Singer-songwriter Reeve Carney (above, performing “Truth” for Balcony TV, and, below, covering “Hallelujah”) grew up in the West Village equally interested in music and acting. So it’s as likely you’d know him for starring in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway or as Dorian Gray on Penny Dreadful as you would for touring as part of Jonny Lang’s band or fronting the L.A. quartet Carney, mixing pop and rock with what AllMusic calls “California psychedelia and Southern-styled stomp.” Last year, Carney—the man, not the band—put out his debut solo album, the pop- and blues-infused Youth Is Wasted (stream it below). And his North American tour in support of it brings him back to New York City to play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.
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Zane Carney – Mercury Lounge – June 30, 2016
Nothing like spending a sweet summer night with the very talented singer-songwriter and oh, so smooth guitarist Zane Carney. He’s known for his work with John Mayer, the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and the band Carney, alongside his brother, Reeve. Plus, his guitar work and songwriting skills have afforded him the opportunity to play with an enviable list of musicians.
As he went onstage last night at Mercury Lounge, the lights dimmed to an appropriately dusky fade. Carney played the intro to “You’re Not the One” and the crowd fell into silence, a shivers-down-the-spine moment. He spoke of a new, polished look, which was a recent haircut—beyond his musical skills, Carney had been most known for his long locks.
Playing material from his debut EP, Confluence, and a few new songs he hadn’t previously performed, Carney used various guitar pedals to make rhythmic loops while expertly wailing on his guitar and adding a touch of that D’Angelo neo soul. Flowing from one song into the next, he covered Johns Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” injecting his own sound while keeping the original’s bittersweet melancholy. And by the end of the night, Carney had won over everyone there with his passionate performance. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren
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Looking for something to do on Monday night? Craving some rock ‘n’ roll with a bluesy twist and cinematic explosions? Then you definitely should go check out Carney at The Bowery Ballroom on 7/25. Carney is a solid quartet consisting of Jon Epcar (drums), Aiden Moore (bass) with brothers Zane Carney (guitar) and Reeve Carney (vocals). The band, originally from Los Angeles, recently relocated to the Big Apple so that Reeve could star as the lead in the Broadway hit Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The group’s West Coast influence is definitely apparent in their breezy, carefree sound, which is meshed with a sort of sultry seduction.
It’s impossible to deny that these guys have some serious talent, making it no surprise that Interscope Records released their debut album, Mr. Green: Volume 1. “Love Me Chase Me” (played, above, at last year’s SXSW) the much talked about single, really showcases what these guys are all about: ripping guitars, sinister bass, heart-pounding percussion and a killer voice. Their songs have whimsy and a haunting feel to them that jumps back and forth between a lighthearted flirt as is portrayed in the crooning “Amelie” and a tantalizing drama such as “Nothing Without You.” Expect to see people decked out in Spider-Man suits and girls swooning at the sexiness that exudes from these dudes. But most important, look forward to an electric performance that is bound to totally rock and exceed your imagination. —Kristen Ferreira