Frequent updates continuing through the month, with a brand-new calendarcoming April 1: you might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez exploring the delicious minutiae of Beethoven piano sonatas on Apr 24 and May 15, plus Saturdays – Mar 15, Apr 12, May 10 and 31. Each program features a sonata that sheds fresh light on beats and barlines! email for info/location.
Opening 3/13 and running through 3/30, Wednesday-Saturday (and Mondays) at 8:30 PM and Sundays at 4 PM, Renee Philippi’s play Alone in Triptych with Vera Beren, Catherine Porter and Michael Tomlinson “is an alternately thrilling, disturbing and darkly humorous play that investigates the hidden connections between three people linked by their aloneness. On their journeys of self-discovery, mythology collides with the modern world to reveal a universe filled with vivid imaginary, haunting music and a heightened poetic language. Emotional, vivid and hauntingly lyrical, this exploration of isolation and connection promises to be an evening of intense, intimate revelations.” With music by Vera Beren. At Here, 145 6th Ave (enter on Dominick St one block south of Spring), $18/$15 stud/srs
Mondays in March, 7 PM the Grand Street Stompers play hot oldtimey swing and dixieland at Arthur’s Tavern on Grove St. just west of 7th Ave. South.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at Rodeo Bar, 9ish it’s Country Karaoke with Boo and Elena from Demolition String Band and their vast repertoire of classic honkytonk, bluegrass and vintage C&W, free
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:15 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’sreliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.
Mondays in March (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Mondays in March, 9:30ish killer guitarist Boo and mandolinist Elena from Demolition String Band host country karaoke at Rodeo Bar. Live band, wild things happening.
Mondays in March, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!
Also Mondays in March Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in March clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Tuesdays in April, 11 PM the exhilarating NY Gypsy All-Stars – with pyrotechnic yet soulful clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski – at Drom, $10
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Wednesdays in April, 8ish glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young at Bowey Electric, $10
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in March, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Wednesdays in March, 10 PM creepy, lurid noir cabaret duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris from Kotorino and Elia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Pete’s.
Thursdays 4/10 through 5/1 at 1 PM up-and-coming chamber group Ensemble ACJW plays a mix of standard repertoire and 20th/21st century works at Trinity Church, free, click here and scroll down for the full schedule
Thursdays at 7:30 PM powerhouse Afro-latin drummer Robby Ameen leads his quartet with Bobby Franceschini on sax, Edsel Gomez on piano, Lincoln Goines on bass at Saleya Tribeca, 65 W Broadway btw Murray & Warren
Thursdays and Fridays in March Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free. Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money) December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme. Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.
Fridays at 5 PM in March, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.
Fridays in March at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in March, 6 PM sultry, badass resonator guitarist/oldime blues/C&W reinventor/chanteuse Mamie Minch (of the Roulette Sisters) at Barbes
Saturdays in March at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in May 4 PM keyboardist Michael Hearst’s five-piece band Songs for Unusual Creatures at Barbes, brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” at Barbes
Saturdays in April, 6 PM eclectic cellist/bandleader Marika Hughes at Barbes. Good singer, strong and funky songwriter, thoughtful lyricist, and as a cellist she’s got all kinds of technique you wouldn’t expect. An inspiration to low-register string players of all sorts.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Three Sundays in April: 4/6, 4/13 and 4/27, 3:30 PM Mary Ann Stewart, soprano and Emir Gamsizoglu, piano perform a Schubertiade at CaffeVivaldi
Sundays at 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg. They’re also at Rodeo Bar at 10ish on 3/27
Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in April, 8/11 PM visionary pianist/bandleader Arturo O’Farrill‘s spectacular, intense Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland
Sundays in March, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
Sundays in March at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.
Sundays in March long-running 90s style dancehall reggae band the Skadanks - veterans of a gazillion Marijuana Marches – at Drom, $10.
Opening 4/9 and continuing 4/12, 4/16, 4/23, and 4/26 at 8 PM plus 4/13 at 2 PM, 4/19 at 10 PM, 4/24 at 7 PM, Easy Leap Theatre Company presents Hearts of Gold, from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 & 2. Directed by Emma Rosa Went, the venue becomes the Boar’s Head Tavern, where the heir to the throne hides from her future and her father with the help of the carefree and occasionally criminal Sir John Falstaff. But war is brewing, the King’s grasp on power is slipping, and responsibility is waiting just outside the door.” At the Cellar at the West End (107th and Broadway), free with a $15 food/drink min.
3/1, 4 PM pianist Emir Gamsizoglu plays a Chopin program at Caffe Vivaldi, other Chopin devotees welcome to do their fave pieces.
3/1, 8 PM oud virtuoso Kinan Adnawi plays the album release show for his new solo cd at Alwan for the Arts, $20
3/1, 8 PM legendary oud/violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen and Lebanese chanteuse Rima Khcheich perform new and classic Middle Eastern works at Roulette, $30
3/1, 8 PM intense, lyrical alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon leads his quartet at the Miller Theatre, $30.
3/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s kicks off at 9 with the trad Chillers, at 10 the self-explanatory Bongo Surf , the bluesy Matt Rae Trio at 11, the excellent southwestern gothic/spaghetti western Derangers at midnight and sometime past one in the morning, Band of Tribes.
3/1, 9 PM fearlessly funny Williamsburg punk rock vets the Live Ones at the Gutter Bowling Alley in Williamsburg
3/1, 9/10:30 PM lyrical, ceaselessy surprising pianist Kris Davis leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/1, 10 PM Philly black punk legends McRad at Grand Victory, $10
3/1, 10 PM the Synthetic Blues play punky chamber pop at Dixon Place Theatre, free. They’re also at Goodbye Blue Monday on 3/14 at 8ish.
3/1, 10 PM charming female-fronted neo-honkytonk/acoustic C&W band the Emersonsat Arlene’s, $10
3/1, 11 PM irrepressible, hilarious cowpunk/honkytonk spoofers Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Hank’s where all hell originally broke loose when they got started.
3/1, 11 PM Florida band Roadkill Ghost Choir – who play a more rocking take on haunting Nashville gothic sounds – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec
3/2, 3 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays the Grieg Piano Concerto plus Sibelius’ Spring Song and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.
3/2, 4 PM Mala Punica perform motets by the intricate 14th-century Franco-Flemish composer Johannes Ciconia at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., $10 tix avail.
3/2, 4 PM violinist Akiko Kobayashi and pianist Eric Siepkes perform works from Beethoven to Bartok at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/2, 7:30 PM bassist Patrick Derivaz and violinist Cornelius Dufallo join with violist Martha Mooke for a set of atmospheric soundscapes at Spectrum, $15
3/2,9ish rich, vocal harmony-driven bluegrass with the NYCity Slickers at Rodeo Bar
3/3, 7:30 PM pianist Orli Shaham plays the album release show for her new one American Grace featuring Steven Mackey’s Piano Concerto; pianist Jon Kimura Parker also joins Shaham for a performance of John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction for two pianos at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
3/3, 7:30 PM the deviously improvisational, edgy Uri Caine on piano with Mark Helias on bass , Clarence Penn on drums at Smalls
3/3, 8 PM amazingly authentic, funny, retro 20s Weimar blues and noir cabaret revivalist Max Raabe & Palast Orchester,celebrating the release of their new album, Golden Age at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $10 nosebleed seats avail.
3/3,8 PM bassist Shayna Dulberger leads a quartet with Yoni Kretzmer, Chris Welcome & Mike Pride at Roulette, $20
3/4, 6 PM Ekmeles sing contemporary choral works by Peter Ablinger, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, Evan Johnson and Thanasis Deligiannis at the Miller Theatre, free, drinks at 5:30 PM
3/4, 7:30 PM magical, hypnotic klezmer jazz group Siach Hasadeh - who put a haunting new improvisational spin on ancient hasidic melodies – at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., $15. They’re also at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene at 8 on 3/5 followed at 9 by the more boisterous Breslov Bar Band. Siach Hasadeh are also at Silvana, 300 W. 116th St at 8 on 3/6.
3/4, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble plays new works by Austrian composers Bernhard Gander, Pierluigi Billone and Olga Neuwirth at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.The program repeats on 3/7 at 8 PM at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.
3/4, 8 PM George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars playing all their classics at B.B. King’s, $37.50 adv tix a must
3/4-9 International Contemporary Ensemble plays music of many composers at the Stone, sets at 8/10 PM, $15. Choice pick: 3/5 at 8 with the like-minded, badass Bridget Kibbey (harp) and James Austin Smith (oboe).
3/4-9 ageless jazz piano purist Barry Harris leads a trio with Ray Drummond and Leroy Williams at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
3/7, 9 PM eclectic, pensive, groove-driven cello soul and jazz with Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at BAM Cafe, free
3/4, 9 PM tuneful incisive piano jazz with Matt Mitchell leading a trio with Chris Tordini on bass and Dan Weiss on drums followed at 10:30 by the similarly tuneful Sebastien Ammann/Jacob Tiechroew Quartet at Korzo
3/4, 9:30 PM creepy improvisational female-fronted art-song smashers Dollshot at Shapeshifter Lab playing new material inspired by Lionel Feininger, Clarice Lispector, and Franz Schubert. $10.
3/5, 6 PM Tomoko Sugawara on Japanese kugo harp with lutenist August Denhard at the Rubin Museum of Art, free
3/5, 7 PM clarinetist George Stoffan and pianist Mary Siciliano play music by Czech composers including Ondrej Kukal, Zdenek Fibich, Jan Kalivoda, Otmar Macha, Leopold Kozeluch, and Antonin Dvorak, free, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free.
3/5, 8:30 PM intense, tuneful, pan-American pianist Carolina Calvache leads a quartet with Tivon Pennicott , tenor sax; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; E J Strickland, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/5, 9 PM the intriguing guitar-driven Coyote Anderson Quartet play their original vocal jazz compositions at Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry St (at Orange), downtown Brooklyn, free.
3/5, 9:30 PM the eight-piece NY Mandolin Ensemble play new works by ensemble members at Spectrum, $15
3/5, 11 PM tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.), free. They’re also at Rodeo Bar on 3/12 at 9:30ish
3/6, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianist Kate Liu plays works by Haydn, Leon Kirchner, Chopin, and a US premiere by the politically controversial Hans Werner Henze, Scorribanda Pianistica, at Subculture.
3/6, 7:30 PM Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years: two dozen Buddhist priests in colorful robes sing ancient Japanese chants at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 51st/Park Ave., $30.
3/6, 7:30 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Russ Lossing plays two sets with two different, first-class rhythm sections at Spectrum, $15
3/6, 8 PM deviously witty literate keyboardist/accordionist Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.
3/6, 8 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Caffe Vivaldi
3/6, 8 PM dark psychedelic/Americana/indie songwriter Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15.
3/6, 8 PM high-energy newgrass/alt-country band North of Nashville at the small room at the Rockwood.
3/6, 8 PM legendary avant garde improvisational organist Charlemagne Palestine in concert at Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks St., downtown Brooklyn, $25
3/6, 9 PM noir and lurid Americana: powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at at Rèst Âü Ránt, 30-01 35th Ave. in Astoria; 3/7 he’s at Pete’s at 9.
3/6, 10 PM subversive chanteuse and woman of a million voices Tammy Faye Starlite and the Stay-At-Homes play devastatingly sludgy, spot-on Runaways covers, plus author Evelyn McDonnell reads from her truly tragic Runaways bio at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec
3/6, 10 PM purist oldschool Chicago blues guitarist John Primer and his band at Terra Blues
3/6, 10 PM tuneful psychedelic North Carolina funk/jamband Bubonik Funk at Spike Hill
3/7, 5:30 PM intense Bulgarian band Cherven Traktor at the the American Folk Art Museum.
3/7, 7 PM it’s the annual NYC Battle of the Bands with the Queens contingent at the Greene Space. This blog’s pick of the contestants this time out is irresistibly fun psychedelic cumbia band Moneco. $15 cover includes a free beer or wine; $30 gets you open wine/beer bar!
3/7, 7:30 PM pianist Tadeusz Domanowski plays works by Byrd, Ravel, Liszt, Berg and Stockhausen at Spectrum, $15
3/7, 7:30 PM rising star classical guitarist Rupert Boyd plays a program TBA at Subculture, $10
3/7, 8 PM eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes leads a quartet at Barbes followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who are sort of a sextet.
3/7 at 8 PM, repeating on 3/9 at 4 PM Eleonor Bindman & Susan Sobolewski play Bach for the keyboard: inventions, English Suites, the opening of St. Matthew’s Passion, reception to follow at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs.
3/7, 9 PM second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas – still one of NYC’s funnest live acts – at SOB’s, $22 adv tix rec. They’re also here on 3/9, same time.
3/7, 9 PM mesmerizing, soaring, intense art-rock pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
3/7, 9 PM eclectic, pensive, groove-driven cello soul and jazz with Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at BAM Cafe, free
3/7, 9:30 fiery Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita at Drom followed by brilliant, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart and Django-inspired two-guitar trio Jazzingaro, $10.
3/7, 9:30 PM intense, politically aware, tuneful acoustic rocker Niall Connolly at the big room at the Rockwood.
3/7, 10 PM intense powerhouse Mulatu Astatke style Ethiopian funksters Feedel Band at Silvana, free; 3/8 they’re at Drom at 9 PM, $10
3/7, 10:30 PM the Dave Gibson /Jared Gold B3 organ Quintet preceded at 9 by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Fat Cat.
3/8, 7 PM the Four Nations Ensemble: Andrew Appel (harpsichord and clavichord), Tatiana Chulochnikova (violin), Antonio Campillo (traverso), Loretta O’Sullivan (cello), Josh Lee (viola da gamba), and James H. Johnson (author of Listening in Paris) celebrate the 18th century’s most underrated composer, scholar and lunatic, CPE Bach at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E 61st St, $35, reception to follow
3/8, 7:15 PM wild, minor-key klezmer/reggae/New Orleans jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 3/22
3/8, 8 PM acclaimed directorless British choir Stile Antico sing classic Tudor harmony at Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th Street), $35.
3/8, 8:30 PM lurid, sometimes menacing female-fronted powerpop/neo-glam band Frealane at the Spin ping-pong hall, 48 E 23rd St; they’re at Trash on 3/11 at 9
3/8, 9 PM a sneak peak at this year’s upcoming Brooklyn Folk Festival with a triplebill starting at 9 with Wyndham Baird followed by Piedmont Bluz and then ecstatic 19th century/ragtime/country gospel/hokum revivalists the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy, $10
3/8, 9:30ish Florida circus rock band Askultura – “the grizzled bastard hellchild of Manu Chao and Gogol Bordello” – at Mehanata.
3/8, 10 PM intense, hard-driving Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart followed by equally ferocious Balkan/New Orleans brass band Black Masala at Spike Hill, $7.
3/9, 2 and 7 PM pyrotechnic organist Cameron Carpenter plays dazzling arrangements of Leonard Cohen, Patsy Cline and others at Alice Tully Hall.
3/9, 3 PM pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas plays the album release show for his solo debut “Among Songs and Dances,” works by Samuel Zyman, Manuel M. Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Schubert, Johann S. Bach, José Pablo Moncayo and Ricardo Castro, free, in the Benay Benuta Hall at Lighthouse Guild, 111 E 59th St,
3/9, 3 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali at Subculture, $10
3/9, 4 PM pianist Sofya Melikyan and cellist Karen Ouzounian, perform Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Janácek’s Pohádka (Fairy Tale) and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/9, 7 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group and then NYC’s funnest live band, Peruvian style surf rockers Chicha Libre at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
3/9, 7 PM haunting atmospheric cellist/composer Brent Arnold solo electroacoustic at the big room at the Rockwood $5
3/9, 7 PM St. Louis first-wave punk legend Wolf Roxon (ex-Moldy Dogs, Metros and Walkie Talkie) at Sidewalk.
3/9, 7:30 PM eclectic boleo/tango/copla/Romany band La Canalla at Drom, $20
3/9, percussionist Jaimeo Brown‘s haunting reinvention of classic African-American spirituals, Transcendence featuring guitarist Chris Sholar & alto powerhouse Jaleel Shaw at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
3/9 8 PM ageless psychedelic oldschool downtown groove/reggae/punk-inspired CB’s era legends Faith at Arlene’s
3/9, 8 PM the pyrotechnic, deviously entertaining Peter Evans on trumpet with pianists Ron Stabinsky and Cory Smythe – one assumes at the same time – at the Firehouse Space
3/9, 11ish intense heavy psychedelic/early indie style/metal band Eidetic Seeing at the Acheron, $8
3/10, 7:30 PM cellist Jay Campbell plays recent works for cello, piano and percussion by David Fulmer, Simon Steen-Andersen, and Matthias Pintscher, bookended by music of Debussy and Stravinsky at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.
3/10, 7;30 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern’s Reflections Series celebrate the music of Mendelssohn at the World School, 259 10th Ave, $35/$15 stud. All tix from the rescheduled 2/13 date will be honored
3/10, 7:30 PM pianist Xiayin Wang plays a new Richard Danielpour work plus piano sonatas by Haydn and Rachmaninoff and then closes with a two-piano version of Ravel’s “La Valse” at Alice Tully Hall
3/10, 8 PM eclectic piano genius Shoko Nagai‘s Taken Shadows – with Todd Reynolds, violin;Jonathan Goldberger, guitar & effects;Stomu Takeishi, electric bass; Jim Black, drums – taking their inspiration from demonic possession at Roulette, $20.
3/10, 8 PM the Irish Baroque Orchestra, led by violinist Monica Huggett with special guests Siobhan Armstrong (Irish harp) and Peter Whelan (bassoon) evoke an 18th century Dublin ambience with rare pieces by Pepusch, Geminiani, Carolan and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail.
3/10, 9 PM smart, pensive third-stream jazz trombonist Natalie Cressman leads her band at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St. around the corner), $10 plus 2-drink min.
3/10, 9ish the 17-piece Neal Kirkwood Big Band play musical explorations of Rumi, Kerouac and others at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
3/10, 9:30 PM Americana chanteuse Shannon McNally plays songs from her Dr. John collaboration and homage to New Orleans soul legend Bobby Charles, Small Town Talk, at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec
3/10, 10 PM haunting, wickedly literate, lurid noir chanteuse Karla Moheno followed at 11 by popular newgrass band Poor Old Shine at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.
3/10, 10:30 PM guitarist Nir Felder plays the cd release concert for his new one Golden Age with Aaron Parks – piano, Orlando le Fleming – bass and Nate Smith – drums at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
3/11, 7 PM resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and Roulette Sisters violist Karen Waltuch followed by Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
3/11, 7:30 PM Alex Kontorovich’s German Goldenshteyn Memorial Orchestra with special guest Naum Goldenshteyn at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.
3/11, 7:30 PM Turkish pianist Seda Röder performs from her new album Black and White Statements: the Austrian Sound of Piano Today, 12 Austrian miniatures for piano, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.
3/11, reception at 7:30, show at 8 PM a new concert-drama by Classical4All feat. Emir Gamsizoglu (piano), Melanie Long (Mezzo Soprano) and the New Yorker Trio: Emir Gamsizoglu (piano); Yigit Karatas (violin); Anastasia Golenisheva (cello) plus a cast including Ege Maltepe, Rafael Svarin, E. Macha Marrero, Charlotte Friedman at 4thU Society, 160 CPW (corner of 76th St), $20
3/11, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse lyrical postbop saxophonist/composer Noah Preminger teams up with an all-star quartet featuring pianist Fred Hersch, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Rudy Royston at the Jazz Standard.
3/11, 8 PM devious 17-piece all-female accordion ensemble the Main Squeeze Orchestra at the big room at the Rockwood. Their Michael Jackson, Queen and Joy Division covers are hysterical.
3/11, 8 PM a screening of the documentary Harlem Street Singer about Rev. Gary Davis at the IFC Center, 6th Ave./W 3rd St
3/11, 8 PM Canadian indie classical pioneers Aventa Ensemble play the the New York premiere of Rolf Wallin’s multimedia commentary on child soldiers, Strange News at Roulette, $20.
3/11, 10 PM high-voltage avant-garde singer Xenia Rubinos at the Mercury, $10.
3/11, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.
3/11, 10:30 PM bassist Matt Pavolka‘s Horns Band wish Shane Endsley on trumpet, Loren Stillman on saxes, Jacob Garchik on trombone and Mark Ferber on drums at Korzo.
3/12, 6 PM eclectic, adventurous oudist Brandon Terzic at the Rubin Museum of Art, free
3/12 iconic bassist Rufus Reid celebrates the release of his new album Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project with a stellar large ensemble at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
3/12, 7:30 PM Berlin Philharmonic chamber group the Scharoun Ensemble plays Brahms, Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B minor, Op. 115 and Schubert, Octet in F Major, D. 803 at the Morgan Library, $35
3/12-13, 7:30 PM plus 3/14 at 2 PM and 3/15 at 8 PM, wild swirls and shifting segments: Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Phil playing an all-Carl Neilsen program: the Clarinet Concerto and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
3/12, 7:30 PM explosive, psychedelic Israeli/Iraqi guitarist Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place north and west of Battery Park, $35
3/12, 8 PM the the US premiere of Elliott Sharp’s mighty 13-piece SysOrk playing two new improvisational scores at Roulette, $15.
3/12, 9 PM creepily offcenter female-fronted keyboard-centric psychedelic pop band Sandy at Glasslands, $!2
3/12, 9ish Certain General lead guitarist/noir crooner Phil Gammage at No Malice Palace, 197 E. 3rd St.
3/12, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette plays the album release show for his new one Square One at Smalls.
3/12, 10 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello – at the the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.).
3/13, 1 PM a free concert by pioneering indie classical string quartet Ethel at Trinity CHurch
3/13, 7 PM individualistic, fearless soul stylist Queen Esther & the Hot 5 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free.
3/13, 7:30 PM transgressive, chameleonic chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite sings Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. OMG, this is gonna be fun.
3/13, 8 PM pensively tuneful janglerockers Two Out Rally - who add sax on top of their smart, scruffily catchy songs – at Cake Shop, $10
3/13, 8 PM traditional Irish harmonies with the Henry Girls followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
3/13, 8 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars play Alvin Lucier, Richard Reed Parry, and Daniel Wohl plus Julia Wolfe’s Lick and David Lang’s Death Speaks with guest chanteuse Shara Worden at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
3/13, 8 PM avant garde luminaries Ensemble Signal plays a composer portrait of pioneering Korean composer Unsuk Chin at the Miller Theatre,$20 adv tix rec.
3/13, 8:30 PM guitarist Assaf Kehati with bassist Ehud Ettun and drummer Ronen Itzik at the Bar Next Door
3/13 hypnotic, edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged chanteuse Alsarah and the Nubatones play the album release show for their new Ethiopian/Nubian cd Silt at Baby’s All Right.
3/13, 11 PM Ravish Momin’s Tarana – a trippy downtempo/dub duo with trombonist Rick Parker – at Silvana, 300 W 116th St., free
3/14, 7 PM at the Firehouse Space: Furnished Sound, an exhibit and performance. featuring Ken Butler and Ed Potokar with special guests inventor/multi-instrumentalist Terry Dame and surf drummer/ex-Waitress Chris Butler. “Re-thinking the possibilities of domestic objects, artist-musicians Butler and Potokar combine their unique sensibilities as instrument designers and performers to explore the merging of form and function in a collective living space. Crossing the boundaries of art and design, the artists present an integrated installation that includes Butler’s “Urban Grand Piano”, which plays live radios and projects images, and Potokar’s very playable “Two String Bass Dining Chair” and “Drum Table”, forming a tantalizing piano trio ready for an unusual and transformative musical journey. Expect odd juxtapositions, angular audio projections, and other hybrid antics.” The program repeats (sort of) on 3/15 at 8:30
3/14, 7:30 PM anthemic newschool C&W band Yarn – who are Wilco-influenced without being a ripoff – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.
3/14, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes.
3/14, 8 PM high-voltage violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Shrine followed by the impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul of Preachermann and the Revival at 10
3/14, 8 PM legendary noiserock/avant garde guitarist Alan Licht & percusionist Brian Chase with the alchemical two-guitar duo of Mary Halvorson & Joe Morris – wow – at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, downtown Brooklyn, $15
3/14, 9ish high-voltage honkytonk guitar monster Wayne Hancock at Hill Country, $15 adv tix rec.
3/14, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also at Espresso 77 on 3/20 at 9ish 35-57 77th St. (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights
3/14, 9ish edgy if generally good-natured Irish drinking music with Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s.
3/14, 9 PM pensive, edgy art-rock/jazz pianist/songwriter Rachel Eckroth at Pete’s.
3/14 10ish edgy sardonic Japanese Brooklyn postpunk girlband the Hard Nips at Bowery Electric,$10
3/14, 10 PM Stuart Breczinski plays solo electroacoustic works for oboe at Spectrum, $15
3/15, 6:30 PM reception, 7 PM concert, music of composers David Chesky, Luis Andrei Cobo, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Franz Hackl, Gene McBride, Modest Mussorgsky, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Dana Richardson, Eric Somers, and David Taylor, together with art by Josef Albers, Jo Brocklehurst, Rainer Gross, Rose Hackl, Carmen Kordas, Gorazd Poposki, Rammellzee, and Ronnie Taylor, among others, played by Andrew Borkowski, Nick Cooper, Anne Drummond, Dave Eggar, Taka Kigawa, and Derin Oge, plus featured soloist Gregor Kitzis on violin and musical saw at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St (8th floor), $15.
3/15, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his electric trio at Terra Blues.
3/15, 9ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club; 3/28, 9:30ish they’re at Rodeo Bar
3/15, 9ish the Dead Cowboys at Hank’s? THE Dead Cowboys from Liverpool?!? If it’s them, for fans of Nashville gothic, this a show not to be missed.
3/15, 9 PM pyrotechnic violin shredder Joey Molinaro with members of Epistasis and CouchSlut at Exapno, 33 Flatbush Ave., $5 or $10 gets you the concert and a vinyl copy of his new album; make sure your phone is juiced because you will need to call the number posted on the door to gain entry.
3/15, 9:30ish the self-explanatory Balkan Stomp at Mehanata
3/15, 9:30 PM charming retro French pop combo Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $18 gen adm.
3/15, 10:30 PM original psychedelic funk/hip-hop band Mamarazzi at the big room at the Rockwood.
3/16, 10:30 AM (this is a morning concert) the Afiara String Quartet play Nielsen: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13; Dvorák: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 51 at Walter Reade Theatre, 165 West 65th St., $22.
3/16, 2 PM pianist Inna Faliks plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata) and Polonaise, Op. 89 plus Schumann’s Davidsbündler, Op. 6. and works by Shchedrin and Ljova at Spectrum.
3/16, 2 PM hypnotic, intense tarantella percussionist Alessandra Belloni and ensemble at the Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, E/F to Parsons Blvd
3/16, 4 PM this year’s annual New Music Bake Sale is at Roulette with seven hours of the avant garde plus munchies, $10 cover includes a raffle ticket and music byContemporaneous, members of Exapno, Rhymes With Opera, assaultive art-rockersNewspeak, Hotel Elefant, Ensemble Et al., Talea Ensemble and others.
3/16, 4 PM Iranian-American composer/pianist Ramin Arjomand improvises at Spectrum, $15
3/16, 4 PM the Hugo Wolf Quartett play Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, “Joke”; Berg’s Lyric Suite and Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/16 the Dover String Quartet with pianist Leon Fleischer at the Town Hall.
3/16, 5 PM the Webster Groves Band featuring saxophonist Donald Harrison & drummer Ulysses Owens at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free.
3/16, 7 PM String Noise plays electroacoustic versions of works by Boulez, Spencer Topel, Jean-Claude Rissel and others at the Firehouse Space.
3/16, 8:30 PM NYC’s funnest, most savagely satirical jazz band, Mostly Other People Do the Killing at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/16, 10 PM high plains gothic Americana with Ember Schrag & Jasmine Dream at Pete’s
3/17, sets at 4 and 8 PM Streams of Whiskey play Pogues and Shane MacGowan covers that do justice to the originals at Lucille’s, $15 adv tix rec
3/17, 7 PM sharp perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix a must.
3/17, 7ish free first-rate Irish music all night at Connolly’s with Jameson’s Revenge, Shilelagh Law and Band of Rogues
3/17, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays music of Radiohead, Satie, Ravel, Gesualdo and others at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church. 2504 Broadway at 93rd St, free.
3/17, 7:30 PM baroque orchestra Tafelmusik play works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Marais, Delalande and Veracini at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
3/17, 8 PM eclectic, cinematic surf band Commercial Interruption followed eventually at 10 by the Tarantinos NYC at Otto’s
3/17, 8 PM Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic with Yuja Wang, piano playing Daníel Bjarnason: Blow bright (NY premiere); Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35.
3/17, 9ish the New Yorkestra play classic big band jazz from across the eras at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
3/17, midnight, drummer Tim Kuhl‘s St. Helena psychedelic art-rock project at the small room at the Rockwood.
3/18, 6 PM jazz violinist/mandolinist Jason Anick with a killer quartet including Jason Yeager, piano; Greg Loughman, bass; Mike Connors, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $8 + $10 min.
3/18, 7 PM powerpop/psychedelic guitar goddess Debra Devi followed by searing, edgily funny female-fronted Americana/punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $12.
3/18, 7:30 PM fiery Balkan Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita at the Gershwin Hotel
3/18, 8 PM electroacoustic bassoon works by Leslie Ross and Katherine Liberovskaya at Roulette, $20
3/18-23, 8:30/10;30 PM legendary Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba makes his US debut at the Blue Note with Jose Armando Gola, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo, $20 standing room avail.
3/18-23 pastoral jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell’s trio with Eyvind Kang-viola,; Rudy Royston-drums and special guests at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
3/18, 11 PM torchy chanteuse Bliss Blood and creepy noir guitarist Al Street’s duo Evanescent at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.).
3/18, 9 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Spectrum, $15. He’s also at Shrine on 3/27 at 6.
3/18, 10 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Pete’s.
3/18, 10:30 PM smartly terse, lyrical gutarist Mike Baggetta leads a trio with Matt Pavolka on bass and Billy Mintz on drums at Korzo.
3/19, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 9 by the all-star Brooklyn Takht Ensemble: Shelley Thomas – vocals; Brian Prunka- oud; Tareq Rantisi- riq; Bridget Robbins- nay flute – doing Arabic classical music plus hits by Fairouz, Leila Murad + Asmahan at Branded Saloon
3/20, 7 PM excellent original postbop jazz sextet the Flail followed at 8 by the wry, eclectic Four Bags and then bluegrass/klezmer mandolin legend Andy Statman at 10 at Barbes
3/20, 8 PM shapeshifting, electrifying soprano Mellissa Hughes - who’s as potent a soul singer as she is with the classical repertoire – sings works by living composers, John Cage and Morton Feldman at Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St, $30.
3/20, 8:30 PM tuneful Lynchian vibraphone jazz group Bryan & the Aardvarks with special guests Aaron Parks on piano and Camila Meza on vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/20, 9/11 PM wildly popular, exhilararting, Balkan-influenced big band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society - who put out the arguably most relevant album of any NYC band in any style last year – at the Jazz Gallery, $20
3/20, 9 PM tuneful, colorfully lyrical Americana rocker Al Lee Wyer at Desmond’s.
3/20, 9:30 PM latin-inspired bassist and brilliant, socially aware jazz composer Gregg August leads a quartet with Sam Newsome – soprano sax , Yosvany Terry – tenor sax , Ben Waltzer – piano , E.J. Strickland – drums at Smalls
3/21, noon Veit Hertenstein, viola and Pei-Yao Wang, piano play Miakovsky, Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81; Shostakovich, From Preludes, Op. 34; Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 at the Morgan Library, $15/$10 stud/srs.
3/21, 7 PM hypnotic, haunting Maine chamber-Americana duo Arborea play gorgeous rustic soundscapes at Joe’s Pub, $14, followed at 9:30 (separate $15 admision) by the female-fronted, Francophile Hot Sardines playing upbeat 20s swing.
3/21, 7 PM the Chiara Quartet play music of Ravel, Bartok and Brahms at the Greene Space, $20
3/21, 7 PM pianists Daniela Bracchi and Walter Aparicio play music of Chopin, Milhaud and Lutoslawski at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
3/21, 7:30 PM smart, lyrical, jazz/funk influened acoustic songwriter/chanteuse Meklit Hadero at Subculture, $20.
3/21, 8 PM explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Sunny’s in Red Hook
3/21, 8 PM oldtime honkytonk and pre-tockabilly sounds with the Weal and Woe followed at 9 by sassy female-fronted C&W parodists Trailer Radio at the Way Station.
3/21-22, 8 PM composer/cellist Okkyung Lee presents a new suite of compositions for strings and percussion inspired by Samuel Beckett’s “First Love” and Korean surrealist writer Yi Sang’s “The Wings,” at the Kitchen, $15
3/21, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays the Strauss Violin Concerto plus Goldmark’s In Springtime and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.
3/21, 8:30 PM, repeating on 3/22 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade plus works by Henze and Copland at St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
3/21 haunting, eclectic art-rockers Painted on Water with guitarist Demir Demirkan and chanteuse Sertab Erener at Drom, $30 adv tix rec.
3/21, 9 PM sultry downtempo grooves with chanteuse Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s SLV at BAM Cafe, free.
3/21, 9 PM 90s indie nostalgia with a rare edge: Barbara Manning followed at 10 by Versus at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec.
3/21, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara play the album release party for their wickedly twisted new album at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/21, 10ish smart, pensive folk noir/paisley underground songwriter Melaena Cadiz at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
3/21, 10:30ish colorful oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar. They’re also at Beast of Bourbon on 3/29 at 9ish.
3/22, 2 PM perennially relevant hip-hop artist Talib Kweli and band at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, free, get there early.
3/22, 6 PM badass oldtime blues/country resonator guitarist/chanteuse Mamie Minch followed at 8 PM by wild modern brass band jazz improvisation with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and then at 10 by haunting harmony-driven pan-latin Las Rubias Del Norte – who have more than a bit of chicha in them since they share members with Chicha Libre – at Barbes
3/22, 7:30 PM wild, bone-chilling Eastern European jamband Raya Brass Band and neuevo Ethopiques crew Debo Band at the Mercury, $10 gen adm, early arrival advised.
3/22, 7:30 PM feral bass saxophonist Colin Stetson with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily, Stuart Bogie and Ryan Ferreira at Merkin Concert Hall, $25. What Stetson does is play a wild, looping never-ending vortex – if you haven’t seen it, and adrenaline is your thing, don’t miss this.
3/22, 10ish explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
3/22, 9 PM intense, ethereal, cutting-edge jazz singer Sara Serpa and tuneful guitarist Andre Matos at BAM Cafe, free
3/22, 10 PM legendary filmmaker/dirty funk bandleader Melvin Van Peebles’ Menage A Trois followed by torchy, lurid gothic art-rockers Elysian Fields at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, $15.
3/23, 4 PM intense female-fronted piano-and-strings-fueled chamber pop band AK play the album release show for their new one How Not to Be Alone at the small room at the Rockwood
3/23, 4 PM pianist Inesa Sinkevych plays an all-Schubert program at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/23, 5 PM latin jazz violinist Gregor Huebner and ensemble at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow
3/23, 8 PM the Flat Duo Jets’ Dex Romweber duo followed by grasscore favorites Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Mercury, $15 gen adm
3/23, 9 PM the world’s most popular assouf (desert blues) band Tinariwen at Brooklyn Bowl is sold out but there are still tix for the 3/24 show.
3/23, 9 PM hypnotic intense Malian duskcore vets Imharhan at Littlefield – a good alternative to Tinariwen!
3/23, 9:30 PM fiery lyrical third-stream soul-jazz chanteuse/pianist Nicole Zuraitis at the big room at the Rockwood
3/23, 11ish psychedelic, fearlessly obscene French garage/surf rockers La Femme play Glasslands, $12. They’re also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/28.
3/24, 7:30 PM Balkan jazz pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic solo at Carnegie Hall
3/24, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony plays Philip Wharton: There was a Star Danced (NY premiere); Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor; and Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C with Makiko Hirata, piano (dedicated to the victims of the Fukushima disasters) reception to follow, at Church of St. Joseph, 371 6th Ave, $30
3/24, 8 PM chamber postrock – is that a genre? it is now- with Build, Victoire, and itsnotyouitsme at Roulette, $20.
3/24, 8 PM lyrical, janglerock/powerpop songwriter/crooner Ward White- whose sinister, cinematic nonlinear album Bob was arguably 2013′s best – at Pete’s.
3/24, 8 PM adventurous new large ensemble works with the Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
3/24, 8 PM one of the most compelling, nuanced singers in acoustic music, Jes Hudak followed by Tony Scherr‘s tuneful, funky trio and then noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio at the small room at the Rockwood.
3/24, 9:30 PM best doublebill of the year so far: savage but subtly improvisational noir guitar jazz/soundtrack trio Big Lazy followed at 10:30 by psychedelic Peruvian-style surf rockers Chicha Libre on their home turf at Barbes
3/24, 9 PM Kneebody – with keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood – at Highline Balroom, $20 adv tix rec.
3/25, 7 PM state-of-the-art newschool reggae band Passafire – always a good time, guaranteed – at the Gramercy Theatre, $17 tix avail. at the Irving Plaza box ofc.
3/25, 7 PM eclectic avant garde tenor saxophonist Tyrone Birkett leads a quintet at Mist, 46 W 116th St (5th/Lenox), $10.
3/25, 7:30 PM hauntingly torchy chanteuse Amanda Thorpe sings her reinterpretations of popular and obscure material from the E.Y. Harburg catalog (Brother Can You Spare a Dime, Paper Moon and more) at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec
3/25, 7:30 PM pianist Jacob Greenberg plays Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 and Helmut Lachenmann’s rarely performed Serynade at Spectrum, $15
3/25, 7:30 PM Le Train Bleu Ensemble plays new music by Sean Friar, Randall Woolf, Ted Hearne and Christopher Cerrone at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
3/25, 8 PM an intriguing program of strings and winds with organ headed up by Juilliard’s Paul Jacobs, at at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free
3/25, 9 PM intriguing female-fronted downtempo/dreampop rockers Blouse followed by dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom are sold out; $15 tix sill avail. for their 3/26 Music Hall of Williamsburg show.
3/25, 9:30ish cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock with Maynard & the Musties at Rodeo Bar.
3/25, 10 PM soaring Americana rocker/bandleader Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec
3/26, 7:30 PM Hyeyung Yoon, violin & Soyeon Kate Lee, piano with Greogry Beaver, cello debut Robert Sirota‘s Pange Lingua Sonata plus usic by Bach and Brahms at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec.
3/26 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave btw Huron and Green; 3/29, 9 PM they’re at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
3/26, 8 PM Joshua Bell, director and violin with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields play Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77; Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) at Avery Fisher Hall, $35.
3/26, 8 PM Tyler Blanton leads his psychedelic electric vibraphone trio at Barbes.
3/26, 8:30 PM dark klezmer-tinged Israeli jazz pianist Anat Fort with Gary Wang, bass; Matt Wilson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/26, 9 PM gently intense, deviously psychedelic, amazingly eclectic Austin-based Americana/jazz chanteuse/guitarist Jenifer Jackson and band at the big room at the Rockwood playing the album release show for her amazing new one Texas Sunrise.
3/26, 9 PM the Miro Quartet play Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6, “La Malinconia” – Beethoven; Ainsi la nuit – Henri Dutilleux; Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” – Schubert at Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue at 85th St, $25/$20 stud/srs
3/26, 9ish gloomy/pensive British chamber pop/trip-hop keyboardist/songwriter Douglas Dare at Glasslands, $12.
3/26, 10 PM the Foxx- who do oldschool C&W as well as they do period-perfect, gritty early Blondie-influenced glam/new wave – at Death by Audio, $7
3/27-30 pianist Fabian Almazan’s lush, gorgeously glimmering chamber jazz Rhizome Project at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend.
3/27, 7:30 PM intense noir-tinged blues chanteuse Amy Coleman and her band at Tagine, 221 W 38th St, $10 incl. a drink!
3/27, 7:30 PM shapeshifting instrument inventor/percussionist/alto saxophonist Terry Dame in one of her many incarnations at Barbes
3/27, 7:30 PM Eviyan – the Eastern European-flavored avant garde trio of Iva Bittová, Evan Ziporyn, and Gyan Riley – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
3/27, 8 PM tuneful folk-rock/alt-country band Wilder Maker, jangly pensive paisley underground psychedelic rocker Nathan Xander and brooding dreampop-tinged Swedish art-rock band Solander at Cake Shop
3/27, 8 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs works by Eli Keszler, Catherine Lamb, Zach Layton, and Doron Sadja at Roulette, $20
3/27 period-perfect 1960s style dark psychedelic folk-rockers the Allah-La’s at Rough Trade in Williamsburg are sold out – assuming that the place will reopen.
3/27, 9 PM Amari Rebel play smartly politically aware roots reggae followed by dark anthemic 80s Cure-influenced Argentinian stadium rockers Pommez International at Shrine.
3/27, 9 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored, female-fronted Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free
3/27, 10 PM Miss Phiro’s Dance Party play torchy 1920s French hot jazz at the Jalopy, $10
3/27, 10ish grasscore titans the Infamous Stringdusters at Bowery Ballroom
3/28, 8 PM composer Moon Young Ha leads adventurous indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En through a characteristically eclectic program of vocal and instrumental works by Reiko Fueting, Brian Fennelly, Enno Poppe, Clara Latham and Isang Yun at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St, $15/$10 srs/$5 stud.
3/28, 7:30 PM accordion/winds/percussion sextet Ghost Ensemble play music by Macklay, Berio, Lucier, and more at Spectrum, $15.
3/28, 7:30 PM newschool C&W chanteuse Lindi Ortega at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
3/28, 8 PM pianist Haskell Small plays his rapt, hypnotic composition for solo piano, The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence, as well as works by Alan Hovhaness inspired by the spiritual power of mountains, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., $20/$15 stud./srs.
3/28, 8 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.
3/28, 8 PM torchy Irish/New Orleans jazz chanteuse Tara O’Grady and her great band at the third stage at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St.), $15 + $10 min.
3/28, 8 PM fiery unpredictable guitar-fueled jazz improvisation with Big Plastic Finger: Bonnie Kane, Reuben Radding, Scott Prato, Mark McClemens at the Firehouse Space.
3/28, 9 PM White Prism, a.k.a. ethereal, atmospheric downtempo chanteuse Johanna Cranitch at BAM Cafe, free
3/28-29, 9/11 PM Steve Coleman & Five Elements with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet at the Jazz Gallery, $20
3/28, 9 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at the Jalopy, $10. They’re also at Terra Blues on 3/29 at 7
3/28, 10 PM deviously charismatic, eclectic Romany punk/oldtime swing band Kagero at the Way Station.
3/28, 10 PM smart, theatrical, jazz/Americana-influenced chanteuse Aiofe O’Donovan at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St. around the corner), $10 plus 2-drink min.
3/29, 1:30 PM Quintet of the Americas plays classic tango by Luis Pasquet, Astor Piazzolla, Mariano Mores, Osmar Maderna, Ernesto Nazareth, and Paquito D’Rivera at Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street in Flushing, free
3/29, 8 PM a wild Nowrooz celebration with Iranian music from decades and centuries past: Yvette Perez’s amazing psychedelic band Mitra Sumara playing Iranian pop classics from the 60s and 70s by Googoosh, Pari Zangeneh, Parva, Zia Atabi and others followed by virtuoso tanbour player Amir Vahab and his Ensemble at Drom, $20
3/29, 8 PM oldtime three-part Americana vocal harmony group Triboro followed by hot bluegrass band Miller’s Crossing at the Jalopy, $10.
3/29, 8 PM, Michael Gordon’s Rushes, a work for 7 bassoons at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20, charter bus avialable from the Port Authority arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves to the theatre, ($10 per person, round trip), bus reservations may be made at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org
3/29, 8:30 PM intense, perennially paradigm-shitting violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban, who also likes living outside the box, unveil their new quintet with Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Bob Stewart, tuba; Nasheet Waits, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10.
3/29, 9:30ish arkly tuneful Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Mehanata.
3/29, 10ish the Brooklyn What, who are to 2014 what both the Dead Boys and the Clash were to 1979, at Ft. Useless, 36 Ditmars St. in S Williamsburg
3/29, midnight, macabre surf legends the Coffin Daggers at Hank’s.
3/29, midnight, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – one of the funnest bands in the universe, with a fat tuba groove, soul horns and live hip-hop beats – at the Knitting Factory, $10 gen adm
3/30, 3 PM maestro Barbara Yahr leads the Greenwich Village Orchestra with guest violinist Hye-Jin Kim playing Samuel Barber’s Adagio and Violin Concerto plus Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $15 sugg don, reception to follow.
3/30, 3 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform a cantata by Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave’s new narrative about the return of Odysseus to Ithaca, and Yotam Haber’s modern twist on Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$20 stud/srs.
3/30, 3 PM the Shanghai String Quartet premiere David Del Tredici’s Bullycide – in memory of the gay suicides who were driven to it by persecution – plus Haydn’s String Quartet in D Minor (“Quinten”), op. 76, no. 2 and Giuseppe Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20, charter bus avialable from the Port Authority arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves to the theatre, ($10 per person, round trip), bus reservations may be made at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org
3/30, 4 PM Mimesis Ensemble leader and pianist Katie Reimer plays solo works by Mohammed Fairouz, Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Philip Glass, Schubert and a Daniel Roumain premiere at Allegro Pianos, 205 W 58th St, $20/$5stud.
3/30, 4 PM Ensemble Leonarda presents: “Dance Fever: The Evolution of the Baroque Dance Suite” with Susan Graham, flute; David Himmelheber, cello; Nancy Kito, harpsichord, violinist Jose Pietri-Coimbre and dancer Meggi Sweeney, at the Church du St. Esprit, 109 E. 60th St (between Park & Lexington), $20/$15 stud/srs
3/30, 4 PM the American Brass Quintet plays music of Thomas Morley, Osvaldo Lacerda and Joan Tower.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/30, 7 PM an evening of hypnotic ambient and percussion music with Loop 2.4.3‘s marimba, steel drum, toms, gongs, and electronics followed by Harris Eisenstadt’s Cuban bata drum collective at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 adv tix rec.
3/30, 8 PM awesome string jazz improvisation with Daniel Levin’s Coelacanth featuring Mat Maneri, viola, Russ Lossing, wurlitzer & piano, Gerald Cleaver, drums at Roulette, $20
3/30, 8 PM alternately pensive and explosive Balkan jazz pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic at Caffe Vivaldi.
3/30, 9 PM oldschool Arkansas delta bluesman Lucious Spiller at the Bitter End; 3/31 he’s at the Red Lion at 7 (poor guy!) and 4/1 at 8 at Shrine uptown.
3/30, 9:30 PM fiery Balkan Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita and quirky, carnivalesque circus rock band Not Waving But Drowning at Bowery Electric, $10
3/30, 10 PM ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Cake Shop
3/30, 10 PM gritty intense noiserock/postpunk rockers Anwar Sadat at Death by Audio.
3/30, 10 PM darkly lyrical chamber pop songwriter Elizabeth & the Catapult at Glasslands, $12
3/31, 7:30 PM intense third-stream/nuevo tango pianist Emilio Teubal with his trio at Subculture, $20.
3/31, 8:30 PM pianist Kyungmi Nam plays music of Bach, Schubert and Schumann at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10
3/31, 10 PM charming female-fronted oldschool soul/swing combo Lake Street Dive at Bowery Ballroom is sold out
3/31, 10 PM psychedelic latin soul maven Damien Quinones y Su Conjunto – with the full horn section, playing material from their phenomenal 2012 psychedelic latin soul album Gumbo Ma-Jumbo album at the Way Station in Ft. Greene.
3/31, 11 PM smart rustic original Kalamazoo oldtime Americana duo Red Tail Ring at the small room at the Rockwood
4/1, 7:30 PM haunting, eclectic chanteuse Inna Barmash and her band play haunting, sometimes deviously funny Yiddish lullabies and love songs at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/1, 7:30 PM the Yale School of Drama presents Stravinsky’s wry, subtly subversive The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail.
4/1-2 a stellar lineup – Tim Hagans – trumpet; Greg Osby – alto saxophone; Dan Tepfer – piano;Ben Allison – bass; Matt Wilson – drums plays a salute to Keith Jarrett, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
4/1, 7:30 PM chanteuse Sanda Weigl and theatrical Austrian crooner Klaus Pohl host an evening of Viennese fin-de-siècle music and poetry at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.
4/1, 7:30 PM NYFOS concludes their season with an all-star cast singing works by Harold Meltzer, David Lang, Fred Hersch and others at Opera America’s National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave at 29th St, free but res req.
4/1, 8 PM pyrotechnic but eclectic and soulful flamenco/Balkan acoustic guitarist Hernan Romero at Drom, $15
4/1, 8 PM wry, subtle, lyrical Americana rock chanteuse Karen Hudson and her band at the Way Station.
4/1, 7:30 PM the Cypress String Quartet plays the New York premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 plus selections from Dvorák’s Cypresses and Schubert’s String Quartet No.15 in G Major at Subculture, $30 tix avail.
4/1-5, 8 PM jazz violin titan Regina Carter plays new tunes from her new album Southern Comfort at Birdland.
4/1-6, 8/10 PM the Jack Quartet is in residency at the Stone, many works by avant garde composers.
4/1, 9 PM sly, rustic late 20s style jug band/hokum blues crew Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at the Jalopy, free
4/1, 9 PM RelativE ResonancE w/ Devin Gray, drums + compositions; Chris Speed, saxophone; Kris Davis, piano; Adam Hopkins, bass at Korzo.
4/1, 9:30 PM Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt with Bernard Butler on guitar, playing songs off Watt’s new debut solo album at Joe’s Pub,$25 adv tix rec; 4/2 they’re at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, assuming that they’ve reopened, same time/price.
4/2, 7:30 PM gender-bending chanteur/chanteuse Kim Smith sings noir cabaret at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.
4/2, 8 PM Honeyfingers – the collaboration between noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo and pedal steel player Jonny Lam – at Barbes
4/2, 8 PM Poor Man’s Whiskey plays their bluegrass version of Dark Side of the Moon at Brooklyn Bowl, $7
4/2, 8 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown- who’ve taken a wildly successful detour into Djangoesque Romany guitar jazz – at Subculture, $20.
4/2, 8 PM pensive, spectacularly eclectic multi-instrumentalist Matt Kanelos plays the album release show for his new one at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 4/16, same time
4/2, 9 PM wickedly fun Staten Island oldtimey party band the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies at Union Hallat Union Hall, $10.
4/2-3, 9:30 PM elegant lyrical third-stream-inclined pianist Aaron Parks plays Smalls with Chris Cheek – tenor sax , Omer Avital – bass , Allan Mednard – drums
4/2, 11 PM fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at Glasslands, $12.
4/3, 1 PM the Minguet Quartet play selections from Bach’s Art of the Fugue plus the Gould String Quartet at Trinity Church, free
4/3, 7:30 PM chamber orchestra New York Baroque Incorporated play music by Jewish composers Salamone Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn, and Benedetto Marcello at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St.
4/3-4 Alfredo Rodriguez Trio featuring guitarist Lionel Loueke and drummer Henry Cole play the album release show for their new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 Friday. 4/5-6 pianist Rodriguez switches to a quartet with tenor player Roman Filiu.
4/3, 7:30 PM the Lysander Piano Trio play works by Shostakovich, John Musto, Schubert and Jakob Ciupinski at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs.
4/3, 8 PM eclectic, intense jazz/Americana/global folk violinist Skye Steele followed eventually at 10 by brilliantly lyrical, savagely funny, expertly tuneful songwriter/guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen playing the album release show for his devious new greatest-hits album Where Is My Parade at Cake Shop.
4/3, 8 PM Matt Darriau‘s intense klezmer-fueled Paradox Trio with Rufus Cappadocia – cello, Brad Shepik- guitar, Seido Salifoski – dumbeks/percussion at Barbes
4/3, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra with pianist John Wilson , performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 at Symphony Space, $25.
4/3, 9 PM Greg Garing - arguably the most talented, exhilarating Americana guitarist or pianist this blog has ever covered – at Hill Country, free. The next day 4/4, 9 PM he’s at at Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams St, downtown.
4/3, 9ish captivating Americana chanteuse Megan Reilly with her band at Beast of Bourbon.
4/4, 7 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands presents their Bronx edition. The borough’s top contender this year seems to be roots reggae outfit Royal Khaoz . $15 includes a drink or $30 for open wine/beer bar plus the show!
4/4, 7:30 PM pianist Armen Donelian plays the album release for his paradigm-shifting new one Sayat-Nova, which reinvents compositions by the legendary 18th century Armenian composer, a forerunner of Chopin, at Cornelia St. Cafe.
4/4, 8 PM percussionist Luis Tabuenca leads an improvisational ensemble with singer Dafna Naphtali, bass monster James Ilgenfritz, altoist Briggan Krauss and others at the Firehouse Space, $10
4/4, the Brooklyn What, who are to 2014 what both the Dead Boys and the Clash were to 1979, at Muchmore’s. 4/12 they’re at Pet Rescue, 346 Morgan Ave (it’s frontman Jamie & guitarist John’s bday show, it’ll be a mobscene).
4/4, 9 PM deviously charismatic, eclectic Romany punk/oldtime swing band Kagero at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park. They’re also at the Way Station at 10 on 4/25
4/4, 9/11 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and band play a bday celebration at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
4/4, 9 PM Certain General lead guitarist/noir crooner Phil Gammage at Bella Napoli, 130 Madison Ave, free. His band the Rebel Factory is at Otto’s on the 6th at 10.
4/4, 10 PM Cumbiagra – who are sort of a sextet.- at Barbes.
4/4, 10:30 PM the the Dave Gibson /Jared Gold B3 organ Quintet at the Fat Cat
4/4, 10:30 PM intense state-of-the-art pianist Gerald Clayton leads a trio at Smalls; 4/4 he’s back with a quintet with Lionel Lueke – guitar , Joe Sanders – bass , Justin Brown – drums.
4/4, 11 PM bass legend Tony Maimone’s haunting, cinematic postrock project No Grave Like the Sea at Spike Hill, $7.
4/4, 11 PM the funky, eclectic Balkan/latin/hip-hop Underground Horns play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $10
4/5, half past noon Songs for Unusual Creatures , brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” followed by NYC’s funnest band, psychedelic Peruvian-style surf rockers Chicha Libre at Littlefield
4/5, 3/6 PM Erica Gould’s harrowing Reconstruction drama Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America with texts drawn from the writings of Solomon Northrup, Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimké, and anonymous slave narratives, plus musical works by American composers William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed by the Western Wind Ensemble, at the Fraunces Tavern Museum Gallery, 54 Pearl St, $35/$25 stud/srs.
4/5, 5 PM the New Yorker Trio: Emir Gamsizoglu, piano; Yigit Karatas, violin; Anastasia Golenis cheva, cello play music of J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla at Caffe Vivaldi.
4/5, 6 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at the small room at the Rockwood
4/5, 7 PM powerhouse, funky Chicago blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff leads his trio at Terra Blues
4/5, 7:30 PM wild Romany punk/circus rock band Caravan of Thieves at Subculture, $15. Followed at 10 (separate admission, same cover) by steel pan ensemble the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and then psychedelic hammered dulcimer band House of Waters
4/5, 8 PM Senegalese griot trio Les Fréres Guissé, roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and charismatic Malian chanteuse Fatoumata Diawara at the Apollo, $25 tix avail. through the World Music Institute are your best deal.
4/5, 8 PM eclectic nuevo tango/jazz pianist Emilio Teubal leads a trio at Tomi Jazz, $10 + $10 min.
4/5, 8 PM classical guitarist Thibault Cauvin plays a program TBA at the third stage at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St.), $15 + $10.
4/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddy‘s reliably good monthly surf rock show at Otto’s has the tangy Aquatudes at 9, the even twangier Smiling Bigsbys at 10, Connecticut legends 9th Wave – who outdo Dick Dale at the wild tremolo-picking sometimes – and then the Blue Demons sometime after midnight.
4/5, 9 PM catchy highway rockers Greg Smith & the Broken English – a more upbeat, down-to-earth counterpart to Deer Tick – play the album release show for their new one Ramblin’ Road at Bowery Electric
4/5, 9 PM big horn-fueled psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at Brooklyn Bowl.
4/5, 9/10:30 lyrical, ceaselessy surprising pianist Kris Davis leads a trio with Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
4/5, 9:30 PM Dollshot, featuring Wes Matthews (keyboard); Peter Bitenc (bass); and Mike Pride (drums) performs new art songs with music and lyrics by Noah and Rosalie Kaplan (saxophone and voice, respectively), blending microtonal melodies, Weimar, and post-rock from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Lalande at Spectrum, $10.
4/5, 10 PM eclectic western swing baritone croonerSean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Rock Shop, $8
4/5, 10 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $8.
4/5, 10 PM high-velocity Mexican polka band Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at Barbes
4/5, 10:30 PM the Brighton Beat – who have a great online archive of live jams – play psychedelic jazzy Afrobeat at Spike Hill
4/5, 11 PM snarling, energetic post-Sabbath riffrock/stoner/arena-rockers Easy Company at Arlene’s.
4/6, 2 PM virtuoso choral ensemble Calmus sing works by Schein, Schutz, Dediu and Schumann at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, 60 W 12th St., $17/$5 stud.
4/6, 3 PM Claudia Schaer, violin and Max Lifchitz, piano play music from across the Americas and Europe by Lifchitz, Elizabeth Bell, Silvia Berg, Luciano Berio, Juan Pablo Contreras, Tonia Ko, Matthew Peterson & Bernard Rands at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free
4/6, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Guido’s Ear play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/6, 4 PM bluegrass stars James Reams and the Barnstormers at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10/$5 under 12
4/6, 6:30 PM, repeating on 4/7 a half-hour later, Metropolis Ensemble plays four premieres including soloists harpist Bridget Kibbey on Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto, mandolinist Avi Avital on David Bruce’s Cymbeline, guitarist Mattias Jacobsson on Jakub Ciupinski’s Concerto for Guitar, and the Quartet Senza Misura revives the concerto grosso format in Chris Cerrone’s High Windows at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
4/6, 7 PM violinist Cornelius Dufallo and bassist Partirck Derivaz create soundscapes with thereminist/keyboardist Rob Schwimmer at Spectrum, $15
4/6, 7:30 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos plays the album release show for their reputedly amazing new one Live from Brooklyn at Joe’s Pub, $14.
4/6, 8/9:30 PM Italian free jazz with the Jooklo Duo – Virginia Genta and David Vanzan, with Bill Nace (guitar) and Tamio Shiraishi (sax) – at Jack, $10 per set. They’re also at Issue Project Room on 4/10 at 8 for five bucks more
4/6, 9ish charismatic ghoulabilly entertainer Reid Paley in a rare duo show with the Breeders’ Carrie Bradley upstairs at 2A.
4/6, 9 PM pensive, tuneful dark Americana/bluegrass singer/bandleader Sarah Goldfeather at the big room at the Rockwood. SisterMonk play their high-energy Romany/punk/funk play the small room at the same time.
4/6, 10ish Dahlia Dumont and her band DecaDence play “reggae, sultry ballads, tango, samba, and more in both French and English” at Bowey Electric, $10
4/7, 7:30 PM the the DaCapo Chamber Players and the Imani Winds play dazzlingly eclectic chamber works by their esteemed flutist/composer Valerie Coleman at Symphony Space, $20.
4/7, 8 PM versatile oldschool/newschool soul avatarand saxophone powerhouseLakecia Benjamin at the big room at the Rockwood, $!0. Smartly politically aware, intense, angst-ridden Americana rocker Amy Speace teams up with powerpop guitar god James Mastro at the third room (enter on Orchard St.), $15 plus $10 min
4/7, 8 PM the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble plays a “composer portrait” of Joan Tower plus works by Bach at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.
4/7, 8:30 PM Deanna Witkowski on vocals and keys with Michael O’Brien on bass and Scott Latsky on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12
4/8, 7 PM smart, original oldschool country songwriter/bandleaderMichaela Anne plays the album release show for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood
4/8, 7:30 PM bassist Brian Glassman’s Klezmer Jazz Alliance at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/8, 7:30 PM violinist Miriam Fried leads a piano ensemble playing Haydn, Piano Trio No. 42 in E Flat Major, Hob. XV:30; David Ludwig, Aria Fantasy for Piano Quartet; (NY premiere); Schubert, String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 at the Morgan Library, $35 .
4/8, 8 PM eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes leads a quartet followed at 9 by Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
4/8, 8 PM Gabrielle Herbst’s avant garde opera Bodiless – examining three ominous states of “bodilessness,” one of them being death, taking its inspiration from French feminist writer Hélène Cixous’ dream diaries Dream I Tell You – with music by Contemporaneous, sung by Lucy Dhegrae, Ariadne Greif, and the composer herself at Roulettte, $20.
4/8-13 pianist Kenny Barron leads a quintet with Dayna Stephens on tenor, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass, Johnathan Blake on drums at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
4/8. 9 PM charming jarmony-driven oldtime front-porch folk with the Carper Family at Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams St., downtown. They’re at the restaurant’s Manhattan branch on 26th St. the following night 4/8 at 10
4/8, 9:30 PM rising star third-stream Turkish-born jazz pianist Selen Gülün and her trio at Drom, $10.
4/8, 10:30 PM devious powerpop cult artist Patti Rothberg at Rodeo Bar
4/8 10:30 PM the Lucas Pino two-guitar No Net Nonet at Smalls
4/9, 6 PM bluegrass/alt-country stars Rhonda Vincent & the Rage at the big room at the Rockwood, $10. Popular 90s alt-country songwriter/chanteuse Kim Richey plays around the corner at the third room at 8 for $20 + $10 min.
4/9,7 PM Bulgarian chanteuse Vlada Tomova‘s rustic, exciting a-cappella trio with Valentina Kvasova and Shelley Thomas at Barbes
4/9, 8 PM two of the most relevant, intelligent lyricists out there right now, Brother Ali and Immortal Technique at Highline Ballroom. Tech is also at Brooklyn Bowl on 4/11 at 9 PM
4/9, 9 PM phenomenal bandoneon virtuoso/nuevo tango composer JP Jofre leads a quintet with strings and piano at Something Jazz Club, $12
4/9, 10 PM harmony-driven front porch folk with the Carper Family at Hill Country, free.
4/10, 7 PM Kristin Hoffmann plays 2 sets: the first being trip-hop arrangements of some of her haunting chamber pop songs, the second more in keeping with her signature, ambient art-rock, at the Slipper Room, $10
4/10-13 intense lyrical postbop pianist Benny Green leads a trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 Sat.
4/10, 8 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester leads a quartet featuring “X vocals” followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes.
4/10-19, 8 PM Anthony Braxton‘s large ensembles take over Roulette with performances by the Trillium Chamber Players, Falling River Music Nonet plus segmented performances of his atmospheric, witty opera Trillium J, $30 adv tix highly rec.
4/10, 8 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa’s Ensemble Ouest at the Firehouse Space, $10
4/10, 8 PM Victor Gonzalves, Cesar Garabini, Jeremy Powell, Rogerio Boccato, Marcos Kluzka, Fernanda Bravo and others revisit Stan Getz’ pioneering 1960s bossa jazz at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15 incl free wine bar all night!
4/10, 8:30 PM the chamber jazz group that started it all, the Claudia Quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
4/10, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 4/24.
4/10, 10 PM darkly intense jazz/klezmer piano innovator Anthony Coleman solo at the Stone, $15
4/10, 9ish Jan Bell & the Maybelles – all-female dark folk band with a frontwoman who finds the missing links between Britfolk and bluegrass – at Beast of Bourbon.
4/11, 7 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band followed by melancholy acoustic cover project – and Spanking Charlene spinoff – the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn at Sidewalk.
4/11, 7 PM brilliant, lushly nocturnal oldschool soul duo Dwight & Nicole play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $10; at 9 Brandi & the Alexanders continue the oldschool soul vein at the small room there for free
4/11, 7 PM wild sophisticated haunting Ethiopiques jazz/Afrobeat/dance orchestra Feedel Band at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
4/11, 7 PM haunting, soaring ghazal chanteuse Falu followed at 8 by intense, funky Indian brass band Red Baraat at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec.
4/11, 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/13 at 3 PM baritone Ulrich Hartung and a chamber ensemble with piano, viola, cello, winds and brass perform Schubert’s immortal, morose Winterreise suite at at the Liederkranz of New York, 6 E 87th, free, reception to follow.
4/11, 8 PM diverse bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo Sextet followed at 10 by the ostensibly aphrodisiac Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – at Barbes.
4/11, midnight a 20s hot jazz twinbill with Carte Blanche Ensemble and the Avalon Dance Band at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
4/11, 8 PM rising star pianist Andrea Lodge plays solo piano music of Bach, Brahms and Ives at the Firehouse Space.
4/11, 9 PM ten-piece country/gypsy/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.
4/11, 9/11 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his large ensemble through the album release show for their new one at the Jazz Gallery, $20
4/11, 10 PM irrepressible, hilarious cowpunk/honkytonk spoofers Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Grand Victory, $8.
4/12, 4 PM Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) join forces to play Erik Satie works at Barbes followed at 6 by eclectic cellist/bandleader Marika Hughes.
4/12, 6 PM dark hypnotic downtempo piano rock grooves with pianist Eve Lesov and her band at the small room at the Rockwood
4/12, 6 PM paradigm-shifting jazz cellist Akua Dixon & Quartette Indigo at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd in the Bronx, free, take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street or the Bx19 bus.
4/12, 7 PM intense, dramatic, vividly lyrical chanteuse/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at Caffe Vivaldi
4/12, 7 PM Moroccan sintir virtuoso and trance-music master Hassan Hakmoun plays the album release show for his new one at Joe’s Pub, $20.
4/12, 7 PM Mark Peskanov, violin and Luigi Attademo, guitar play an all-Paganini program at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
4/12, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 4/26
4/12,7:30 PM pioneering sax ensemble the Prism Quartet with Steve Lehman and Rudresh Manathappa at Symphony Space, $22/$17 stud/srs. They’ll be back here on 5/9 with Tim Ries and Miguel Zenon and then on 6/12 with Dave Liebman and Greg Osby
4/12, 8 PM the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy in a rare duo performance with pianist Patrick McLellan followed eventually at 10 by ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Sidewalk.
4/12, 8 PM brilliant, haunting Finnish jazz guitarist/oud player Jussi Reijonen with the group from his amazing new album: pianist Utar Artun, acoustic bassist Bruno Råberg and percussionists Tareq Rantisi and Sergio Martínez at Alwan for the Arts, $20
4/12, 8 PM C&W legend Emmylou Harris at BAM, $35 adv tix a must.
4/12, 8 PM intriguing contermporary Slovenian composer-performers meet their US counterparts: Uros Rojko, Larisa Vrhunc, and Matej Bonin and three Americans – Stuart Diamond, Demetrius Spaneas, and Sandra Sprecher, at the Firehouse Space, $10
4/12, 9ish Mad Juana bring their brooding punk-influenced southwestern gothic to Beast of Bourbon.
4/12, 10 PM edgy sardonic Japanese Brooklyn postpunk girlband the Hard Nips at the Cameo Gallery. 4/17 at 11 ish they’re at Shea Stadium
4/12, 11 PM Isle of Rhodes play glammy, sardonic keyboard-driven art-rock and funky chamber pop at Rock Shop,$10
4/13, 4 PM Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at Symphony Space, $35. Followed at 7 PM (separate $30 admission) by legendary Armenian oudist Richard Hagopian.
4/13, 4 PM Arnaud Sussman, violin and Orion Weiss, piano play piano sonatas by Beethoven, Bach, Grieg and Brahms at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
4/13, 5 PM William Christie conducts Juilliard’s vocalists and Juilliard415, the Historical Performance Program’s chamber orchestra, in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Actéon, which draws on the hunter’s life-changing encounter with the goddess Diana in Ovid’s Metamorphoses at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail.
4/13, 7 PM eclectic oldtime acoustic blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues.
4/13, 7:30 PM wild crazy female-fronted string-driven Balkan band Fishtank Ensemble at Joe’s Pub $14
4/13, 7:30 PM David Aladashvili plays piano music of Schumann, Scriabin, and 13 works by 13 composers at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
4/13, 8 PM Al Stewart solo acoustic at City Winery, $32 standing room avail. The Man for All Seasons may be On the Border now, but he hasn’t let Time Passages phase him.
4/13, 8:30/10:30 PM artsy, torchy jazz/funk songbird/saxophonist Grace Kelly leads a quintet at Iridium, $25
4/13, 10:30 PM the the NYCity Slickers play high-energy harmony-driven bluegrass and honkytonk at Rodeo Bar.
4/13, 11ish ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at Glasslands, $10
4/14, starting at 1 PM and continuing into the night it’s the annual Postcrypt Folk Festival on the Columbia quad east of Broadway at 116th St. Highlights: Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at 2, Anthony DaCosta at 6 and Mike Savino of Tall Tall Trees at 7
4/14, 6:30 PM organist Benjamin Sheen plays “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Charles Tournemire at St. Thomas Church, 53rd/5th Ave., free.
4/14, 7:30 PM the Wee Trio play their wildly original chamber jazz versions of David Bowie songs at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec.
4/14-21 the annual adventurous new music Mata Festival at the Kitchen.
4/15-16 the Riverside Band with Dave Douglas– trumpet; Chet Doxas – clarinet, tenor saxophone; Steve Swallow – electric bass; Jim Doxas – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.
4/15, 7:30 PM pianist Xiayin Wang with the Highline Chamber Orchestra play a program tba at Subculture, $25
4/15, 8 PM dynamic, lyrical pianist Carolina Calvache leads a septet celebrating the release of her debut album Sotareno at Drom, $14.
4/15, 8 PM noir psychedelic rock legend (and Sonic Youth producer) Martin Bisi plays the album release show for his new and superb album Ex Nihilo at Glasslands, $12.
4/15, 9ish eclectic dark punk blues/Americana duo Slim Wray at Hank’s.
4/16, 7:30 PM the Manhattan String Quartet plays music of Stravinsky, Webern, Dutilleux, Eric Moe and Craig Walsh at the Tenri Cultural Insittute, 43A W 13th St., $20/$10 stud.
4/16, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey at Barbes
4/16, 10 PM garage rock icon Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec. On 4/20, 2 PM shes’ at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, free, get there early; she’s also at the Mercury on 4/21 at 10:30 for $12 in advance.
4/17, 7 PM savagely lyrical, wickedly tuneful art-rock songwriter/bandleader Spottiswoode & His Enemies at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix very highly rec
4/17, 7 PM Alash Ensemble perform otheworldly Tuvan and Central Asian throat-singing music at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/17, 7:30 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Caribbean jamband Tribecastan at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
4/17-20 Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a series of trios and a larger ensemble, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 Sat.
4/17, 8 PM Mazgani – the Iranian-born Portuguese Nick Cave – at Barbes
4/17, 8 PM composer/performer Mary Jane Leach,whose otherworldly, ambient works often embody “difference, combination, and interference tones,” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10
4/17, 9/11 PM the Peter Evans Zebulon Trio takes their trumpet-fueled intensity into the next dimension at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set, $10 for the second
4/17, 10 PM deviously oldtimey swing jazz band Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band followed by Portland, Maine’s outlaw fiddle/violin duo North of Nashville at Union Hall, $10
4/17, 10 PM anthemic Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the small room at the Rockwood.
4/17, 10:30 PM oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar.
4/17, 11ish noir rock legend and Bauhaus bassist David J at Grand Victory, $12
4/17, 11 PM all-female Atlanta garage punks the Coathangers at Baby’s All Right, $12.
4/17, midnight, darkly cinematic saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet with Jeremy Manasia – piano , Barak Mori – bass , Dan Aran – drums at Smalls.
4/18, 5:30 PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed by the Tall Pines at the American Folk Art Museum.
4/18, 7 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by the ageless Marshall Allen at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.
4/18, 7:30 PM high-voltage Afrobeat band Ikebe Shakedown at the Mercury, $12.
4/18, 8 PM Carol Lipnik and Matt Kanelos‘ twisted haunting art-rock/psychedelic covers project Ghosts in the Ocean at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St), $10 + $10 min.
4/18, 8 PM art-rock songwriter/pianist/chanteuse Karen Mantler followed at 10 by exhilarating retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes
4/18, 9ish singer Abby Hollander‘s honkytonk band at Beast of Bourbon.
4/18, 9/11 PM intense, lyrical pianist Bobby Avey plays the album release show for his new one “Authority Melts From Me at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
4/18, 9/10:30 PM pyrotechnic but soulful drummer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
4/18, 10 PM intense, majestic, hauntingly anthemic art-rock band Of Earth followed by film composer Thomas Simon’s dark anthemic psychedelic rockers Musiciens sans Frontieres at Spike Hill.
4/18, 10 PM a murderously lurid doublebill: charismatic, intense acoustic punk/blues siren Molly Ruth followed at 11 by Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk.
4/18, 10 PM lyrical guitarist Mike Baggetta leads an especially choice quartet with Jason Robinson – sax, Eivind Opsvik – bass, George Schuller – drums at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St. Astoria , $10 includes a beer!
4/18, 11 PM 70s roots reggae harmony legends the Congos at Drom, $25 adv tix rec
4/18-19, 11ish Jimbo Mathus of oldtimey revivalist legends the Squirrel Nut Zippers – still intense after all these years – at Rodeo Bar
4/18, midnight, assaultive, lo-fi all-female Atlanta punk rockers the Coathangers at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
4/19, 1:30 PM the Brooklyn Folk Festival at the Bell House, $15 with Piedmont Bluz, guitarist Pat Conte, Wyndham Baird, the Blue Ridge Entertainers and Willy Gantrim.
4/19 the Cannabis Cup Reggae Band plays the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 1 PM, leaving at 2 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. & the FDR, $25 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc They’re also playing a cruise the next day 4/20, boarding at 2, leaving at 3.
4/19, 4:30ish wry, darkly lyrical Nashville gothic rockers Maynard & the Musties at Matchless.
4/19, 6 PM eclectic cellist/bandleader Marika Hughes followed at 8 by haunting Romany jazz chanteuse/bandleader (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl at Barbes
4/19, 7 PM Mark Peskanov, violin and Doris Stevenson, piano play music of Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Sarasate and Kreisler at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
4/19, 7:30 intense, charismatic, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a Spanish-inspired program titled Firedance with music of vibrant Spain-inspired works by Scarlatti, Liszt, Debussy, DeFalla, Albeniz, Lecuona, and Ginastera at Symphony Space, $20/$10 stud/srs
4/19, 8 PM get a head start on 4/20 with a double shot of some of the best current roots reggae: the Easy Star All-Stars doing their Dub Side of the Moon album, plus John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix rec.
4/19, 8 PM the all-female, all-clarinet Licorice Ensemble plays a new suite based on traditional Japanese melodies; the program concludes with Gene Pritsker’s arrangement inspired by Deep Purple’s knucklehead top 40 hit ‘My Woman from Tokyo.’ Plus performances and compositions by a huge cast of composers, free, at Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (between 91st & 92nd Sts
4/19, 8:30 PM the Brooklyn Folk Festival continues at the Bell House, $20, with Gamelan Kusuma Laras, fiery oldtime string band the Downhill Strugglers, multi-instrumentalist Frank Fairfield and hokum blues band the Drunken Catfish Ramblers.
4/19, 8:30/10:30 PM Chicago blues triple threat Lucky Peterson – a legend on guitar, keys and as a songwriter – at Iridium, $25.
4/19, 9ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
4/19, 9/11 PM alto saxophonist Loren Stillman and Bad Touch play the album release show for their new one Going Public at the Jazz Gallery, $22
4/19, 9ish the excellent harmony-driven, aptly named Picker Family Band play bluegrass at Beast of Bourbon.
4/19, 10 PM NYC’s original sardonic, theatrical circus rock/noir cabaret band, World Inferno at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $17 adv tix rec
4/20, 1 PM add the Brooklyn Folk Festival continues at the Bell House, $15, with Nathan Salsburg, Hubby Jenkins, Nathan M. Godfrey, the Stone Mountain Wobblers, Elizabeth Laprelle and the Whiskey Spitters. Dubl Handi plays at 7:30 PM for a separate $10 cover.
4/20, 2 PM garage rock chanteuse Holly Golightly at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, free, get there early; she’s also at the Mercury on 4/21 at 10:30 for $12 in advance.
4/20, 7 PM pianist Kris Davis, bassist Max Johnson and drummer Mike Pride play a Morricone medley and more followed at 9 by Romany guitar jazz paradigm-shifter Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
4/20, 8 PM eclectic, smart, oceanically minded jazz violinist Dana Lyn and band at the Firehouse Space.
4/20, 8:30/10:30 PM drummer Billy Hart’s postbop supergroup the Cookers at Iridium, $25
4/20, 10 PM Band of Outsiders guitarmeister Marc Jeffrey with John Hamillton (Bakersfield Breakers, Pin Ups) and Roger Stoltz (Tongues on Fire) upstairs at 2A.
4/20, 10:30 PM bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra leads her band at Rodeo Bar.
4/21, 8 PM sinister noir cabaret/oldtime guy/girl duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris from Kotorino and Elia Biske from Sweet Soubrette – at Arlene’s, free
4/21, 8 PM to celebrate the William Burroughs centenary, Steve Buscemi and guitar legend Elliott Sharp collaborate and create a collage of sound and words from Burroughs texts at Issue Project Room, $10 sugg don
4/21, 8 PM cinematic composer Jane Antonia Cornish and the Lee Trio, Melinda Lee-Masur, Decoda, Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen play Cornish works from her latest album at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
4/21, 8 PM diverse, soulful pan-latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuna with her band at the at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St), $12 + $10 min.
4/22-26, 9 PM bassist James Ilgenfritz’ and choreographer Stephanie Sleeper’s collaboration Deleted Scenes celebrates the William Burrough centenary preceded at 7 PM by lots of multimedia acts, too many to list, the full calendar is here- at St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave.), $26
4/22, 7 PM rustic, sometimes otherworldly ex-Soviet Georgian guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze followed at 9 by Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
4/22, 7:30 PM klezmer pianist Isaac Sadigursky and band at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/22, 7:30 PM big band jazz pianist/saxophonist Travis Sullivan’s lush, playful Bjork cover band the Bjorkestra at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec.
4/22, 8 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas trumpeter Stan Killian leads a small group at Tomi Jazz, no cover, $5 min.
4/22-27 guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel leads a quartet with Aaron Goldberg on piano,Orlando LeFleming on bass, Kendrick Scott or Allan Mednard on drums at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
4/22, 9ish torchy intense jazz-influenced acoustic songwriters Cal Folger Day and Ember Schrag at Brooklyn Launchpad in Bed-Stuy.
4/22, 10:30 PM sly, devious trombonist/composer Curtis Hasselbring‘s legendary combo the New Mellow Edwards at Korzo
4/23, 7 PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at the small room at the Rockwood
4/23, 7 PM South Korean singer Yeahwon plays the release show for her debut album of songs and lullabies with Aaron Parks on piano and Rob Curto on accordion at the Rubin Museum of Art, $18 adv tix rec.
4/23, 8 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music at Barbes
4/23, 8 PM Talea Ensemble performs the US premiere of George Aperghis’s Happy End for animated film, electronics, and ensemble at Roulette – a reputedly sadistic, Kafkaesque update on the Tom Thumb fairytale – at Roulette, free but adv tix req.
4/23 Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord and ottavino, plays works from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book plus pieces by Bull, Byrd, Morley, Tallis at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St.
4/23, 9ish Single Red Cent- who mix sharp, socially aware punk with a more atonal Gang of Four/Neighborhoods vibe – at Hank’s .
4/23, 10:30 PM intense heavy psychedelic/early indie-ish/metal band Eidetic Seeing at Grand Victory, $8.
4/24, 7 PM state-of-the-art pianist Vijay Iyer collaborates with the Brentano String Quartet at the Greene Space, $20.
4/24, 7:30 PM chamber ensemble Concertante play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time plus Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E Minor at Merkin Concert Hall, $26
4/24, 7:30 PM, repeating 4/25 at 11 AM (yikes!) and 4/26 at 8 PM, pianist Marc-André Hamelin performs Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis at Avery Fisher Hall alongside works by Prokofiev and others. Hamelin also plays Fauré’s First Piano Quartet with a NY Phil ensemble on 4/26 at 2 PM.
4/24, 8 PM irrepressible, funky jazz composer/inventor/multi-instrumentalist Terry Dame at Barbes.
4/24, 8 PM fiery lyrical third-stream soul-jazz chanteuse/pianist Nicole Zuraitis at Caffe Vivaldi
4/24, 8 PM Danish ambient composer Jacob Kirkegaard performs works by Holocaust survivor and poineering avant garde composer Else Marie Pade, plus piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire perform works by Øyvind Torvund, Simon Steen-Andersen and a collaborative pice by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Sigurdur Gudjonsson at Issue Project Room, $15
4/24, 10 PM powerhouse lyricist, subtle acoustic rock singer Linda Draper followed by bassist Bryan Copeland – of lushly sweeping cinematic jazz outfit Bryan & the Aardvarks – at Sidewalk .
4/24, 10 PM captivating southwestern gothic/oldtime blues/Americana songwriter Melaena Cadiz at Pete’s.
4/25, 7 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Terra Blues.
4/25, 8ish the Split Squad (with members of the Baseball Project, Blondie, Fleshtones and Plimsouls) at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec.
4/25, 8/10 PM Mumpbeak: Roy Powell (keyboard) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Pat Mastelotto (drums) – play their incomprehensibly ugly music at the Stone. It’s like a trainwreck: you can’t turn away from it. Very highly recommended for fans of abrasive noisy intensity.
4/25, 8 PM psychedelic funky Japanese noiserockers Bo Ningen at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec. Hilarious metal spoofers Satanicide reunite at midnight for free! Bo Ningen are also at Rough Trade in Williamsburg for free on 4/27, get there early.
4/25, 8 PM a psychedelic, danceable Afrobeat doublebill: Zongo Junction and Toubab Crewe at Brooklyn Bowl, $13.
4/25, 9/10:30 PM cellist Daniel Levin leads a quartet with Nate Wooley, trumpet; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Peter Bitenc, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
4/25-26, 10:30 PM up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads a quartet with Ugonna Okegwo – bass , Dave Kikoski – piano ,Kush Abadey – drums at Smalls
4/26, 4 PM Crimean Tatar love songs sung by Uriye Kermenchikkli; Puerto Rican bombas sung by Jose Ortiz and Melinda Gonzalez, Balkan ballads performed by Eva Salina, Pakistani guzhal music sung by Salamat Ali; Hawaiian hula melodies with Jason Poole, Chinese folk opera love laments sung by Hou Hong Tang, and more at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/26, 6 PM an art opening featuring the work of eclectic, sardonically amusing, historically informed, politically spot-on Gerald Scarfe-esque painter Jeff Tocci at the Jalopy, free.
4/26, 6 PM pianist Ariadna Castellanos leads her flamenco jazz combo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Followed at 9 and 10 PM (separate $10 adm) by saxophonist Alex Lore playing the album release show for his new one with George Garzone, tenor sax; Desmond White, bass; Colin Stranahan, drums.
4/26, 7 PM the Gryphon Trio play a WWI-themed program with music of Rebecca Clark, Ives and Ravel at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
4/26, 8 PM Bernie Worrell solo on piano at the Stone playing material from his amazing new Satie-esque solo album; at 10 he plays a duo show with Bill Laswell, presumably closer to his P-Funk roots
4/26, 8 PM Amir Nojan & the Nava Ensemble play haunting classical Persian music at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs.
4/26, 9ish one of this era’s greatest Americana songwriters and also one of the best singers in any style, from classical to country, Mary Lee Kortes – whose cover album of Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a genuine classic – at Beast of Bourbon
4/26, 9ish artsy Norwegian shoegaze/noiserockers Serena Maneesh at Issue Project Room, $15.
4/26, 9/11 PM purist postbop jazz with the James Carter Organ Trio at Birdland
4/26, midnight the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – one of the funnest bands in the universe, with a fat tuba groove, soul horns and live hip-hop beats – at the Knitting Factory, $10
4/26, midnight smart neo-jazz, grooves and postrock with saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin’s Wonderland featuring Turkish great Hüsnü Senlendirici at Drom, $20.
4/27, 10:30 AM (this is a morning concert) pianist Bertrand Chamayou plays an all-Schubert program; Ländler No. 12, D.366; Three Klavierstücke, D.946; Allegretto in C minor, D.915, and Fantasy in C major, D.760 (“Wandererfantasie”) at Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St. $22.
4/27, 4 PM the Jack Quartet perform string quartets by Hans Abrahamsen, Witold Lutoslawski and John Zorn at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
4/27, 4 PM Helena Baillie, violin and Dina Vainshtein, piano play music of Shostakovich, Vivaldi, Tartini and Stravinsky at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
4/27, 8:30 PM hypnotic, intense South Asian chanteuse Falu sings and jams out carnatic themes with Gaurav Shah, voice, harmonium; Arun Ramamurthy, violin; Daniel Levy, bass; Deep Singh, tabla at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
4/27, 10 PM the self-explanatory, jaunty Blue Vipers of Brooklyn at Barbes
4/28, 9ish jangly, wickedly tuneful Boston rockers Aloud – who do classic 60s Britrock and surf sounds as well anybody out there now – at Bowery Electric.
4/28, 9 PM Dirty Projectors’ Olga Bell plays songs off her pensive Russian folk-influenced new solo album at le Poisson Rouge, $20 gen adm.
4/29, 7:30 PM the Susan Leviton Band, featuring clarinetist Michael Winograd and pianist Carmen Staaf at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/29 eclectic nuevo tango/jazz bassist Pedro Giraudo’s Expansions Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
4/29, 7:30 PM intense noir 60s soul chanteuse/bandleader Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
4/29-5/4, 8/10 PM intense, cutting-edge composer Annie Gosfield plays with a bunch of downtown luminaries throughout the week at the Stone,$15. Choice pick: the 4/30 8 PM show with Kathleen Supové performing “Shattered Apparitions of the Western Wind, a hallucinatory duet with Claude Debussy which couples Supové’s wild playing with distorted fragments of the prelude “What the West Wind Saw” with on site recordings of Hurricane Sandy, and lush Debussy harmonies. Then MIVOS quartet plays “The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon,” inspired by codes used by resistance groups in WWII, and Olivia dePrato performs a piece for violin and satellites.”
4/29, 10:30ish lo-fi Balkan punk rock with the Stumblebum Brass Band at Rodeo Bar.
4/29, 10:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls
4/30, 7:30 PM Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser plays a wild duo show with rising star cellist Natalie Haas at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec.
4/30 and also 5/3, 8 PM what’s left of the Skatalites - who basically invented ska and reggae – at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
4/30, 9 PM moody British art-rockers/postrockers These New Puritans at Bowery Ballroom, $20.
4/30, 10:30ish hilarious female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band
Trailer Radio at Rodeo Bar
5/1, 1 PM pianist Michelle Cann plays works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy at Trinity Church, free.
5/1, 7 PM powerful violinist and klezmer bandleader Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
5/1, 8 PM jangly, richly tuneful powerpop/art-rock supergroup the New Mendicants at the Mercury, $15 gen adm, get there early. Followed at 10 by searingly political ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational, no idea if there’s a separate $10 admission or not .
5/1, 9:30 PM eclectic, smart latin rock songwriter Ani Cordero (once of Bee & Flower and Cordero) plays the album release show for her new one Recordar at Joe’s Pub $15.
5/2-11, Adam Burnett’s multimedia theatrical work Magic Bullets “addresses our crave for a quick fix— whether it’s anti-depressants, chemotherapy or romantic love,” Tuesdays andalso Thursday-Sunday, 8 PM at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E 10th St at 2nd Ave. , $18.
5/2, 9 PM Moon Hooch at Brooklyn Bowl, $12. Two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock
5/2, 10 PM Canadian gothic Americana with Gord Downie & the Sadies at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm.
5/3, 5-11 PM this year’s “wall to wall” free music marathon at Symphony Space features cabaret performers, lineup TBA.
5/3, 8 PM visionary Turkish composer/multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek with percussionist Murat Tekbilek at Roulette.
5/3, 11 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rock band Escarioka followed by lo-fi Balkan punk rock with the Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
5/4, 4 PM Canadian early-music quartet Masques play Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., $10 tix avail.
5/4, 8 PM up-and-coming proteges of Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon: a Fjóla Evans and Alex Weiser composer portrait concert performed by new music ensembles Bearthoven, andPlay, Charlotte Mundy, and guests at the Firehouse Space, $10.
5/6-11, 8:30/10:30 PM latin jazz piano legend Eddie Palmieri and his mighty band at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.
5/6-11 lyrical jazz piano star Brad Mehldau with his trio at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
5/7, 7 PM a wild Balkan concert with Strings of the Black Sea: Crimean Tatar violinist Nariman Asanov, Patrick Farrell on accordion; Nikolay Kolev playing Bulgarian gadulka (pear-shaped fiddle); and Christos Tiktapanidis playing Pontic Lyra (vertically held, bottle-shaped three-stringed rebec). at Symphony Space, $30
5/7, 7 PM southwestern gothic rockers the Mystic Braves at the Mercury, $10 adv tix very highly rec.
5/9 the Idan Raichel Project at City Winery is SOLD OUT
5/9, 7:30 PM Jordanian kanun virtuoso Ali Amr at Drom, $10 adv tix very highly rec
5/9, 8 PM the Danny Fox Trio play the album release show for their characteristically tuneful third-stream new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $!5.
5/9, 9 PM charming, spot-on classic 40s and 50s honkytonk and pre-tockabilly sounds with the Weal and Woe at Grand Victory, $8
5/9, 9:30 PM intense state-of-the-art postrock instrumentalists Mogwai at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec.
5/10, 9ish sharp, perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at at Connolly’s
5/10 haunting, intense Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina and her band at BAM Cafe.
5/10, 9 PM Haley Bowery & the Manimals play their sardonic, hard-hitting new retro glamrock followed eventually around 11 by her pal Hannah vs. the Many doing their wickedly lyrical, menacing noir cabaret/punk/powerpop thing at Rock Shop,$8. Apparently Haley is not one of the many.
5/11, 4 PM the Horszowski Trio play Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, Op. 97, and Schubert’s E-flat trio, Op. 100 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
5/11, 7:30 PM indie classical string quartet Ethel at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
5/12, 7:30 PM the Ariel Quartet play works by Haydn, Berg and Beethoven at Subculture, $30 adv tix rec
5/13 shapeshifting, subversive chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite does Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English in its entirety at Joe’s Pub
5/13, 8 PM what’s left of the Wailers at Brooklyn Bowl, playing Marley’s Legend album, $15.
5/13-18 powerhouse postbop trumpeter Terrell Stafford leads a quintet at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25
5/14, 7:30 PM pianist Jeremy Filsell and organist Nigel Potts perform a historic duo concert of new arrangements of Rachmaninoff’s First and Second Piano Concertos at at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free
5/15, 7:30 PM Mark Mulcahy and Ben Katchor (of Julius Knipl – Real Estate Photographer fame) present “an evening of two, one-act operas. In Memorial City, a medium-sized city on the East coast of North America is overwhelmed by a mania for memorial commemoration. The Imaginary War Crimes Tribunal (world premiere) tells the story of a compulsive video game player and the thrill of “victimless” violence,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must.
5/16, 9 PM hilarious retro country songwriter Hayes Carll solo at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec
5/15, 9ish smart, terse, funny Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar at Beast of Bourbon
5/16, 8:30 PM, repeating on 5/17, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Beck: TBA (world premiere); Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K.297b (Anh. C14.01) – and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” plus The Hebrides at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
5/16, 9ish hilarious female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band Trailer Radio at Beast of Bourbon.
5/17, 4 PM a festival of esoteric global vocal traditions: Eva Salina delivers haunting Balkan and Romany music; Irka Mateo sings Dominican salve, Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie entertains with Guyanese wedding kweh kweh, Shoshana Tubi does Yemenite Jewish wedding songs, and more at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
5/17, 6 PM Lucy Blanco & the Afro-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble play their original, sometimes haunting, sometimes bouncy, rustic Central American-African sounds at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd, Bronx, free, 2 or 5 train to Freeman St or the BX19 bus.
5/17, 6:30 PM feral but sophisticated Balkan sounds with Albanian chanteuse Merita Halili & the wild Raif Hyseni Orchestra at le Poisson Rouge, $20 gen adm.
5/17, 8 PM creepy, weird, jazz/cinematic faux-operatic agitators Thrillington at Rock Shop, $8
5/17, 11ish noir rockabilly goddess Kim Lenz & the Jaguars at Bowery Electric.
5/18, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an eclectic Spanish-tinged program that spans the emotional spectrum: Copland — El Salón México; Rimsky-Korsakov — Capriccio Espagnol; Tangos by Piazzola; Ginastera — Estancia, at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow
5/20-25 multi-saxophonist Steve Wilson leads a killer quartet with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Bill Stewart at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25 .
5/21, 8 PM stark, terse oldschool folk crooner/guitarist Willie Watson at the Mercury $10 adv tix rec.
5/23 Guided by Voices – the classic 5-piece lineup – at Bowery Ballroom is SOLD OUT.
5/23, 7:30 PM intense, perennially politically aware cello rockers Rasputina at Highline Ballroom, $23.50 adv tix rec
5/23, 8 PM jazz pianist Helen Sung leads her trio at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
5/23-24, 9/11 PM elegant, melodic bassist/composer Linda Oh leads her Group featuring the Sirius Quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $22
5/27-6/1 Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a smaller outfit at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25
5/28, 7:30 PM Oslo ensemble the Ullern Chamber Choir sing Nordic works by Grieg, Nystedt, Kverno and Djeilo at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free.
5/28, 9 PM 90s dancehall reggae firebrand Capleton at B.B. King’s, $26 adv tix rec
5/29, 8 PM old lion of the avant garde Frederic Rzewski at Roulette, $20.
5/29, 9ish OMFG – this doublebill is as good as the Clash and the Sex Pistols back-to-back, or the Stones and Beatles on the same night – Radio Birdman mainman/guitar god Deniz Tek opening for Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 doing an all Lou Reed set at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix rec
5/29, 9 PM Lee Fields & the Expressions at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm. If you missed out on James Brown, this soul/funk vet is a good approximation.
5/31, 9 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix rec
6/5, 7 PM innovative clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and pianist Dinuk Wijeratne improvise on Middle Eastern themes at CUNY Elebash Hall, 5th Ave just north of 34th St., $25/$20 stud.
6/5 haunting classic 70s style art-rock/Britfolk band Syd Arthur at Bowery Ballroom.
6/6, 7 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands presents their Brooklyn edition. The borough’s top contenders this year are too hard to choose from. Among them – wickedly lyrical all-female quirk-rock trio the Debutante Hour, thunderous all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC and creepy noir cabaret band Orphan Jane. $15 includes a drink or $30 for open wine/beer bar plus the show!
6/9, 8 PM bassist Adam Neely leads a large ensemble playing his savagely sarcastic, apocalyptic, epic tone poem Mass Extinction Event, ” a reaction to the apathy of the internet age,” at Roulette, $20.
6/20 8 PM Roosevelt Dime play tongue-in-cheek oldtimey Americana and retro soul originals followed by exhilarating Americana harmony band Red Molly at City Winery, $18 standing room avail.
7/16 this era’s most poignant voice in country and Americana, Laura Cantrell at the Music Hall of Williamsburg