soda too!
Saturday, August 22nd Doors at 2PM. Music at 8PM $50 cover ($25 for concert only)
Mighty Fine plays it's first show as a full band since the Winter along with newcomers, Foster Care. Tonight's show also marks the birthdays of Mighty Fine frontman Steve, and the mastermind behind Bar Nine, Kieran. Come party with the birthday boys and the rest of the gang — free show, free pizza while it lasts, and insane drink specials all night long right in the heart of Hell's Kitchen!
"Be sure to dig Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan of the Flamin Groovies backed by The A-Bones appearing at Maxwell's on July 23rd and then they'll all be headin' for the Brooklyn border at blasting forth at Southpaw on July 24th. The A-Bones will also perform a separate set both nights and the Southpaw show will also feature the mighty Underthings. Tickets are flyin' fast so act pronto!
Bunnie England And The New Originals are New York's hardest-working and hardest-partying live rock'n'roll karaoke band. From The Replacements to The Ramones, from Cheap Trick to The Cure, from the Stooges to the Stones, they've got over 175 songs in their catalog for you to sing... and turn yourself into a rock star!
Magnetic Field was Brooklyn's beloved "rock'n'roll cocktail bar," which closed its doors in March of '08 after over five years of bringing rock, culture, and booze to the County Of Kings. The venue hosted bands as diverse as The A-Bones, Black Lips, The Brought Low, Cynics, Detachment Kit, Mitch Easter, The Figgs, The Fleshtones, Gabby Glaser, Insomniacs, Lenny Kaye, Lilys, Lyres, Glen Mercer, Nashville Ramblers, Nouvellas, The Plimsouls, Ponys, Reigning Sound, Real Kids, Steve Wynn And The Miracle 3, Voxtrot, Woggles, and so many more; not too mention literary readings from the likes of David Gates, Amy Hempel, Sam Lipsyte, Ira Robbins, Jonathan Dixon, Dennis Cooper, Patrick Mcgrath, Nelly Reifler, Tim McLoughlin, John Leland, David Ohle, Steve Buscemi, Robert Lopez, and George Pelencanos. Bunnine England And The New Originals were the club's house karaoke band, playing twice a month for over three years.
Thursday, July 16th. Doors at 7PM. $20 cover. Buy advance tickets here.
Ronald Reagan makes a run at a second term as president, the Berlin Wall is still intact, Boy George tops the charts and has yet to spend a day in jail or collecting trash in lower Manhattan, MTV seems to be a fad that might just stick around, cell phones and the internet aren’t much more than space-age rumors alongside jet-packs and time travel. Most of the more dire predictions in George Orwell’s book haven’t come true. Yet.
And the Dream Syndicate releases its second album Medicine Show.
Despite charting on the Billboard list of top LPs and topping the CMJ singles chart for two months, the album is met with mixed reviews in the US where the band’s debut The Days Of Wine And Roses had been a critical sensation. Overseas it was a different story: Medicine Show received the highest accolades across Europe and the UK (the album made the London Guardian's “Top 40 Albums of the First 40 Years of Rock” list in the mid-'90s), sowing the seeds for a career that has been strong for bandleader Steve Wynn to the present day.
Wynn and his band the Miracle 3 will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of Medicine Show with two shows in New York City and Los Angeles where they will play the classic album from start to finish for the first time. The Miracle 3 -- Steve’s long-time band of Jason Victor, Dave Decastro and Linda Pitmon -- did similar shows for The Days Of Wine And Roses in 2001.
"Medicine Show is the weirdest, most idiosyncratic, nastiest, funniest and most revealing record the Dream Syndicate ever made," said Wynn in the liner notes from the 1991 reissue. "It’s also my favorite."
The Half Moon is a 200-capacity, two-level boat, with a full bar docked at Skyport Marina, at 23rd Street & the East River. The bands play on the upper level, which has a roof, but is open on the sides. There is also a large open deck on the upper level, where smoking is permitted as you enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond. Departing from 23rd Street and FDR Drive, the Half Moon heads south along the East River and passes underneath the three major bridges (Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn), then cruises through New York harbor to the Statue of Liberty, which it circles for approximately thirty minutes. It then turns around and makes the same trip again in reverse over a three hour period. The experience of watching the bridges pass overhead while a great band is rocking twenty feet away is not to be missed!
Thursday, May 28th. Doors at 7PM. $20 in advance / $25 day of show (Get advance tickets here)
"Hell yeah! After decades of going to each others gigs, Dead Flowers finally booked one with The A-Bones and The Fleshtones together! Free Canadian language lessons from Miriam and Ken. Join us for a Blue Whale with a Geritol back, at the bar... For once we won't have to comb the venue to find someone who knows the words to 'Woolly Bully' for the encore." -Bruce Bennett, The A-Bones
It began with a celebration. Dead Flowers Productions' relationship with The Fleshtones started with the honor of booking the thirty year anniversary show for the celebrated act, whom Peter Buck of R.E.M called "the best live band on earth." From there, several successful shows followed with Dead Flowers showcasing The Fleshtones in varied and creative venues: from co-headlining NYC's second largest street fair to a truly raucous boat cruise down the East River. And from these symbiotic handful, fueled by drive and a shared love of all things rock'n'roll, the decision was made — Dead Flowers Productions would take on the role of booking America's greatest live rock'n'roll band, The Fleshtones.
When The Fleshtones first appeared at CBGBs in 1976 they were a decidedly retro outfit, celebrating the glorious abandon of the '60s garage band explosion. Over the years they've become a tradition unto themselves, incorporating '50s r&b, '60s frat-rock, and '70s disco into a heady mix that can only be described as "super rock." After twenty albums and not a single inactive year, they're still at it, releasing not one, but two albums in 2008. One of the band's greatest strengths is in their ability to avoid sounding like a museum piece, writing songs that could have thrived forty years ago, but which feel right at home in the now!
Dead Flowers got its start as a music-centered online platform for its writers' passions and obsessions in the late '90s. It was a place to read about the classics reconsidered, the obscure brought into the spotlight, the lost re-found, and the so-called marginal made to matter. Those elements animate the new Dead Flowers, an enterprise devoted to managing, booking, and promoting bands and projects that ignite those same passions.
- With - GENTLEMAN JESSE AND HIS MEN THE EXPLORERS CLUB LIGHTS
The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he joined songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case (The Plimsouls) to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning U.S. punk-rock scene, independently releasing their own four song EP which included the classic “Hanging on the Telephone,” later to become a hit for Blondie.
After The Nerves disbanded in 1977, Collins moved to LA and formed The Beat with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. Their friend Eddie Money recommended The Beat for management by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Under new management, The Beat toured with The Police, The Jam, and Joe Jackson. They also made numerous TV appearances and recorded their debut self-titled album with producer Bruce Botnick (who had produced The Doors). The album featured Beatles and Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, defining the skinny-tied power-pop which The Knack took to the charts. In the ’90s, The Beat re-formed as the Paul Collins’ Beat and continue to write and tour releasing two critically acclaimed albums for the Get Hip label.
This will be the group's first NYC-area show since the early '90s!
Friday, February 6th. Doors at 8:30PM. $8 advance tickets available here. ($10 day of show)
Winter European Tour 1/15 - La Mecanique, Paris 1/16 - La Mecanique, Paris 1/17 - Kulturzentrum, Olten 1/18 - Secrete Place, Montpellier 1/19 - Volume, Nice 1/20 - Black Out Rock Club, Rome 1/21 - Magnolia, Milano 1/22 - Deposito Giordani, Pordenone 1/23 - Sonar, Siena 1/24 - Extra Alternative Club, Recanati 1/25 - Officina 49, Cesena
Dead Flowers got its start as a celebrated music-centered online platform for its writers' passions and obsessions. It was a place to read about the classics reconsidered, the obscure brought into the spotlight, the lost re-found, and the so-called "marginal" made to matter... Those elements animate Dead Flowers Productions, an enterprise devoted to managing, booking, and promoting bands and projects that ignite those same passions.