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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. Believe it or not, some of this year’s free summer concert series schedules still haven’t been announced yet – as soon as they are, the good stuff will be on this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from.

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. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance.

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you found out about here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! Next performance is 7/16, 7 PM : an all-Brahms program with two trios, Op. 40 for Waldhorn, Violin and Piano, then Op 87 for Piano, Violin and Cello with Nancy Garniez – piano; Gregor Kitzis – violin; Dave Eggar – cello; Jacob Garniez – Waldhorn; sug donemail for details/address

7/14-28, 8 PM this year’s International Keyboard Festival featuring inexpensive performances by all kinds of up-and-coming and veteran talent at the Lang Recital Hall, on the 4th floor of the North Building at Hunter College. Most concerts are $10. Too many artists to list: the lineup is here

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

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.

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays in July at 10 (9 PM on 7/1) at LIC Bar darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family – sometimes just frontwoman/bassist Yula Beeri and her loop pedals, other times with a parade of special guests

Mondays at 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. 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 woke, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 9 PMclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar). Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 8:30 PM purposeful postbop jazz guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Saturdays in July, 6 PM guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwod and singer Jewlia Eisenberg’s surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J at Barbes

Fridays at 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

Free classical concerts on three Saturdays: 7/6, 13 and 20 at 4 PM at Bargemusic;  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.

Sundays in July, 5 PM wildly diverse multi-string player Joanna Sternberg leads a series of old and newschool jazz, folk and possibly klezmer groups on bass and guitar at Barbes

Sundays in July, 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of groups at the Bar Next Door

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

7/1, 6:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Jocelyn Gould leads a trio at the Bar Next Door

7/1, 7:30 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott with his Trio at Mezzrow, $20 gen adm

7/1, 8:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Yoko Miwa leads her trio at Birdland, $20 at the bar

7/1 9ish spiky, serpentine, hypnotic microtonal African-influenced guitar-and-drums duo 75 Dollar Bill play the album release show for their new one at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

7/1, 9:30 PM deliriously fun accordion band Los Mochuelos play classic Colombian vallenato and oldschool cumbias at Barbes

7/2, 6:30 PM the Swingtime Big Band on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/2, 7 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman  followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

7/2, 7 PM lyrical, incisive alto saxophonist Dave Pietro leads his group at the Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square South, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 730 PM bassist Ernesto Holman and his Trio play Chilean jazz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2-7 8:30/10:30 PM intense, sophisticated, propulsively tuneful bassist Linda May Han Oh leads a quintet at the Vanguard

7/2, 8ish BeMaeva play their beguiling, bouncy, psychedelic Malgasy-Caribbean-soul grooves at Ferns, 166 1st Ave (10/11)

7/2, 9 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at the small room at the Rockwood

7/2, 9ish an underground hip-hop summit at SOB’s with Gorilla Nems, Benny the Butcher, Jay Lonzo, Rick Hyde & Lil Dee, hosted by Talib Kweli , $25 adv tix rec

7/2, 9:30 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at 11th St Bar

7/3, 1 PM trombonist David White‘s Jazz Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/3, 6 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss lleads a quartet at the Bard Gallery, 18 W 86th St, free

7/3, 6 PM Conjunto Guantánamo play oldschool Cuban salsa on the High Line between 15th and 16th Sts – might actually feel like Guantanamo the prison

7/3, 7 PM Sephardic dance jamband Yemen Blues at Joe’s Pub, $30

7/3, 7;30 PM the Sisterhood of Swing Seven with Catherine Russell  on vocals plus Camille Thurman,saxophone; Emily Asher, trombone;Endea Owens,bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums; Champian Fulton,piano; and Molly Ryan guitar celebrate the legacy of legendary all-female 30s swing band the Sisterhood of Swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/3 8 PM brilliantly feral improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her trio at I-Beam, $15

7/3, 830 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems from the 1930s at Troost.

7/3, 9 PM Camello Feo play tropical psychedelic soul, cumbia, and hard funk at Shrine . Good original stuff

7/3. 10 PM slinky, tuneful bass monster Ayal Tsubery’s Zoo Berries psych-funk project at the big room at the Rockwood

7/4, 7:30 PM El Rey del Bajo, Bobby Valentín leads his Orchestra playing 70s Fania classics at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7 PM the Casym Steel Orchestra and soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow – see if he cancels again this time – at Springfield Park in Queens

7/4 ,10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here 7/9 and 7/16 at 7

7/5, 6 PM irrepressibly eclectic, deviously witty jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky leads a trio at 55 Bar

7/5, 7:30 PM trumpeter Joe Battaglia &The New York Big Band play 30s/40s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry with Kyle Koehler on organ at the Bar Next Door $12

7/5, 8 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka leads one of his excellent projects at Barbes. He killed here last week with his Nashaz Middle Eastern band

7/5, 8:30ish conscious hip-hop artist Leikeli47 followed by Chicago hardcore mc Mick Jenkins – who had the sense to nick a Gil Scott-Heron song for the title of his latest album – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/5, 9 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his groupfollowed eventually at 11 by blowtorch soul singer Lizzie Edwards of fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at Pete’s

7/5, 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his band at the Fat Cat, 7/7, same time he goes up to the big leagues at Smalls

7/5-6 10:30 PM cutting-edge, often psychedelic sax player Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions at Smalls

7/6, 11 AM (in the morning) Romany jazz accordionist Albert Behar and band at the Green Dome Garden, 229 N 12th St in Williamsburg

7/6, 3:30 PM Luisa Muhr’s amazing multidisciplinary series Women Between Arts features vocalist/storyteller Crystal Penalosa,,performance artist Jill Guyon and sound artist/instrument inventorThessia Machado at Women Between Arts at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, $12, no one turned away for lack of funds

7/6, 7 PM epic, woke, Middle Eastern rap night with Narcy, wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul and Oddissee at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/6, 7 PM cinematic noir soul instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra at Union Pool, $12

7/6, 8 PM lyrical pianist Matthew Shipp with Michael Bisio on bass at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

7/6, 8 PM Miss Cactus & the Desert Band play roots reggae at Silvana

7/6, 9 PM trippy, dubby roots reggae and ska sounds with Avo & Skalopy at the Jalopy Tavern

7/6, 9 PM latin-tinged hard funk band Shelley Nicole’s Blackbushe at C’Mon Everybody, $12

7/6, 9:30 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman followed eventually at 11:306 by dark gutter blues band Fife & Drom at Freddy’s, Avoid the putrid, whiny band in between at all costs

7/6, 10 PM epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

7/7, 1/3 PM indie classical ensemble Sandbox Percussion play works of Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Jonny Allen, Andy Akiho,Victor Caccese, Elliot Cole and a world premiere by Brendon Randall-Myers in the park on Governors Island,

7/7, 1 PM B3 organ genius Greg Lewis and similar jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell play brunch at Bar Lunatico. Theyr’e back on the 21st; Lewis is also here on the 16th at 9 doing his Juke Joint Jelis project with badass singer Brianna Thomas

7/7, 3 PM ish the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

7/7, 3 PM Christina Conroy plays the Irish harp at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village. She’s also here at 10 AM (in the morning) on 7/21

7/7, 6 PM Raf Vertessen on drums, Anna Webber on sax and Adam O’Farrillo on trumpet duel at Downtown Music Gallery

7/7, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project  followed by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/7 7 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

7/7, 7 PM Aztec Sun play hard funk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/7, 7 PM  soca hall of famer the Mighty Sparrow in a very very rare intimate show at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/7, 7 PM the Seed of Enchantment play flamenco at Silvana

7/7, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

7/8, 6 PM the Greenpoint Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

7/8, 7 PM  tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodats at 55 Bar

7/8, 9 PM hard honkytonk band Alan Lee & the Whiskey Bumps at Bar Chord

7/8. 9 PM psycho mambo band Gato Loco bandleader and bass sax monster Stefan Zeniuk followed by darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family at LIC Bar

7/8, 9 PM smartly lyrical, eclectically tuneful 70s British style pub/punk rockers Binky Phillips & the Planets at Arlene’s, free

7/8, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

7/8, 11 PM lo-fi newschool psychedelic band Gringo Star at the Mercury, $10 adv ti xrec

7/9, 6:30 PM Fleure Seule play continental swing on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/9, 7 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/9,  7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

7/9, 7 PM trombonist Craig Harris plays solo in the Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, free. Presumably this will be a peaceful set.

7/9, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by Brazilian rainforest song chanteuse Elba Ramalho,“The Queen of Forró,” at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/9, 7:30 PM the ferocious Matt Nelson, soprano and tenor saxophones and Ron Stabinsky on piano improvise at Arete Gallery, $15

7/9-14, 8/1030 PM iconic bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet with Jimmy Greene on tenor and Renee Rosnes on piano at the Blue Note, $30 standind room avail

7/9 8:30 PM transgressively funny postbop saxophonist Jon Irabagon with Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/9, 8:30 PM irrepressible improvisational violinist  Pauline Kim Harris leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick; 7/10 leading a massive stirng jazz ensemble

7/9, 9 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black play the album release show for their new one at Muchmore’s, $7

7/9, 9ish soul-rockers NO ICE‘s charismatic frontman Jamie Frey at Freddy’s

7/9, 9:30 PM catchy, slinky psychedelic funk/punk band Eliza & the Organix at City Winery, $10

7/10, noon  Dingonek Street Band play second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz,  and the L Train Brass Band – who never show up when you need them – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

7/10, 1 PM classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent plays the album release show for his new one with his trio at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/10, 6 PM charmingy edgy all-female latin tropicalia dance band Ladama at Madison Square Park

7/10, 7 PM the Venice Baroque Orchestra make a rare outdoor NYC appearance playing works by Handel, Vivaldi and others at Temple Emmanu-El, 1 E 65th St, free, rsvp req

7/10 7 PM the Rich Shemaria Big Band w/vibraphonist Mike Mainieri at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free, They’re back here on 7/17

7/10, 7 PM  psychedelic Brazilian band Os Clavelitos at the small room at the Rockwood

7/10, 7:30 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band with special guest Brianna Thomas burning down the house on vocals at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/10, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at Barbes

7/11, 6 PM sharply lyrical, seriously woke southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at the LIC Landing in Hunter’s Point South Park, 51st Ave and Center Boulevard in LIC, 7 to Vernon-Jackson and walk to the water

7/11, 6:30 PM irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/11, 6:30 PM saxophonist TK Blue leads a killer quintet with Sharp Radway on piano playing a Randy Weston tribute at Socrates Sculpture Park

7/11, 7 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

7/11, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

7/11, 7:30 PM brilliant blues guitarist, above-average bassist, strongly tuneful blues songwriter and badass singer Celisse Henderson at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/11, 7:30 PM avant garde vocal summit with Amirtha Kidambi Jean Carla Rodea, Jasmine Wilson and Stephanie Lamprea at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Ave, just off Fulton ,Ft. Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, $10

7/11, 7:30 PM Shirley Alston Reeves – lead singer of the Shirelles, you know, the Phil Spector-produced 60s girlgroup – at the bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhaven Blvd, Queens, closest train is the 121st St. stop

7/11, 7:30 PM Argentine pianist Analía Goldberg’s tango Sextet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/11, 8 PM  dark cabaret/Romany song legend Sanda Weigl and her band followed by eclectic, electric, guitarishly excellent C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

7/11, 8 PM rising star sax player Anna Webber leads a chordless trio followed at 9 by Hearing Things keyboard sorcerer JP Schlegelmilch leading a quartet with Dana Lyn – violin; Jake Charkey – cello at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

7/11, 8 PM female-fronted Colombian rock en Espanol vets Aterciopelados at Queensbridge Park,

7/11, 9 PM B3 organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

7/11, 9:30 PM mathrock band Faster Than Light, singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many and and colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at the Nest, 504 Flatbush Ave, B/D/Q to Prospet Park, $8

7/11, 10 PM anthemic Iron Maiden-style metal band the Blackfires at the Mercury, $10 adv tix

7/11, 10 PM  fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Skinny Dennis.

7/11, 9 PM guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass followed at 10 by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Niagara upstairs, Ave. A/7th St.

7/11, 11 PM the Naked Gypsy Queens play a mashup of AC/DC and gutter blues at the small room at the Rockwood

7/12, 5:30 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano songwriter Jeanne Marie Boes at the American Folk Art Museum. She’s also at LIC Bar on 7/14 at 4 PM

7/12, 7 PM ornate, shreddy metal instrumentalists Shadow Eden at the Delancey, $10

7/12, 7:30 rock en Espanol night, in reverse order: latin soul singer Gaby Moreno with  soaring, epic all-female mariachi/tropicalia orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache , anthemic janglerock/stadium rock band Enjambre and folksinger El David Aguilar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/12, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly sweeping, cinematic singer/composer Jihye Lee and her Orchestra at the Jazz Gallery, $25

7/12-13, 7:30 PM drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads a killer quintet with Ralph Bowen on tenor and Jared Gold on organ at Smals

7/12, 7:30 PM Maria Muldaur  – yeah, her, Midnight at the Oasis – sings a Blue Lu Barker tribute and more at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/12, 8 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences followed by Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at Barbes

7/12-13, 8/10 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

7/12, 8 PM veteran Argentine folksinger Leon Gieco at Queensbridge Park

7/12 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

7/12, 10 PM Mamita Peyote play female-fronted tropical psychedelia at Silvana

7/13, 3 PM gamelanesque percussion innovator Susie Ibarra leads the DreamTime Ensemble in the performance of her new suite Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms in front ot Building 10A in the park in the middle of Governors Island, free, $3 roundtrip ferries leave Manhattan on the half hour. Ibarra is also at Issue Project Room on 7/27 at 8 for $20/$15 stud/srs

7/13, 3 PM Video Music Box founder and hip-hop legend Ralph McDaniels emcees an afternoon at Socrates Scuulpture Park

7/13, 4 PM ish clever female-fronted Colombian hip-hop group Choc Quib Town at Central Park Summerstage

7/13, 6 PM a hall of fame guitar summit: Big Lazy‘s noir mastermind Steve Ulrich and the eclectic, psychedelic, Hasidic and Malian-inspired Jeremiah Lockwood at Barbes

7/13, 7:30 PM a Hindustani trio with Gauri Niwargi – vocal; Tarit Mazumder – tabla; Arjun Ramakrishnan – harmonium followed by santoorist Vinay Desai at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $20

7/13, 7:30 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra playing their 15th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/13, 7:30 PM cynical punk glam/powerpop band the Right Offs at the Delancey, $10

7/13, 8 PM the Bright Smoke – imagine a more psychedelic, slower, more lingering, female-fronted Joy Division – at the small room at the Rockwood followed eventually at 1 AM (wee hours of 7/14) by jaggedly jangly rockers the Twenty Sevens . The Bright Smoke are also at Littlefield playing the album release show for their amazing new one on 7/27, time/price tba

7/13, 8 PM eclectic. energetic Ecuadorian folk group Andes Manta accompany Ayazamana dance company’s performance of traditional repertoire at Sinatra School of the Arts,  35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria, N to 36th Ave, ,$25/$20 stud/srs

7/13, 8 PM  haunting folk noir/Americana songwriter Emily Frembgen at the Owl

7/13, 9 PM Maggie Carson of Spirit Family Reunion and disgruntled Americana band the Horse-Eyed Men at the Jalopy, $10

7/13, 10 PM Yanga play Afro-Caribbean punk-folk at Barbes

7/13, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub,, $25

7/13, 11 PM ferocious psychedelic guitarist Debra Devi, at the Fox & Crow,  594 Palisade Ave in Jersey City Heights

7/14 noon the Rockaway Beach Music Festival all down the peninsula, acts tba, not announced yet but a schedule is supposed to be up at some point, Ostensibly a bunch of good surf acts (including one named after a Chicha Libre song) and a bunch of indie posers as well are on the bill

7/14, the annual Bastille Day festival along 60th St. starts at 12:45 PM with charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band followed at 2 by  chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s bouncy, tropically-tinged Blue Dahlia  and at 3 by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band,

7/14, 1 PM  low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico.. They’re back on the 28th

7/14, 3 PM spiky, serpentine, hypnotic microtonal African-influenced guitar-and-drums duo 75 Dollar Bill  at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, free w/museum adm, N/W to Broadway and about a 10 minute walk

7/14, 3 PMish intense, purposeful, scorching guitarist Ava Mendoza and her band at Union Pool, free

7/14, 4 PM a killer triplebill in the backyard at LIC Bar: elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano songwriter Jeanne Marie Boes  entertainingly shuffling, harmony-driven jug band the Salt Cracker Crazie, and powerhouse retro 60s soul singer Meah Pace and her killer band

7/14, 5 PM stride pianist Spike Willner – Mr. Smalls and Mezzrow – plays a rare free solo show at Mezzrow . He’s back here on the 21st and 28th.

7/14. 6:30 PM 20s/30s swing purists the David Berger Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30

7/14, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio  at 55 Bar

7/14, 7 PM dynamic accordionist Rob Curto’s Forro for All play dusky Brazilian rainforest folk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/14, 7:30 PM elegantly tuneful duets between guitarist Nate Radley and Gary Versace on piano at Mezzrow, $20

7/14, 8 PM pianist Jerome Rose plays works by Schumann, Chopin and Brahms at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/14, 8 PM dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall at 11th St. Bar

7/14, 9 PM Arki play psychedelic, funky Ethiopian grooves at Silvana

7/14, 9:30 PM Miriam Phyro sings an Edith Piaf tribute at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/14, 10:30 PM  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his ensemble at Smalls

7/15, 7 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson‘s Thumbscrew at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/15, 7:30 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem leads a jazz trio with Ari Hoenig on drums at Smalls

7/15-17, 8/10:30 PM pyrotechnic soprano/tenor saxophonist James Carter leads his combo at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail,

7/15, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

7/15. 9:30ish vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s wild Tito Puente and Dave Brubeck cover band, Supermambo at  at Barbes

7/16, 6 PM tabla wizard Samir Chaterjee leads a jam celebrating the guru-student tradition at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  free

7/16, 6:30 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled female-fronted newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/16, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/16, 7:30 PM jazz chanteuse Carolyn Leonhart with lyrical, latin-tinged pianist  Helen Sung at Mezzrow, $20 gen adm

7/16, 8 PM pianist George Li plays works by Beethoven and Schumann at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/16-21, 8;30.10:30 PM this era’s arguably best jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer leads his quintet at the Vanguard

7/16, 9 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Bar Chord

7/16 ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Gold Sounds.

7/17, 1 PM Jambalaya Brass Band spinoff Ralph Hamperian’s Tuba D’Amore at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don, bring on those lows!

7.17, 7 PM adventurous cellist Brent Arnold and tabla master Aditya Kalyanpur at the Rubin Museum of art, $22 adv tix rec

7/17, 7/9:30 PM beardo Americana road warriors Okkervill River at City Winery, $25 standing room vail

7/17, 7:30/9:30 PM  fearlessly political, tuneful trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/17, 8 PM spaghetti western punk with Snakeskin Skull followed by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar

7/17, 8 PM tuneful, terse tenor saxophonist Ayumi Ishito and her excellent group at Erv’s on Beekman,2122 Beekman Ph, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, B/D to Prospect Pk

7/17, 9 PM harmony-driven, Leonard Cohen-influenced songwriter Jim Andralis & the Syntonics at 11th St Bar

7/17, 10 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at the Parkside

7/17, 10 PM lyrical Israeli jazz pianist Anat Fort leads her trio at Birdland, $20

7/18, noon the thunderous hip-hop influenced Brooklyn United Drumline and seriously woke psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/18, half past noon the self-explanatory, reliably adrenalizing, surprisingly dynamic Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th

7/18, 6:30 PM Colombian trance-dance band Kombilesa Mi under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/18, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Kalia Vandever on trombone and Dayeon Seok on drums at the Bar Next Door. Kinetic, funky, globally influenced, strange and fun stuff.

7/18, 7 PM  spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea

7/18, 7 PM A Far Cry play works by Muffat, Caroline Shaw, Beecher and Tschaikovsky at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Stl free, rsvp req

7/18, 7:30 PM Americana rockers Darlingside and acoustic Americana supergroup I’m with Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 8:30 PM purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good – and ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Berlin, $12

7/18, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

7/18, 9ish tango pianist Pablo Estigarribia at the Owl

7/19, 5:30 PM soaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers outside the Old Stone House in Byrne Park in Park Slope, free

7/19, 6 PM terse, intense, individualistic, often hypnotic acoustic songwriter Kalyani Singh at the American Folk Art Museum. One of this blog’s new favorites.

7/19, 7 PM the Salsa Warriors at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

7/19, 7:30/9:30 PM cinematic, noir-tinged singer/bandleader Nerissa Campbell at the Jazz Gallery, $20

7/19, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play new works by Viet Cuong, James Diaz, José Martinez, and Liza Sobel at the DiMenna Center, $20

7/19-20, 7:30 PM reliably tuneful multi-saxophonist John Ellis leads a quartet at Smalls

7/19, 8 PM dusky, rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed by deliriously fun accordion band Los Mochuelos playing classic Colombian vallenato and oldschool cumbias at Barbess. If there’s any band in town who deserve a Friday night slot it’s these guys.

7/19, 8 PM pianist Vadym Kholodenko plays works by Tschaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/19, 8 PM Natacha Diels premieres her new suite Sad Music for Lonely People, “a series of recent works involving inspirational quotes, messages from another world, and a step-by-step guide to using heavy machinery in healing rituals featuring NYC outdoor noise field recordings,” followed by Michael Morley’s Music for the Never Quartet – played on bowed acoustic guitars – at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs. The program repeats on 7/20 with Ursula Scherrer & composer Michael Schumacher doing a similar found-sound project in place of Dielss

7/19-20, 8 PM purposeful guitarist/Monk reinventor Miles Okazaki leads a quartet with Caroline Davis on sax at Happy Lucky No.1 Gallery, $20

7/19,, 8:30 PM noir Americana songwriter Eilen Jewell and her amazing guitar-driven band at City Winery, $20 standing rom avail

7/19, 10:30 PM rising star bassist Zaccai Curtis leads his band at the Fat Cat

7/20, noon purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good –  at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

7/20. 5 PMish bfilliantly lyrical, torchy oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner‘s torchy oldtimey bass-and-vocal duo Hello Bittersweet and the washboard-and-banjo driven Homestead St. Band at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

7/20, 5 PM psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

7/20, 5:30 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum 7/30 at 9 she’s at Sunny’s

7/20, 7 PM darkly torchy swing band Davina & the Vagabonds at Kingsborough Community College auditorium, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhatttan Beach, Q to Brighton Beach and about a 15 minute walk. They’re at Iridium on 7/24 at 7:30 for

7/20, 8 PM teen banjo sensation Little Nora Brown followed by brilliant, historically spot-on oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton;; afterward they duet at the Jalopy, $20

7/20, 8 PM oignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbes

7/20. 8 PM Trio Casals play contemporary composers David Nisbet Stewart, Emma-Ruth Richards, Joanne D. Carey, Allyson B. Wells, L Peter Deutsch, Christopher Brakel, Clare Shore, Keith Kramer, and Mathew Fuerst. at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

7/20, 8 PM  riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts; iconic Wilco guitar noisemaker Nels Cline with harpist Zeena Parkins, and ascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier wither her trio (Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen) at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

7/20, 8 PM a good tunesmith twinbill: cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, soaring-voiced powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey  followed by the much darker, more eclectic  Lorraine Leckie at Pete’s

7/20. 7 PM underground hip-hop at a fashion show: sharply observational, weeded-out emcees Akin Haynes and the MIserable Genius, and vintage 90s style hardcore wih Magnetic the Shaman, plus a bumch of autotune corporate pop acts at 320B Canal St (Bwy/Church), free

7/20, 8ish NYC Americana vet Samoa Wilson, and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

7/20, 9 PM popular third-wave garage rockers the Mooney Suzuki at the Mercury, $20 gen adm. Be aware that the 7/19 show is sold out

7/20 9 PM pianist Alon Goldstein plays works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Schumamn and Avner Dorman at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/20, 9 PM Alloy Orchestra play a live score to the 1925 German silent film Varieté at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/21, noon feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Flushing Town Hall, $16, $10 stud/srs, 13-18 w/NYC school ID get in free

7/21 time tba (afternoon) spellbinding all-female Bulgarian vocal harmony trio Black Sea Hotel sing a house concert in Greenpoint, $15 seats avail, email for location/deets, bbq to follow, weather permitting

7/21, 2 PM ish the Fogo Azul Women’s Drumline play thunderous Brazilian rhythms at the Rubin Museum of Art, free, museum open free all day

7/21, 4 PM pianist Vladimir Feltsman plays works by Chopin and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/21, 7 PM sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangashat Joe’s Pub, $15

7/21, 6 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the bar at 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach 7/25 at 8 they’re at Otto’s

7/21, 7 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard and band play Strayhorn followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/21, 7 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

7/21, 7 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at Pier One on the upper west side

7/21 7 PM the Bhangra Jazz Trio with percussionist Deep Singh and klezmer trumpet icon Frank London at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, free

7/21. 8 PM adventurously tuneful bassist Lisa Hoppe‘s Third Reality at Scholes St Studios, $10

7/21, 8 PM in reverse order: John Zorn’s Simulacrum (John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski); gothic rock legend JG Thirlwell; John Medeski; Val Jeanty and Fay Victor at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

7/21, 9 PM awesome, female-fronted, kinda funky Turkish psychedelic band Altin Gun at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm. Really love this band.

7/21, 9 PM smart purist jams with tenor and baritone sax: the Sam Dillon/Frank Basile group at the Fat Cat

7/21, 11 PM pensive, purposeful Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at the small room at the Rockwood

/22, 7 PM Rolling Stones tenor saxophonist Tim Ries‘ Universal Spirits at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/22, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family at LIC Bar

7/23, 6:30 PM dusky Brazilian rainforest folk with Rafael Piccolotto de Lima’s Forró Sem Palavras on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/23, 7 PM the Slavo Rican Asssembly mash up salsa and Balkan sounds at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/23-24, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Vilde Frang play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Eroica Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/23, 8 PM virtuoso Egyptian accordionist Nabawy leads a killer band with Sami Abu Shumays – violin and Zafer Tawil – oud at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Lafayette, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

7/23-28, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch   leads his trio at the Vanguard

7/23, 9 PM brooding cello slowcore songs with Meaner Pencil at Freddy’s

7/23, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band on her old home turf at 11th St Bar

7/23, 9 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at the small room at the Rockwood

7/24, 5:30 PM kickoff night of the annual Bryant Park Accordion Festival, It continues on 7/31, same time. Last year’s was off the hook

7/24, 7 PM powerhouse all-female swing harmony trio the Ladybugs at Birdland, $20

7/25, 5 PM Junior Marvin’s version of what’s left of Bob Marley’s group the Wailers on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

7/25, noon ecsatic Mardi Gras funk band Cha Wa at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn. The following night 7/26 they’re at Bryant Park at 7

7/25, half past noon accordion genius Shoko Nagai’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/25, 5 PM powerhouse oldschool-style soul husband-wife team the War & Treaty at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

7/25, 7 PM eclectic, politically fearless tropical rock band La Santa Cecilia at Damrosch Park

7/25, 7:30 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play works by Fure & Thorvaldsdottir at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/25, 7:30/9:30 PM a string quattet plus drums play new string jazz works by Ethan Helm, Nathan Parker Smith and the brilliant Miho Hazama at the Jazz Gallery, $15

7/25, 8:30 PM glimmering, noir-inspired vibraphonist Tom Beckham on vibes leads a trio with Nate Radley on guitar at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/25, 9ish fearless, historically-inspired badlands gothic songstress and powerful singer Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – and ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the basement room at the Rockwood, $10. Avoid the generic goth dude opening the show at 8:30

7/25 9 PM colorful saxophonist Michael Blake with a string section (!?!?!) at Bar Lunatico

7/25, 8ish brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her eclectic, relatively hard-rocking 90s band Karyshma Collective at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/25, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

7/26, 7 PM magically spiky tropical psychedelic band Inti & the Moon on the water at 125th Street and Marginal Street at the West Harlem Piers

7/26, 7 PM individualistic Belgian cello rocker/improviser Helen Gillet followed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM salsa romantica with Los Hermanos Moreno and crooner Lalo Rodriguez at Soundview Park in the Bronx

7/26-27, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival String Orchestra play Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/26, 8 PM  art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

7/26, 8 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at Flushing Town Hall $16, $10 stud/srs, 13-18 w/NYC school ID get in free

7/26-27, 8 PM iconic guitar noisemaker Nels Cline leads his trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. Ingrid Laubrock joins them on the 27th.

7/26, 9 PM singer Carmela Ramirez‘s seven-piece Afro-Peruvian group Festejation at Bar Lunatico

7/26, 11 PM badass cello metal/punk rock cellist Polly Panic at the Way Station

7/27, 3 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra play Mozart’s Gran Partita at St. Paul’s Chapel Downtown, free, get there early

7/27, 6 PM guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwod and singer Jewlia Eisenberg’s surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and at 10 by amazingly fun, noirish, psychedelic surf/cinematic  trio Hearing Things at Barbes

7/27, 7 PM sitar and vocals- Supratik Sengupta and Kasturi Bandopadhya at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $20

7/27, 7 PM iconic singer Penelope Houston‘s legendary, still-relevant first-wave punk band the Avengers at El Cortez, $tba. It ws twenty bucks last time.

7/27, 7 PM walk through Green-Wood Cemetery to a collaboration between haphazardly psychedelic Afrobeat-influenced psych-punk guitarist/bandleader Yonatan Gat and Native American drum-and-dance group the Eastern Medicine Singers, $25

7/27, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: ubiquitous pan-latin psychedelic guitar god Adrian Quesada leads a Texas soul band with vocalists Jonny Benavidez, Eric Burton, Kam Franklin, Johnny Hernandez, Ruben Ramos, and Paul Schaldal James Brown contemporaries Lee Fields & the Expressions and darkly psychedelic soul band the Black Pumas

7/27, 7:30 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band – at the Bitter End, $10. Wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns play after at around 10 if you can manage to stick around

7/27, 9ish legendary, intense former Come bandleader and haunting indie-psych guitarist Thalia Zedek at Troost

7/27, 11 PM ishhauntingly noisy/ambient cellist Leila Bordreuil plays the album release show for her debut, Headflush at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, $20

7/28, starting at noon music and dance from all over the world including but not limited to the Ukrainian Village Voices, Diwas Gurung playing Nepalese tunes, and tar lute player Khurshed Alidodov playing haunting Iranian Parmi music and more at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park

7/28, 3 PM ish  pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn, and psychedelic Incan folk band Inkarayku on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: salsa dura bands Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra featuring Moncho Rivera, Cita Rodriguez (daughter of the great El Conde) & Su Banda, and allstar percussionist Carlitos Padron & Su Banda

7/28, 7 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Pier One on the upper west side

7/28, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/28, 9 PM Brain Cloud frontwoman Tamar Korn‘s charming torch-swing band Kornucopia at Sunny’s

7/28, 9ish pioneering Afro-punk bass player Felice  Rosser of Faith in a rare duo show at the Treehouse at 2A

7/29, 7 PM violinist, Gregory Harrington plus cellists, Eleanor Norton and Zsaz Rutkowski and Brandon Lewis on drums reinvent material “from Bach to Bocelli, from Coltrane to Cohen” and many other musical styles at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W 22nd Str $25

7/29, 10ish feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

7/29, mdnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

7/30, 7 PM the Underground Spiritual Ground, a new supergroup and Anbessa Orchestra spinoff exploring the connection between African-American spirituals, Ethiopian and Caribbean music followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7/30, 7 PM the Cold Club of Queens play hot 20s jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/30. 7 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play works by anna Clyne, Florence Pryce, Samuel Barber and otehs at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free rsvp req

7/30-31, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra play two Mozart works and Brahms’ Symphony No.3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/31, noon the Catahoula Cajun Band and percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

7/31, 1 PM veteran postbop guitar sage Peter Leitch‘s New Life Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/31, 7 PM salsa romantica with Edgar Joel and Ray de la Paz at Crotona Park

7/31, 7 PM not a music event but very NY-centric: a new English translation of Leon Kobrin’s 1912 NYC Yiddish tenement drama Breach of Promise – pretty radical for its time – at YIVO at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

7/31, 7:30 PM jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington leads a bewilderingly eclectic all-star all-female band including Rhiannon Giddens, Xiomara Laugart, Ledisi, Amina Claudine Myers, Cleo Reed, Valerie Simpson, Charenée Wade, and Lizz Wright of at Damrosch Park

7/31, 8 PM a theatrical Afrobeat tribute with FELA! The Concert at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and you’lll need to get there early to get in

7/31, 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine

7/31, 8ish hotshot, funny rockabilly band the Royal Hounds, olschool Warped Tour style punkpopsters the Take and the Old Firm Casuals – sort of the missing link between Social Distortion and early 80s British oi punk bands like GBH – at St. Vitus, $20,

7/31, 9 PM terse, acerbic trumpet improviser Steph Richards at Public Records, free

7/31 scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Berlin

8/1, noon eclectic Texas acoustic blues guitarist Ruthie Foster at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/1, 5 PM ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

8/1, 6:30 PM oldschool salsa jazz with Yunior Terry & Son De Altura under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/1, 7:30 PM summery Brazilian samba chanteuse Tulipa Ruiz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/1, 9ish fiercely brilliant guitarist Ava Mendoza at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15 cash only at the door, space limited, RSVP to reserve your ticket

8/1 menacingly orchestral metal band Doomstress at Lucky 13 Saloon

8/2. 6 PM classical ensemble the Harlem Quartet play a program TBA at Bryant Park

8/2, 7ish hypnotically percussive Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble at Crotona Park

8/2-3, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/3, 6 PM legendry hip-hop dj Funk Flex celebrates his bday and EPMD celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1989 classic Unfinished Business at Crotona Park

8/3, 7ish PM politically fearess Taiwanese guy/girl piano pop duo Tizzy Bac at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 4ish hypnotically pointillistic microtonal African guitar/drums jams with 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, free

8/4, 7:30 PM rappers of south Asian heritage: G. Sidhu, Rianjali, Taizu, Rolex, Robin Dey, SA Grooves, Project Convergence, IMGE Dance at Damrosch Park

8/6, 1/3 PM improvisational jazz big band Go: Organic Orchestra & the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play material from their upcoming triple vinyl album in the park on Governors Island,

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Franh and others at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free, rsvp req

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6-7, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Joshua Bell play Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/7, noon metal band the Beautiful Distrortion – loudest act ever to play outdoors at the triangle at 72nd St. and Broadwaya t Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/7, 6 PM  terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza & Nectar Orchestra at Madison Square Park

8/7, 6 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza leads her chamber jazz septet Nectar Orchestra at Madison Square Park

8/7, 7:30 PM amazing, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist  Arooj Aftab opens for a flameco dance performance at Darnrosch Park

8/8, noon surprisingly vital first-wave Jamaican roots reggae band Third World at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/8. 7:30 PM  newgrass and classcial with violinist Tessa Lark and bassist Michael Thurber  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/9,,7 PM rousing, anthemic janglerock/Americana band the Harthorns at the small room at the Rockwood

8/9-10, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Steven Osborne play Haydn’s Overture in D, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Schittke’s Mozarr a la Haydn and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/9, 7:30 PM a Marvim Gaye tribute with guitarist Felicia Collins, sax powerhouse Alexa Tarantino, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and others at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10 4 PM Japanese koto/shamisen virtuoso Yoko Reikano Kimura in a rare US performance at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $30

8/10, 6 PM reggae acts from across the years, in reverse order at Central Park Summerstage: dancehall king Elephant Man, ex-Black Uhuru singer Junior Reid, Estelle and newschool conscious roots band Raging Fyah at Central Park

8/10, 7:30 PM psychedelic cumbia night with the slinky female-fronted Delsonido and Bomba Estéreo at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled female-fronted newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly play the album release show for their new one at Barbes

8/11, 3 PM ish funk-punk-postpunkers the B Boys play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, free 

8/11, 5 PM Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro leads his group at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/13, 7 PM rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/14, noon: :hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play hard funk followed by mystery band Hasta La Zeta at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatone at Madison Square Park

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatonesat Maison Square Park. 8/15, 6:30 PM they’re under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/15, 5 PM newschool gospel with Texas singers the Walls Group & Washington DC all-female classical trio the String Queens on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/15, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Leadlights play selections by Debussy, Ravel, Schubert, and Jessie Montgomery.at Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City

8/15, 7:30 PM newschool Mississippi hill country blues with Cedric Burnside at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/17, 7 PM ish honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

8/17, 8ish conscious hip-hop legend Talib Kweli at Marcus Garvey Park

8/18, 5 PM the NY Jazzharmonic play a program of music associated with the early women in jazz at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/18, 6 PM oldschool salsa with Jose “El Canario” Alberto and La Sonora Ponceña at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and youlll need to get there early to get in

8/18, 6 PM what’s left of multiple incarnations of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers featuring Julian Junior Marvin at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 1 PM the upbeat, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only oldschool African-Amerian string bnad – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/22, 6:30 PM Bollywood-influenced oldschool soul harmony band Say She She under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/22 7:30 PM whirlwind tropical accordion star El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/23, 7 PM in reverse order at Marcus Garvey Park: eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, South African croone Vuyo Sotashe, the JBs’ Fred Wesley, erudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 3 PM in reverse order; alto powerhouse Ravi Coltrane, chanteuse Quiana Lynell, the all-star all-femael trio Reclamation with Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 3 PM in reverse order at Tompkins Square Park: drum eminence grise Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Tribute, tenor man George Coleman’s Trio,  lyrical pianist Fred Hersch and eclectic altoist Lakecia Benjamin at Tompkins Square Park

8/25, 8ish popular 90s salsa chanteuse La India at Central Park Summerstage

8/29, 730 PM the Haitian funk band that started it all, Boukman Eksperyans at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/1,  3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/3, 8 PM tuneful latin-inspired pianist/organist Bennett Paster at Halyards

9/7, 1/3 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play Jeremy Harman, Fung Chern Hwei, Gregor Huebner, plys original arrangements of Radiohead & the Beatles in the park on Governors Island

9/8, 7 PM catchy, anthemic newgrass/blue-eyed soul band the Levins at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

9/21, 5 PM ish intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll and the irrepresibly theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladkes at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

Lavish, Exhilarating New Klezmer Sounds and a Lincoln Center Gig From Clarinetist Michael Winograd

The cover of clarinetist Michael Winograd’s wildly adrenalizing new large-ensemble album Kosher Style – streaming at Bandcamp – captures him at Coney Island. It’’s winter. Facing north, just past the cantina, he raises his horn. The Thunderbolt and Parachute Jump loom in the background, sepia-toned. It’s retro, but look closely and it’s obviously in the here and now, just like the new vinyl record.

This album is all about thrills, and minor-key electicity, and sabretoothed chromatics, with all sorts of devious references that hardcore fans of the klezmer demimonde will get. Winograd worked up a lot of this material at a frequently spine-tingling weekly residency at Barbes a couple of years ago, and his bandmates sound like they’re jumping out of their shoes to play this stuff. His clarinet and Ben Holmes’ trumpet are the two main solo instruments, although the rest of the band blazes as well. Winograd is bringing this party to Lincoln Center Out of Doors, where he and the group will be playing on July 28 at 3 PM on the plaza in front of the Beaumont Theatre. Puerto Rican bomba crew Redobles de Cultura open the afternoon at 1; psychedelic Incan folk band Inkarayku close the show at around 4.

Winograd opens the record – and a lot of his live shows – with the title track, built around a rapidfire two-bar clarinet riff. If there was such a thing as Jewish dixieland, this would be it. Dave Licht’s drums tumble and rustle up a storm, Ken Maltz’s bass clarinet smokes and then Holmes takes over the big hook right before the end. All this in less than two and a half breathless minutes.

The Bar Mitzvah Bulgar has a steady, almost stern pulse: clearly, the adults are in charge at this particular simcha. Is that wistful trumpet solo a signal that they might not be so happy to see their little one pass into adulthood? Winograd’s crystalline, meticulously trilling solo after that lifts the mood and the party really starts to cook.

Scenes From a Kosher Restaurant is a moody hora of sorts, swaying along with Carmen Staaf’s stately piano and Jordan Sand’s bass, Sanne Möricke’s accordion in tandem with the clarinet as a famous Beethoven riff peeks out from the background. The International Hora has the whole ensemble pulsing tensely behind the bandleader’s edgily precise articulation. The sober syncopation is the same in Dinner in Bay Ridge, a gorgeously wistful, crescendoing number, Holmes eventually taking over from Winograd, the group weaving around the melody as it winds out.

The triumphantly incisive Wedding Sher is just as catchy, a long, six-minute launching pad for bracing solos from Winograd and Holmes. Online Polka seems suspiciously close to a boisterous Italian opera theme, while Brooklyn Pursuit – a popular encore at shows – has a frantic noir bustle and some of Winograd’s most thrilling lines here.

The album’s most dynamic number, Manhattan Beach Doina shifts through a brassy, Andalucian-tinged intro to a spare jazz piano piano-and-clarinet interlude and a series of false starts: just when you think it’s going to explode, it’s over. Theme From David and Goliath bristles with contrasts: Winograd’s impetuous clarinet fanning the flames of a lush, stately backdrop over waves of cymbals.

Soulful clarinet-trumpet harmonies fuel the brief Kiddish Club. It Pays to Buy the Best has an opulent, pulsing hora sway; Winograd winds up the album with a crashing, loose-limbed diptych, South Brooklyn Bulgars. The icons of the American klezmer movement of the 50s – guys like Dave Tarras and Naftule Brandwein, who brough their fearsome chops and improvisational flair to brooding melodies from the old country – would be proud of how far Winograd has taken the tradition. You’ll see this on the top ten albums of the year list here in December if Trump doesn’t blow us all up first.

Yet Another Grim, Brilliantly Lyrical, Oldtime-Flavored Album From Curtis Eller

Charismatic banjo player and bandleader Curtis Eller is yet another first-class songwriter who got brain-drained out of New York by the the real estate speculators’ blitzkrieg. But he’s never stopped writing dark, witheringly insightful, brutally funny folk noir songs. His latest album A Poison Melody – streaming at his music page – is his hardest-rocking record yet, and it’s as grimly relevant as ever.

The title track, Radiation Poison sets the stage. Don’t let the bluster of those of jump blues-inspired horns fool you: this is about an invisible killer. Eller’s references may be Nagasaki and the New Mexico atom bomb tests, but in the post-Fukushima era, the song has even more relevance. “Everybody’s been exposed,” Eller warns.

Eller introduces the dirty-water garage rock stomp of No Soap Radio as “A no-bullshit story about what happened in ’63 – how come it’s always Texas when there’s a murder on tv?” William Dawson’s vibraphone lingers in the background with the torchy harmony vocals of Dana Marks and Stacy Wolfson on the album’s title cut, a doomed soul ballad.

Jack Fleishman’s loose-limbed drums propel Union Hall, a New Orleans-spiced romp alluding to the 1968 Detroit riots, but with current-day irony:

I’m gonna call the police on my neighbor
I’m gonna take my pistol downtown
The Constitution said I can shoot what I want
Everybody get down

Nobody is surprised by the die-off in These Birds, a stark eco-disaster parable. Pay the Band, a big audience favorite at shows, has gospel piano from Tom Merrigan. As Eller sees it, money is like “morphine on the front line.” And, “You gotta pay the band if you wanna watch those losers dance.” It gets even better from there: the punchlines are too good to give away.

The gospel atmosphere is more subdued and elegaic in Lenny Bruce. Cowles plays flute over Eller’s spare, steady, ominous banjo in Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, a caustically aphoristic World War II basic training parable in period-perfect blues vernacular.

After that, Eller does a diptych about a riot; the sly introduction signals the twisted jubilation of the second, a cynical reminder how calamities are always heaven for profiteers. He winds up the album with the sobering No Word to Choose, Hugh Crumley’s steady bass holding the center amid subtly tricky syncopation, up to a final conflagration. In the post-3/11, post-9/11 era, we need clear-eyed guys like Eller more than ever.

Noir-Tinged Transcendence from Thumbscrew

Thumbscrew‘s show earlier this week at what has become an annual festival at the Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West was more plaintive and haunting than expected. Guitarist Mary Halvorson left her pitch pedal alone for the most part until the last couple of numbers, where she went crazy with both live loops and warpy Jabba the Hut space lounge sonics. And although she did goose the audience, and maybe her bandmates too, with wry upward swipes at the end of a couple of numbers, she went for noir, and poignancy, and angst throughout most of the rest of the show.

It was almost funny to watch bassist Michael Formanek,, the group’s spokesman this time out, matter-of-factly walking a swing interlude in a tune by drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Otherwise, Formanek punched out miminalist pedalpoint, the occasional looming chord and plenty of somber, bowed phrases, often echoing Halvorson’s lingering, chilly, reverbtoned resonance. His comedic moment was a Sisyphian series of climbs, moving further and further up the scale with a predictable but irresistible tumble at the end.

Fujiwara was his typical counterintuitive self: trios tend to have busy drums, but not this unit. He opened and closed the set with tricky, peek-a-boo polyrhythms, driving the music forward against the beat. Beyond one relatively brief, stampeding cascade toward the end of the set, he kept his cymbals flickering,  with a subtle, lithe attack on the snare and toms.

The trio opened with Snarling Joys, a Halvorson tune, the guitarist foredshadowing the gloom ahead via a pointilllistic series of icepick riffs. Many of the set’s numbers bore a close resemblance to Big Lazy at their most haunting, and exploratory, notably Formanek’s bitterly aching Cruel Heartless Bastards, a take of Jimmy Rowles’ moody classic The Peacocks and Julio De Caro’s Buen Amigo, a tango from the band’s most recent all-covers album, Theirs. The companion album, Ours – all originals, naturally- was also well represented, particularly with a strutting but wounded reinvention of Herbie Nichols’ House Party Starting which turned out to be a lot more of a lament than a dancefloor hit. Other material was less harrowing: a tricky, serpentine take of Fujiwara’s Saturn Way; an even more rhythmically maddening yet supertight song that sounded like 70s British rock band Wire spun through a cuisinart; and the closing tune, Things That Rhyme with Spangle (that’s a very short version of the official song title), which Halvorson bent and twisted, finally hitting her distortion pedal for some roaring punk chords.

The series of free concerts at the Provincetown Playhouse continues into next week, resuming Monday, July 22 at 7 PM when Rolling Stones multi-saxophonist Tim Ries leads his band. Get there early, i.e. by 6:45 if you want to get in.

Slashing Blues and Klezmer and Noir Sounds with Book of J at Barbes This Month

Saturday evening at Barbes, it was an awful lot of fun to witness the contrast in styles between guitarists Jeremiah Lockwood and Steve Ulrich. Lockwood, who’s one-half of Book of J and also leads the Sway Machinery, is a live wire, tremolo-picking sharply feathery flurries, plucking out jaggedly incisive phrases and plaintive blues licks on his vintage National Steel model. Ulrich, the film composer and Big Lazy leader was a predator waiting for his prey, cool and calm and distantly resonant, then in a flash going in for the kill with his Les Paul.

He was the special guest at Book of J’s weekly 6 PM Saturday residency at Barbes this month, which is no surprise considering that he and Lockwood have been conjuring up plenty of sinisterly spiky sounds in an on-and-off collaboration that dates back to the early zeros. Rocking a classic punk rock mohawk, Book of J frontwoman Jewlia Eisenberg joined them for one of several lesbian Jewish ballads – “There’s lots of them,” she grinned, singing with triumph and passion over Lockwood’s gritty, chromatically-fueled chords and Ulrich’s signature, lingering noir accents.

Classic Barbes moment. There aren’t many venues left in New York where you can see this kind of cross-pollination creating deliciously new musical hybrids, even if they only last for a few minutes.

The rest of the set was just as diverse. Watching Ulrich play spare, purposeful, purist oldschool Chicago blues was an unexpected treat; then again, the guy can play pretty much anything. Likewise, Lockwood moved methodically from hypnotically emphatic, Malian-inspired phrasing to a ripsnorting cadenza or three and gentle, poignant jangle. The two guitarists went into allusive noir with Mood Indigo, then took another stab at the Ellington catalog, edging their way into a take of Caravan that was more of a slow, wary procession through the desert, keeping an eye out for US drones and Soviet warplanes. Their version of an uneasy Big Lazy big-sky theme had the same menace just over the horizon.

Eisenberg and Lockwood’s most riveting number together was a gorgeous klezmer tune in the Middle Eastern freygish mode, written by a famous Argentine singer and member of what was for a long time the largest Yiddish-speaking community outside of Europe and later, Israel. Lockwood introduced a slower, more allusively rapturous number as being written by an early 20th century cantor who’d chosen his daughter as his successor. That move didn’t go over with the synagogue elders, so the cantor quit. “When somebody dies, where do you say kaddish?” a friend once asked the guy. “In my garden,” he replied.

Book of J return to Barbes tomorrow night, July 20 at 6 with special guest Brian Chase on drums, playing from a new song cycle based on the work of Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin. Big Lazy are back at Barbes as well on July 26 at 10; Singer/guitarist Pierre de Gaillande’s edgy parlor pop band Bad Reputation – who continue to build a rich catalog of English translations of songs by badass 1940s-70s French songwriter Georges Brassens – open the night at 8.

Brent Arnold and Aditya Kalyanpur Create an Entertaining, High-Energy Repertoire for Cello and Tabla at the Rubin Museum

Last night at their sold-out show at the Rubin Museum of Art, Brent Arnold and Aditya Kalyanpur had about as much fun as a cellist and a tabla player can rustle up in about an hour and a half onstage. The music definitely wasn’t classical, and there were only a couple of numbers in their energetic yet frequently hypnotic set that sounded remotely Indian.

One of those interludes was a tabla solo. Early in the set, Kalyanpur built frenetic volleys of sixteenth notes and hung with those perfectly articulated beats, making it easy while seemingly waiting for a sign from Arnold to chill. Arnold didn’t give him one. How long was Kalyanpur going to be able to keep this up? Probably indefinitely, at the rate he was going.

Later on, completely deadpan, he moved from a similarly rapidfire thicket of beats to a wryly muted, bubbly, low-register brook, then had goofy fun with slowly oscillating notes that became a booming, strutting, cartoonish portrait of somebody who takes himself way, way too seriously. It got the most applause of the night.

Arnold may be best known for his loopmusic, but there were inumerable passages during the show where he could have stashed away several long, circular patterns in his pedal and then just let them play back. But he didn’t. Witnessing him articulate them live, with subtle variations in attack and tone, was a rare treat in this style of music.

Arnold plucks as much, maybe more than he bows: essentially, this was a drum-n-bass set. The duo made quasi trip-hop out of a famous Thelonious Monk chorus, but without the usual loopy CHUNK, ka-chunk. Arnold’s opening tune, and one of the later ones as well, had a rustic, often wistful Adirondack folk freshness. A couple of slower numbers could have been Palestinian dirges…without the chromatics and microtones. Other than a clever, enigmatic detour into the whole-note scale, and swaths of sustained chords keening with microtones, Arnold stuck wit traditional western tonalities.

The night’s most epic, shapeshifting number seemed to conjure up fishing for increasingly larger and more dangerous prey. Other tunes either alluded to or distantly brought to mind hard funk, and Tunisian rai music, and occasionally the more playful side of two other cellists with a thing for loops, Julia Kent and Maya Beiser. But Arnold is more aggressively rhythmic and less brooding – and has created his own instantly recognizable, entertaining sound.

The Rubin Museum of Art is home to lots of music throughout the year, both in the comfortable basement-level auditorium and throughout the building (the Brooklyn Raga Massive held their annual all-night raga marathon here for a few years). This Sunday, July 21 the museum has free admission all day, with activities for kids plus performances by a Nepalese hip-hop collective and a thunderous all-female Brazilian samba reggae drum corps.

Greg Lewis’ Organ Monk: A Completely Different, High-Voltage Beast

Organist Greg Lewis opened his set at the Provincetown Playhouse a couple of weeks ago with a mighty, sustained swell of tritones that grew more and more menacing as the sound swirled and smoked through his Leslie speaker. Then he launched into his first Thelonious Monk number of the night. In over an hour onstage, he took the crowd on a roller-coaster of whirlwind riffs, purist blues, phantasmagorial chromatics, a dip into gritty noir, then up and out with a torrential take of Monk’s Four in One.

Lewis calls this project Organ Monk – and was giving away free t-shirts to spread the gospel of Monk on the organ, a “completely different beast” compared to the man in the hat’s piano originals. It’s amazing how much color and orchestral vastness Lewis gets out of his righthand, considering that he doesn’t use the pedals much, tirelessly walking the bass with his left, constantly working the drawbars for subtle shifts in tone and timbre. Monk on the piano can be creepy – Monk on Lewis’ B3 is terrifying.

Yet for all the pyrotechnics, the best song of the night might have been Lewis’ own, slow, simmering, somber, subtly latin-tinged original, dedicated to his nephew. Then he picked up the pace with a handful of tunes from his latest album, American Standards a collection of reharmonized Broadway and cabaret tunes that Monk liked to play Guitarist Ron Jackson was every bit as ferocious as Lewis was, capping off several solos with machete volleys of tremolo-picked chords and taking the intensity up even further with his circing, lightning arpeggios and clustering riffs. And who would have expected icy ghoulabilly chicken-scratch, or wide swaths of octaves that were closer to Indian raga riffs than Wes Montgomery? Behind them, their drummer used his hardware for playful accents when he wasn’t swinging the funk with an agile understatement.

The concert series’ organizer, alto saxophonist Dave Pietro added some high-voltage, Coltrane-ish flurries and stormy torrents on a couple of tune as well. It was a change from the lyrical. Ravel-influenced tunefulness he’d played at the festival’s opening concert the previous week, leading a great band with Gary Versace on piano, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

Lewis continues to maintain a punishing gig schedule all over town; he and another first-rate guitarist, Marvin Sewell are at Bar Lunatico for brunch on July 21 at 1 PM. This year’s summer series of admission-free jazz concerts at the Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West continues on July 22 at 7 PM with Rolling Stones sax player Tim Ries and his band.

Breathtaking Grandeur and a Feast of Guitars on Noctorum’s Latest Brilliant Album

Marty Willson-Piper is best known as this era’s greatest twelve-string guitarist, but he’s also a brilliant songwriter, an aspect that was often weirdly overlooked during his long tenure alongside another great tunesmith, Steve Kilbey, in iconic Australian psychedelic band the Church. Willson-Piper has also put out several great albums under his own name and with Noctorum, his project with Dare Mason. Noctorum‘s richly orchestral, mesmerizingly jangly latest album, Afterlife, is streaming at Bandcamp.

It opens with The Moon Drips, a slinky, seductive, bolero-tinged ballad: imagine Nick Cave at his lushest, with a brass section. The carnivalesque, hurdy-gurdy style bridge is delicious.

High Tide, Low Tide is a mighty, jangly, propulsive rocker that would have been a standout track on a late 80s Church album. Mason sings this cautionary tale to a high-flying party animal who’s heading for a fall.

Willson-Piper returns to lead vocals for the album’s first single, Piccadilly Circus, a bleakly gorgeous, syncopatedly swaying portrait of quiet working class desperation in real estate bubble-era London. A lusciously icy blend of six and six-string guitars anchor Show, a grimly metaphorical breakup narrative set to vamping, Television-like janglerock. Willson-Piper’s incisive, climbing bass punctuates the lush, dreamy, pulsing sonics and baroque elegance of A Resurrected Man.

The album’s loudest track is A Girl with No Love: choogling, raging 70s riff-rock verse, lushly jangly chorus. “I don’t know if I’ll ever dream again, all I know is I can,” Willson-Piper croons in Trick, a surreal blend of Iggy Pop and the Cocteau Twins. Head On (not the Stooges classic but a duet between Willson-Piper and his violinist wife Olivia) rises out of incisively rhythmic riffage to a sultry, sinister peak and eventually an outro straight out of Jethro Tull: “See you at nine-ish where we first met, me and my Sunbeam, you and your Corvette.”

The album’s title track is its most amorphous number, Willson-Piper’s narrator waiting in the netherworld for loved ones amid the guitar swirl. The final cut is the unexpectedl whimsical, bouncy In a Field Full of Sheep. Good to see these guys, with careers that go back to the early 80s, still going strong.

Transcendence and Turbulence with the Vijay Iyer Sextet at the Vanguard

Pianist Vijay Iyer and his sextet’s sold-out opening set of a weeklong stand at the Vanguard last night was an energetic yet saturnine suite – or a darkly glimmering jazz sonata. Iyer is not an ostentatious pianist: he makes his point, has some fun and then gets out, just like Thelonious Monk and Ellington before him would do. It’s a little early to enshrine Iyer alongside those two, but the esthetic is the same. His band provided alternately blustery and plaintive intensity throughout well over an hour and a half onstage. He’s back at the Vanguard tonight, July 17 through the 21st, with sets at 8:30 and around 10; cover is $35.

Other than band introductions, Iyer barely spoke to the audience, beyond asserting that he and the band stand against Trump’s bigotry and white supremacy, encouraging the crowd to keep fighting, since “The fight is far from over.” That’s the title of Iyer’s album with this crew, and he reminded everybody that it’s just as true today as when he released it back in 2017.

His gritty, sometimes grim modal focus contrasted with the turbulence of the horns. Tenor player Mark Shim began and ended the night crossing simmering, smoky terrain; in between, he soared and spiraled and chuffed in tandem with drummer Jeremy Dutton, the group’s junior member. A constantly recurring trope, the pairings of individual horns with  the full rhythm section, contrasted with Iyer’s relentlessness, sharply focused rhythm and hard-edged, often distantly latin-inflected melodicism.

Alto saxophonist Steve Lehman built increasingly complex layers of hardbop, bouncing and even pogoing in place while Dutton distingushed himself as a connoisseur of New Orleans funk grooves. Graham Haynes played mournful wide-angle flugelhorn, switching to cornet for his more kinetic moments. Bassist Stephan Crump pulsed in tandem with Iyer, or, in one of the night’s most rapturous interludes, bowed sepulchral midrange wisps against the bandleader’s eerie belltone variations.

It was a night of innumerable transcendent moments, immersed in the sobering context of the here and now, where we have a bridge-and-tunnel ranter in the Oval Office whose hysterical antics only obscure the ongoing unraveling of the Constitution. The most rapturous of those musical moments was when Iyer worked extreme lows against extreme highs while Haynes built a shivery, Twin Peaks microtonal interlude on his flugelhorn. Likewise, Iyer’s clever shifts from refusenik low-register pedalpoint to increasingly tense, stabbing close harmonies while the horns blew clouds of steam. Every number segued into an other, Iyer seamlessly bridging the chasms between hard-swinging funk and distantly sinister majesty. As the pianist intimated, there’s no telling where the next set is going to go: they’re all different. And yet, they’ll all have singalong (or at least humalong) tunefulness balancing a persistent unease. No wonder the guy’s so popular.

Another Vivid, Lyrical, Understatedly Haunting Album From Sharon Goldman

Sharon Goldman is one of the most gently powerful songwriters to emerge from the incredibly fertile East Village rock scene of the late 90s and early zeros. The real estate speculators’ blitzkrieg crushed it, but Goldman managed to keep her career going on the road. Since then, she’s put out a handful of brilliant albums of catchy, purposeful parlor pop and acoustic rock with sharp, plainspoken lyrics that often allude to much darker themes than her bright tunesmithing would lead you to think she’d tackle. Her latest album Every Trip Around the Sun – streaming at her music page – is in a way just as daring and iconoclastic as her previous record, Kol Isha, a sobering look at a very conflicted Jewish upbringing. This one focuses on issues of aging and death…from a distance, set to catchy chord changes and soaring choruses. Leonard Cohen may have gone to the tower of song, but Sharon Goldman is here for anybody who misses him.

Dolly Parton would no doubt be proud to have written the opening track, A Garden, a sprightly bluegrass-pop tune but also a memento mori: it’s a female counterpart to Mark Sinnis’ Undertaker in My Rearview Mirror. Goldman sang an absolutely shattering version of the understatedly towering title track at Rockwood Music Hall back in May; those bittersweet chord changes underscored both the triumph and bleakness of looking back rather than forward.

In betweem. the rest of the album is characteristically rich. The core of the band here is Allison Tartalia on keys, Craig Akin on bass, Mark Dann on electric guitar, and Eric Puente on drums, with contributions from several members of Goldman’s inner circle (if you remember the irrepressible and sublimely talented early zeros songwriters collective Chicks with Dip, you’ll recognize a lot of these folks).

The End of Sunset Over Athens puts a sobering, historically-informed spin on an otherwise sunny vacation narrative. Migration, the album’s most overtly political number, is an even more troubling look at the worldwide refugee crisis. Sara Milonovich’s violin and Noah Hoffeld’s cello provide a stark backdrop for the loaded metaphors of Lone Black Crow.

One of the album’s most offhandedly chilling numbers, Am I There Yet ponders the possibility that there may be no “there” to get to. Goldman plays both guitar and piano on the brooding Sunset at the Border, a haunting yet hopeful narrative that makes the connection between the South American refugee crisis, the ongoing genocide in Gaza and the Berlin Wall.

She weighs the angst of a gradeschooler with the angst of middle age in When I Was Ten, then paints an allusively gripping portrait of the morning of 9/11 in Tuesday Morning Sun. Penny With the Waves is wistful elegy for a lost friend, while The Ballerina may be the most ferociously feminist song Goldman has ever written, a savagely metaphorital slap upside the head of the patriarchy. Goldman also proves to be a brilliant rockabilly singer – who knew? – on The Collector, a tongue-in-cheek assessment of people accumulating…um…stuff. One suspects there will be even more unexpected revelations and fearlessly relevant work from this restless songwriter in the years to come.

A Dark, Jangly Americana Masterpiece From Russ Tolman

Back in the 80s Russ Tolman led the psychedelic Americana band True West, who were best known for their feral twin-Telecaster duels. He put out three albums with them, if you count the first ep and the posthumous outtakes-and-demos collection. The second one, Drifters is one of the fifty best rock records ever made, a jangling, clanging, surrealistically haunting masterpiece. But all the guitar savagery wouldn’t have counted for much if Tolman wasn’t such a slashing tunesmith and evocative lyricist. Since then he’s made a name for himself as a connoisseur of western noir, a sort of slightly less prolific Steve Wynn (his bandmate in the legendary/obscure Suspects, Wynn’s pre-Dream Syndicate college group).

Tolman’s latest album, Goodbye El Dorado – streaming at Spotify – is a mellower, more carefully crafted take on the True West sound, a masterful intertwine of acoustic and electric guitars along with mandolin, electric piano and a swinging rhythm section. He’s never written more vividly or with more allusive grimness. It’s a historically-infused song cycle about how people are drawn to California, only to see their dreams dashed. As a native Californian, Tolman has the inside track.

With its border-rock accordion, the album’s first song, Los Angeles, is typical in the sense that Tolman never lets on to what happens to the woman at the center of the story. He doesn’t usually hit anything head-on: he takes you down to the crossroads and lets you wait for the devil, alone.

The album’s best cut is Kid, a searingly spot-on account of a girl from a broken home whose teachers think that she “might be talented at art,” but her refrain is “Please don’t make me go home.” The janglerock backdrop, with Kirk Swan’s incisive terse guitar fills and Robert Lloyd’s mandolin, is a little more gentle and sparkly than True West typically was, but it’s obviously the same writer here.

The 6/8 ballad North Hollywood Dream traces the story of an Idaho kid who lands in LA, only to watch his hopes drift slowly away. In 405, over an inteweave of guitars and Rhodes piano – that’s the bandleader with Swan and Lloyd – Tolman paints a wryly knowing picture of LA freeway hell. The album’s title track is a shuffling Bakersfield country tune with mariachi horns: “Goodbye El Dorado, you’ve been a good companion, I’ve been a dutiful son,” the narrator muses as he heads out for good.

Yuba City – as in, “I’m going down to Yuba City, if I’m going down at all” – is another escape anthem with a bizarre mix of tinkling saloon piano, soaring pedal steel and string synth, with a tantalizingly gorgeous guitar solo in the middle. Moody brass, Kevin Jarvis’ ominous drumbeats and ex-Dream Syndicateer Dave Provost’s supple bass groove permeate the bolero ambience of California Winter, a wrenchingly heartbroken narrative: “In the merry month of November I turned my thoughts to the dead,” Tolman intones. The funereal outro, with its exchange of riffs between the horns, reverb guitar and organ is as good as anything True West ever recorded.

Do You Like the Way is a ruthlessly hilarious yet sympathetic portrait of a guy who doesn’t know when to stop: “You’re a free spirit, or at least you like to drink them.” Tolman raises the sarcasm factor several notches with the country ballad Almost Heaven, a twistedly cynical California wildfire scenario. He stays on the country tip for the album’s most epic number, Take It Easy Take It Slow, spiced with sparse twelve-string guitar and pedal steel.

“Knew it was the border from the giant ‘Need weed’ sign/And the liquor stores in the rearview mirror on the California side,” Tolman explains in the caustically funny coastal roadtrip tale Pacific Rain. Honkytonk piano mingles with a famous Stones guitar riff and  swooshy organ in Satellite Bar, a celestial place with dollar beer night once a month, free popcorn…and a dogwater bowl by the door. Tolman brings the record full circle with the grimly jangly Time Flies, a folksy, aphoristic take on the perils of getting older but not wiser. Good to see a revered cult figure – not the Jim Jones kind – still at the top of his game.