Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Return to Mercury Lounge

Portland-based Rockabilly Band, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Return to Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.

Bob Mould Comes to the Bowery Ballroom

Bob Mould with bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verbow) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats). They’ll be at the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, Feb. 26th and Weds., Feb. 27th.

Old-school punk and alternative rock pioneer Bob Mould is celebrating his influential career with his latest album, Silver Age. In a return to what’s been coined “aggressive pop,” the album came together after a series of electric solo dates in 2011 supporting the Foo Fighters. From the hardcore punk sounds of Hüsker Dü (1979-87) that later turned into what helped define the sound of “alt-rock” through the band Sugar (1992-95), to his many successful solo endeavors, it’s hard to ignore Mould as someone who has heavily influenced generations of rock stars.

Arts Watch: NYC’s New Music Festival comes to the LES

There is a new music festival in town this week, and it looks like a good one. The inaugural NYC New Music Festival (NYCNMF) is bringing over 150 acts to 24 stages for five days, many of them right here in the LES, including Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancey, Nuyorican Poets Café, and Tammany Hall, which is hosting the festival’s Meet & Greet Party on the 28th.

Presented by the Songwriters Showcases of America, an organization that was founded in 1999 to create performance opportunities for original music artists, NYCNMF features mostly local and regional indie bands and songwriters. Musical styles cover just about every genre: rock, folk, blues, pop, jazz, country, hip hop and more.

Ken’s Music Pick: The Kernal at Rockwood Music Hall

The Kernal

Is Joe Garner The Kernal, or is The Kernal Joe Garner? Truth be told, they cannot be separated.  They’re critical to each other’s existence.

If they were parts of one soulful, music-makin’ body, you could maybe view Joe as the head, and the Kernal as the guts. Or Joe as the heart, and the Kernal as the muscle. All together, they look damn sharp in a red suit. And for the last two years, all these parts have worked together to pump out a fantastic set of country-ish songs that would ultimately become the Kernal’s “HelloFarewell.”

Ken’s Music Pick: Jody Mulgrew at the Living Room

Jody Mulgrew

West Coast songwriter Jody Mulgrew originally began building his musical foundation as a formally trained vocalist, performing with several respected jazz and classical ensembles across the country. Eventually however, Mulgrew fell for the dusty dance hall sounds of American Country and Rhythm & Blues.

Jody Mulgrew

Right outa the gate, Mulgrew began to cause a stir. His first independent venture, the duo The Johnny Starlings with Yohei Shikano, yielded an E.P., a full length album, and a song, “Slow-Dance,” featured on the nationally syndicated radio program A Prairie Home Companion.

Now, as a solo artist, Jody released his own debut album “Rocket Ship” in the fall of last year. While still very much steeped in the traditions of Americana and Country with the likes of “My Love Won’t Reach” & “Rocket Ship,” the album also steps beyond that circle a bit, with songs like “California Time,” that are more contemporary in their sound and context.