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photo: Rachael Pazdan at The Hum in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Rachael Pazdan, who started her own concert promotion company called Hyponocraft, has been a fixture in the NYC music scene for a while. Her most notable endeavors include starting The Hum music series, which just wrapped up its October installment (check out pictures), and At The Inn (ditto). Both of those series took place at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave), the same venue that Rachael has just been named the new booker of (or "talent buyer" as they say in the biz).

The Hypnocraft-presented shows begin this month, and it looks like she already has some cool stuff coming up. On Sunday (11/8) there's a Stevie Wonder tribute with EMEFE, Kendra Morris and more; a show with Ryan Seaton, Indigo Street + Shahzad Ismaily and more on Nov 16; one with Joan As Police Woman on Nov 18; a Nina Simone tribute on Nov 22 with Nick Hakim, Xenia Rubinos and more; and an Invisible Familiars show on Nov 23 with Superhuman Happiness. Show posters for the November calendar and most of those individual shows can be found below.

Rachael's new position should continue to bring many talented women to Manhattan Inn, which was something 'The Hum' specifically focused on. As she told Brightest Young Things, "I started seeing concerts almost every night of the week and realized there was a huge gender gap in the live music scene. It was the reverse gender gap that existed in dance. As a woman, I think I was curious about that and why it existed. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to see a night of all women musicians." Mashable put out a mini-doc on The Hum this week. it talks about how it began and the impact it's had. You can watch that below.

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by Amanda Hatfield

The Hum
The Hum
The Hum

The fourth and final installment of the October edition of The Hum at Manhattan Inn happened last night. Like at the other Hum shows, it brought together musicians from various corners of the music world for unique collaborations. The venue was packed all night, with the crowd spilling out of the showroom into the hall and sitting on the floor rows deep. Rachael Pazdan, who puts the series together, said it was the most packed she'd seen it.

The first act was a trio with violinist Jeanann Dara, singer Katie Von Schleicher (of Wilder Maker) and Rose Blansnei (of Prima). They sounded like they should be a band themselves, and I would certainly listen if they were. They combined violin, guitar squeals and piano with Katie and Rose both doing vocals at times. Also billed for this one was Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive and who we caught handling Grace Slick's parts for Hot Tuna's Jefferson Airplane at at Lockn') but she didn't end up playing.

The second trio was Alisha Roney (of Feathers+Eyes), Amy Leon and Bridget Kearney (of Lake Street Dive). Amy did this spoken word piece riffing on the futility of trying to help someone get out of an abusive relationship that was incredibly moving, over really excellent backing by the other two. Amy and Alisha also sang, together and solo, with Bridget trading off between guitar and piano.

The third and last act of the evening was a duo, guitar great Kaki King and Kiran Gandhi (of Madams Gandhi). Their set was mostly entirely instrumental, until Kiran led the crowd in a two part overlapping rhythmic vocal chant that she then beatboxed over. Kaki and Kiran also played drums together at one point.

Kaki King is also part of the just-announced initial lineup for Winter Jazzfest 2016. More pictures of The Hum below...

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photos by David Andrako

Nicole Atkins
Manhattan Vampires Club

Manhattan Inn's new free At the Inn concert series continued on Monday (7/13) with a tribute to John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Alice Cooper. Performers for the night included Nicole Atkins, ex-Yellowbirds singer Sam Cohen, Delicate Steve/Saint Rich's Christian Peslak, funk band EMEFE, indie pop band TEEN, and a house band. They took turns paying tribute to the three legends, playing Lennon's "Jealous Guy," "I'm So Tired," "I Dig a Pony" and more; Nilsson's "Coconut," "One," "Gotta Get Up," "Without Her" and more; and Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Only Women Bleed."

You can check out more pictures and the full setlist below

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Cassandra Jenkins

From the organization [Hypnocraft] that curated the collaboration series THE HUM comes AT THE INN -- an ongoing residency at Manhattan Inn, taking place this June through September on [mostly] the second Monday of each month. AT THE INN will explore the best of Brooklyn's music community in-the-round, and all performances will be free and open to the public.

HYPNOCRAFT has a serious fascination with the creative intersections in both the collaborative process and multi-disciplinary performances. Productions are primarily commission-based, working with artists of various disciplines with a focus on music, dance, film, and video art. HYPNOCRAFT's mission is to connect an eclectic scope of artists working in different mediums; serve as a platform for creative collaboration; bring audiences a whole new performance experience.

As the above quote points out, the people who brought you The Hum will begin a new series of free shows at Manhattan Inn in June. The first one happens Monday, June 8 with Pavo Pavo, Alpenglow, Cassandra Jenkins and My Bubba. It starts at 8:30 PM.

Pavo Pavo, who used to be called Plume Giant, recently put out a new single "Ran Ran Run," which precedes their album, Young Narrator In The Breakers (release date TBA). The band shares members with San Fermin and Sam Cohen's backing band, and some have collaborated with Dave Longstreth and Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic. You can hear that single below.

Alpenglow, whose 2014 EP we wrote about here, also play a NYC show on Saturday (5/30) at Mercury Lounge with All Forces, Steady Sun and Toebow (tickets).

Cassandra Jenkins, who sometimes plays with Eleanor Friedberger, also played one of the installments of The Hum this past April which we posted pictures of. She recently recorded a cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" with Delicate Steve which you can hear below.

Flyer for the first installment of At The Inn, also below...

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The Shrines at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

As mentioned, King Khan will be in NYC when he and his band The Shrines bring their tour with Red Mass to LPR on Friday (6/6) (tickets) and MHOW on Saturday (6/7) (tickets). After that, he and the Shrines will be sticking around for a FREE show at Manhattan Inn on Monday (6/9) with DJ Jonathan Toubin. Manhattan Inn is tiny, that should be a crazy show. Also a late one, starting at 10 PM.

UPDATE: The band and some of their representatives tell us that, despite what Manhattan Inn is listing, King Khan and the Shrines will NOT be playing there.

King Khan will be back in NYC this fall when his band the BBQ show tours with Black Lips.

The same night as King Khan's free-or-not-happening Manhattan Inn show, folk legend Ed Askew plays a free early show (7 PM) with Abhay Singh. Later int he month, Ed hits the stage in NYC again on June 23 at Cake Shop with Opal Onyx and George Sand. Also Monday: King Khan's current tourmates Red Mass play The Flat.

Sooner than that, The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser plays Manhattan Inn too.


The 5-day RadioLoveFest festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is underway as we speak with radio-related events each night though June 8. Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen takes part in a live edition of Soundcheck on Saturday (6/7) along with comedian Wyatt Cenac and San Fermin. Tickets for that event are still available.

One night earlier, this Friday (tomorrow, 6/6), you can get up close and personal with Hamilton at Manhattan Inn (in Brooklyn). Details in the flyer above.

Later in June, Mr. Leithauser leaves on a tour of North America in support of his new solo LP. All dates, some of which are supporting Ray LaMontagne, are listed below...

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Satomi w/ Deerhoof at Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 (more by David Andrako)

Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) is continuing to host its free concert series this summer, and there's a couple interesting shows coming up, including former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist (and Loser's Lounge bandleader) Joe Mcginty doing his weekly piano karaoke tonight (7/2).

Another upcoming show is Sky White Tiger, the collective led by former Polyphonic Spree member Louis Schwadron, who has also worked with Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Radiohead, and Elton John. They play this Wednesday (7/3) at 10 PM.

On July 7, former Shivers member/current Phosphorescent member Jo Schornikow will play a solo set at 9:30 PM.

And on July 14, Satomi from Deerhoof and Saya from Tenniscoats will play a collaborative set as Oneone, and support comes from Brooklyn indie rockers Celestial Shore.

Check out the full lineup at Manhattan Inn's site.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Villagers @ Manhattan Inn

Irish indie folkies Villagers (the project led by Conor O'Brien) will be in NYC on June 11 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets go on sale today [4/12] at noon). But last night (4/11) Conor stopped in NYC by himself for a BrooklynVegan-presented solo show at the very intimate (as you can see from the picture above) Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint. Below the room's skylight in the center of the room, he did a 9-song set with material from the new Villagers album, {Awayland}, and their 2010 debut, Becoming a Jackal. It really is a lovely place to see a show like this.

More pictures from the show below...

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Patrick Watson

Montreal's Patrick Watson is opening for Andrew Bird on his current tour which hits NYC Friday night (5/4) at Beacon Theatre. (Tift Merrit is opening the Saturday 5/5 show at the same venue.) If you can't make the Friday show or want to see Watson again, he's playing a free show at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn on Saturday. Doors are at 4:30PM and the show is at 5PM.

The Manhattan Inn show is a release party for his new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard which was released this week, his first for Domino Records. You can stream it on Spotify and watch the video for "Into Giants" below.

After his tour with Andrew Bird wraps up, Watson will go on a headlining tour of the Midwest and West Coast. All tour dates are below.

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Delta Spirit

BrooklynVegan and Brooklyn Brewery present a day of festivities with Delta Spirit on February 25th, in honor of the band's new self-titled album which is out via Rounder Records on March 13.

Beginning at 3pm, Delta Spirit will invade 3 bars in Williamsburg and Greenpoint to play select tracks from their new album. By the 3rd stop, fans will have heard the album for the first time in its entirety. They will then finish up with an invite/contest-winner-only, intimate, live show at Public Assembly at 6:45pm (see details below on how to win tickets to this show).
To be more specific, the party will look a little something like this:

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Manhattan Inn

Manhattan Inn Piano Bar & Restaurant (632 Manhattan Ave at Bedford Ave in Brooklyn) continues presenting free music all summmer. Upcoming shows include James Chance, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Aaron Pfenning, The Shivers, Only Son, Miguel Mendez & more. Full Summer 2011 schedule below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Sir Richard Bishop @ MHOW 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Sir Richard Bishop

No Wave icon James Chance will be sitting behind the piano at Greenpoint/Williamsburg bar Manhattan Inn (a hangout recently described as "Pitchfork come to life") on Sunday, June 27th, from 8-11pm. He'll be playing "original piano compositions...for the first time ever solo on a grand piano" though that could hew closer to jazz standard than free jazz punk. Entry is free; you'll probably have to get there early to get a table (and order a few drinks).

Sort of in the same vein, worldly guitarist Sir Richard Bishop will be playing every Monday night in July (5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th) at Zebulon. Bishop brought his Freak Of Araby Ensemble to Music Hall of Williamsburg and Studio at Webster Hall on their tour last summer.

The James Chance flyer is below...

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