Love is Love | Paul Sachs

Love is Love, the latest CD from Paul Sachs deals with loss in its many guises. In deceptively lean, elegant lyrics, Sachs shows his continuing dedicated command of the songwriter’s craft. The leadoff title track describes love as if it existed in a spare landscape, where it could simply shift away from the object of…

Review: Elisa Peimer | Inside the Glass

Elisa Peimer’s voice is a compelling instrument. Although it’s hard to tell from a studio recording just how powerful a singer’s voice is, one thing is certain: Peimer’s voice conveys enormous emotional presence. She has a knack for writing dramatic songs that could serve as a soundtrack to a movie or a score for a…

Aztec 2-Step at SubCulture, Saturday, June 14th.

  We had the great fortune to see Aztec 2-Step (Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman) at the exquisite venue, SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs, NYC), on Saturday, June 14th. This still-rockin’ duo (here, as a trio with their bassist, Fred Holman) was a fixture in the ’70s, when I got my dose of counterculture from…

John Platt’s On Your Radar, June 10, 2014

On June 10, 2014, John Platt hosted David Lockwood,  Sharon Goldman and Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes at Rockwood Music Hall.   The first act, David Lockwood, was new to this attendee.  It was a wonderful surprise. David combined astute singer/songwriter chops with jazz flourishes. He was brilliantly supported by percussionist Chris Marshak, guitarist Mark Newman and…

John Platt’s On Your Radar, May 13, 2014

The May 13 2014 edition of John Platt’s On Your Radar featured Connor Garvey, husband and wife team The Grahams and brother duo The Lords of Liechtenstein. The first act, Connor Garvey has a classic singer/songwriter style with beguiling melodies and clever lyrics. He was charming, extolling his Irish heritage, spinning a tale about not…

Paul Sachs | CD Review | Survival Is the New Success

In a perfect world, all the self-appointed gurus and geniuses of the folk world and all the music-consuming public would get their respective acts together and declare Paul Sachs (Acoustic Live cover feature November 2009) a star. Agents would start booking rooms 500 seats and above and get posters plastered on all the construction sites…

CD Review | The Boxcar Lilies | Sugar Shack

Since they met in 2009, Jenny Goodspeed, Katie Clarke and Stephanie Marshall  have taken their abilities in three-part harmony higher each year they’ve been together. They’ve presented indisputable truth in this regard on their latest studio release, Sugar Shack, and in a recent live performance at Brooklyn’s First Acoustics series. The album kicks off with…

John Platt’s On Your Radar March 11, 2014

The March edition of On Your Radar featured The No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow, Cricket Tell the Weather, and Mike Laureanno on Stage 3 of Rockwood Music Hall. At 7pm, when the show began, it was to have led off with Mike Laureanno.  However, Mike, on his way down from his home in Rhode island,…