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…

John Platt’s On Your Radar April 8, 2014

The April edition of On Your Radar featured Sam Baker, Krista Detor, and Hannah and Maggie on Stage 3 of Rockwood Music Hall. This one was arguably, one of the best ever. The talent level was through the roof. We should preface with a “better late than never” qualification. it take me a while to…

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,…

The Sea The Sea – Performance and CD Review

CD Release Show at Rockwood Music Hall Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa, who call their duo The Sea The Sea, held a CD release performance at Rockwood Music Hall, Saturday, March 1. I had seen the two perform at The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference previously. I don’t recall what I heard at…