Constant updates this month as the summer outdoor concert series are announced. The Coney Island concerts are cancelled this year; Central Park Summerstage is deader than ever; Prospect Park Bandshell has a handful of interesting shows; Lincoln Center Out of Doors this year is off the hook. You might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what else is coming up. 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. Each program features a sonata that sheds fresh light on beats and barlines. 5/10 and 5/22: Beethoven Spring Sonata, Boccherini Violin / Piano Sonata in C, with violinist Gregor Kitzis; 5/31: Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, the companion Quasi una fantasia); Ravel Tombeau de Couperin; t.b.a; email for info/location.
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 May (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 May, 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 May 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 fromBurnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in May 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 May, 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.
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 JNoteon vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in May, 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 April, 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 ACJWplays 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 May Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Three Thursdays in May: 5/15, 22 and 29, 11 PM wry lyrical rock genius Marcellus Hall & the Hostages at Pete’s.
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 May, 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 May at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in May 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 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.
Sundays at 2 PM in May and June the perennially relevant, satirical Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir - whose mighty sound will move you to action against eco-destroyers and corporate criminals – at Joe’s Pub, $15.
Sundays at 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.
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) guitaristMatt 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 May, 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 May 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 May long-running 90s style dancehall reggae band the Skadanks - veterans of a gazillion Marijuana Marches – at Drom, $10.
5/1, 1 PM pianist Michelle Cann plays works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy at Trinity Church, free.
5/1, 6 PM saxophonist TK Blue (from Little Jimmy Scott’s band) and his quintet play play the album release show for their new one at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
5/1, 6:45 PM state-of-the-art jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson followed by the similarly noisy, out-of-the-box Nels Cline Singers at le Poisson Rouge, $18
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, 7 PM singer-songwriter satirists the Lascivious Biddies at the small room at the Rockwood
5/1-4 the Clayton Bros. with Terell Stafford – trumpet;Jeff Clayton – alto saxophone, oboe, french horn, flute; Gerald Clayton – piano; John Clayton – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend.
5/1, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.
5/1, 8ish Greek gangster blues revivalists Imam Baildi at Santos Party House, $25
5/1, 8 PM all-star klezmer jamband Gerry Tenney and the Hard times Orchestra East at the Jalopy, $20
5/1, 8 PM colorful, semi-debauched Dublin-based traditional/bluegrass band I Draw Slow – sibling songwriters Louise and Dave Holden, fiddler Adrian Hart, banjoist Colin Derham and bassist Konrad Liddy – at the Irish Arts Center, $18
5/1, 8 PM composer Lainie Fefferman’s incendiary oratorio Here I Am explores passages from the Hebrew Bible including “the laws expounded in the Book of Leviticus (insulting your parents, being homosexual, and seeing ghosts are all equally punished by death); Lot’s offering of his virgin daughters to the people of Sodom (he offers them in exchange for the safety of his guests); Abraham’s haggling with the divine over how many innocent men are needed to save Sodom; and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son to show his devotion.” Performed by punk classical band Newspeak and Va Vocals (Martha Cluver, Mellissa Hughes, and Caroline Shaw) at Roulette, $20.
5/1-4 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
5/1, 8 PM intriguingly moody piano-based indie classical and ambient atmospherics from Sontag Shogun, Aaron Martin and Living Things at Body Actualized, 143 Troutman St., Bushwick, plus a listening tent featuring new, site-specific sound pieces by each member of Sontag Shogun, an interactive scented-installation, popcorn and fortune cookies,” $6
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 PM intense, haunting, mega-psychedelic twin-trombone dub band Super Hi-Fi at at Bar Chord
5/1, 9ish low-register reed maven Josh Sinton‘s Steve Lacy repertory band Ideal Bread celebrates the release of their new one Beating the Teens, which “unselfconsciously embraces the sounds of Iggy Pop, musique concrète, Mos Def, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Morphine, 17th century Baroque and Brooklyn’s creative music scene among many others,” at Douglas St, Music Collective, $10
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.
5/1, 10 PM rustic oldtime upbeat swing/country blues bandleader Woody Pines at Hill Country
5/1, 11 PM the Brooklyn What, who are to 2013 what the Dead Boys and for that matter, the Clash, were to 1979 – at Grand Victory, $8
5/1, 11 PM crooner Rell Gaddis’ high-voltage oldschool 60s-style soul/funk band the Revelations play the album release show for their new one at Spike Hill, note the $10 cover.
5/2, 7 PM the Greene Space’s non-exploitative battle of the bands continues with the Staten Island contingent. This blog’s pick: Middle Eastern chanteuse Leila Hegazy. $15 incl. a glass of wine, $30 will get you open bar?!?
5/2, 7 PM lush, hypnotic indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth at Galapagos, $22.50
5/2 acidic, hypnotically swirling shoegaze/dreampop band Lazyeyes at the Mercury. 5/8 they’re at Shea Stadium and 5/25 at Baby’s All Right
5/2, 7 PM a Pete Seeger Tribute Concert as part of this year’s Sweetest Songs festival put on by the Brooklyn Arts Council, performers TBA, at Brooklyn Music School Auditorium Theater, 126 St Felix St, Ft. Greene, free.
5/2, 8 PM Ross Daly, Ahmet Erdogdular, Yurdal Tokcan and Ömer Erdogdular play haunting classical Middle Eastern works and improvisations on ney, oud, tarhu, Cretan lyra and voice at Symphony Space, $25.
5/2, 8 PM high-velocity punkgrass band Holy Ghost Tent Revival followed at 9:30 by smart, tunefully anthemic, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the big room at the Rockwood
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 and also Thursday-Sunday, 8 PM at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E 10th St at 2nd Ave. , $18.
5/2, 8 PM moody but lively third stream sounds with the Matt Herskowitz Trio and the SNAP Saxophone Quartet at Klavierhaus, 213 W 58th , $15.
5/2, 8 PM Danish composer Jacob Kirkegaard presents his new soundscape, Isfald, featuring “the sounds of ice recorded with underwater microphones at the Ilulissat icefjord and with vibration sensors at the melting glaciers of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland,” at Issue Project Room, free
5/2, 8 PM adventurous violin/viola duo Andplay – Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson – at the Firehouse Space, $10
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, 9 PM psychedelic funky Japanese noiserock/dreampop band Bo Ningen at the small studio space at Webster Hall, $10
5/2, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Joel Harrison teams up with sarod player Anupam Shobhakar plus Anindo Chatterjee, tabla; Jacob Sacks, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Dan Weiss, drums; Samarth Nagarkar, voice for the release show for their amazing new Indian/jazz hybrid album at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min
5/2, 9:30 PM Suzanne Vega at the Bell House, $35
5/2, 10 PM Canadian and southwestern gothic Americana with Gord Downie & the Sadies at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm.
5/2, 10 PM darkly dreamy, atmospheric 4AD style rockers Dead Leaf Echo at Radio Bushwick, $7.
5/2, 10 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play torchy oldschool soul at the Way Station
5/2, 10:30ish the increasingly dark, southwestern gothic-influenced Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar.
5/2-3, 10:30 PM suave tenor saxophonist Harry Allen leads a quartet with Steve Ash piano , Joel Forbes – bass , Alvin Atkinson – drums at Smalls
5/2, 11 PM ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at the Gutter
5/2, midnight, intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Fifth Estate Bar in Park Slope. 5/4 she’s at Radio Bushwick at 5 PM and 5/16 at 9:30 PM at the dreaded Alphabet Lounge, who are apparently booking music again
5/3, 5-11 PM this year’s “wall to wall” free music marathon at Symphony Space features cabaret performers, lineup TBA.
5/3, 6 PM Yvette Perez’s funky Persian art-rock band Mitra Sumara followed at 8 by the hip-hop brass band grooves of PitchBlak Brass Band, and at 10 by high-velocity Mexican polka band Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at Barbes
5/3, 7 PM pianist Ran Dank plays Beethoven Sonatas No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 27; No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier;” and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
5/3, 7:30 PM Midwood’s Master Ghazal and Thumri Singers at Royal Catering Hall, 818 Coney Island Ave (Argyle/Cortelyou Rds.), Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, F to Ditmas Ave, $20 food/music inclusive,
5/3, 8 PM visionary Turkish composer/multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek with percussionist Murat Tekbilek at Roulette.
5/3, 8 PM Egyptian pianist/film composer/Middle Eastern pop maven Fathy Salama at Alwan for the Arts, $20
5/3, 8 PM, repeating 5/4 at 3 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3; Danielpour: Clarinet Concerto, “From the Mountaintop;” Brahms: Symphony No. 1 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail.
5/3, 8:30 PM Unsteady Freddy‘s reliably good monthly surf rock show at Otto’s is one of his best ever, with the retro, purist Clams at 8:30, the ferocious Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons at 9:30, twangy trad original NYC surf legends the Supertones at 10:30, menacing macabre horror surf punks the Coffin Daggers at around 11:30 and “surf punk kazoo band” El Muchacho sometime after midnight.
5/3, 8:30 PM the Koza Ukrainian Folk Choir at the Postcrypt Coffehouse
5/3, 9 PM ten-piece country/circus/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy.
5/3, 9 PM increasingly creepy western swing/southwestern gothic/ghoulabilly baritone crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Bar Chord; they’re at Beast of Bourbon on 5/10 at 9.
5/3, 9 PM pan-latin guitar monster Juancho Herrera – one of the most sought-out sidemen in lots of genres – at BAM Cafe.
5/3, 9 PM the Cornell Bros. play oldtime-style C&W and hillbilly music at the Way Station
5/3 the Fuat Guner project (a spinoff of Turkish psychedelic rock legends MFO) with the great Husnu Senlendirici on tenor sax at Drom.
5/3, 10 PM original psychedelic funk band Mamarazzi at the big room at the Rockwood
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.
5/3, 11 PM noir guitarist par excellence Ben Von Wildenhaus with his Twin Peaks style band at at the Gutter
5/4, 1 PM high-voltage Toronto Ukrainian band Kosa Kolektiv with the Ukrainian Village Voices at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 206 E 11th St (btw 2nd and 3rd Aves), $10/$5 stud/srs, space limited to 50, rsvp reqd
5/4, 2 PM a wild afternoon triplebill: blasts of gospel, funk and soul with the Lucky Chops Brass Band, bagpipers King’s County Pipes and Drums, thunderous all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC at Littlefield, $10.
5/4, 3 PM the massive, lush Park Avenue Chamber Symphony with David Bernard on the podium play Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist Spencer Myer, plus Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
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, 5ish lyrical pianist Falkner Evans leads a quintet with Marc Mommaas – tenor, Ron Horton – trumpet , Belden Bullock – bass , Matt Wilson – drums at Smalls.
5/4, 6 PM Piedmont-style blues guitarist Frank Fotusky at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10
5/4 edgy drummer Ben Perowsky debuts his exciting new quartet with John Ellis – tenor sax/clarinet; Matt Mitchell – piano; Gary Wang – bass at Cornelia St. Cafe.
5/5, 7 PM Rachel Eckroth- nuanced, guardedly intense alto voice; atmospheric, jazz-informed songwriting; torchy/pensive presence, sort of a less vulnerable teens counterpart to Sade – at the big room at the Rockwood
5/4, 7:30 PM Julia Haltigan – a torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads – with her band at Joe’s Pub, $14
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.
5/5, 7:30 PM exciting, shapeshifting new choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.
5/5, 8 PM the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra play Korean-influenced big band jazz at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free
5/5, 8 PM pianist Max Lifchitz plays music of Mexican composers including Carlos Chavez, Manuel Enriquez, Manuel M. Ponce, Maria Teresa Prieto, Silvestre Revueltas, Brian Banks and his own works at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free.
5/6, 6 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 play works by Handel and Leclair at the Miller Theatre, free, drinks at 5:30, show at 6.
5/6, 6 PM tuneful post-Replacements Staten Island punk band Tatterhood at the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1C
5/6, 7 PM charismatic Chicha Libre timbalera Karina Colis leads her own eclectic, groove-driven project at Barbes followed by Slavic Soul Party at 9
5/6, 7 PM ornate, kinetic Israeli art-rock/Middle Eastern dance band the Idan Raichel Project at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Pl., Brooklyn, $25
5/6-11 lyrical jazz piano titan Fred Hersch leads a series of intimate duos, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend. Choice pick: 5/9-10 with Anat Cohen.
5/6, 8 PM the Mivos Quartet, Concert Black, and members of ETHEL, Newspeak & Color Field Ensemble play Sam Pluta‘s intricate electroacoustic quartet Chain Reactions/Five Events and the world premiere of Robert Honstein’s wordless song cycle RE: you, incorporating accidentally received emails chronicling some poor schlub’s experiences in online dating, at Roulette, $20
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.
5/6, 9 PM clever, deviously torchy oldtimey songwriter Jolie Holland at Union Pool, $12. She’s also here on 5/13.
5/6, 9 PM bassist Joanna Sternberg & Squirrel Ship play their Burritos-style C&W at the Way Station
5/6, 9 PM pianist Gabriel Zucker’s 13-piece third-stream ensemble the Delegation – Adam O’Farrill, Jacob Teichroew, Eric Trudel, Bryan Qu, Mark Chung, Ron Lawrence, Eric Allen, Artemisz Polonyi, Tiffany Ortiz, Bam Bam Rodriguez, Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, and Chris Connors – premieres the titanic new suite Evergreen (Canceled World) at the Jazz Gallery
5/6, 10:30ish smart, original oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at Union Hall, $10.
5/6, 10:30 PM esteemed, unpredictable trombone/vocal legend Frank Lacy & the Smalls Legacy Band play the album release show for their new Live at Smalls album on their home turf.
5/6, 11 clarinet genius Ismail Lumanovski’s electric, jazz-oriented, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10 They’re also here on 5/20
5/6, 11 PM hypnotic, swirling, percussive British psychedelic/shoegaze band Toy at the Mercury, $12 adv tix a must.
5/7, 2:30 PM Paul Vasile plays the 1830 Appleton organ on the balcony past the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
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 lyre). at Symphony Space, $30
5/7, 7 PM psychedelic/southwestern gothic rockers the Mystic Braves at the Mercury, $10 adv tix very highly rec.
5/7, 7 PM cellist Jay Campbell leads a chamber ensemble with pianist Steven Gosling playing contemporary works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Jason Eckhardt and Jonathan Dawe at the Italian Academy of Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, free
5/7, 7 PM woodwind ensemble Quintet of the Americas premieres music of Roberto Sierra at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave at 68th St, $20.
5/7, 7:30 PM tuneful third-stream pianist Julian Shore leads a quintet with Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Dayna Stephens, tenor sax; Aidan Carroll, bass; Colin Stranahan, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
5/7, 7:30 PM pianist/composer Michael Brown plays his own works plus selections by Beethoven, George Perle and Samuel Adler at the DiMenna Center, $tba.
5/7, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave btwn Huron and Green, Greenpoint. 5/15, 8:30 PM they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free. Antonakos is back at Espresso 77 on 5/22 at 8:30 doing jazz duets with similarly brilliant guiarist Scott Aldrich.
5/7, 9:30 PM, torchy, hilarious newschool oldtimey guitarist/songwriter/chanteuse Jordan Levinson at the Way Station. She’s at Goodbye Blue Monday on 5/14 at 9.
5/7, 10 PM chanteuse Theresa Hoffmann’s pensive, smartly jangly low-key band Little Embers at LIC Bar
5/8, 6 PM eclectic, brilliant Nation Beat violinist Skye Steele’s at the small room at the Rockwood followed eventually at 10 by deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean & Them Apples
5/8, 6:30 PM a evening of “ballads, blues, and banana boat songs” at the Jalopy as part of this year’s Sweetest Songs festival put on by the Brooklyn Arts Council, performers TBA.
5/8, 7 PM ecstatic Eastern European dance mashups with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, free
5/8, 7:30 PM edgy lyricist, nimble acoustic tunesmith, magical singer Tamara Hey at the Slipper Room, $10.
5/8, 7:30 PM, repeating 5/9-10 at 8, the NY Phil plays Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony plus works by Webern and Berg at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
5/8, 7:30 PM Jed Distler (piano), Kamala Sankaram (soprano)+ Julie Rosenfeld (violin) perform vocal and chamber works of Virgil Thompson at Symphony Space, $32.
5/8, 8 PM an avant garde summit: Jen Shyu, Jennifer Choi, Tristan Perich, Darius Jones, Gelsey Bell and Mario Diaz de Leon all play to celebrate Roulette’s 35 years in business, $25.
5/8, 8:30 PM intense, perennially paradigm-shitting violist Mat Maneri leads a quartet with Eliot Cardinaux, piano; Will McEvoy, bass; Randy Peterson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
5/8, 9 PM a cool Americana-ish triplebill: punk jazz-inspired chanteuse Cal Folger Day followed by dark lo-fi blues guy Ohioan and then scary intense hypnotic folk noir singer Larkin Grimm at E Gallery, 459 Vanderbilt Ave, Ft. Greene, $10
5/8, 9 PM Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble – who blend classic Jewish and Afro-Cuban themes seamlessly and imaginatively – at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $15/$7 stud
5/8, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 5/22
5/8, 10 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes.
5/8, 10 PM Jan Bell & the Maybelles – all-female dark folk band with a frontwoman who makes the connection between Britfolk and bluegrass – at Sunny’s in Red Hook
5/8, 11 PM Fada a.k.a. multi-flutist/chanteuse Eleonore Weill sings classic French chanson by Miqueu Montanaro, Georges Brassens, Georges Moustaki and others at the Way Station.
5/8, midnight-ish Dahlia Dumont and her band DecaDence play “reggae, sultry ballads, tango, samba, and more in both French and English” at Nublu
5/9 the Idan Raichel Project at City Winery is SOLD OUT
5/9, 7:30 PM exhilarating Jordanian kanun virtuoso Ali Amr at Drom, $10 adv tix very highly rec.
5/9, 7:30 PM oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at Littlefield, $10
5/9, 7:30 PM pianist Han Chen plays works by Elliott Carter, Molly Joyce, Missy Mazzoli, Milica Paranosic, and Caroline Shaw at Spectrum, $15
5/9, 8 PM the Danny Fox Trio play the album release show for their characteristically tuneful, sardonic third-stream new one at Subculture, $!5.
5/9, 8 PM edgy multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s klezmer-jazz Paradox Trio at Barbes followed at 10 by high-voltage eclectic funk/Afrobeat/hip-hop dance band the People’s Champs
5/9, 9 PM charming, spot-on classic 40s and 50s-style honkytonk and pre-tockabilly sounds with the Weal and Woe at Grand Victory, $8
5/9, 9/11 PM lyrical, ambitoius pianist John Escreet leads a quartet with Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Francois Moutin – bass; Tyshawn Sorey – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22
5/9, 9:30 PM intense state-of-the-art postrock instrumentalists Mogwai at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec.
5/9, 9:30 PM smart, tunefully anthemic, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at Caffe Vivaldi
5/9, 10 PM barrelhouse pianist Marek and the Boss Chops at the Way Station
5/9, 10 PM versatile oldschool/newschool soul avatar and saxophone powerhouse Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad at the Apollo Cafe next to the Apollo Theatre, $10
5/10 cutting edge new big band jazz with the wildly popular Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at Shapeshifter Lab
5/10, 7 PM open bar with rum & coke, 8 PM innovative Boston newschool salsa band La Clave Secreta at Roulette, $25.
5/10, 7 PM Wendy Sutter, cello and Olga Vinokur, piano play Beethoven works: Sonata for Cello and Piano No 1 in F Major, Op. 5 No. 1; Sonata for Cello and Piano No 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1; Sonata for Cello and Piano No 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2; Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’, Op.66 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
5/10, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.
5/10, 7:30 PM propulsive indie classical/art-rock band Loadbang plays pieces by Wuorinen, Ryan Francis, Rob Deemer, Alexander Lunsqui and others at the DiMenna Center, $20/$10 stud/srs
5/10, 7:30/9:30 PM Ed Cherry on guitar with Pat Bianchi on organ and Chris Beck on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12.
5/10, 8 PM Joe Yoga – frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs - followed eventually at 11 by LES legend David Peel & the Lower East Side (who still can’t remember the words to his 1969 freak-folk classic The Pope Smokes Dope) and then by guitar powerhouse Phil Gammage’s bluesy noir band the Rebel Factory at the Parkside
5/10, 8 PM the mighty Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra plays the world premiere of O’Farrill’s “Afro Latin Jazz Suite” a recasting of his father Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece the Afro Cuban Jazz Suite at the Apollo Cafe next to the Apollo Theatre, $10 tix avail.
5/10, 8 PM pianist Xiayin Wang plays Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Washington Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall
5/10, 9ish sharp, perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at at Connolly’s
5/10, 9 PM haunting, intense Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina and her fiery horn band plus Persian-American roots rock outfit Vatan at BAM Cafe, no idea who’s playing first but it doesn’t matter, they’re both good.
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.
5/10, 10 PM quirky, carnivalesque steampunk rock band Not Waving but Drowning at Pete’s
5/10, 11 PM dark, snarling rockers Obits – the missing link betwen Syd Barrett and the Stooges – at the Wick, $14
5/11 wild Balkan/cinematic/jazz string ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband play an 11 AM kids’ show with up-and-coming chamber ensemble Face the Music, and their own “Pinky Swear Brigade” followed by a 4 PM doublebill with charming French pop revivalists Banda Magda at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave at 29th St, $20.
5/11, 11:30 AM wild, eclectic, jam-oriented worldbeat/klezmer band Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for brunch, $10 plus no minimum
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, 4 PM Ronald Feldman, cello and Doris Stevenson, piano with Mark Peskanov, violin play Bach – Sonata for Viola da Gamba No 1 in G Major, BWV 1027; Beethoven – Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 (Spring); Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
5/11, 5:30 PM clarinetists Ayoko Oshima and Charlie Neidich join with with pianists Naoko Oshima and Evelyne Luest playing works by Poulenc, Fauré, Ravel, Neidich at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.
5/11, 6 PM New York’s own hypnotic, authentically psychedelic Javanese orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara play classic and modern Javanese pieces at the Fat Cat of all places.
5/11, 7 PM acoustic tunesmith Kesang Marstrand plays her pensive, lyrical songs at Scratcher Sessions, 209 E 5th St.; 5/14, 9:30 PM she’s at the big room at the Rockwood
5/11, 7:30 PM indie classical string quartet Ethel at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
5/11, 8 PM edgy guitar jazz twinbill: Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog w/ Shahzad Ismaily and Ches Smith plus Chris Cochrane’s Collapsible Shoulder w/ Brian Chase, Mike Duclos, and Kevin Bud Jones at Rough Trade. Ribot is also at le Poisson Rouge on 5/12 with the rhythm section for his awesome new Live at the Vanguard album( Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor). Then on 5/13 at 8 he plays a live score to Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. And on 5/16 his group Los Cubanos Postizos is back at le Poisson Rouge at 7:30ish.
5/11, 9 PM intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Trash, $7
5/11, 11 PM unselfconsciously haunting great plains folk noir chanteuse Ember Schrag - this blog’s new favorite songwriter- and her band at Cake Shop
5/12, 7:30 PM the Ariel Quartet play works by Haydn, Berg and Beethoven at Subculture, $30 adv tix rec.
5/12, 8 PM the playful, colorful, sometimes quirky Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free
5/12, 8 PM chanteuse Ellia Bisker’s sinister, torchy Sweet Soubrette project at Pete’s
5/12, 8 PM intense, lyrically-fueled, soul-inspired songwriter Jo Williamson at LIC Bar
5/12, 8 PM the eclectic, subtle avant jazz Sarah Bernstein String Quartet with Scott Tixier, Mat Maneri, Rubin Kodheli – wow, what a lineup! – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
5/13-18 conductor/historian Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30. 5/13-15 they’re doing Evans’ Claude Thornhill Band swing tunes; 5/16 – 5/18 material from Evans’ classic New Bottle Old Wine and Individualism of Gil Evans albums.
5/13, 7:30 PM shapeshifting, subversive chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite does Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English in its entirety at Joe’s Pub.
5/13, 7:30 PM cellist Steven Kossak and pianist Eduard Laurel play works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Schumann at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
5/13, 7:30 PM oldschool two-guitar British dreampop band Eagulls at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
5/13, 8 PM indie classical viola star Nadia Sirota and rising star composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli at Subculture. Sirota leads a different ensemble here on 5/14, same time, $15 adv tix rec.
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.
5/13, 9 PM brilliant charismatically hilarious, edgy rock/noir cabaret chanteuse Killer Killy Dwyer (of Kill the Band infamy), who’s sort of a younger version of Tammy Faye Starlite, at the Way Station
5/13, 10:30 PM devious horn jazz: Curtis Hasselbring on trombone with Mark Helias on bass and Matt Wilson on drums at Korzo .
5/13, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls
5/14, 7 PM traditional Haitian vodou songs collected by Georges Vilson sung by a cast TBA, as part of this year’s Sweetest Songs festival put on by the Brooklyn Arts Council, at City Lore Performance Space, 56 E 1st St.
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.
5/14, 8:30 PM drummer Ches Smith leads a quartet with Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mat Maneri, viola; Stephan Crump, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
5/14, 9ish devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at at Rodeo Bar .
5/14, 9 PM Jordan Levinson followed at around 11 by Brief View of the Hudson Americana guitarslinger Nick Nace at Goodbye Blue Monday
5/14, 10 PM bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
5/14, 10:30 PM Heroes of Toolik play their deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling post-Velvets grooves at followed by massive majestic sonic waves and washes from the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at the Cameo Gallery .
5/15, 6:30 PM Adam O’Farrill on trumpet with Travis Reuter and Gabe Schneider on guitars at the Bar Next Door, free, followed at 7:30 by Tom Tallitsch on tenor axophone with Jared Gold on organ and Mark Ferber on drums ($12 cover).
5/15, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Cleopatra’s Needle
5/15, 7 PM pianist Michael Brown and cellist Nicholas Canellakis play Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 and Janácek’s Pohádka, among other works, at Barbès
5/15, 7 PM a lineup TBA explores intimate Georgian and Yiddish vocal traditions at City Lore Performance Space, 56 E 1st St. as part of this year’s Sweetest Songs festival put on by the Brooklyn Arts Council.
5/15, 7 PM reception with composers, 8 PM show: indie classical group Ecce Ensemble play premieres by Yu-Hui Chang and Schuyler Tsuda plus works by Gerard Grisey, Mark Andre, Liza Lim, Jose´ Manuel Serrano and Colin Tucker at the DiMenna Center, $20/$10 stud
5/15, 7:30 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern with J.Y. Song, piano and Yousif Sheronik, percussion play a transformative-themed program with music of Prokofiev, Gabriela Lena Fran, Enzo Rai and others at the World School, 259 10th Ave , $35.
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.
5/15, 8 PM brilliant steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at at Freddy’s
5/15, 8 PM sardonic, edgily funny, tuneful/lyrical powerpop songwriter Rachel Schain- who does songs like the celebrity satire Google Thinks We’re Dating and similar stuff – at the Way Station
5/15, 8 PM an evening of contemporary vocal music from the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and thingNY‘s Gelsey Bell playing a new quartet from Ben Hjertmann and solos, duos and trios by Dusapin, Scelsi, Bielawa, and others at the Firehouse Space, $10.
5/15, 8:30 PM flutist Jamie Baum‘s Jaki Byard repertory project with Adam Kolker, tenor sax, clarinet; Jerome Harris, guitar; Ugonna Okegwo , bass; George Schuller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min.
5/15, 8:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Aaron Parks‘ Little Big featuring Greg Touhey – guitar; Anders Christiansen – bass; Darren Beckett – drums at Shapeshifter Lab
5/15, 9ish legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome – who’s far more eclectic than you’d think an old punk rocker would be, mixing in janglerock and powerpop with his post-Stooges attack – plus edgy Nashville roots songwriter Paul Burch at Manitoba’s. They’re also at the Delancey on 5/17 at 9ish and upstairs at 2A on 5/18 at around 9.
5/15, 9ish smart, terse, funny Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar at Beast of Bourbon.
5/15, 11 PM surf/spy instrumentalists the Weisstronauts at Rodeo Bar.
5/15, midnight, darkly cinematic saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his band at Smalls
5/15 catchy, funky, brass-driven Afrobeat band the Breakdown Brass at Meridian 23.
5/16, 6 PM Amir Vahab and Yvette Ghoughassian play classical Persian and Turkish music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Patti Cadby Birch Court in the Islamic Art section, free w/museum adm
5/16, 7 PM Swiss 20-piece new music ensemble Collegium Novum Zurich plays a live soundtrack to dada films plus the U.S. premiere of Iris ter Schiphorst’s composition for avant-garde film of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
5/16, 7:30 PM reliably fun, cutting-edge composer-performer ensemble Antisocial Music at Spectrum.
5/16, 8 PM boisterous Balkan-flavored horn band Bad Credit No Credit at Radio Bushwick, $8
5/16, 8 PM, repeating 5/18 at 4 PM pianist Eleonor Bindman plays Bach works at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10
5/16, 8 PM an adventurous, incisive guitar jazz twinbill: Amanda Monaco‘s trio feat. Joe Fiedler on trombone and Sean Conly on bass at 8, Dave Tronzo‘s trio at 9.30 with Tronzo playing slide with Stomu Takeishi on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St., Astoria, N/Q to Ditmars, $10 includes a beer!
5/16, 8:30 PM the New York Trombone Consort play works by Jay Vilnai, Whitney George and Dave Taylor at Shapeshifter Lab, $10.
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, 8;30 PM intense jazz accordionist Will Holshouser leads a trio with Ron Horton, trumpet, Dave Phillips, bass at I-Beam, $10
5/16, 9ish hilarious female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band Trailer Radio at Beast of Bourbon.
5/16, 9ish dirty, growly, fun Nashville garage-punks Clear Plastic Masks at Rough Trade
5/16, 9 PM hilarious retro country songwriter Hayes Carll solo at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec.
5/16, 9 PM raucous, kick-ass female-fronted oldtime/newgrass string band Spuyten Duyvil,at the Jalopy, $10. They’re also at Hill Country Brooklyn on 5/22 at 7, free.
5/16, 9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klampanis leads an intriguing large-ish ensemble with Jean-Michel Pilc, piano; Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Zach Broch, violin; Maria Manousaki, violin; Lev Zhurbin, viola; Yoed Nir, cello; Petros Clampanis, bass, looper; John Hadfield, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min
5/16, 9 PM pensive Americana songwriter Donna Susan at Desmond’s, free. Raised on punk, inspired by country, more honest and haunting than any of the newbies recently relocated to Bushwick.
5/16, 9:30 PM the sultry, swinging, female-fronted Francophile Hot Sardines at Joe’s Pub, $20
5/16, 10 PM Brazda’s riveting frontwoman Shelley Thomas leads an ensemble singing classical Arabic songs at Silvana, Silvana, 300 W. 116th St, free.
5/16, 10 PM politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival at Shrine .
5/16, 11 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk
5/16, 11 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers at Rodeo Bar; 5/25 they’re at Barbes at 8
5/16, 11 PM Greg Smith & the Broken English - who’re sort of a more down-to-earth Deer Tick – playing the album release show for their new one at the small room at the Rockwood
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, 7 PM pianist Tor Morten Kjosnes‘ fascinating Lellikauken, which explores ancient mountain music of Snasa, Norway, at the Norwegian Church (52nd St. betw 1st/2nd Aves), free, as part of Norwegian National Day
5/17, 7 PM dark retro 80s rocker Alfonso Velez at Hill Country Brooklyn
5/17, 8 PM creepy, weird, jazz/cinematic faux-operatic agitators Thrillington at Rock Shop, $8.
5/17, 8 PM the quirky, fun, tuneful Daniel Bennett Group at Tomi Jazz, $10 + $10 cover
5/17, 9 PM Spanish singer Marta Hernandez’s eclectic flamenco/rock/Euro-folk band Mar Sala followed at 10 by Dahlia Dumont & DecaDence playing reggae, French chanson and chamber pop at the Way Station
5/17, 9ish LES punk/surf/soul legends Simon and the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also at Rodeo Bar on 5/30 at around 10.
5/17, 9/10:30 PM drummer Jeff Davis‘ cd release show with Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Oscar Noriega, alto sax, clarinet; Russ Lossing, piano; Eivind Opsvik, bass; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
5/17, 9:30 PM catchy hip-hop brass band grooves with PitchBlak Brass Band at the Tank, $10 adv tix rec
5/17, 9:30 PM lavish New Orleans funk/soul band Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
5/17, 10 PM noir rockabilly goddess Kim Lenz & the Jaguars at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec.
5/17, 10:30 PM well-loved ska-punk road warriors Mustard Plug – whose latest album is just as ferociously fun as their early stuff – at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec.
5/18, 3 PM the lively, eclectic Dances of the World Chamber Orchestra with composer Diana Wayburn – who play kinetic original instrumentals inspired by traditions around the world – at St. Mark’s Church, 10th St/2nd Ave., $10
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.
5/18, 4 PM the Apollo Trio play Debussy – Piano Trio in G Major, L. 3; Arensky -Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32; Chausson – Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
5/18, 6 PM accordion monster Ismael Butera’s Velvet Jubilee play “bluesy ballads and cajuny/zydeco/African-esque accordion inspired music from the jaunts & haunts of neo-tropical humidity” at Silvana in Harlem
5/18, 7 PM amazingly multistylistic accordion genius Guy Klucevsek and band at Barbes.
5/18, 9 PM haunting, otherworldly three-woman Bulgarian choir Black Sea Hotel – who do fascinating original arrangements of ancient Baltic tunes- at Muchmore’s
5/18, 9 PM soulful, low-key lyrical singer/guitarist Dina Rudeen – whose most recent retro soul/rock album is one of the best in recent years – at Pete’s
5/19 diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys play the album release show for their new one, Riverbed, at the Slipper Room .
5/19, 7/9 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties with special guest Megan Burleyson (of the Roulette Sisters) on washboard at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St in the South St Seaport
5/19, 8 PM trombonist Ryan Keberle‘s Big Band Living Legacy Project debuts At Hunter College – celebrating the work of living big band writers from Maria Schneier to Toshiko Akiyoshi – at Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College (entrance on 69th Street between Park and Lexington Aves, 4th floor), free.
5/20, 7 PM the Tablets - who do brooding female-fronted Joy Division-influenced trip-hop grooves – at Bric Arts, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place, Ft. Greene, free.
5/20, 7 PM rustic, sometimes otherworldly ex-Soviet Georgian guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze followed at 9 by Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.
5/20 Roman Diaz & El Gallo Mistico, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
5/20, 7:30 PM guitar powerhouse Allen Watsky’s “Djangle Box Project” featuring Marty Fogel, Brian Glassman & David Licht at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.
5/20, 7:30 PM composer/pianist/singer Svjetlana Bukvich plays the release show for her new new electroacoustic album at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec.
5/20, 8 PM Steve Coleman with Talea Ensemble playing David Adamcyk: New Work; David Brynjar Franzson: New Work (world premiere); Steve Coleman: Synovial Joints (world premiere) at Roulette, $15, stud/srs free
5/20, 8 PM Kent Tritle conducts the Oratorio Society of NY singing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail.
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 .
5/20, 9 PM intense, catchy dark Americana singer Jessie Kilguss and her band at the Way Station
5/20, 9 PM the amusingly costumed Super Friends Band play surf music and retro rock with a horn section at Shrine.
5/20, 9ish intense, shapeshifting, heavy psychedelic/metal band Eidetic Seeing at Grand Victory, $8
5/20, 10 PM drummer Carlo Costa‘s Acustica – his new 13-piece, twin-bass large ensemble – at I-Beam, $10.
5/20, 10:30 PM lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell (from Dave Douglas’ band) in a rare duo show with drummer Ches Smith at Korzo.
5/20, midnight eclectic, funky, compelling jazz violinist Zach Brock at the small room at the Rockwood.
5/21, drinks at 6, show at 7, cellist Inbal Segev performs works for solo cello by J.S. Bach (Suite in C Major) and Krzysztof Penderecki (Divertimento) at the FLAG Art Foundation in the Chelsea Arts Tower, (545 W 25th St, 9th fl), free,rsvp reqd
5/21, 7:30 PM versatile soulful oldtimey blues/newgrass road warriors the Howlin Brothers at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec
5/21, 8 PM stark, terse oldschool folk crooner/guitarist Willie Watson at the Mercury $10 adv tix rec.
5/21, 8 PM improvisation from some richly tuneful sources: Mantic Trio with Chris Moore (drums), Rob Price (guitar) and Lee Feldman on piano at Shapeshifter Lab.
5/21, 8 PM adventurous pianist Katie Reimer’s Mimesis Ensemble with special guest mezzo-soprano Kathryn Krasovec perform intriguing chamber works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mohammed Fairouz and David Lang at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$7 stud,
5/21, 8:30 PM drummer Devin Gray‘s RelativE ResonancE with Chris Speed, saxophone; Kris Davis, piano; Chris Tordini , bass; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
5/21, 9:30 PM dark, intense, jangly, noisy, wildly guitar-fueled SF band Annie Girl & the Flight - who sound a lot like Thalia Zedek - at Shea Stadium. 5/22 they’re at the small room at the Rockwood at 6 PM.
5/21, 11 PM Whiting Tennis – the former Scholars frontman and arguably the finest practitioner of Pacific Northwest gothic rock – at Pete’s.
5/21, 11 PM sultry, torchy Canadian chanteuse Myrian Phiro and her swing band – who excel at lush romantic Francophone jazz – at the first-floor bar at the at the McKittrick Hotel, 542 W 27th St.,
5/22, 7 PM Irish rockers Three Pints Shy followed at 8 by dark, historically-informed songwriter/guitarist Elisa Flynn and then at 9 by intense, torchy noir chanteuse Daphne Lee Martin and band– whose latest album Moxie is flat out brilliant – at the Way Station.
5/22, 7 PM intense, slashingly lyrical Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating at the small room at the Rockwood
5/22, 7:30 PM cellist Erik Friedlander leads his group playing the album release show for his surprisingly vigorous, groove-driven new one at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec
5/22, 8 PM intriguing, atmospheric, intense singer Emilie Weibel plays the cd release show for her new one at Greenwich House Music School on an amazing double bill with the similarly inclined Sara Serpa, who is also releasing her new duo album with guitarist Andre Matos.
5/22, 8 PM the Wet Ink Large Ensemble play indie classical works by Laurence Crane, Bryn Harrison, Eric Wubbels, James Saunders and Alex Mincek at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W. 20th St., $10/stud. free
5/22, 9 PM a cool female-fronted Russian art-rock twinbill: darkly sardonic art-rock pianist Eve Lesov followed by Sukhie (Russian for “dry”) at Drom, $17 adv tix rec.
5/22, 9 PM dark third-stream pianists leading their trios: Adrian Frey followed by Armen Donelian at Zinc Bar
5/22, 9/11 PM cornetist Victor Haskins‘ Trio with Drew Gress, bass; Clarence Penn, drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set/$10 second.
5/22, 9ish roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, free
5/22, 10ish intense minor-key klezmer/groove/classical instrumentalists Barbez at Trans-Pecos, 915 Wykoff Ave, Ridgewood, Queens
5/22, 10:30 PM tuneful, jangly psychedelic pop band the Sleepy Hahas at Tammany Hall
5/22, 11 PM soaring, intense original all-female Americana band Jan Bell & the Maybelles at Rodeo Bar
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, 7:30 PM playful, entertaining guitar virtuoso Bill Kirchen – who basically invented alt-country back in the 70s – at Joe’s Pub, $20.
5/23, 8 PM Staten Island skiffle band the Salt Cracker Crazies followed at 10 by Japanese/Romany punk swing band Kagero at the Way Station
5/23, 8 PM hypnotically funky psychedelic hammered dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters at Barbes
5/23, 8 PM jazz pianist Helen Sung leads her trio at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
5/23, 8 PM the Delorean Sisters- who play oldtimey versions of 80s cheeseball pop songs – at Sidewalk
5/23, 8:30 PM powerhouse oldschool C&W/highway rock band American Aquarium at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.
5/23, 9 PM creepy Americana eclecticists Villa Delirium – who juxtapose dark circus rock with sad, plaintive country ballads – at the Jalopy, $10
5/23-24, 9/11 PM elegant, melodic bassist/composer Linda Oh leads her Group featuring the Sirius Quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $22
5/23, 9ish tunefully scruffy British stadium rock band Maximo Park at Irving Plaza, $30.
5/23, 9/10:30 PM pianist Taylor Eigsti and bassist Joe Sanders play duos at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
5/24, 7 PM haunting, wickedly literate, lurid noir chanteuse Karla Moheno at the Cameo Gallery
5/24, 7 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Terra Blues.
5/24, 7 PM Tangolando (Sofia Tosello and Yuri Juarez) bridge between tango andAfro-Peruvian music on a doublebill with funky Afro-Peruvian group Festejation at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
5/24, 7:30 PM the Greek Rebetiko Trio plays hash-smoking music from the 20s and 30s at Drom, $15
5/24, 7:30 PM desert blues mavens Sway Machinery at le Poisson Rouge, $10
5/24, 7:30 PM early music ensemble New Vintage Baroque plays music by Purcell, Campra, and a new composition by Doug Balliett at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $20
5/24, 8:30 PM eclectic Americana/jazz songwriter/chanteuse Sarah Jarosz , bluegrass/klezmer mandolin legend Andy Statman and his trio, and newgrass pop band the Deadly Gentlemen at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec.
5/24, 9 PM oudist Fuat Caner Tokgozol leads a brilliant ensemble withTamer Pinarbasi ( kanun ); Ismail Lumanovski ( clarinet );Tariq Rantisi ( percussion ) playing classical Turkish music at Merkin Concert Hall, $30
5/24, 9 PM jangly goth band Flesh – who sound like the Cure circa 17 Seconds playing surf music – followed at 10 by Connecticut legends 9th Wave- who do the Dick Dale thing as good or better than he does – at the Way Station
5/24, 9 PM Americana legend-in-the-making Feral Foster’s album release show for his new one followed at 10 by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and then at 11 by Jalopy all-star soul/oldtimey/blues band the Ricochets at the Jalopy, $10.
5/24, 11 PM dark, hypnotically jazzy southwestern gothic songs with the James Apollo Five at Grand Victory, $tba
5/24, midnight smart, edgy, lyrical indie rock songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil at Union Pool, $10.
5/24, midnight charming French pop revivalists Banda Magda at the big room at the Rockwood.
5/25, 7 PM eclectic oldtime acoustic blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues.
5/25, midnight vibraphonist Behn Gillece and alto saxophonist Ken Fowser lead their brilliantly tuneful postbop quintet with Rick Germanson – piano , Paul Gill – bass , Jason Tiemann – drums at Smalls
5/26, 9 PM Balkan punk band the Resonant Rogues at the Way Station.
5/26, 11 PM fun newgrass jamband the Unseen Strangers at the small room at the Rockwood
5/27, 6 PM wild mostly remale klezmer jamband Isle of Klezbos at Bryant Park, free. They’re also at Spectrum on 5/29 at 9 for $15 (AC/good sonics included
5/27, 7 PM trumpet legend Frank London, dark polymath guitarist Aram Bajakian and an all-star band team up with Hungarian group the Glass House Ensemble for some rare pre-Holocaust songs at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl around the corner northwest of Battery Park, free, early arrival a must.
5/27 Eliado “Don Pancho” Terry and band, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
5/27, 7:30 PM the Klez Dispensers‘ fiery fiddler Amy Zakar’s Fidl Kapelye at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.
5/27, 7:30 PM Kyle Saulnier leads his tuneful, eclectic third-stream Awakening Orchestra playing the album release show for their new one at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec
5/27, 7:30 PM chanteuse/composer Kavita Shah plays the album release show for her debut, Visions with a jazz quintet plus Indian tablas and West African kora at Joe’s Pub.
5/27, 7:30 PM pianist Xiayin Wang with the Fine Arts Quartet playing the world premiere of Sean Hickey’s Piano Quintet plusworks by Saint-Saëns and Fauré at Merkin Concert Hall, $30/$15 stud/srs.
5/27, 8 PM wildly guitar-driven, psychedelic, female-fronted power trio Devi at Bowery Electric, $8
5/27-6/1 Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a smallish outfit at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
5/27, 10:30 trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls
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, 8 PM intense yet subtle pan-Asian jazz chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu‘s music/dance piece Solo Rites: Seven Breaths explores cultural, ecological and territorial losses throughout Asia at Roulette, $20
5/28, 9 PM 90s dancehall reggae firebrand Capleton at B.B. King’s, $26 adv tix rec.
5/28, 9:30 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Sidewalk.
5/28, 10 PM intense female-fronted lo-fi psychedelic guitar punk jazz band Fayaway at Cake Shop, $tba
5/28, 11 PM barrelhouse blues band the 4th St. Nite Owls at the Way Station
5/29, 8ish Dan Finnerty’s twisted twisted, satirical, pottymouth top 40 parody the Dan Band at the first-floor space at Webster Hall, $20
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, 9ish surf/twang rockes the Bakersfield Breakers play the album release show for their new one at Rodeo Bar.
5/29, 9 PM melancholy acoustic cover project – and Spanking Charlene spinoff – the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn at Beast of Bourbon
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.
5/29, 9 PM oldschool C&W band Country Provisions at the Way Station
5/29, 9:30 PM wild string-driven klezmer/Romany punk band Golem play the album release show for their brilliant, sardonic new one at Joe’s Pub, $14
5/29, 10 PM, repeating on 5/31, the NY Phil‘s Contact chamber ensemble plays innovative new works by Dan Fujikura, Vito Zuraj, Olga Neuwirth, Michael Jarrell and others at MOMA’s garden lobby, $20.
5/29 pyrotechnic, soulful, Romany/Middle Eastern/dark folk violinist Hannah Thiem and band, 10:30ish at the Mercury
5/30 the NY Philharmonic is giving away 100 tix to patrons ages 13-26 for their first annual “biennial” on 5/30 feat. the New York premiere of Steven Mackey’s Dreamhouse with Rinde Eckert, Synergy Vocals, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, and conductor Jayce Ogren; and Bang on a Can All-Stars performing the New York premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and conductor Julian Wachner. They’re also doing the same for the 6/6 concert feat. Matthias Pintscher conducting the NY Philharmonic in the New York premiere of his Cello Concerto with Alisa Weilerstein, the New York Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Instances, and the World Premiere of a work selected from an open call for scores.Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, from 5-7 PM the day of each Friday concert at Window 1 at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office.
5/30, 7:15 PM Jerome O’Brien of the late, great Dog Show plays his ferociously literate, vintage R&B/punk influenced songs at Sidewalk
5/30, 8 PM badass female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters followed by Louisiana supergroup the Revelers (with members of Red Stick Ramblers & the Pine Leaf Boys) at Littlefield, $12.
5/30, 8 PM the Mivos Quartet plays works by Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki, Carl Kanter, Taylor Brook and Dan Blake) at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Ft. Greene, $15/$10 stud/artist/under 30
5/30, 9ish bandleader/drummer Sean Noonan playing material from his richly noisy new album feat. Can’s Malcolm Mooney and guitar monster Aram Bajakian from Lou Reed’s band at Bowery Electric, $10 .
5/30, 9:30 PM the original lineup of tuneful indie powerpop favorites Palomar followed eventually at around 11 by Bambi Kino – Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) – playing the original Beatles 1960 Hamburg setlist, a benefit for PS154 at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
5/30, 10 PM good dark punk blues doublebill: duo Slim Wray followed at 11 by Jane Lee Hooker at Rock Shop, $10
5/31, 1 and 3 PM ambient/indie classical ensemble Dawn of Midi on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
5/31, 4:30 PM Alexandra Kalinowski’s intense piano-and-strings-fueled chamber pop band AK at the big room at the Rockwood
5/31, 7 PM dark intense charismatic lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable noir band at the Parkside.
5/31, 7 PM awesome Nashville oldschool honkytonk/western swing bandleader Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line at Joe’s Pub, $
5/31, 7 PM the Gabriel Faure Requiem performed by orchestra and choir at First Baptist Church, 79th St./Broadway, free, reception to follow.
5/31, 7 PM ferocious but smartly terse electric blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.
5/31, 8 PM a killer bill put together by irrepressible drummer/impresario/bandleader John Sharples at Freddy’s. Star bassist Andy Mattina opens solo (?!?) followed at 8:30 by dark Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating, at 9:30 by intense literate chanteuses Paula Carino and Erica Smith swapping songs with each other and with Sharples. Barrelhouse blues band the 4th St. Nite Owls wind up the night with an 11:30 set.
5/31, 8 PM the playful, fun, self-explanatory Toys & Tiny Instruments at the Way Station.
5/31, 8:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Spectrum
5/31, 9 PM a killer brass band twinbill at Littlefield : intense Eastern European jamband Raya Brass Band and their pals Providence street band What Cheer? Brigade, $10.
5/31, 10 PM intense chanteuse Michelle Casillas’ long-running powerpop band Ursa Minor at BAM Cafe, free
5/31, 10 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix avail. at the Mercury M-F 5-7 PM.
5/31, 10:30 PM Pere Ubu bass legend Tony Maimone’s sweeping, atmospheric, groove-driven postpunk/shoegaze band No Grave Like the Seaat the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.
5/31 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.
6/1, 2 PM the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra accompanies the film Last Night’s Symphonie – a contemporary retelling of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique – with a performance of the original at the Brooklyn Museum, $18
6/1, 3 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet play Charley Gerard’s Quartet no. 4 “Funkle Phil” and compositions by Mike Mower of the Itchy Fingers sax quartet at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Flushing, $12.
6/1, 6 PM the deal with the “free” Chrissie Hynde show at Rough Trade requires that you buy something at their store at 64 N 9th St. It’s not clear if there’s a minimum purchase (do they have anything for a quarter or a dollar?). And with what will definitely be insane crowds, you might want to pass on this. Same deal with the Peter Murphy show on 6/8.
6/1, 8 PM Lakeside Lounge vet Jim Keller plays the album release show for his brooding new alt-country album with a band with players from Ollabelle, Rickie Lee Jones and Rosanne Cash’s bands at the Rockwood
6/1, 9ish edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura play the album release show for their new one at Bowery Electric, $8.
6/1, 9ish lyrical intense clever Americana chanteuse Karen Hudson and band at Rodeo Bar
6/2-8 it’s the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at the Abrons Arts Center on Grand St. in the LES – too many artists/composers to list, the full lineup is here. Tix are $18 ($12 students and seniors) for 8 PM concerts, $15 ($10 students and seniors) for day and late-night concerts and $30 ($20 students and seniors) for a day pass (every show in a single day)
6/2, 7:30 PM Gutbucket guitarist Ty Citerman plays the album release for his excellent new klezmer-jazz album, Bop Kabbalah at Joe’s Pub, $15.
6/2, 8:30 PM the Sara McDonald Orchestra – a large jazz ensemble comprising a string quartet! -at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
6/2, 8:30 PM pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na play music for solo piano by Chopin and Liszt, and sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart and Debussy at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/3, trumpeter Jack Walrath & Masters of Suspense, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
6/3, 7:30 PM the NY Phil‘s Contact chamber ensemble plays innovative new works by Paola Prestini, Eric Nathan, Oscar Bettison, Ryan Brown and others at Subculture, $25.
6/3 soulful Mediterranean tango pianist Emilio Solla leads a nonet with strings playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
6/3, 9 PM deliciously ugly, skin-peeling noiserock with the Sediment Club at Cake Shop, $10
6/4, 7:30 PM wild Canadian guitar/viol ensemble the Sultans of String playing Romany jazz, Middle Eastern and rock with special guest sitarist Anwar Khurshid at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec.
6/4 eclectic, energetic jazz violinist Zach Brock leads his quartet playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
6/4, 8 PM haunting, atmospheric gothic Americana chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Red Hook Park, bordered by Halleck St., Bush St. bet. Otsego St. and Court St., free.
6/4, 8 PM Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes.
6/4, 8:30 PM trumpeter Russ Johnson leads an amazing quintet featuring Roy Nathanson, alto, soprano sax; Orrin Evans, piano; Brad Jones , bass; George Schuller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/4, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord
6/4, 9 PM intense, enveloping avant duo Dark Tips (violist Jessica Pavone and organist Rachael Bell) at the Pleasure Jail (upstairs over the Silent Barn), 603 Bushwick Ave.
6/4, 9 PM dark Certain General guitarist Phil Gammage‘s Adventures in Bluesland project at Shrine.
6/4, 9:30 PM charismatically torchy oldtimey songwriting mavenJolie Holland at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 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, 7:30 PM eclectic ska/rocksteady/world funk band the Brown Rice Family at Bric Arts, free. They’re also at at BAM Cafe on 6/7 at 9
6/5, 7:30 PM the Mike Baggetta Quartet celebrate the release of their new guitar jazz album plus bassist Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas – (Tony Malaby – saxophone, Brandon Seabrook – guitar, Jacob Sacks – piano, Kenny Wollesen – drums) at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $20.
6/5, 8 PM chanteuse Jennifer Charles’ lurid art-rock/goth band Elysian Fields at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
6/5, 8:30 PM pyrotechnic tuneful postbop supergroup the Puppeteers, with pianist Arturo O’Farrill and vibraphone genius Bill Ware, at Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave, $15.
6/5, 8:30 PM alto saxophonist Ben Kono leads a quintet with Pete McCann, guitar; Henry Hey, piano; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums, percusssion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/5, 9ish ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner at Santos Party House, $!2.
6/5, 9 PM olschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at at Hill Country Brooklyn
6/5, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
6/5, 9 PM singer Heather Maloney and Americana pop band Darlingside celebrate the release of their newgrass album at the Jalopy, $10.
6/5, 9:30 PM intense, magically nuanced Mexican jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera with similarly terse Spanish flamenco/Romany jazz guitarist Javier Limon at Joe’s Pub, $20
6/5 haunting classic 70s style art-rock/Britfolk band Syd Arthur at Bowery Ballroom.
6/6, 5:30 PM haunting Russian folk quartet Russkaya Krasa at the American Folk Art Museum, free.
6/6, 7 PM doo-wop punk with King Khan & the Shrines at le Poisson Rouge, $15. They’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg the following night, 6/7 at 11 for the same price.
6/6, 7:30 PM dark, hypnotically jazzy southwestern gothic songwriter James Apollo at Rock Shop, $10
6/6 the American Composers Orchestra premiere new works by emerging composers with a working rehearsal on 6/6 at 10 AM and a run-through on 6/7 at 7:30 PM at the DiMenna Center, both free
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!
6/6, 7 PM doo-wop punk with King Khan & the Shrines at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
6/6, 8 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – followed by the hip-hop brass band grooves of PitchBlak Brass Band at the Knitting Factory, $12
6/6, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his sextet followed at 10 by the self-explanatory, oldtimey Jug Addicts at Barbes. The Jug Addicts are also at Bar Chord on 6/27 at 9.
6/6, 8:30 PM edgy klezmer-inspired punk-jazz crew Gutbucket at I-Beam, $10.
6/6, 9 PM darkly bluesy Nick Cave/Stooges-influenced Syracuse band Pale Green Stars at Dinosaur BBQ; 6/7 they’re at the Harlem branch, 700 W. 125th St. at 12th Ave, same time.
6/6, 9 PM Brooklyn bluegrass crew Morningside Drive followed at 10 by guitar/accordion duo Matt Munisteri and Will Holshouser (probably doing their amazing, haunting Belgian musette thing) and then at 11 by the Six Deadly Venoms in case you haven’t yet got your bluegrass fix, at the Jalopy, $10.
6/6, 10ish ghoulabilly faves the Tombstone Brawlers at Grand Victory, $12
6/6, 9/10:30 PM bassist Michael Bates leads a quartet with Greg Tardy, saxophone; Bobby Avey, piano; Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/6, 10:30ish punk-inspired electric bluegrass and country with Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar
6/6, 11 PM hypnotic, intense postrock/dreampop band Kayo Dot at Littlefield.
6/7 the Andrew Bird/Tift Merritt shows at Rough Trade are sold out
6/7, 4 PM 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 at 6 by resonator guitarist Zeke Healy with violist Karen Waltuch , at 8 by eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes and intense accordionist Patrick Farrell playing the album release show for their new one and at 10 by high-velocity Mexican polka band Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at Barbes.
6/7, 5 PM hilarious, period-perfect, subtly filthy oldtimey banjoist/songwriter Al Duvall at Pete’s. He’s at the Jalopy the next night, 6/8 at 8:45 for $10
6/7, 8 PM an excellent Americana night: bluegrass fiddling intensity with the Melody Allegra Band, mandolinist Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade, rustic front-porch folk guy Bryan Nebel and twisted Pogues-influenced circus rock/noir acoustic band Thee Shambels at Union Hall, $10
6/7, 8 PM members of the NY Composers Circle play new music for cello and piano by Eric Segerstrom, Scott D. Miller, Hubert Howe, Nina Siniakova and others at Symphony Space, $15 adv tix rec.
6/7, 8:30 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s starts at 8:30 PM with the self-explanatory Bongo Surf , the cinematic Tarantinos NYC at 9:30, sizzling original reverb instrumentalists Mister Neutron at 10:30, Connecticut legends 9th Wave – who outdo Dick Dale at the wild tremolo-picking sometimes – at 11:30 and finally powerhouse original reverb rockers Strange But Surf sometime after midnight.
6/7, 9 PM ten-piece country/Romany/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.
6/7, 9 PM high-energy oldtime country blues/hillbilly band Jumbo Brown (named for the guy who was a proto-Mariano Rivera many decades ago) at Hill Country Brooklyn. They’re also at Rodeo Bar on 6/12 at around 10:30
6/7, 9 PM mesmerizing, soaring, intense art-rock pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
6/7, 9 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band at Sidewalk.
6/7, 10 PM sprawlingly creepy oldtimey/Americana guys O’Death at the Wick, $14.
6/7, 10 PM roots reggae/soul rockers Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine.
6/7, 10 PM intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Desmond’s. 6/21 she’s doing a marathon of Make Music NY appearances starting at noon at the Central Park oval and then at Radio Bushwick at 4; on 6/25 she’s at Trash at 8.
6/8, 1 PM-ish Russian klezmer chanteuse Svetlana Portnyansky and band at the Russian festival at Asser Levy Park (up the block from the aquarium, where the annual Coney Island concert series used to be held), free
6/8, 3 PM reliably interesting, psychedelically-inclined indie classical guitar quartet Dither at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, free with Museum admission ($10 for adults, $5 stud/srs).
6/8, 7:30 PM haunting art-rock/darkwave songwriter Ambrosia Parsley followed at 9 by explosive Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
6/8, 8 PM intense lyrical Iranian underground music with Shahin Najafi and ensemble at Drom, $25 adv tix highly rec.
6/8, 8 PM downtempo/darkwave singer Danielle Eva Schwob, all-female early music/indie classical group SIREN Baroque and intriguing postrock/indie classical ensemble the Knellls at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
6/8, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by emerging composers Jack Gulielmetti, Timo Andres, Mike Bono, Tony Fajt, Ryan Francis, Jonathan Katz, Paul Kerekes, Sky Macklay, and Clint Needham at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 srs.
6/8, 8:45 PM hilarious, period-perfect, subtly filthy oldtimey banjoist/songwriter Al Duvall at the Jalopy, $10.
6/8, 9:30 PM tuneful, pensive, occasionally droll alt-country duets with Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis at Joe’s Pub, $25
6/8, 9:30 PM deviously tuneful, genre-spanning B3 paradigm-shifter Brian Charette leads his organ trio at 55 Bar
6/9, 6:30 PM country and country-gospel maven (and Elvis Costello collaborator) Jim Lauderdale followed by gorgeously harmony-driven, sometimes creepy all-female newgrass/Nashvillle gothic band Della Mae at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
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.
6/9, 8:30 PM the up-and-coming Jim Saltzman Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
6/9, 10ish Nashville gothic/dark blues guy Viking – equally haunting on guitar and piano -at Goodbye Blue Monday
6/10, 5 PM hippie honkytonk pianist Commander Cody – who basically invented alt-country back in the 70s – in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free.
6/10, 6-9 PM the Museum Mile Festival with free admission to El Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York; the Jewish Museum; the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and The Africa Center plus a street fair and live music (Asphalt Orchestra out in front of the Jewish Museum at 92nd St.)
6/10, 7 PM French accordionist/toy pianist chanteuse Jessica Fichot sings chanson, Romany jazz and international sounds folowed at 8 by ten-piece Balkan brass monstrosity Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
6/10 intense creepy nuevo tango/noir/indie classical pianist Fernando Otero & Radio Angel, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
6/10, 7:30 PM klezmer clarinet legend Pete Sokolow’s Klezmer Plus Trio with Ken Maltz & Marty Confurius at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15
6/10-15 intense, fearless reedwoman Anat Cohen leads leads her group at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
6/10, 10 PM dark, brilliant lyricist and catchy acoustic rock songwriter Daniel Bernstein a.k.a. Cockroach at Sidewalk
6/10, 10 PM wild crazy Romany jazz/New Orleans jamband Dirty Bourbon River Show at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
6/11, 6:30 PM torchy Irish/New Orleans oldtimey swing chanteuse Tara O’Grady and her great band on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library.
6/11 and 12 at 7:30 PM plus 6/13 and 14 at 8, pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the NY Phil playing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail.
6/11, 7ish tuneful Aussie arenarock band Reserved for Rondee followed by the politically infused, female-fronted Last Internationale, whose forthcoming album covers classic protest songs from over the years, at the Mercury, $10
6/11, 9:30 ish scorchingly fun, sardonically theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Littlefield, $8.
6/11, 9:30ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at at Rodeo Bar
6/11, 9:30 PM intriguing, atmospheric, intense singer Emilie Weibel at the third stage at the Rockwood, $5 + $10 min.
6/12, half past noon an explosive Brazilian triplebill: eclectic funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat, thunderous drum troupe Maracatu NY, and Raízes do Brasil Capoeira Brooklyn at the World Financial Center, free
6/12, 7 PM Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt playing songs off his new debut solo album at at Joe’s Pub, $25.
6/12-15 lyrical alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry and his percussion-heavy sextet Afro-Cuban Roots playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
6/12, 8 PM Souren Baronian‘s Taksim improvise on haunting Armenian themes followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes.
6/12-14, 8:30 PM bassist Michael Formanek leads a trio with Kris Davis, piano; Ches Smith , drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum.
6/12, 9 PM torchy, darkly pensive Cat Power-inspired Wisconsin chamber pop/Americana chanteuse Anna Vogelzang at the small room at the Rockwood.
6/12, 9ish intense postrock/metal/noir surf instrumentalists Dark City at Bowery Electric .
6/13, 9ish explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
6/12, 9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Union Hall
6/12, 10 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – at the Jalopy, $10
6/12, 10ish perennially relevant hip-hop lyricist Talib Kweli and band at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec.
6/12, 10:30ish high-energy oldtime country blues/hillbilly band Jumbo Brown at Rodeo Bar.
6/13, 6:15 PM smart dark Americana songwriter Jessi Robertson at the American Folk Art Museum.
6/13, 7 PM wild, eclectic, cinematic Slavic string ensemble Ljova & the Kontraband followed by quirky fun jazzy female-fronted French pop band Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $20
6/13, 7 PM Orion Weiss, piano; Anna Polonsky, piano play Faure – Dolly Suite, Op. 56; Schubert – Fantasie in F minor for piano four-hands, D. 940; Haydn – Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6; Debussy- L’isle joyeuse, Masques; Dvorak – Selection of Slavonic Dances from Op. 46 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
6/13, 8 PM ecstatic Israeli Middle Eastern dance-funk orchestra Yemen Blues at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req.
6/13, 8 PM Lea Bertucci (solo amplified bass clarinet, yum), and Bhob Rainey (solo soprano sax) improvise at Jack, $10
6/13, 8 PM LA band the Battlefield - who do a more energetic take on Little Big Town-style 70s country-pop at the small room at the Rockwood.
6/13, 9 PM dark baritone Nashville gothic/western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack City Ramblers at Bar Chord.
6/13, 10 PM ferocious original Balkan horn jamband Raya Brass Band at Barbes.
6/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet- Anders Nilsson - guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion at Barbes.
6/14, 7 PM, repeating 6/15 at 4 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Alexander Mishnaevsky, viola; Robert DeMaine, cello; Alexander Peskanov, piano play Mozart – Duo for violin and viola in G Major, K. 423; Beethoven – String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1; Brahms – Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
6/14, 7:30 PM 86 year-old Armenian duduk virtuoso Jivan Gasparyan collaborates with the king of the Persian fiddle, Kayhan Kalhor at the World Financial Center atrium, early arrival a must.
6/14, 9 PM the Midnight Moan - who are a dead ringer for the Stones circa 1971 – celebrate the release of their new album at Arlene’s
6/14, 9 PM legendary obscure Oakland retro soul chanteuse Sugar Pie DeSanto backed by the Brooklyn Rhythm Band at Littlefield, $15 adv tix rec.
6/14, 11:30 PM wry retro 60s psychedelic pop band Gringo Star at the Mercury, $10
6/14, half past midnight versatile oldschool/newschool soul avatar and saxophone powerhouse Lakecia Benjamin at the Blue Note, $15
6/15, 11:30 AM-ish brilliant, intense all-female klezmer jam band Isle of Klezbos play the klezmer brunch at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids 12 and under free – this band plays well early in the day, believe it or not.
6/15, 2 PM noted early music vocal ensemble Schola Antiqua of Chicago make their NYC debut singing French renaissance motets at the Morgan Library, $35.
6/15, 8 PM Moroccan horn band legends the Master Musicians of Jajouka feat. their longtime bandleader Bachir Attar plus drummer Billy Martin, guitar god Marc Ribot and his bassist pal Shahzad Ismaily at le Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec
6/15 Ethiopian roots reggae band Zvuloon Dub System at SOB’s.
6/16, 8 PM high-voltage original klezmer/jazz band Klezmerson at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $12
6/16, 8:30 PM intense, fearlessly satirical, percussion-driven Ukranian folk-punk/art-rock band DakhaBrakha at the World Financial Center atrium, free.
6/16, 8:30 PM contrabass trombonist King James Rogers’ Harlem-based Shrine Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
6/16, 10ish hypnotic, intense Syrian composer/bandleader Omar Souleyman at Glasslands, $13.
6/16, 11:30 PM period-perfect 1972-era Rolling Stones soundalikes the Midnight Moan at Arlene’s.
6/17, 7 PM rustic, sometimes otherworldly ex-Soviet Georgian guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze followed at 8 by 10-piece Balkan brass powerhouse Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
6/17 & 6/24 Cuban diva Melvis Santa, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
6/17-18 the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend
6/17, 8:30 PM wild, kick-ass British folk-punk band Skinny Lister – sort of the British equivalent of the Pogues – at the Knitting Factory, $15.
6/17, 9 PM powerhouse lyricist, nimble guitarist, subtle acoustic rock singer Linda Draper at Sidewalk.
6/17, 9:30 PM haunting Finnish folk/Romany sister act Rajamailla at Drom.
6/17, 10 PM vibraphonist Matt Moran‘s trio with Gary Versace, organ; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/17, 10:30ish Jack Grace’s hysterically funny country Van Halen/cheesemetal cover band Van Hayride at Rodeo Bar.
6/18, 6:30 PM the Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s one and only black bluegrass band – on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library.
6/18, 7 PM noir Americana chanteuse Nicole Atkins at Madison Square Park, free – her latest album goes in a more mainstream new wave direction.
6/18, 7:30 PM oldschool soul/funk band Empire Beats fronted by sultry chanteuse Camille Atkinson at Hill Country Brooklyn
6/18, 8 PM vintage 20s/30s Greek revolution songs and hash smoking music with Que Vlo-Ve at Barbes
6/18, 8 PM polymath guitarist Marc Ribot plays a tribute to his first guitar teacher, the father of Haitian classical guitar, Frantz Casséus along with two other disciples of Casseus, Italian classical guitarist Alberto Mesirca and Marc Mathelier, plus Trio Blastphemy (Curtis Hasselbring – trombone, Ben Holmes – trumpet, flugelhorn, Marcus Rojas – tuba), vocalists Melanie Charles and Barbara Perlow Simon (who sung on Casseus’ 1969 Haitiana album, at Issue Project Room, $25
6/18 and 19 at 7:30 PM plus 6/20 8, pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the NY Phil playing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail.
6/18, 8 PM the king of the downtown NYC literate rock anthem, Willie Nile at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req.
6/18, 9 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at Highline Ballroom, $25
6/19-22 Christian McBride’s vibraphonist pal Warren Wolf & the Wolfpack with Jaleel Shaw on alto and Jake Sherman on organ, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend.
6/19, 8 PM klezmerite/Americanist Andy Statman- who’s just as exhilarating on mandolin as he is on clarinet – followed at 10 by awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco – with bass and baritone sax, baritone guitar, bass and drums – at Barbes
6/19, 8 PM brilliant, cinematic steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at at Freddy’s
6/19, 8 PM the indie classical the Mise-En Music Festival opens with Ensemble Mise-En at Korean Cultural Service, 460 Park Ave # 601.
6/19, 8:30 PM drummer Rob Garcia leads a quartet with Noah Preminger, tenor sax; Dan Tepfer, piano; Joe Martin, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/19, 9 PM a killer Balkan doublebill with fiery Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita playing the album release show for their long-awaited debut and then the equally intense Tipsy Oxcart at the Jalopy, $10
6/19, 9 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny powerpop Beatlesque/Costelloesque songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk
6/19, 9ish dark country/Nashvillle gothic outfit Karen & the Sorrows play the album release show for their new one at Branded Saloon, $5 – plus there will be cookies!
6/20, 5:30 PM noir chanteuse and Reid Paley collaborator Peg Simone at the American Folk Art Museum
6/20, 7 PM arguably the most popular avant garde composer ever, Terry Riley and his atmospheric guitarist kid Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People’s Chorus play Riley works at Federal Hall, 26 Wall St. in the financial district, free, early arrival a must.
6/20, 7 PM the Dorian Wind Quintet play Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
6/20, 7 PM night two of the the indie classical the Mise-En Music Festival features chamber group Ensemble Paramirabo at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave.
6/20, 7:30 PM wickedly smart, politically aware, tuneful psychedelic new wave band the Larch followed by period-perfect 1970-ish Chicago heavy blues/psychedelic outfit Train Company at Bowery Electric
6/20, 7:30 PM well-loved, state-of-the-art female-fronted oldschool soul revivalists Lake Street Dive at Prospect Park Bandshell
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.
6/20, 8 PM Mike Baggetta – guitar; Jerome Harris – bass; Billy Mintz – drums followed by a rare duo acoustic show by Nels Cline & Julian Lage at 9:30 PM at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St., Astoria , $10 includes a beer!
6/20, 9 PM the Debutante Hour’s deviously amusing, literarily-inclined Susan Hwang and the Realastics and then haunting, intense Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss at Red Hook Bait and Tackle.
6/20, 9 PM bluegrass stars James Reams and the Barnstormers at the Jalopy, $10.
6/20, 10ish intense, theatrical, psychedelic noir/southwestern gothic band Jail Weddings at Cake Shop
6/20, 10 PM Haley Bowery & the Manimals play their sardonic, hard-hitting nuevo-glamrock at Spike Hill
6/20, 11 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk.
6/21, sometime in the afternoon outside Freddy’s: diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys, female-fronted psychedelic popsters the Tara Lynne Band , hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes and others
6/21, 2:45 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, early arrival advised: performances by the Dorian Wind Quintet, pianist Nataliya Medvedovskaya, the Velveteen String Quartet, and the Bohemian Trio playing originals plus works by Bach, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and others.
6/21, 5 PM the third night of the the indie classical the Mise-En Music Festival features the Momenta Quartet at the Taipei Cultural Center, 1 E 42nd St.
6/21, 5 PM bhangra funk orchestra Red Baraat on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library.
6/21, 7:30/10 PM eclectic blues/hip-hop songwriter Chris Thomas King – co-star of O Brother Where Art Thou – at Lucille’s, $20 adv tix rec.
6/21, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed 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
6/21, 8 PM a composer portrait concert of the work of Bent Sørensen performed by Ensemble Mise-En at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave.
6/21, 9 PM dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Prospect Park Bandshell.
6/21, 9/10:30 PM alto saxophonist Loren Stillman leads a quartet with Shane Endsley, trumpet; Drew Gress, bass; Mark Ferber, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum.
6/21, 9ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
6/21, half past midnight psychedelic jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland‘s Twi-Life at the Blue Note, $15
6/22, 2 PM this year’s free avant garde/indie classical Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center atrium features Adrianna Mateo, Anonymous 4, Bang on a Can All-Stars & friends, Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Great Noise Ensemble, Mantra Percussion, Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann, Roomful of Teeth, and So Percussion and many others
6/22, 4 PM the indie classical the Mise-En Music Festival winds up with a marathon performance by Ensemble Mise-En, the Momenta Quartet and Ensemble Paramirabo at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St.
6/22, 8 PM a killer guitar doublebill: noir twangmeister Jim Campilongo followed at 10 by Romany powerhouse Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
6/22, 8ish female-fronted dark garage rock extravaganza: Friggs guitarslinger/singer Palmyra Delran followed by Amy Gore & Her Valentines at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec.
6/22, 8 PM richly lyrical jazz with the occasional Middle Eastern flourish: Avishai Cohen (bass & vocals) with his trio Nitai Hershkovits (piano) and Daniel Dor (drums) at Highline Ballroom, $30
6/22, 8:30 PM wild post-Waits Americana with JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers at the Knitting Factory, $12.
6/22, 8:30 PM Turkish jazz chanteuse Defne Sahin leads a quartet with Fabian Almazan, piano; Tamir Shmerling, bass; Henry Cole, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/22, 9 PM powerpop guitar genius Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express (playing “Temple Beautiful” with a string section) at Bowery Ballroom, $22 gen adm.
6/23 electric violin maven and former Turtle Island Quartet violinist Tracy Silverman plays the album release show for his new one Between the Kiss and the Chaos with special guests feat. works by John Adams, Terry Riley, Kenji Bunch, Bach, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St (8th & 9th Aves)
6/23, 7 PM at Pier 15 at South St. Seaport, Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and ex-Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler play their brooding new piece Aokigahara, inspired by the popular Japanese suicide spot.
6/23-24, 8/10:30 PM lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Michel Camilo plays a rare series of solo shows at the Blue Note.
6/23, 8:30 PM Craig Bailey, Tim Armacost, and Brooklyn Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
6/24, 5 PM X’s John Doe plays the album release show for his new one in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
6/24-26 at 7:30 PM plus 6/27-28 at 8, pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the NY Phil playing Beethoven’s Emperor and Triple Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail.
6/24, 7:30 PM well-loved indie classical orchestra the Knights with pianist Timo Andres play works by Boccherini, Ives, Andrew Norman and Andres himself at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat
6/24, 7:30 PM eclectic retro jazz chanteuse Cécile McLorin Salvant with brilliant oldtime swing band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
6/24, 8:30 PM intriguing, atmospheric, intense singer Emilie Weibel at Cornelia St. Cafe.
6/24, 9:30 PM the torchy female-fronted Carte Blanche Jazz Band plays French, latin and American standards from the swing era at Drom, $5
6/25, 6:30 PM punk-era legend/storyteller/janglerocker Wreckless Eric at the Mercury, $12 gen adm.
6/25, 7ish tuneful post-Replacements Staten Island punk band Tatterhood at Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island
6/25 guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza and her quartet with Fabian Almazan on piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
6/25, 8 PM original and classic Sephardic sounds with Sofie Salonika -Jessica Lurie on sax flute, accordion, and voice. Katie Down on flute, ukulele, voice, and percussion. Arthur Kell on bass. Christ Stromquist on percussion – at Barbes.
6/25, 8:30 PM intense, ethereal, cutting-edge jazz singer/pianist Sara Serpa leads her quartet with André Matos, guitar; Matt Brewer, bass; Richie Barshay, drum at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/25, 9 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, sultry downtempo/trip-hop/neosoul band SLV at Shrine
6/26-29 gospel-tinged pianist Cyrus Chestnut leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend.
6/26, 9 PM hypnotic danceable Ethiopian-inspired sounds with Budos Band at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec.
6/27, 4 PM sultry downtempo grooves with chanteuse Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s SLV followed eventually at around 8 by ranchera punk band Piñata Protest at South St. Seaport.
6/27, 6:15ish Bobtown guitarist Karen Dahlstrom – whose haunting solo album Gem State, a collection of original oldtime style folk songs set in historic Idaho, is one of the coolest Americana records of recent years – at the American Folk Art Museum
6/27, 7 PM torchy, eclectic North Carolina country chanteuse Jeanne Jolly at the first-floor space at Webster Hall, $12.
6/27, 7 PM the Greene Space’s non-exploitative battle of the bands continues with the finals from the five boroughs’ top contestants, still to be determined. For the past three years, somebody good has always won. $15 incl. a glass of wine, $30 will get you open bar?!?
6/27, 7:30 PM punk legend and ex-Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at Highline Ballroom, $17 adv tix rec.
6/27, 7:30 PM the sultry, swinging, female-fronted Francophile Hot Sardines at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
6/27, 8 PM Mingus Dynasty plays a live score to Manfred Kirchheimer’s legendary 1981 DIY NYC subway documentary film Stations of the Elevated at BAM Harvey Theater.
6/27, 8:30 PM sprawling oldtime band Jesus on the Mainline at the Mercury, $12
6/27, 9ish oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Beast of Bourbon.
6/27, 9 PM haunting, quiet, atmospheric, lyrical cellist/songwriter/chanteuse Meaner Pencil at Goodbye Blue Monday
6/27, 9ish legendary Jamaican one-hit wonder Junior Marvin and band playing a Bob Marley tribute at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.
6/27, 10 PM female-fronted psychedelic popsters the Tara Lynne Band and the diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Freddy’s
6/28, 7:30 PM cajun all-stars the Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy making their New York debut at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
6/28, 7:30 PM newschool soul/funk bandleader Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter followed by popular 90s reggae-pop crooner Luciano at Prospect Park Bandshell.
6/28, 8 PM irrepressible drummer/impresario/bandleader John Sharples hosts an evening of NYC rock luminaries and Beefstock veterans, lineup TBA, at Freddy’s
6/28, 8ish bouncy, rustic Colombian folklorica band Curupira at South St. Seaport.
6/29, 3:30 PM mighty brass-fueled psychedelic southwestern gothic art-rockers Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta at South St. Seaport.
6/29, 7 PM luminous, intense, inscrutable art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost at the small room at the Rockwood
6/29 phenomenally fun, intense, noir-tinged oldschool soul siren Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes play the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. & the FDR, $25 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc
6/29, 7 PM wickedly catchy hip-hop brass grooves with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Central Park Summerstage
6/30, 7:30 PM eclectic violin jazz star Jenny Scheinman – whose forthcoming album goes back to the plaintive C&W-flavored lyrical songwriting she was doing about seven years ago – at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
6/30, 8 PM a fascinating evening of Central Asian themes with the Kazakh National Kurmangazy Orchestra with Baikadamov Choir and soloists at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $
6/30, 8:30 PM Darcy James Argue trombonist Mike Fahie‘s similarly adventurous Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
7/1, 5 PM popular oldtimey Americana road warriors the Howlin Brothers in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
7/1 wild, percussion-driven oldschool Afro-Cuban jazz oufit Francisco Mora-Catlett & AfroHORN, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
7/1, 8 PM legendary Dominican merengue chanteuse Milly Quezada at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/2, 6 PM a newgrass twinbill with Cricket Tell the Weather followed by the SteelDrivers at Madison Square Park, free
7/2 People (guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Kevin Shea, multi-instrumentalist Kyle Forester) at Death by Audio. Their upcoming album has horns and vocals, wild and amazing stuff!
7/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
7/4, 7:30 PM Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta play oldschool salsa at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc
7/6, 7 PM Mary C & the Stellars play high-voltage retro 60s soul at Pier 1 on the upper west, free– if you like Adele’s voice but find her songs trite and cliched, Mary C will hook you up.
7/7, 3 PM Orbisonesque nuevo noir Nashville pop band Nightmare & the Cat at Central Park Summerstage.
7/8 the Emilio Valdes Quartet with special guest guitarist Mark Whitfield, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
7/8, 7:30 PM Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks do their Boardwalk Empire soundtrack with Margot Bingham (playing torch singer Daughter Maitland) and her co-star Stephen DeRosa, singing Eddie Cantor songs, at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/8, 9 PM newschool oldtimey music maven Andrew Bird at Central Park Summerstage
7/9, 7:30 PM Cuban son band Cojunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas make their US debut at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc
7/9, 8 PM the NY Phil plays Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel, and Don Juan; Smetana – Vysehrad; and Tschaikovsky – Romeo & Juliet at Prospect Park, free, early arrival advised; closest entry point is the 9th St. entrance. The show repeats on 7/10 at 8 in Cunningham Park in Queens and then 7/11 at 8 on the lawn in Central Park
7/9, 10ish the Felice Bros. - the thinking/breathing person’s alternative to the Mumfords, et al. at Webster Hall, $25 tix avail. at the Mercury box ofc M-F 5-7 PM
7/10 perennially powerful, tuneful, lyrically relevant Irish rockers Black 47 play their very last Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. & the FDR, $30 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc
7/10, 7:30 PM funky, twangy, danceable New Orleans/Brazilian/surf rock band Nation Beat at the Lincoln Center Atrium
7/10, 7:30 PM the Octavio Brunetti Tango Orchestra at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/11, 8 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop, $10.
7/12, 7:30 PM brilliant Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel and band at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/12, 7:30 PM the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra with special guest James Carter play an Illinois Jacquet tribute at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/12, 8ish the Lyres – no idea how much the second-wave garage rock legends have left in the tank if at all – at Grand Victory
7/12, 9 PM “EuroGrass” at the Jalopy: Ireland’s Vincent Cross and Swiss duo Mala & FyrMoon, $!5
7/12, 9:30 PM edgy lyrically-driven alt-country band Butchers Blind followed by Marah doing their Pennsylvania Mountain Minstrelsy acoustic oldtimey project at Bowery Electric
7/13, 3 PM avant garde pickup group “Bang on Ja-pan” at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, free with Museum.
7/13, 7 PM Orquesta SSC play oldschool salsa dura at Pier 1 on the upper west, free
7/14, 8 PM the NY Phil with Joshua Bell, violin play Nielsen – Maskrade Overture; Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1; Grieg – selections from Pier Gynt; Liszt – Les Preludes, on the lawn in Central Park. The concert repeats 7/15 at 8 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
7/15 Roman Diaz & El Gallo Mistico, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
7/15, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Beethoven works including Symphony No. 1 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat
7/15, 9 PM this era’s most poignant voice in country and Americana, Laura Cantrell at le Poisson Rouge, $25. She’s at the the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 7/16, same time, same price.
7/16, 6 PM the No BS Brass Band followed by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on the water out back of the World Financial Center, free.
7/16, 7 PM jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson and group at Madison Square Park, free
7/16, 9 PM wild, intense newgrass/punkgrass band the Brothers Comatose at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
7/17, 6 PM the James Carter Organ Trio followed eventually at 8 by well-loved oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist/soul singer Robert Cray on the water out back of the World Financial Center, free
7/17 intriguing, atmospheric, intense singer Emilie Weibel plays her bday show at Shapeshifter Lab.
7/17, 9 PM 90s Brooklyn hardcore hip-hop nostalgia: Mobb Deep at Highbridge Park in Queens.
7/18, 10:30 PM one of the year’s best rock doublebills: scorchingly lyrical, politically-fueled two-guitar anthemic punk/circus rock band the Brooklyn What followed by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Mercury, $10
7/19, 8 PM creepy noir Americana/ghoulabilly band the Goddamn Gallows at the Knitting Factory, $12
7/20, 6ish the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Queensbridge Park.
7/20, 10ish captivating southwestern gothic/oldtime blues/Americana songwriter Melaena Cadiz plays the album release show for her new one at Glasslands, $10
7/21, 7 PM a Pete Seeger tribute at Central Park Summerstage with Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle, Anti-Flag (acoustic?!?) and a whole slew of singer-songwriters.
7/22 trumpeter Brian Lynch & Spheres of Influence, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
7/22, 7:30 PM well-loved indie classical orchestra the Knights play works by Ljova, Ligeti, Bartok and Stravinsky (plus a stinker from the indie rock catalog) at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat
7/23, 7:30 PM Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo followed by a performance of latin jazz maven Larry Harlow’s Hommy: A Latin Opera (first NYC staging in 30 years) with a full symphony orchestra and choir at Damrosch Park, free.
7/22, 7:30 PM popular, raspy-voiced alt-country/highway rock bandleader Mary McBride at Joe’s Pub, $25. You could see her for free at Lakeside ten years ago.
7/24, 9:30 PM ageless 80s punk-pop/powerpopmeisters Teenage Fanclub at Pier 84 at 12th Ave/43rd St.
7/24 dark lo-fi psych/noise band the Wytches at the Mercury, $12; 7/25 they’re at Glasslands at 9ish for the same price.
7/25, 6 PM, repeating on 7/26, 2 PM members of Contemporaneous, the Crossing, Face the Music, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, JACK Quartet and other groups premiere John Luther Adams’ new dance soundtrack Sila: The Breath of the World on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free.
7/25, 7:30 PM indie classical night at Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Eighth Blackbird play works by Andy Akiho, Gyorgi Ligeti and David Lang followed by FLUX Quartet doing parts of Annie Gosfield’s The Spectators and then violinist Pauline Kim Harris playing John Zorn’s Passagen, plus dancers, at Damrosch Park, free.
7/27, 1 PM a free screening of the Serbian brass band documentary Brasslands plus films TBD at the Bunim amphitheatre (across the street from the Walter Reade Theatre) at Lincoln Center.
7/27, 5 PM Israeli/Andalucian crooner Emil Zrihan followed by Cuban salseros Pupy y Los Que Son Son, and then wild female-fronted bollywood surf/funk orchestra the Bombay Royale at Damrosch Park, free
7/27, 7:30 PM first-wave reggae-punk legends the Subhumans at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
7/28, 9ish golden age hip-hop legends Onyx at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $15
7/29, 5 PM Fela cover band Chop & Quench in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
7/29 Cuban diva Melvis Santa, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
7/30, 6 PM an awesome global twinbill at Madison Square Park, free: Forro in the Dark‘s slinky nocturnal Brazilian sounds followed by explosive, horn-driven Ethiopiques grooves from Debo Band
7/30, 6:30 PM amazingly cool Houston gospel/funk/soul band the Jones Family Singers at Damrosch Park, free
7/31, 7 PM 60s latin soul legend Joe Bataan at Clove Lakes Park, Forest Ave. and Victory Blvd on Staten Island.
7/31, 7:30 PM eclectic, smart, haunting, politically-fueled pan-latin rock songwriter Ani Cordero (once of Bee & Flower and Cordero) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised.
7/31, 8:30 PM the reliably entertaining, amusing Erin & Her Cello play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $14
8/1, 7:30 PM pianist/composer and Astor Piazzolla collaborator Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble play their new dance score at Damrosch Park, free.
8/1, 7:30 PM Cuban and Puerto Rican oldschool salsa sounds: the Pedrito Martinez group followed by Jimmy Bosch y Sus Estrellas at Prospect Park Bandshell.
8/1, 8 PM wild, humungous (we’re talking 40-piece) Balkan/circus rock band Mucca Pazza at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
8/2, 5ish the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage.
8/2, 9 PM the Baseball Project – jangly, wickedly literate, historically informed baseball-themed supergroup fronted by Steve Wynn with Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM and others – at Rough Trade, $20
8/2, 9 PM the guy who made Quentin Tarantino famous, Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
8/3, 1 PM Turkish cooner Ahmet Erdogdular, classical Arabic ensemble Shashmaqam, Afghani rubabist Quraishi, and the Crimean Tatars on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free
8/3, 7 PM the Cita Rodriguez Orchestra with special guests Pete Rodriguez, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Allen, Herman Olivera, Adalberto Santiago, Willie Torres, Eddie Montalvo, andRay Martinez plus the Alma Moyo Drummers play a tribute to salsa legend Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez at Damrosch Park, free.
8/5 the David Virelles Trio, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/5, 7:30 PM piano duo Christina & Michelle Naughton play works by Ravel, Milhaud, John Adams and their new arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat
8/5, 8 PM psychedelic salsa legends Tipica ’73 at East River Park.
8/6, 7 PM psychedelic funkmeisters (and meistress) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Madison Square Park, free
8/6, 8:30 PM Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell at Damrosch Park, free
8/7, 7:30 PM Tift Merritt plays a rare intimate duo show with guitar/pedal steel genius Eric Heywood at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free.
8/7, 7:30 PM wild Indian-influenced saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and ensemble play their new ballet soundtrack at Damrosch Park, free.
8/8, 7:30 PM the Campbell Brothers play a “Sacred Steel Love Supreme” (their new arrangement of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme) at Damrosch Park, free
8/8-9, 8 PM the Funky Meters at Brooklyn Bowl, $20
8/9, 1 and 3 PM pianist Pam Goldberg leads an ensemble with Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan and Allison Charney playing American and Argentian sounds on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
8/9, 3 PM a contemporary gospel explosion at Central Park Summerstage with Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Vashawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard, Micah Stampley and Brian Courtney Wilson
8/9, 4ish sly fun high-energy grasscore band the Devil Makes Three on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free
8/9, 6 PM C&W legends Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Brooklyn Americana newcomers the Lone Bellow and Rosanne Cash at Damrosch Park, free.
8/9, 8:30 PM wildly popular art-rock guitarist/bandleader St. Vincent at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/10, 3 PM the adventurious indie classical Jack Quartet at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, free with Museum admission ($10 for adults, $5 stud/srs).
8/10, 5 PM the Music Maker Blues Revue with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and Ironing Board Sam, southern soul cult figure Bobby Patterson, Alabama soul/gospel group St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Damrosch Park, free.
8/12, 5:30 PM alt-country guitarist/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan outside in the parking lot behind City Winery, free
8/12 the George Burton Quintet, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/12, 7:30 PM the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plays works by Haydn, Weber and Paul Schoenfeld at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat.
8/14 the Junior Brown show at City Winery is not open to the public and tix are not being sold.
8/14, 9 PM somberly catchy, anthemic Canadian art-rock chanteuse Agnes Obel at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
8/16, 9 PM Ten Foot Ganja Plant - who do dub reggae better and more psychedelically than just about anybody – at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec
8/19, 6ish badass female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
8/23 third-wave ska/soul/blues legends the Slackers play the Circle Line boat, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from Pier 83 – 42nd St and the West Side Highway, $30 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc
8/24, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park with piano titan Kenny Barron, drummer/bandleader Cindy Blackmon Santana, saxophonist Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith and powerhouse chanteuse Brianne Thomas.
8/24, 10 PM what’s left of the Fania All-Stars at Central Park Summerstage.
8/26 brilliant, tuneful alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry leads his latin jazz Quintet, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/29, 9 PM a killer dark rock doublebill with psychedelic/Americana/indie songwriter Richard Buckner followed by folk noir cult favorites the Handsome Family at Rough Trade, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Mercury the following night at 7:30 PM for the same price
9/6, 1 PM monster multiple-piano ensemble Grand Band plays six-piano music by Steve Reich, Kate Moore, Philip Glass, and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
9/6, 8:30 PM wry, literate underground songwriter duo Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby followed by ageless dark glam rocker Ian Hunter at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec.
9/7, 8 PM the latest desert blues guitar sensation, Bombino at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
9/10, 10 PM 90s sci-fi/surf instrumental masked men Man or Astroman at Brooklyn Bowl, $15. They’re also at the Mercury the following night, 9/11 at 10:30 for the same price.
9/12 ageless, charmingly jangly lo-fi Japanese rocker women Shonen Knife at the Wick