Frequent updates continuing through the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez exploring the delicious minutiae of Beethoven piano sonatas. Each program features a sonata that sheds fresh light on beats and barlines. 4/12: Beethoven Op. 27, No 1 (E-flat, Quasi una fantasia), CPE Bach sonata in F minor; Baby Dancing by Tibor Harsanyi; 4/24 and 5/31: Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, the companion Quasi una fantasia); Ravel Tombeau de Couperin; t.b.a5/10 and 5/22: Beethoven Spring Sonata, Boccherini Violin / Piano Sonata in C, with violinist Gregor Kitzis. email for info/location.
Opening 4/9 and continuing 4/12, 4/16, 4/23, and 4/26 at 8 PM plus 4/13 at 2 PM, 4/19 at 10 PM, 4/24 at 7 PM, Easy Leap Theatre Company presents Hearts of Gold, from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 & 2. Directed by Emma Rosa Went, the venue becomes the Boar’s Head Tavern, where the heir to the throne hides from her future and her father with the help of the carefree and occasionally criminal Sir John Falstaff. But war is brewing, the King’s grasp on power is slipping, and responsibility is waiting just outside the door.” At the Cellar at the West End (107th and Broadway), free with a $15 food/drink min.
Mondays in April, 7 PM the Grand Street Stompers play hot oldtimey swing and dixieland at Arthur’s Tavern on Grove St. just west of 7th Ave. South.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at Rodeo Bar, 9ish it’s Country Karaoke with Boo and Elena from Demolition String Band and their vast repertoire of classic honkytonk, bluegrass and vintage C&W, free
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:15 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Mondays in April (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 April, 9:30ish killer guitarist Boo and mandolinist Elena from Demolition String Band host country karaoke at Rodeo Bar. Live band, wild things happening.
Mondays in April, 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!
Mondays in April, 10 PM, Star Rover (edgy guitarist Will Graefe and drummer Jeremy Gustin) do their tuneful Americana/punk/jazz thing at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint with special guests. The 4/21 show with Ronald Reagan (Boston’s hilarious “Premier 80′s Pop Saxophone Duo” and scary-good folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm plus the 4/28 show with avant jazz voice/keyboard duo Kristin Slipp and Dov Manski, then Cleek Schrey and Shazahd Ismaily and Kenny Wolleson’s uzUpisianswith are especially recommended.
Mondays in April, 11ish Red Baraat drummer/bandleader Sunny Jain’s hypnotic but propulsive Tongues in Trees with chanteuse Samita Sinha and guitarist Grey McMurray at Nublu,
Also Mondays in April Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in April clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Tuesdays in April, 11 PM the exhilarating NY Gypsy All-Stars – with pyrotechnic yet soulful clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski – at Drom, $10
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Wednesdays in April, 8ish glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young at Bowey Electric, $10
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in April, 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 ACJW plays a mix of standard repertoire and 20th/21st century works at Trinity Church, free, click here and scroll down for the full schedule
Thursdays at 7:30 PM powerhouse Afro-latin drummer Robby Ameen leads his quartet with Bobby Franceschini on sax, Edsel Gomez on piano, Lincoln Goines on bass at Saleya Tribeca, 65 W Broadway btw Murray & Warren
Thursdays and Fridays in April Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free. Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money) December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme. Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.
Fridays at 5 PM in April, 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 April at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in April at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in May, 4 PM keyboardist Michael Hearst’s five-piece band Songs for Unusual Creatures at Barbes, brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” at Barbes
Saturdays in April, 6 PM eclectic cellist/bandleader Marika Hughes at Barbes. Good singer, strong and funky songwriter, thoughtful lyricist, and as a cellist she’s got all kinds of technique you wouldn’t expect. An inspiration to low-register string players of all sorts.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
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 April, 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 April 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 April long-running 90s style dancehall reggae band the Skadanks - veterans of a gazillion Marijuana Marches – at Drom, $10.
4/1, 7:30 PM haunting, eclectic chanteuse Inna Barmash and her band play haunting, sometimes deviously funny Yiddish lullabies and love songs at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/1, 7:30 PM the Yale School of Drama presents Stravinsky’s wry, subtly subversive The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail.
4/1-2 a stellar lineup – Tim Hagans – trumpet; Greg Osby – alto saxophone; Dan Tepfer – piano; Ben Allison – bass; Matt Wilson – drums plays a salute to Keith Jarrett, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
4/1, 7:30 PM NYFOS concludes their season with an all-star cast singing works by Harold Meltzer, David Lang, Fred Hersch and others at Opera America’s National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave at 29th St, free but res req.
4/1, 8 PM pyrotechnic but eclectic and soulful flamenco/Balkan acoustic guitarist Hernan Romero at Drom, $15
4/1, 8 PM wry, subtle, lyrical Americana rock chanteuse Karen Hudson and her band at the Way Station.
4/1, 7:30 PM the Cypress String Quartet plays the New York premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 plus selections from Dvorák’s Cypresses and Schubert’s String Quartet No.15 in G Major at Subculture, $30 tix avail.
4/1-5, 8 PM jazz violin titan Regina Carter plays new tunes from her new album Southern Comfort at Birdland.
4/1-6, 8/10 PM the Jack Quartet is in residency at the Stone, many works by avant garde composers.
4/1, 9 PM sly, rustic late 20s style jug band/hokum blues crew Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at the Jalopy, free
4/1, 9 PM RelativE ResonancE w/ Devin Gray, drums + compositions; Chris Speed, saxophone; Kris Davis, piano; Adam Hopkins, bass at Korzo.
4/1, 9:30 PM Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt with Bernard Butler on guitar, playing songs off Watt’s new debut solo album at Joe’s Pub,$25 adv tix rec; 4/2 they’re at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, assuming that they’ve reopened, same time/price.
4/2, 7:30 PM gender-bending chanteur/chanteuse Kim Smith sings noir cabaret at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.
4/2, 8 PM Honeyfingers – the collaboration between noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo and pedal steel player Jonny Lam – at Barbes
4/2, 8 PM Poor Man’s Whiskey plays their bluegrass version of Dark Side of the Moon at Brooklyn Bowl, $7
4/2, 8 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown- who’ve taken a wildly successful detour into Djangoesque Romany guitar jazz – at Subculture, $20.
4/2, 8 PM pensive, spectacularly eclectic multi-instrumentalist Matt Kanelos plays the album release show for his new one at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 4/16, same time
4/2, 9 PM wickedly fun Staten Island oldtimey party band the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies at Union Hallat Union Hall, $10.
4/2-3, 9:30 PM elegant lyrical third-stream-inclined pianist Aaron Parks plays Smalls with Chris Cheek – tenor sax , Omer Avital – bass , Allan Mednard – drums
4/2, 11 PM fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at Glasslands, $12.
4/3, 1 PM the Minguet Quartet play selections from Bach’s Art of the Fugue plus the Gould String Quartet at Trinity Church, free
4/3, 7:30 PM chamber orchestra New York Baroque Incorporated play music by Jewish composers Salamone Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn, and Benedetto Marcello at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St.
4/3-4 the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio featuring guitarist Lionel Loueke and drummer Henry Cole play the album release show for their new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 Friday. 4/5-6 pianist Rodriguez switches to a quartet with tenor player Roman Filiu.
4/3, 7:30 PM the Lysander Piano Trio play works by Shostakovich, John Musto, Schubert and Jakob Ciupinski at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs.
4/3, 8 PM eclectic, intense jazz/Americana/global folk violinist Skye Steele followed eventually at 10 by brilliantly lyrical, savagely funny, expertly tuneful songwriter/guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen playing the album release show for his devious new greatest-hits album Where Is My Parade at Cake Shop.
4/3, 8 PM Matt Darriau‘s intense klezmer-fueled Paradox Trio with Rufus Cappadocia – cello, Brad Shepik- guitar, Seido Salifoski – dumbeks/percussion at Barbes
4/3, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra with pianist John Wilson performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 at Symphony Space, $25.
4/3, 9 PM Greg Garing - arguably the most talented, exhilarating Americana guitarist or pianist this blog has ever covered – at Hill Country, free. The next day 4/4, 9 PM he’s at at Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams St, downtown.
4/3, 9ish captivating Americana chanteuse Megan Reilly with her band at Beast of Bourbon.
4/4, 7 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands presents their Bronx edition. The borough’s top contender this year seems to be roots reggae outfit Royal Khaoz . $15 includes a drink or $30 for open wine/beer bar plus the show!
4/4, 7:30 PM pianist Armen Donelian plays the album release for his paradigm-shifting new one Sayat-Nova, which reinvents compositions by the legendary 18th century Armenian composer, a forerunner of Chopin, at Cornelia St. Cafe.
4/4, 8 PM percussionist Luis Tabuenca leads an improvisational ensemble with singer Dafna Naphtali, bass monster James Ilgenfritz, altoist Briggan Krauss and others at the Firehouse Space, $10
4/4, the Brooklyn What, who are to 2014 what both the Dead Boys and the Clash were to 1979, at Muchmore’s. 4/12 they’re at Pet Rescue, 346 Morgan Ave (it’s frontman Jamie & guitarist John’s bday show, it’ll be a mobscene).
4/4, 9 PM deviously charismatic, eclectic Romany punk/oldtime swing band Kagero at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park. They’re also at the Way Station at 10 on 4/25
4/4, 9/11 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and band play a bday celebration at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
4/4, 9 PM Certain General lead guitarist/noir crooner Phil Gammage at Bella Napoli, 130 Madison Ave, free. His band the Rebel Factory is at Otto’s on the 6th at 10.
4/4, 10 PM Cumbiagra – who are sort of a sextet.- at Barbes.
4/4, 10:30 PM soul organ/trombone grooves with the Dave Gibson /Jared Gold B3 Quintet at the Fat Cat
4/4, 10:30 PM intense state-of-the-art pianist Gerald Clayton leads a trio at Smalls; 4/4 he’s back with a quintet with Lionel Lueke – guitar , Joe Sanders – bass , Justin Brown – drums.
4/4, 11 PM bass legend Tony Maimone’s haunting, cinematic postrock project No Grave Like the Sea at Spike Hill, $7.
4/4, 11 PM the funky, eclectic Balkan/latin/hip-hop Underground Horns play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $10
4/5, half past noon Songs for Unusual Creatures , brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” followed by NYC’s funnest band, psychedelic Peruvian-style surf rockers Chicha Libre at Littlefield
4/5, 3/6 PM Erica Gould’s harrowing Reconstruction drama Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America with texts drawn from the writings of Solomon Northrup, Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimké, and anonymous slave narratives, plus musical works by American composers William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns sung by the Western Wind Ensemble, at the Fraunces Tavern Museum Gallery, 54 Pearl St, $35/$25 stud/srs.
4/5, 5 PM the New Yorker Trio: Emir Gamsizoglu, piano; Yigit Karatas, violin; Anastasia Golenis cheva, cello play music of J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla at Caffe Vivaldi.
4/5, 6 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at the small room at the Rockwood
4/5, 7 PM powerhouse, funky Chicago blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff leads his trio at Terra Blues
4/5, 7:30 PM wild Romany punk/circus rock band Caravan of Thieves at Subculture, $15. Followed at 10 (separate admission, same cover) by steel pan ensemble the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and then psychedelic hammered dulcimer band House of Waters
4/5, 8 PM Senegalese griot trio Les Fréres Guissé, roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and charismatic Malian chanteuse Fatoumata Diawara at the Apollo, $25 tix avail. through the World Music Institute are your best deal.
4/5, 8 PM eclectic nuevo tango/jazz pianist Emilio Teubal leads a trio at Tomi Jazz, $10 + $10 min.
4/5, 8 PM classical guitarist Thibault Cauvin plays a program TBA at the third stage at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St.), $15 + $10.
4/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddy‘s reliably good monthly surf rock show at Otto’s has the tangy Aquatudes at 9, the even twangier Smiling Bigsbys at 10, Connecticut legends 9th Wave – who outdo Dick Dale at wild tremolo-picking sometimes – and then the Blue Demons sometime after midnight.
4/5, 9 PM catchy highway rockers Greg Smith & the Broken English – a more upbeat, down-to-earth counterpart to Deer Tick – play the album release show for their new one Ramblin’ Road at Bowery Electric
4/5, 9 PM big horn-fueled psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at Brooklyn Bowl.
4/5, 9/10:30 lyrical, ceaselessy surprising pianist Kris Davis leads a trio with Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
4/5, 9:30 PM Dollshot, featuring Wes Matthews (keyboard); Peter Bitenc (bass); and Mike Pride (drums) performs new art songs with music and lyrics by Noah and Rosalie Kaplan (saxophone and voice, respectively), blending microtonal melodies, Weimar, and post-rock from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Lalande at Spectrum, $10.
4/5, 10 PM eclectic western swing baritone crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Rock Shop, $8
4/5, 10 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $8.
4/5, 10 PM high-velocity Mexican polka band Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at Barbes
4/5, 10:30 PM the Brighton Beat – who have a great online archive of live jams – play psychedelic jazzy Afrobeat at Spike Hill
4/5, 11 PM snarling, tunefully energetic post-Sabbath riffrock/stoner/arena-rockers Easy Company at Arlene’s.
4/6, 2 PM virtuoso choral ensemble Calmus sing works by Schein, Schutz, Dediu and Schumann at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, 60 W 12th St., $17/$5 stud.
4/6, 3 PM Claudia Schaer, violin and Max Lifchitz, piano play music from across the Americas and Europe by Lifchitz, Elizabeth Bell, Silvia Berg, Luciano Berio, Juan Pablo Contreras, Tonia Ko, Matthew Peterson & Bernard Rands at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free.
4/6, 3 PM Georgia-born pianist Nino Jvania plays works by women composers: Elizabeth Hoffman, Katarina Miljkovic, Yoon-Ji Lee, Caroline Park and Eka Chabashvili plus Stockhausen’s late-career partita Natural Durations at Spectrum, $15
4/6, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Guido’s Ear play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/6, 4 PM bluegrass stars James Reams and the Barnstormers at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10/$5 under 12
4/6, 6:30 PM, repeating on 4/7 a half-hour later, Metropolis Ensemble plays four premieres including soloists harpist Bridget Kibbey on Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto, mandolinist Avi Avital on David Bruce’s Cymbeline, guitarist Mattias Jacobsson on Jakub Ciupinski’s Concerto for Guitar, and the Quartet Senza Misura revives the concerto grosso format in Chris Cerrone’s High Windows at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
4/6, 7 PM violinist Cornelius Dufallo and bassist Partirck Derivaz create soundscapes with thereminist/keyboardist Rob Schwimmer at Spectrum, $15
4/6, 7:30 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos plays the album release show for their amazing new one Live from Brooklyn at Joe’s Pub, $14.
4/6, 8/9:30 PM Italian free jazz with the Jooklo Duo – Virginia Genta and David Vanzan, with Bill Nace (guitar) and Tamio Shiraishi (sax) – at Jack, $10 per set. They’re also at Issue Project Room on 4/10 at 8 for five bucks more
4/6, 9ish charismatic ghoulabilly entertainer Reid Paley in a rare duo show with the Breeders’ Carrie Bradley upstairs at 2A.
4/6, 9 PM pensive, tuneful dark Americana/bluegrass singer/bandleader Sarah Goldfeather at the big room at the Rockwood. SisterMonk play their high-energy Romany/punk/funk play the small room at the same time.
4/6, 10ish Dahlia Dumont and her band DecaDence play “reggae, sultry ballads, tango, samba, and more in both French and English” at Bowey Electric, $10
4/7, 8 PM versatile oldschool/newschool soul avatar and saxophone powerhouse Lakecia Benjamin at the big room at the Rockwood, $!0. Smartly politically aware, intense, angst-ridden Americana rocker Amy Speace teams up with powerpop guitar god James Mastro at the third room (enter on Orchard St.), $15 plus $10 min
4/7, 8 PM the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble plays a “composer portrait” of Joan Tower plus works by Bach at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.
4/7, 8:30 PM Deanna Witkowski on vocals and keys with Michael O’Brien on bass and Scott Latsky on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12
4/8, 7 PM smart, original oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne plays the album release show for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood.
4/8, 7 PM artsy, Americana-flavored, eclectic literate rockers Balthrop Alabama at Bric Arts near BAM, free
4/8, 7:30 PM bassist Brian Glassman’s Klezmer Jazz Alliance at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/8, 7:30 PM violinist Miriam Fried leads a piano ensemble playing Haydn, Piano Trio No. 42 in E Flat Major, Hob. XV:30; David Ludwig, Aria Fantasy for Piano Quartet; (NY premiere); Schubert, String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 at the Morgan Library, $35 .
4/8, 8 PM Gabrielle Herbst’s avant garde opera Bodiless – examining three ominous states of “bodilessness,” one of them being death, taking its inspiration from French feminist writer Hélène Cixous’ dream diaries Dream I Tell You – with music by Contemporaneous, sung by Lucy Dhegrae, Ariadne Greif, and the composer herself at Roulettte, $20.
4/8-13 pianist Kenny Barron leads a quintet with Dayna Stephens on tenor, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass, Johnathan Blake on drums at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
4/8. 9 PM charming jarmony-driven oldtime front-porch folk with the Carper Family at Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams St., downtown. They’re at the restaurant’s Manhattan branch on 26th St. the following night 4/8 at 10
4/8, 9:30 PM rising star third-stream Turkish-born jazz pianist Selen Gülün and her trio at Drom, $10.
4/8, 10:30 PM devious powerpop cult artist Patti Rothberg at Rodeo Bar
4/8 10:30 PM the Lucas Pino two-guitar No Net Nonet at Smalls
4/9, 6 PM bluegrass/alt-country stars Rhonda Vincent & the Rage at the big room at the Rockwood, $10. Popular 90s alt-country songwriter/chanteuse Kim Richey plays around the corner at the third room at 8 for $20 + $10 min.
4/9,7 PM Bulgarian chanteuse Vlada Tomova‘s rustic, exciting a-cappella trio with Valentina Kvasova and Shelley Thomas at Barbes
4/9, 9 PM phenomenal bandoneon virtuoso/nuevo tango composer JP Jofre leads a quintet with strings and piano at Something Jazz Club, $12
4/9, 10 PM harmony-driven front porch folk with the Carper Family at Hill Country, free.
4/10, 7 PM Kristin Hoffmann plays 2 sets: the first being trip-hop arrangements of some of her haunting chamber pop songs, the second more in keeping with her signature, ambient art-rock, at the Slipper Room, $10
4/10-13 intense lyrical postbop pianist Benny Green leads a trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 Sat.
4/10-19, 8 PM Anthony Braxton‘s large ensembles take over Roulette with performances by the Trillium Chamber Players, Falling River Music Nonet plus segmented performances of his atmospheric, witty opera Trillium J, $30 adv tix highly rec.
4/10, 8 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa’s Ensemble Ouest at the Firehouse Space, $10
4/10, 8 PM Victor Gonzalves, Cesar Garabini, Jeremy Powell, Rogerio Boccato, Marcos Kluzka, Fernanda Bravo and others revisit Stan Getz’ pioneering 1960s bossa jazz at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15 incl free wine bar all night!
4/10, 8:30 PM the chamber jazz group that started it all, the Claudia Quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
4/10, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 4/24.
4/10, 10 PM darkly intense jazz/klezmer piano innovator Anthony Coleman solo at the Stone, $15
4/10, 9ish Jan Bell & the Maybelles – all-female dark folk band with a frontwoman who makes the connection between Britfolk and bluegrass – at Beast of Bourbon.
4/10, 9 PM terse, smart, edgy Turkish classical/jazz pianist Selen Gulun at Nublu
4/11, 7 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band followed by melancholy acoustic cover project – and Spanking Charlene spinoff – the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn at Sidewalk.
4/11, 7 PM brilliant, lushly nocturnal oldschool soul duo Dwight & Nicole play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $10; at 9 Brandi & the Alexanders continue the oldschool soul vein at the small room there for free.
4/11, 7 PM wild sophisticated haunting Ethiopiques jazz/Afrobeat/dance orchestra Feedel Band at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
4/11, 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/13 at 3 PM baritone Ulrich Hartung and a chamber ensemble with piano, viola, cello, winds and brass perform Schubert’s immortal, morose Winterreise suite at at the Liederkranz of New York, 6 E 87th, free, reception to follow.
4/11, 8 PM elegant classical Korean sanjo music with an all-star ensemble: Yi Ji-youngon (gayageum — plucked zither), Kang Eun-il (haegeum — spike fiddle), Cheong Dae-seog (geomungo — plucked zither) and Lee Tae-baek (ajaeng — bowed zither and Janggo — hour-glass drum at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., $20
4/11, 8:30 PM unselfconsciously haunting great plains folk noir chanteuse Ember Schrag – this blog’s new favorite songwriter- and her band at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave (Greenpoint), free
4/11, 8 PM rising star pianist Andrea Lodge plays solo piano music of Bach, Brahms and Ives at the Firehouse Space.
4/11, 9 PM ten-piece country/gypsy/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.
4/11, 9/11 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his large ensemble through the album release show for their new one at the Jazz Gallery, $20
4/11, 10 PM irrepressible, hilarious cowpunk/honkytonk spoofers Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Grand Victory, $8.
4/12, 4 PM Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) join forces to play Erik Satie works at Barbes followed at 6 by eclectic cellist/bandleader Marika Hughes.
4/12, 6 PM dark hypnotic downtempo piano rock grooves with pianist Eve Lesov and her band at the small room at the Rockwood
4/12, 6 PM paradigm-shifting jazz cellist Akua Dixon & Quartette Indigo at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd in the Bronx, free, take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street or the Bx19 bus.
4/12, 7 PM intense, dramatic, vividly lyrical chanteuse/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at Caffe Vivaldi
4/12, 7 PM Moroccan sintir virtuoso and trance-music master Hassan Hakmoun plays the album release show for his new one at Joe’s Pub, $20.
4/12, 7 PM Mark Peskanov, violin and Luigi Attademo, guitar play an all-Paganini program at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
4/12, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 4/26
4/12,7:30 PM pioneering sax ensemble the Prism Quartet with Steve Lehman and Rudresh Manathappa at Symphony Space, $22/$17 stud/srs. They’ll be back here on 5/9 with Tim Ries and Miguel Zenon and then on 6/12 with Dave Liebman and Greg Osby
4/12, 8 PM the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy in a rare duo performance with pianist Patrick McLellan followed eventually at 10 by ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Sidewalk.
4/12, 8 PM brilliant, haunting Finnish jazz guitarist/oud player Jussi Reijonen with the group from his amazing new album: pianist Utar Artun, acoustic bassist Bruno Råberg and percussionists Tareq Rantisi and Sergio Martínez at Alwan for the Arts, $20
4/12, 8 PM C&W legend Emmylou Harris at BAM, $35 adv tix a must.
4/12, 8 PM intriguing contemporary Slovenian composer-performers meet their US counterparts: Uros Rojko, Larisa Vrhunc, and Matej Bonin and three Americans – Stuart Diamond, Demetrius Spaneas, and Sandra Sprecher, at the Firehouse Space, $10.
4/12, 8 PM acclaimed Korean pansori crooner Lim Hyeun-bin and orchestra playing traditional epics at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., $20
4/16, 8 PM this years’s adventurous MATA new music festival kicks off with Finnish Ensemble Uusinta, doing the world premiere of Hikari Kiyama’s Joruri Death Metal at the Kitchen
4/12-15 at various times it’s the American Festival of Microtonal Music kicking off 4/12 at 9 at Spectrum with music by Skip La Plante, Eduardo Caballero, Svjetlana Bukvich, Richard Carr, Cristian Amigo, Yonat and Michael Hafftka. “The night’s band features guitarist Vito Ricci, trumpeter Joshua Levinson, and double bassist Joshua Morris. The evening alternates interviews with music prominently emphasizing 128 note tuning from the eighth octave of the harmonic series,” $20
4/12, 9ish Mad Juana bring their brooding punk-influenced southwestern gothic to Beast of Bourbon.
4/12 dark female-fronted Americana/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at the Mercury, 9:30 PM, $12 adv tix rec.
4/12, 10 PM edgy sardonic Japanese Brooklyn postpunk girlband the Hard Nips at the Cameo Gallery. 4/17 at 11 ish they’re at Shea Stadium.
4/12, 11 PM creepy keyboard-driven art-rock/goth band the Devil’s Broadcast at Hank’s
4/12, 11 PM Isle of Rhodes play glammy, sardonic keyboard-driven art-rock and funky chamber pop at Rock Shop,$10.
4/13, noon, Zimbabwean-American conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni makes his New York debut leading an octet performing Grisey’s “Vortex Temporum” at Spectrum, $20
4/13, 4 PM Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at Symphony Space, $35. Followed at 7 PM (separate $30 admission) by legendary Armenian oudist Richard Hagopian.
4/13, 4 PM Arnaud Sussman, violin and Orion Weiss, piano play piano sonatas by Beethoven, Bach, Grieg and Brahms at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
4/13, 5 PM William Christie conducts Juilliard’s vocalists and Juilliard415, the Historical Performance Program’s chamber orchestra, in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Actéon, which draws on the hunter’s life-changing encounter with the goddess Diana in Ovid’s Metamorphoses at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail.
4/13, 7 PM eclectic oldtime acoustic blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues.
4/13, 7:30 PM wild crazy female-fronted string-driven Balkan band Fishtank Ensemble at Joe’s Pub $14
4/13, 7:30 PM David Aladashvili plays piano music of Schumann, Scriabin, and 13 works by 13 composers at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
4/13, 8 PM 70s art-rock/chamber pop legend Al Stewart solo acoustic at City Winery, $32 standing room avail. The Man for All Seasons may be On the Border now, but he hasn’t let Time Passages phase him.
4/13, 8:30/10:30 PM artsy, torchy jazz/funk songbird/saxophonist Grace Kelly leads a quintet at Iridium, $25
4/13, 10:30 PM the the NYCity Slickers play high-energy harmony-driven bluegrass and honkytonk at Rodeo Bar.
4/13, 11ish ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at Glasslands, $10
4/14, starting at 1 PM and continuing into the night it’s the annual Postcrypt Folk Festival on the Columbia quad east of Broadway at 116th St. Highlights: Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at 2, Anthony DaCosta at 6 and Mike Savino of Tall Tall Trees at 7
4/14, 6:30 PM organist Benjamin Sheen plays “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Charles Tournemire at St. Thomas Church, 53rd/5th Ave., free.
4/14, 7 PM Eduardo Caballero’s Concealment, for bassoon and electronics in its premiere in a collaboration with specific artwork of painter Michael Hafftka. Thereminist Yonat Hafftka and fretless guitarist Michael Hafftka join bassoonist Johnny Reinhard in an homage to the opening night of Passover; guitarist Cristian Amigo inaugurates a blues number; Jacob Barton plays his hoprock for the “udderbot,” an acoustic instrument that sounds somewhat like a “wind-theremin,” he then joins Cristian Amigo in a duo performance, at Specrum, $20
4/14, 7:30 PM the Wee Trio play their wildly original chamber jazz versions of David Bowie songs at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec.
4/14-21 the annual adventurous new music Mata Festival at the Kitchen.
4/15, 7 PM “a spotlight of the microtonal trumpet in recital” with trumpeter Stephen Altoft doing works by Oded-Ben Tal, Elia Koussa, Elizabeth Adams, Donald Bousted, Cornelius Schwehr, Gordon Kampe, Eleri Pound, and Alexander Grebtschenko at Spectrum, $20
4/15-16 the Riverside Band with Dave Douglas– trumpet; Chet Doxas – clarinet, tenor saxophone; Steve Swallow – electric bass; Jim Doxas – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.
4/15, 7:30 PM pianist Xiayin Wang with the Highline Chamber Orchestra play a program tba at Subculture, $25
4/15, 8 PM dynamic, lyrical pianist Carolina Calvache leads a septet celebrating the release of her debut album Sotareno at Drom, $14.
4/15, 8 PM noir psychedelic rock legend (and Sonic Youth producer) Martin Bisi plays the album release show for his new and superb album Ex Nihilo at Glasslands, $12.
4/15, 9ish eclectic dark punk blues/Americana duo Slim Wray at Hank’s.
4/16, 7:30 PM the Manhattan String Quartet plays music of Stravinsky, Webern, Dutilleux, Eric Moe and Craig Walsh at the Tenri Cultural Insittute, 43A W 13th St., $20/$10 stud.
4/16, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey at Barbes.
4/16, 8 PM eclectic dark punk blues/Americana duo Slim Wray at Hank’s
4/16, 10 PM garage rock icon Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec. On 4/20, 2 PM shes’ at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, free, get there early; she’s also at the Mercury on 4/21 at 10:30 for $12 in advance.
4/17, 7 PM savagely lyrical, wickedly tuneful art-rock songwriter/bandleader Spottiswoode & His Enemies at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix very highly rec
4/17, 7 PM Alash Ensemble perform otheworldly Tuvan and Central Asian throat-singing music at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/17, 7:30 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Caribbean jamband Tribecastan at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
4/17-20 Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a series of trios and a larger ensemble, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 Sat.
4/17, 8 PM edgy contemporary Middle Eastern classical music by Syrian composer Zaid Jabri played b cutting-edge trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with a string section at Alwan for the Arts, $20
4/17, 8 PM Mazgani – the Iranian-born Portuguese Nick Cave – at Barbes.
4/17, 8 PM this years’s MATA new music festival continues with pianist Vicky Chow, percussionist Matt Evans, violinist Marina Kifferstein, and others playing Carolyn Chen’s Relationships with Gravity. With popcorn, at the Kitchen, kind of makes sense…
4/17, 8 PM edgy multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Balkan-inspired Gaida Electrique, Sharabi featuring Frank London & Deep Singh doing their wild bhangra-klezmer melange and then Zion80 playing John Zorn’s Masada and other klezmer jazz treats at Europa in Greenpoint, $15.
4/17, 8 PM composer/performer Mary Jane Leach,whose otherworldly, ambient works often embody “difference, combination, and interference tones,” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10
4/17, 9/11 PM the Peter Evans Zebulon Trio takes their trumpet-fueled intensity into the next dimension at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set, $10 for the second.
4/17, 10 PM wild, intense female-fronted psychedelic guitar power trio Devi at the Lamp Post, 382 2nd St (b/w Brunswick & Monmouth), Jersey City, free
4/17, 10 PM anthemic Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the small room at the Rockwood.
4/17, 10:30 PM oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar.
4/17, 11ish noir rock legend and Bauhaus bassist David J at Grand Victory, $12.
4/17, 11ish the latest edition of noiserock legends Bunny Brains makes a Bushwick stop at Trans Pecos, 915 Wykcoff, $10. Dan Bunny will be backed by special guests Heavy Laundry (Bob Bannister and Ember Schrag), Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl and Zach Phillips.
4/17, 11 PM all-female Atlanta garage punks the Coathangers at Baby’s All Right, $12.
4/17, midnight, darkly cinematic saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet with Jeremy Manasia – piano , Barak Mori – bass , Dan Aran – drums at Smalls.
4/18, 5:30 PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed by the Tall Pines at the American Folk Art Museum.
4/18, 7 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by the ageless Marshall Allen at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.
4/18, 7:30 PM atmospheric guitarist/violinist Laura Ortman plays soundscapes alongside projections and visuals at Radiator Arts, 10-61 Jackson Ave (49th/50th Aves),, Long Island City, 7 train to Jackson Ave.
4/18, 7:30 PM high-voltage Afrobeat band Ikebe Shakedown at the Mercury, $12.
4/18, 8 PM brooding, elegant fingerstyle guitarist and Britfolk-influenced chanteuse Debby Schwartz playing the album release show for her new ep at E Gallery, 459 Vanderbilt Ave, (Gates/Greene), Ft. Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, $10. Also on the bill: similarly moody, pensive cellist/songwriter Meaner Pencil and Pentangle cover band Sport & Play.
4/18, 8 PM Carol Lipnik and Matt Kanelos‘ twisted haunting art-rock/psychedelic covers project Ghosts in the Ocean at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St), $10 + $10 min.
4/18, 8 PM this years’s MATA new music festival continues with Talea Ensemble and Ekmeles premiering the bizarrely titled Approach Prune Destroy Begin (sounds like your typical Bushwick poser band, right?) by Dutch composer Edward Hamel, plus a “panoply of other pieces” at the Kitchen
4/18, 9ish singer Abby Hollander‘s honkytonk band at Beast of Bourbon.
4/18, 9/11 PM intense, lyrical pianist Bobby Avey plays the album release show for his new one “Authority Melts From Me at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
4/18, 9/10:30 PM pyrotechnic but soulful drummer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
4/18, 10 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rock band Escarioka followed by scorchingly fun, sardonically theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Radio Bushwick, 22 Wyckoff Ave., $10
4/18, 10 PM lyrical guitarist Mike Baggetta leads an especially choice quartet with Jason Robinson – sax, Eivind Opsvik – bass, George Schuller – drums at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St., Astoria , $10 includes a beer!
4/18, 11 PM 70s roots reggae harmony legends the Congos at Drom, $25 adv tix rec
4/18-19, 11ish Jimbo Mathus of oldtimey revivalist legends the Squirrel Nut Zippers – still intense after all these years – at Rodeo Bar
4/18, midnight, assaultive, lo-fi all-female Atlanta punk rockers the Coathangers at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.
4/18, midnight, oldschool classic Fania era-style salseros La Mecanica Popular at Nublu
4/19 the Cannabis Cup Reggae Band plays the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 1 PM, leaving at 2 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. & the FDR, $25 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc They’re also playing a cruise the next day 4/20, boarding at 2, leaving at 3.
4/19, 4:30ish wry, darkly lyrical Nashville gothic rockers Maynard & the Musties at Matchless.
4/19, 7:30 intense, charismatic, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a Spanish-inspired program titled Firedance with vibrant works by Scarlatti, Liszt, Debussy, DeFalla, Albeniz, Lecuona, and Ginastera at Symphony Space, $20/$10 stud/srs
4/19, 8 PM get a head start on 4/20 with a double shot of some of the best current roots reggae: the Easy Star All-Stars doing their Dub Side of the Moon album, plus John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix rec.
4/19, 8 PM the all-female, all-clarinet Licorice Ensemble plays a new suite based on traditional Japanese melodies; the program concludes with Gene Pritsker’s arrangement inspired by Deep Purple’s knucklehead top 40 hit ‘My Woman from Tokyo.’ Plus performances and compositions by a huge cast of composers, free, at Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (between 91st & 92nd Sts.
4/19, 8 PM this years’s MATA new music festival continues with International Contemporary Ensemble and Neue Vocalsolisten joining forces in the US premiere of Swiss composer Oscar Bianchi’s Matra, featuring the how-low-can-you-go trio of tubax, contrabass recorder, and bass flute accompanying the remarkable solo voices of NVS, at the Kitchen, wow, this could be very cool!
4/19, 8:30 PM the Brooklyn Folk Festival continues at the Bell House, $20, with Gamelan Kusuma Laras, fiery oldtime string band the Downhill Strugglers, multi-instrumentalist Frank Fairfield and hokum blues band the Drunken Catfish Ramblers.
4/19, 8:30/10:30 PM Chicago blues triple threat Lucky Peterson – a legend on guitar, keys and as a songwriter – at Iridium, $25.
4/19, 9ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
4/19, 9/11 PM alto saxophonist Loren Stillman and Bad Touch play the album release show for their new one Going Public at the Jazz Gallery, $22
4/19, 9ish the excellent harmony-driven, aptly named Picker Family Band play bluegrass at Beast of Bourbon.
4/19, 10 PM NYC’s original sardonic, theatrical circus rock/noir cabaret band, World Inferno at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $17 adv tix rec.
4/19, 10ish the Hot Club of Cowtown- who’ve taken a wildly successful detour into Djangoesque Romany guitar jazz – at Bowery Electric
4/20, 1 PM the Brooklyn Folk Festival continues at the Bell House, $15, with Nathan Salsburg, Hubby Jenkins, Nathan M. Godfrey, the Stone Mountain Wobblers, Elizabeth Laprelle and the Whiskey Spitters. Dubl Handi plays at 7:30 PM for a separate $10 cover.
4/20, 1 PM this years’s MATA new music festival continues with avant-garde vocal works by Aperghis, Jennifer Walshe, Zaid Jabri, and others performed by Neue Vocalsolisten at the Kitchen.
4/20, 8 PM eclectic, smart, oceanically fixated jazz violinist Dana Lyn and band at the Firehouse Space.
4/20, violist Amy Cimini and bassoonist Katherine Young’s “sawing, sputtering, gurgling and wailing” duo Architeuthis Walks on Land, 8:30 PM at Spectrum, $15
4/20, 8:30/10:30 PM drummer Billy Hart’s postbop supergroup the Cookers at Iridium, $25
4/20, 10 PM Band of Outsiders guitarmeister Marc Jeffrey with John Hamilton (Bakersfield Breakers, Pin Ups) and Roger Stoltz (Tongues on Fire) upstairs at 2A.
4/20, 10:30 PM bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra leads her band at Rodeo Bar.
4/21, 8 PM sinister noir cabaret/oldtime guy/girl duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris from Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Arlene’s, free
4/21, 8 PM to celebrate the William Burroughs centenary, Steve Buscemi and guitar legend Elliott Sharp collaborate to create a collage of sound and words from Burroughs texts at Issue Project Room, $10 sugg don
4/21, 8 PM cinematic composer Jane Antonia Cornish and the Lee Trio, Melinda Lee-Masur, Decoda, Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen play Cornish works from her latest album at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
4/21, 8 PM diverse, soulful pan-latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuna with her band at the at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St), $12 + $10 min.
4/21, 8 PM this years’s MATA new music festival concludes with Mivos Quartet and Mantra Percussion playing music by Daniel Wohl, Yotam Haber, and a piece by Swedish composer Lisa Streich for percussionists on a fully-assembled bicycle – probably safer than a partially assembled one – at the Kitchen
4/22, 6 PM guitarists Angela Babin (ex-Ordinaires), Liz Klammer and Cristian Amigo join forces for an apocalyptically atmospheric performance with compositions/improvisations with titles like Three Recent Nuclear Events, The Five Toxic Elements, Moneylender & Bad Time To Be A Fish, played with the Gotham Roots Orchestra at Spectrum, $15
4/22-26, 9 PM bassist James Ilgenfritz’ and choreographer Stephanie Sleeper’s collaboration Deleted Scenes celebrates the William Burrough centenary – preceded at 7 PM by lots of multimedia acts, too many to list, the full calendar is here - at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E 10th St (at 2nd Ave.), $26
4/22, 7 PM downtown NYC guitar legend Elliott Sharp and band at Bric Arts, free
4/22, 7:30 PM klezmer pianist Isaac Sadigursky and band at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/22, 7:30 PM big band jazz pianist/saxophonist Travis Sullivan’s lush, playful Bjork cover band the Bjorkestra at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec.
4/22, 8 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas trumpeter Stan Killian leads a small group at Tomi Jazz, no cover, $5 min.
4/22-27 guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel leads a quartet with Aaron Goldberg on piano,Orlando LeFleming on bass, Kendrick Scott or Allan Mednard on drums at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
4/22, 10:30 PM sly, devious trombonist/composer Curtis Hasselbring‘s legendary combo the New Mellow Edwards at Korzo
4/23, 7 PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at the small room at the Rockwood
4/23, 7 PM South Korean singer Yeahwon plays the release show for her debut album of songs and lullabies with Aaron Parks on piano and Rob Curto on accordion at the Rubin Museum of Art, $18 adv tix rec.
4/23, 7 PM a live performance on David Garland’s Spinning on Air on WNYC with music and poetry from Jesse Paris Smith (Patti’s kid), Eric Hoegemeyer and Patti Smith (Jesse’s mom) at the Greene Space, $30, get your tix now since this will sell out.
4/23, 7:30 PM Duo Yumeno play music for shamisen, koto and cello at Spectrum, $15
4/23, 7:30 PM rising star cellist Cicely Parnas plays works by Debussy, Brahms and Messiaen at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail.
4/23, 8 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music from the 20s and 30s at Barbes
4/23, 8 PM Talea Ensemble performs the US premiere of George Aperghis’s Happy End for animated film, electronics, and ensemble at Roulette – a reputedly sadistic, Kafkaesque update on the Tom Thumb fairytale – at Roulette, free but adv tix req.
4/23 Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord and ottavino, plays works from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book plus pieces by Bull, Byrd, Morley, Tallis at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St.
4/23, 9ish Single Red Cent- who mix sharp, socially aware punk with a more atonal Gang of Four/Neighborhoods vibe – at Hank’s .
4/23, 9ish inspired by the concept of Record Store Day, irrepressible, historically informed songwriter Elisa Flynn hosts a dozen songwriters including Lys Guilorn, Sarah Bisman, Maharajah Sweets, Walter Andersons, George Hakkila, Chris Q. Murphy, the Halsey Hellhounds, who will each play a song from the first album they were ever given or bought, then play a song based on that song/album/experience, at the Way Station
4/23, 10:30 PM intense heavy psychedelic/early indie-ish/metal band Eidetic Seeing at Grand Victory, $8.
4/24, 1 PM woodwind ensemble Quintet of the Americas performs Latin-influenced music of Marcus Redden, John Steinmetz, James Cohn, Luis Calvo, plus tangos and more at Community Mediation Services, 89-64 163rd Street, Jamaica, free
4/24, 7:30 PM tuneful, artsy, smart piano-based chamber pop band Summer Fiction at Bric Arts, free
4/24, 7:30 PM chamber ensemble Concertante play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time plus Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E Minor at Merkin Concert Hall, $26
4/24, 7:30 PM, repeating 4/25 at 11 AM (yikes!) and 4/26 at 8 PM, pianist Marc-André Hamelin performs Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis at Avery Fisher Hall alongside works by Prokofiev and others. Hamelin also plays Fauré’s First Piano Quartet with a NY Phil ensemble on 4/26 at 2 PM.
4/24, 8 PM irrepressible, funky jazz composer/inventor/multi-instrumentalist Terry Dame at Barbes.
4/24, 8 PM fiery lyrical third-stream soul-jazz chanteuse/pianist Nicole Zuraitis at Caffe Vivaldi
4/24, 8 PM Danish ambient composer Jacob Kirkegaard performs works by Holocaust survivor and poineering avant garde composer Else Marie Pade, plus piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire perform works by Øyvind Torvund, Simon Steen-Andersen and a collaborative pice by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Sigurdur Gudjonsson at Issue Project Room, $15
4/24, 10 PM powerhouse lyricist, nimble guitarist, subtle acoustic rock singer Linda Draper followed by bassist Bryan Copeland – of lushly sweeping cinematic jazz outfit Bryan & the Aardvarks – at Sidewalk.
4/24, 10 PM captivating southwestern gothic/oldtime blues/Americana songwriter Melaena Cadiz at Pete’s.
4/24, 10:30ish sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts- who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at Union Hall, $10
4/25, 7 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Terra Blues.
4/25, 7 PM pianist Lara Downes and cellist Zuill Bailey perform music of Bernstein, Copland, Barber and other American composers from their new album Some Other Time at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs./$15 stud.
4/25, 7:30 PM up-and-coming avant garde chamber ensemble Face the Music at P.S. 142′s auditorium, 100 Attorney St., $15, all proceeds to benefit the school.
4/25, 8 PM torchy sultry literate historically-informed chanteuse/songwriter Robin Aigner and band at the Jalopy, $10
4/25, 8 PM high-voltage Celtic fiddling with Burning Bridget Cleary at the third stage at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St.), $15 + $10 min.
4/25, 8ish the Split Squad (with members of the Baseball Project, Blondie, Fleshtones and Plimsouls) at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec.
4/25, 8/10 PM Mumpbeak: Roy Powell (keyboard) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Pat Mastelotto (drums) – play their incomprehensibly ugly music at the Stone. It’s like a trainwreck: you can’t turn away from it. Very highly recommended for fans of abrasive noisy intensity.
4/25, 8 PM psychedelic funky Japanese noiserockers Bo Ningen at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec. Hilarious metal spoofers Satanicide reunite at midnight for free! Bo Ningen are also at Rough Trade in Williamsburg for free on 4/27, get there early.
4/25, 9/10:30 PM cellist Daniel Levin leads a quartet with Nate Wooley, trumpet; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Peter Bitenc, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
4/25-26, 10:30 PM up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads a quartet with Ugonna Okegwo – bass , Dave Kikoski – piano ,Kush Abadey – drums at Smalls
4/26, 4 PM Crimean Tatar love songs sung by Uriye Kermenchikkli; Puerto Rican bombas sung by Jose Ortiz and Melinda Gonzalez, Balkan ballads performed by Eva Salina, Pakistani guzhal music sung by Salamat Ali; Hawaiian hula melodies with Jason Poole, Chinese folk opera love laments sung by Hou Hong Tang, and more at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/26, 6 PM an art opening featuring the work of eclectic, sardonically amusing, historically informed, politically spot-on Gerald Scarfe-esque painter Jeff Tocci at the Jalopy, free.
4/26, 6 PM pianist Ariadna Castellanos leads her flamenco jazz combo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Followed at 9 and 10 PM (separate $10 adm) by saxophonist Alex Lore playing the album release show for his new one with George Garzone, tenor sax; Desmond White, bass; Colin Stranahan, drums.
4/26, 7 PM the Gryphon Trio play a WWI-themed program with music of Rebecca Clark, Ives and Ravel at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
4/26, 7:30 PM violinist Mari Kimura performs her multi-lingual, interactive audio/visual mini-opera, ONE, with multi-lingual vocalist Jin-Xiang Yu and the Cassatt String Quartet at Spectrum, $20
4/26, 8 PM Bernie Worrell solo on piano at the Stone playing material from his amazing new Satie-esque solo album; at 10 he plays a duo show with Bill Laswell, presumably closer to his P-Funk roots
4/26, 8 PM Amir Nojan & the Nava Ensemble play haunting classical Persian music at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs.
4/26, 9ish one of this era’s greatest Americana songwriters and also one of the best singers in any style, from classical to country, Mary Lee Kortes – whose cover album of Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a genuine classic – at Beast of Bourbon.
4/26, 9 PM intense, haunting, mega-psychedelic twin-trombone dub band Super Hi-Fi at at Bar Chord
4/26, 9ish artsy Norwegian shoegaze/noiserockers Serena Maneesh at Issue Project Room, $15.
4/26, 9/11 PM purist postbop jazz with the James Carter Organ Trio at Birdland
4/26, midnight the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – one of the funnest bands in the universe, with a fat tuba groove, soul horns and live hip-hop beats – at the Knitting Factory, $10
4/26, midnight smart neo-jazz, grooves and postrock with saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin’s Wonderland featuring Turkish great Hüsnü Senlendirici at Drom, $20. Ersahin will then stroll east to Nublu for his usual after-hours set.
4/27, 10:30 AM (this is a morning concert) pianist Bertrand Chamayou plays an all-Schubert program; Ländler No. 12, D.366; Three Klavierstücke, D.946; Allegretto in C minor, D.915, and Fantasy in C major, D.760 (“Wandererfantasie”) at Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St. $22.
4/27, 4 PM the Jack Quartet perform string quartets by Hans Abrahamsen, Witold Lutoslawski and John Zorn at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
4/27, 4 PM Helena Baillie, violin and Dina Vainshtein, piano play music of Shostakovich, Vivaldi, Tartini and Stravinsky at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
4/27, 7 PM rising star Czech violinist Pavel Sporcl plays works by Ferdinand Laub, Eugene Ysaye, Jan Kubelek, Antonin Dvorak, Franz Drdla, Jaroslav Kocian, and the New York premiere of his own composition, Bohemian Nostalgia at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St, free
4/27, 8:30 PM hypnotic, intense South Asian chanteuse Falu sings and jams out carnatic themes with Gaurav Shah, voice, harmonium; Arun Ramamurthy, violin; Daniel Levy, bass; Deep Singh, tabla at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
4/27, 10 PM the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at Barbes.
4/28, 7:30 PM the Shanghai Quartet play Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 2 (“Quinten”); Krzysztof Penderecki: String Quartet No. 3: Leaves from an Unwritten Diary; Dvorák – String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, op. 105 at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.
4/28, 7:30 PM Sequitur play Harold Meltzer’s pensive new Wallace Stevens suite; the always fantastic Mivos String Quartet and art-rock band Loadbang premiere new pieces written by each other: a composer-performer swap at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs
4/28, 9ish jangly, wickedly tuneful Boston rockers Aloud – who do classic 60s Britrock and surf sounds as well anybody out there now – at Bowery Electric.
4/28, 9 PM Dirty Projectors’ Olga Bell plays songs off her pensive Russian folk-influenced new solo album at le Poisson Rouge, $20 gen adm.
4/29, 7:30 PM the high-voltage Susan Leviton klezmer band, featuring clarinetist Michael Winograd and pianist Carmen Staaf at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/29 eclectic nuevo tango/jazz bassist Pedro Giraudo’s Expansions Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
4/29, 7:30 PM intense noir 60s soul chanteuse/bandleader Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
4/29-5/4, 8/10 PM intense, cutting-edge composer Annie Gosfield plays with a bunch of downtown luminaries throughout the week at the Stone,$15. Choice pick: the 4/30 8 PM show with Kathleen Supové performing “Shattered Apparitions of the Western Wind, a hallucinatory duet with Claude Debussy which couples Supové’s wild playing with distorted fragments of the prelude “What the West Wind Saw” with on site recordings of Hurricane Sandy, and lush Debussy harmonies. Then MIVOS quartet plays “The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon,” inspired by codes used by resistance groups in WWII, and Olivia dePrato performs a piece for violin and satellites.”
4/29, 10:30ish lo-fi Balkan punk rock with the Stumblebum Brass Band at Rodeo Bar.
4/29, 10:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls.
4/30, 7 PM pianist Mirian Conti plays a fascinating program of lesser-known Argentinian composers including works by Cayetano Troiani, Angel Lasala, Carlos Guastavino, Remo Pignoni, Enrique Albano, Julian Aguirre, Aníbal Troilo, Horacio Salgan, Mariano Mores, and Mario Broeders at the DiMenna Center, free
4/30, 7:30 PM Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser plays a wild duo show with rising star cellist Natalie Haas at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec.
4/30 and also 5/3, 8 PM what’s left of the Skatalites - who basically invented ska and reggae – at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.
4/30, 8:30ish deviously tuneful, smartly lyrical powerpop songstress Patti Rothberg plays the album release show for her new one at the Bitter End, $10
4/30, 9 PM moody British art-rockers/postrockers These New Puritans at Bowery Ballroom, $20.
4/30, 10:30ish hilarious female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band Trailer Radio at Rodeo Bar
5/1, 1 PM pianist Michelle Cann plays works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy at Trinity Church, free.
5/1, 7 PM powerful violinist and klezmer bandleader Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
5/1-4 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 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, 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, 9:30 PM eclectic, smart latin rock songwriter Ani Cordero (once of Bee & Flower and Cordero) plays the album release show for her new one Recordar at Joe’s Pub $15.
5/2, 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
5/2-11, 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, 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, 9:30 PM Suzanne Vega at the Bell House, $35
5/2, 10 PM Canadian gothic Americana with Gord Downie & the Sadies at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm.
5/3, 5-11 PM this year’s “wall to wall” free music marathon at Symphony Space features cabaret performers, lineup TBA.
5/3, 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, 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 pan-latin guitar monster Juancho Herrera – one of the most sought-out sidemen in lots of genres – at BAM Cafe.
5/3 the Fuat Guner project (a spinoff of Turkish psychedelic rock legends MFO) with the great Husnu Senlendirici on tenor sax at Drom
5/4, 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, 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 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
5/6-11 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, 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
5/7-8 the American Composers Orchestra plays the 24th annual Underwood New Music Readings of new works by up-and-coming composers at the DiMenna Center
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, 7:30 PM pianist/composer Michael Brown plays his own works plus selections by Beethoven, George Perle and Samuel Adler at the DiMenna Center, $tba
5/8, 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, 7:30 PM Jed Distler (piano), Kamala Sankaram (soprano)+ Julie Rosenfeld (violin) perform vocal and chamber works of Virgil Thompson at Symphony Space, $32.
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, 8 PM the Danny Fox Trio play the album release show for their characteristically tuneful, sardonic third-stream new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $!5.
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, 9:30 PM intense state-of-the-art postrock instrumentalists Mogwai at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec.
5/10, 7 PM open bar with rum & coke, 8 PM innovative Boston newschool salsa band La Clave Secreta at Roulette, $25.
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.
5/11 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, 4 PM the Horszowski Trio play Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, Op. 97, and Schubert’s E-flat trio, Op. 100 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
5/11, 7:30 PM indie classical string quartet Ethel at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
5/11 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 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 shapeshifting, subversive chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite does Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English in its entirety at Joe’s Pub
5/13, 8 PM what’s left of the Wailers at Brooklyn Bowl, playing Marley’s Legend album, $15.
5/13-18 powerhouse postbop trumpeter Terrell Stafford leads a quintet at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
5/14, 7 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.
5/15, 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, 7:30 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.
5/16, 8:30 PM the New York Trombone Consort play works by Jay Vilnai, Whitney George and Dave Taylor at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
5/16, 9 PM hilarious retro country songwriter Hayes Carll solo at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec
5/15, 9ish smart, terse, funny Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar at Beast of Bourbon
5/16, 8:30 PM, repeating on 5/17, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Beck: TBA (world premiere); Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K.297b (Anh. C14.01) – and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” plus The Hebrides at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
5/16, 9ish hilarious female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band Trailer Radio at Beast of Bourbon.
5/17, 4 PM a festival of esoteric global vocal traditions: Eva Salina delivers haunting Balkan and Romany music; Irka Mateo sings Dominican salve, Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie entertains with Guyanese wedding kweh kweh, Shoshana Tubi does Yemenite Jewish wedding songs, and more at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
5/17, 6 PM Lucy Blanco & the Afro-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble play their original, sometimes haunting, sometimes bouncy, rustic Central American-African sounds at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd, Bronx, free, 2 or 5 train to Freeman St or the BX19 bus.
5/17, 6:30 PM feral but sophisticated Balkan sounds with Albanian chanteuse Merita Halili & the wild Raif Hyseni Orchestra at le Poisson Rouge, $20 gen adm.
5/17, 8 PM creepy, weird, jazz/cinematic faux-operatic agitators Thrillington at Rock Shop, $8
5/17, 11ish noir rockabilly goddess Kim Lenz & the Jaguars at Bowery Electric.
5/18, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an eclectic Spanish-tinged program that spans the emotional spectrum: Copland — El Salón México; Rimsky-Korsakov — Capriccio Espagnol; tangos by Piazzola; Ginastera — Estancia, at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow
5/19 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
5/20-25 multi-saxophonist Steve Wilson leads a killer quartet with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Bill Stewart at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25 .
5/21, 8 PM stark, terse oldschool folk crooner/guitarist Willie Watson at the Mercury $10 adv tix rec.
5/22, 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
5/23 Guided by Voices – the classic 5-piece lineup – at Bowery Ballroom is SOLD OUT.
5/23, 7:30 PM intense, perennially politically aware cello rockers Rasputina at Highline Ballroom, $23.50 adv tix rec
5/23, 8 PM jazz pianist Helen Sung leads her trio at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
5/23-24, 9/11 PM elegant, melodic bassist/composer Linda Oh leads her Group featuring the Sirius Quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $22
5/23 tunefully scruffy British stadium rock band Maximo Park at Irving Plaza, $30
5/27-6/1 Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a smallish outfit at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25
5/28, 7:30 PM Oslo ensemble the Ullern Chamber Choir sing Nordic works by Grieg, Nystedt, Kverno and Djeilo at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free.
5/28, 9 PM 90s dancehall reggae firebrand Capleton at B.B. King’s, $26 adv tix rec
5/29, 8 PM old lion of the avant garde Frederic Rzewski at Roulette, $20.
5/29, 9ish OMFG – this doublebill is as good as the Clash and the Sex Pistols back-to-back, or the Stones and Beatles on the same night – Radio Birdman mainman/guitar god Deniz Tek opening for Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 doing an all Lou Reed set at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix rec
5/29, 9 PM Lee Fields & the Expressions at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm. If you missed out on James Brown, this soul/funk vet is a good approximation.
5/31, 9 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix rec
6/5 haunting classic 70s style art-rock/Britfolk band Syd Arthur at Bowery Ballroom.
6/6, 7 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands presents their Brooklyn edition. The borough’s top contenders this year are too hard to choose from. Among them – wickedly lyrical all-female quirk-rock trio the Debutante Hour, thunderous all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC and creepy noir cabaret band Orphan Jane. $15 includes a drink or $30 for open wine/beer bar plus the show!
6/9, 8 PM bassist Adam Neely leads a large ensemble playing his savagely sarcastic, apocalyptic, epic tone poem Mass Extinction Event, ” a reaction to the apathy of the internet age,” at Roulette, $20.
6/15, 2 PM noted early music vocal ensemble Schola Antiqua of Chicago make their NYC debut singing French renaissance motets at the Morgan Library, $35
6/20, 8 PM Roosevelt Dime play tongue-in-cheek oldtimey Americana and retro soul originals followed by exhilarating Americana harmony band Red Molly at City Winery, $18 standing room avail.
7/16 this era’s most poignant voice in country and Americana, Laura Cantrell at the Music Hall of Williamsburg