LC Feature – October 2009: Kelli Rae Powell

Sometimes I think that Kelli Rae Powell has somehow stumbled out of America’s past, a bombshell torch singer with a ukulele… but then I listen to her lyrics and she reminds me that her mind is anything but old-fashioned. It’s a charming mixture of impressions, and added to it is a live performance that walks the line between technical beauty and unrestrained passion. It’s no wonder that we’re all excited for her CD release this fall. Make sure you come out on October 30th to experience Kelli Rae’s music for yourself.

Kelli Rae Powell CD Release Party

New Words for Old Lullabies

October 30th at Jalopy
315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

$10 cover
9pm M Shanghai String Band followed by Kelli Rae Powell

Read Kelli Rae Powell’s biography and upcoming news here kelliraepowellonesheet.

Photos by Emily Raw
Photos by Emily Raw

All photos by Emily Raw

LC Feature – September 2009: Andy Mac

Andy Mac is one of those people you want to hate, but have to love. Why would you want to hate Andy? Because he’s good at pretty much everything and it makes the rest of us a little jealous. It’s not enough that Andy writes infectious songs that you want to sing along to, he has to rub your face in it with his mad skills at vocals, guitar, piano, and drums. There’s probably more that I don’t even know about!

But seriously, we at Local Correspondents all have a lot of love for Andy who has been a longstanding member of this community and want to extend our congratulations on his upcoming CD, “Struggle Fantastic”.

Struggle Fantastic CD Release Show

Friday, October 16th at The Living Room

154 Ludlow St

New York, NY, 10002



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Fall 2009 CD Releases

Ready yourselves folks, it’s CD Release Season! There are some exciting releases to look forward to, plus the awesome parties that go along with them. So here’s a quick rundown with some of the highlights:

September 12, 2009

Danny Ross CD Release Party

“One Way”

St. Mark’s Cathedral, 8pm $12 admission – FaceBook Invite

September 19, 2009

Emily Easterly Single Release Party

Free copies of “The Only Two On Earth” (Side A)/ “Montreal” (Side B) with handmade sleeves!
The Living Room, 9pm free admission

October 8, 2009

Gillian Visco CD Release Party

Free CD to all who attend

Bar Matchless, 8pm

October 16, 2009

Andy Mac CD Release Party

“Struggle Fantastic”

The Living Room, 8pm

October 30, 2009

Kelli Rae Powell CD Release Party

“New Words for Old Lullabies”

Jalopy, 9pm – $10 Cover

November 13, 2009

Lucius CD Release

Joe’s Pub

November, 2009

Mike Gorman CD Release

Date and Venue to be announced

I will keep this list updated as I hear about more.

Danny Ross Presents ‘One Way’ Record Release Show

Saturday, September 12, 2009
8:00pm – 11:00pm
NYC’s Historic St. Mark’s Church
131 E 10 St.
New York, NY


Join Danny Ross and his 15 piece Band and Orchestra as they play the new album, “One Way” straight through in its entirety at New York’s historic St. Mark’s Church.

Saturday September 12, 8:00 PM
Danny Ross Presents ‘One Way’ Record Release Show
@ St. Mark’s Church (131 E 10th St. at 2nd Ave), NYC
All Ages, $12; Reuben Chess of Quintus Opening.
After-Party @ Solas, 131 E 9th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves.

Show will likely sell out, Limited Online Tickets Available (with free mp3):

FaceBook event:

Scott Krokoff

Official web page –
Scott Krokoff is an independent singer-songwriter from Queens, New York. Previously, he practiced as a tax attorney before recently taking the bold step to pursue his lifelong dream to be a musician. To make manifest his desire to leave his past behind and go for his dream, Scott called his debut CD, A Better Life, which features a diverse array of folk, pop and rock songs. Scott’s music is largely influenced by 60’s and 70’s singer-songwriters but draws from new influences and sounds as well. There is an obvious folk component to his sound, but not of the Kumbaya variety, rather one that has a pop/rock aspect to it. Scott calls this unique combination “rockier folk,” essentially combining the pop-rock sensibilities of John Mayer and the folksiness of James Taylor, and creating the kind of crossover appeal that is the hallmark of artists like Shania Twain. He has also been compared to the Gin Blossoms, Jack Johnson, and Paul Simon.

Jessica Kostek of concluded that

“[o]verall, A Better Life is a wonderful CD that will leave listeners full of anticipation for Krokoff’s second release.” Annie Reuter of You Sing, I Write, noted that A Better Life “can be easily kept on repeat all day long” and that “many of his songs could be easily heard on the radio.” She also remarked that “after giving A Better Life a close listen I’m glad Krokoff quit his day job to pursue his passion.” Similarly, Colin Meeks of Indie Launchpad concluded that A Better Life “is one of those albums, that you listen to and in the blink of an eye it’s over. This is a trait that marks a fine album.”

In February 2009, Scott’s song “A Better Life,” the title cut from Scott’s CD, placed Runner-Up in Mike Pinder’s SONGWARS songwriting competition. Mike Pinder is one of the founders of The Moody Blues and Scott was honored that one of his songs was selected.

A Better Life was also selected on January 29, 2009, as Single of the Day by blogger/musician Jody Whitesides on his blog, Scott’s music has also been featured recently on other blogs and podcasts, such as Vinny Bond’s Big Leather Couch blog and Earl Clifton’s Radio Podcast, and in June 2009, 3 of Scott’s songs placed on Japan’s PMN Hit Makers Podcast Weekly Top 5 Countdown.

Scott began his music career as a singer and songwriter in a band called Equinox, which had its beginnings in Binghamton, New York, and later became a frequent performer in the New York City scene during the 1990’s. However, like many others before him who tried to take the responsible and practical route, Scott completed law school while he was still a member of Equinox and began a promising career as a tax attorney with some of New York City’s largest and most prestigious firms. Scott never gave up his dream, though, and in February 2008, Scott resigned from his full-time law position to live his dream.

FilmFestival and BandBattle News

We are pleased to announce some of our favorite LC bands were chosen to be in NYC’s first Music Video Film Festival and Band Battle!

The Film Festival includes Lowry and Ivan & the Terribles

The Band Battle includes Dinosaur Feathers, No Lindsay, Sami Akbari, and The Courtesy Tier

Come cheer them on August 12, 2009 at 8pm. This will all be happening at Public Assembly.

Electric Eyes ~ CD Release Party!

Congratulations to Sheryl Cohen on the release of her new CD, “Electric Eyes.”

You are cordially invited to the CD release party for Electric Eyes
(Izzy Gold Records)

Please come and join Sheryl Cohen and the boys in the band for their debut show!

The Olivia Brown Project
featuring the music of Electric Eyes
Lounge/Electronica/Brazilian Music

Spike Hill in Williamsburg
Wednesday ~ August 5th
One Set

184 & 186 Bedford Avenue

L Train to Bedford

sheryl – voice/guitar
marcos vigio – guitar
pablo vergara – sounds, electronics
ben zwerin – bass, MD
yayo serka – drums

Following Cheryl’s set, Duck (of Dinosaur Feathers) will be performing at midnight!

Chris Cubeta and Bryan Dunn @ the Bowery Ballroom

Just want to encourage the community to check out a great show coming up featuring Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club, April Smith, and Bryan Dunn at the famed Bowery Ballroom. This is a not to be missed event coming up in August. Make sure you get your tickets in advance for $13. It’s $15 at the door if the show doesn’t sell out first. Don’t take chances though, get your tix now!

Saturday August 18th

Doors open at 7:00pm!

Contest: Music Video Film Festival and Band Battle!

LC is one of the sponsors of a great new contest from Silversound! Check out the event page on FaceBook.


New York’s 1st Music Video Film Festival
Band Battle
2 Events
1 Night


Finalists will be showcased LIVE August 12th, 09 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Band Battle:
~ GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a music video produced by Silver Sound worth over $10,000
~ HONORABLE MENTIONS receive discounted Silver Sound studio time and a copy of the professional recording program REAPER.

Music Video Film Festival:
GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives an array of goodies, including Silver Sound services on your next project*, a story written about you in a major publication (to yet be named), and your video featured prominently on major internet media sites.


Sponsored in part by:
Local Correspondents
Parlay Studios –
Panty Wall

*rules and regulations apply

Brooklyn Independent Music Community