Thursday, March 15, 2007

Call for suggestions: Music in New York City

I know I have a few regular readers in and around the New York City area. I'm coming your way next week; I'll be in town from this coming Friday, the 16th through the 24th. I'm looking for any advice about where I might want to go to hear some nice alt-country or roots-oriented music. I'm staying in Alphabet City, and I'm hoping to catch the Doc Marshalls' show at Banjo Jim's. I'm also contemplating some of the shows at the Rodeo Bar. Are any of the band there next week recommended? Any hints or suggestions about other worthy shows this week would be appreciated.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

7 Shot Screamers at SXSW

One of these years I'm going to make it to South by Southwest. Not this year, though. Perusing the highlights lists, like the ones posted by Twangville, I've noticed a whole lot of great roots and alt-country that I'm going to be missing. One band that hasn't been pointed out is the 7 Shot Screamers. SXSW has them listed under the punk genre, which may be why they haven't been noticed by roots music fans. This is a prime example of the limitations of the one-and-one-only genre classification scheme the SXSW index uses.

The 7 Shot Screamers' blend of punk and rockabilly should appeal to a wide variety of punk and roots-oriented tastes. I've written about their first album. Their most recent album came out last fall on St. Louis-based garage rock label Big Muddy. They've also been touring with Exene Cervenka, formerly of X and the Knitters, as the current incarnation of her Original Sinners.

They're playing 8:00, Saturday at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin.

7 Shot Screamers - Love Always, Charlie
7 Shot Screamers - War Song

From CD Universe