Video Week: Live Music! pt 5

One of the things we’ve missed most during the pandemic is live music, and we suspect we’re not alone. Whether it was going to see a friend’s band, going to an open mic to listen and share, or just dropping by a bar that had reliably good acts and checking out what was going on, the lack of live music has left one of the bigger holes in our life. This week at S&W we’re dipping into our archives to celebrate some of the great live performances we’ve witnessed over the years.

Around the corner from the late great Spike Hill in Williamsburg lies a relatively new venue, Gran Torino. They picked up the Sidewalk Monday night open mic after Sidewalk Closed in 2019. The pandemic hit before it could get any kind of sustained momentum, but we were still lucky enough to be in the audience for this great performance by Prewar Yardsale.

Prewar Yardsale always makes us think of that Mark E Smith quote: “If it’s just me and your granny on bongos, it’s the Fall” Well – Prewar has a bucket, not bongos, but it’s no less punk, and proof that it’s not more instruments that make songs sound good. With just a guitar and a bucket, Prewar Yardsale creates songs and shows as alive and fully realized as any traditional “full” band setups. Here we feature a new song of theirs, at least it was new at the time.

Video Week: Live Music! pt 4

One of the things we’ve missed most during the pandemic is live music, and we suspect we’re not alone. Whether it was going to see a friend’s band, going to an open mic to listen and share, or just dropping by a bar that had reliably good acts and checking out what was going on, the lack of live music has left one of the bigger holes in our life. This week at S&W we’re dipping into our archives to celebrate some of the great live performances we’ve witnessed over the years.

Pete’s Candy Store is another great venue, a thimble sized room as off the beaten path as you can get in Williamsburg, which has been home to many many great shows over the years. We’ve done the open mic, we’ve done a record release there, and we were also fortunate enough to share a bill with the songwriter James Bannon, whose contemplative virtuosity never fails to leave us breathless. Here’s a great cut from that show, the stinging “All Teeth”.

Video Week: Live Music! pt 3

One of the things we’ve missed most during the pandemic is live music, and we suspect we’re not alone. Whether it was going to see a friend’s band, going to an open mic to listen and share, or just dropping by a bar that had reliably good acts and checking out what was going on, the lack of live music has left one of the bigger holes in our life. This week at S&W we’re dipping into our archives to celebrate some of the great live performances we’ve witnessed over the years.

The late great Sidewalk CafĂ© certainly deserves its own painstakingly researched tome someday, but suffice to say that in its day it was the type of space that is quickly becoming a memory here in NYC: a late night venue with live music every day, where anyone could get on stage and do anything, and you wouldn’t get kicked out for not having any money. A true community. When we talk of spaces where you peek your head in late at night to find an incredible band blowing the mind of all three people in the audience, that’s the kind of magic you found at Sidewalk. You also found lovingly curated bills featuring packed rooms and bands you never heard of but were perfect for the space: and one night we wandered in to see a friends’ band but ended up being blown away by this incredible performance by Miwa Gemini instead.

Video Week: Live Music! pt 2

One of the things we’ve missed most during the pandemic is live music, and we suspect we’re not alone. Whether it was going to see a friend’s band, going to an open mic to listen and share, or just dropping by a bar that had reliably good acts and checking out what was going on, the lack of live music has left one of the bigger holes in our life. This week at S&W we’re dipping into our archives to celebrate some of the great live performances we’ve witnessed over the years.

Up today is one of our absolute favorites in the NYC songwriter scene, St Lenox. With an absolute tank of a voice and thought provoking lyrics delivered with super creative phrasings, St Lenox is a truly unique artist and one of the city’s true gems. Here we share a performance of his song Thurgood Marshall, which is almost certainly the best song about a Supreme Court Justice ever written

Video Week: Live Music! pt 1

One of the things we’ve missed most during the pandemic is live music, and we suspect we’re not alone. Whether it was going to see a friend’s band, going to an open mic to listen and share, or just dropping by a bar that had reliably good acts and checking out what was going on, the lack of live music has left one of the bigger holes in our life. This week at S&W we’re dipping into our archives to celebrate some of the great live performances we’ve witnessed over the years.

First up is Flying Pace, a band we saw at the great Footlight bar and music venue. We were there early for la sudar’s EP release but ended up sticking around for most of the afternoon and caught this great band having their record release / swan song show! Too bad really, we enjoyed their dreamy pop sensibilities, especially this song, Pollen. One of the great joys in life is seeing a band at random and ending up loving the show, and though Flying Pace may be no more, we’ll always be grateful for this experience.