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Concetta Abbate Records a Lush, Glimmering Album of Chamber Rock Nocturnes at Spectrum

On one hand, the cred you used to get for being in the crowd at a live album recording has lost a little lustre over the years. After all, these days, if you’re up to the job, you can make your own live album most any night and put it up at youtube or Still, it was awfully cool to be at Spectrum Saturday night, where elegant violinist/guitarist Concetta Abbate recorded a live album with a string quartet. The experience wasn’t as intense as being at Arlene’s the night that Mary Lee’s Corvette recorded their Blood on the Tracks album (although nobody other than the band knew that would happen), or as dark as when Rasputina recorded A Radical Recital a few years later at B.B. King’s…or exasperating, like when Aimee Mann did alternate take after alternate take for her live DVD at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

This was a warmly enveloping, raptly glimmering night of nocturnes, many of them miniatures: Abbate doesn’t waste notes. What’s even better is that the lucky four dozen or so people who got to witness her quiet magic will get a digital copy of the album, and then presumably it’ll be up at her webpage. Her opening instrumental had subtle rhythmic shifts and a delicate pizzicato/legato dichotomy; afterward, a handful of numbers had light electroacoustic touches, like the second one, its allusions to oldschool soul awash in uneasily lush string textures, like a more polished version of early ELO. Abbate sang while playing, in an expressively airy, carefully modulated soprano.

Disquieting electronic washes gave way to a twinkle balanced by a spare, balletesque string arrangement on the night’s next song, beneath Abbate’s melismatic, Renaissance-tinged vocals. Ambered string washes anchored a trickily syncopated piano riff, no easy task to pull off live. The upbeat, catchy, pulsing number after that sounded like a mashup of the Universal Thump and Linda Draper’s acerbic parlor pop.

From there the ensemble took an ornate waltz arrangement up to a vividly wounded series of crescendos; then Abbate brought the lights down with a playfully psychedelic vignette in 5/4 time. Spare, spacious minimalism gave way to a brooding viola solo over tersely fingerpicked acoustic guitar, then a lively, balletesque tune, then a lushly melancholy art-rock anthem in the same vein as Sarah Kirkland Snider’s recent work. After that, the pretty waltz that sounded like the Left Banke made a striking contrast. It’ll be even more fun to enjoy the nuances of the album and ponder Abbate’s terse lyrical imagery. Abbate’s next New York solo show is on June 12 at 8 PM at Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard St. just north of Canal.

Kill Henry Sugar Bring Their Subtly Amusing, Erudite Folk Noir and Americana Back to Barbes

For the last few months, smartly lyrical Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar and banjo luminary Erik Della Penna and his similarly nuanced, artful drummer bandmate Dean Sharenow – have held down a monthly 8 PM Friday residency at Barbes. They’re back this Friday, May 6 at 8, followed by Big Lazy, a band you presumably know about if you spend any time at all at this blog  – and which Sharenow has drummed for in a pinch. If you’ve just stumbled on this page, reverb guitar, noir cinematics and crime jazz are their thing. Are they this blog’s favorite band? Along with Beninghove’s Hangmen and Karla Rose & the Thorns, maybe.

Kill Henry Sugar’s Barbes show last month was a lot of fun…and despite the early hour in Park Slope, they packed the place. Sharenow laid down a misterioso swing groove with his brushes as Della Penna launched into a moody, minor-key broodingly pensive narrative, like a tropically-tinged Tom Waits. Della Penna contemplated the ongoing brain drain from New York in the wryly swaying Tex-Mex inflected number after that: the girl at the center of the center of the story “can’t stand the smell of the bourgeoisie” and ends up considering nursing school in Santa Fe. They did another couple of funny ones after that, the jazzily shuffling, indelibly urban Neighbors, and then the tongue-in-cheek Air Conditioned Nightmare, propelled by Sharenow’s jaunty staccato thump with his brushes on the snare.

“Now I have the bomb, but it won’t fall on you,” Della Penna teased over his signature spare, lingering chordlets on Babylon, a snarky post-Cold War narrative, joined by tuba maestro Marcus Rojas, who added unexpectedly plaintive upper-register work. Della Penna warned the crowd that they’d never shared a stage before, but the chemistry was seamless. And this was a big deal: while they’ve played on and off with low-register instruments, they went bassless long before the White Stripes.

As expected, the best song of the night was a chilly, offhandedly murderous version of Mussolini, a cruelly nonchalant illustration of what goes around coming around with a vengeance over Sharenow’s resolute stomp. Rojas gave a surrealistically blippy intro to the doomed desert rock tune after that. They took things down with a wistfully pastoral, waltzing early 1900s reminiscence after that, shades of Matt Keating, then picked things up with a Stonesy drive and subtle hints of gospel. They’re likely to bring all these flavors and more – and who knows, maybe the tuba – to Barbes this Friday.

A Playfully Rapturous Duo Performance by Bora Yoon and Florent Ghys

While enigmatic, surrealistic multi-instrumentalist and singer Bora Yoon is known for her eclectic improvisations, it’s obvious that she puts a great deal of thought into how she stages them. It could be said that she personifies Stravinsky’s old comment about composition simply being improvisation written down. So the funniest moment at her duo performance last week at Greenwich House Music School in the West Village with bassist Florent Ghys might well have been scripted. But maybe it wasn’t. Midway through an atmospheric, magically otherworldly number, Ghys – who had been supplying wispy atmospherics – playfully took a couple of steps over to Yoon’s mixing board and fiddled with it. If this was a joke, she took it in stride. If it wasn’t, she deserves an Oscar for her split-second “Don’t. You. Dare. Do. That. Again.” glance in Ghys’ direction. It’s the kind of moment you can expect at the venue’s currently weekly Uncharted festival of avant garde sounds. The installment this Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM features deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean singing selections from her forthcoming Hildegard Von Bingen opera In the Green. $15 cover includes open bar – which last week amounted to a couple of beers before the show, although McLean draws a boisterous young crowd who might indulge more than they did at the raptly ethereal performance by Yoon and Ghys.

The bassist had the good sense to leave centerstage to his counterpart. His signature trope is loopmusic, a very difficult act to pull off live. Ghys displayed great timing and a perfect memory, deftly layering his usual blend of atmospheric washes and balletesque pulse, employing lots of effects and extended technique. Yoon debuted a lot of new material, spicing it with a couple of ethereal, celestial Hildegard choral works from her magical 2015 album Sunken Cathedral. Methodically and mysteriously, she moved from violin, to Stroh violin, piano, and eventually her eerily keening collection of singing bowls, which she used to recreate the haunting microtonal ambience of an earlier work from about fifteen years ago.

What was most striking was how much fun Yoon was having. While much of her material has a puckish sense of humor, her larger-scale, site-specific performances tend to be heavy on the gravitas. Empowerment, and an uneasy relationship with the more traditional aspects of her roots as a Korean-American woman artist, are recurrent themes in her work. Left to her instruments and mixer in a relatively unfamiliar space, without working its nooks and crannies to max out the reverb and resonance and decay, she concentrated on tunes, tersely and somewhat minimalistically, rising to a final cathedral-like coda She’d finally brought the mighty edifice above the surface.

Hauntingly Vivid Nocturnes and a Couple of Intimate May Shows from Hayes Carll

If Townes Van Zandt hadn’t drunk himself to death – or if he was born in the 80s – he’d be doing what Hayes Carll is right now. Pretty much everybody’s favorite outlaw Americana songwriter has a two-night stand coming up at Joe’s Pub on May 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM. Advance tix are $25 and as of today are not sold out, which is especially weird since he usually plays Bowery Ballroom or the Bell House when he’s here in town.

His spare, unselfconsciously haunting latest album, impeccably produced by Joe Henry, is Lovers & Leavers, streaming at Spotify. It kicks off with the aptly desolate Drive, spacious tremolo guitar and organ looming distantly over elegant, skeletally fingerpicked guitar and brushed drums. If the Highwaymens’ albums had an organic feel instead of all those cheesy sythesizers, they would have sounded like this. It’s a bittersweet lament for a restless spirit who can’t be corralled: “Burning both ends of the candle and you pretend that you don’t care.”

Sake of the Song is as much of a shout-out to any down-and-out songwriter as it is a salute to Carll’s brooding road-dog influences, from Hank Williams to Dylan and Elvis and Tom Waits, a gorgoeusly slinky Nashville gothic ballad:

Hitchhike and bus ride and rental cars,
Living rooms, coffeehouses, rundown bars
Ten thousand people all alone under the stars
All for the sake of the song

Good While It Lasted offers a bitter, more personal look at the downside of late-night barroom tunesmithing, part Waits, part Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan. That last muted cymbal hit will rip your face off.

The hushed waltz You Leave Alone is a vivid southern existentialist character study:

One conversation
One short-term destination
Can lead to a lifetime
Away from home
But no plan’s worth making
All the big dreams are taken
When you leave this world
You leave alone

Withs its lingering pedal steel and melancholy chromatics, My Friends could be John Prine, or the late-90s Jayhawks, or the Walkabouts doing their country thing. Carll brings back the subtle gospel tinges with The Love That We Need, a crushingly sardonic portrait of a marriage that’s lost its lustre. Love Don’t Let Me Down, the album’s title track more or less, has the feel of a lovelorn 60s Don Gibson ballad recast with the spacious, desolate ambience of the album’s opening cut.Likewise, Love Is So Easy is roller-rink soul done as Americana. The album winds up with an a final character study, casting a disconsolate, restless woman as a Jealous Moon. It’s no wonder why Carll likes small venues, considering how well these songs are suited to them.

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for May and June 2016

Daily updates. Since May is when most of the free outdoor concert series are announced, if there’s one month you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often, this is it. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events are happening 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 here, something for everyone

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

Thursdays through 5/26, 9ish soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda at Hell Phone, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick. L to Morgan Ave., $10 or $15 incl. a download of her new ep.

On select Thursdays 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. Waiting in the wings: Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky (!), Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in May, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

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 south-of-the-border-style 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.

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 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 at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

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

Also Mondays in Mayl, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 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. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in May, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

Tuesdays in May clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

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.

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

Fridays in May at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Saturdays in May at 4 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 at 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band at Barbes

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in May, 4 PM Triple Paste – new quintet with Eric Pakula on alto sax, Matt Darriau on clarinet and tenor, Katie Down on flute, vocals and ukulele, Matt Applebaum on guitar and Ray Parker on bass – play swing tunes from the 20’s and 30’s as well as some originals and new interpretations of Lenny Tristano works at Barbes

Sundays in May, 7 PM spine-tinglingm 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

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in May, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyr art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

5/1, half past noon, edgy jazz chanteuse Ramona Renea and her combo play a thematic, politically relevant Nina Simone tribute show at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec. They’re also here on 5/8.

5/1, 2 PM composer Skip La Plante plays his epic new suite for thousands of chimes at Flushing Town Hall, free

5/1, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beethoven Sonata No.6, Op.10 No.2; Sonata No.26, Op.81a; Sonata No.12, Op.26 and Sonata No.30, Op.109 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

5/1, 7 PM otherworldly, intensely lyrical post-PJ Harvey vocal powerhouse Jessi Robertson, similarly spellbimding folk noir songwriter Lara Ewen and edgy powerpop trio Rony’s Insomnia at Hell Phone in Bushwick

5/1, 7 PM art-rockers the Universal Thump present the second installment of their Seder-Songwriter Project: funny and poignant new songs on Passover themes by artists including Serena Jost, Pete Galub, Anna Copa Cabanna, Chicha Libre’s Josh Camp and others at Joe’s Pub, $15

5/1, 8 PM Chinese Music Ensemble NY plays sweeping, lush orchestral themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/2, 7 PM the Blind Suns play surfy female-fronted dreampop at Shrine

5/2, 7 PM brief sets by magician pan-Asian singer Jen Shyu + Jade Tongue, the Del Sol Quartet, and Organ Monk at National Sawdust, free

5/2, 8 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Cake Shop, $10

5/2, 8:30 PM fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger leads her trio at Bar Lunatico

5/2, 9 PM Iintense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 5/9 at 9:30 they’re at Club Bonafide, free

5/2, 9 PM cutting-edge postbop jazz vibraphonist Behn Gillece and his combo at the Fat Cata

5/2, 9ish intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix recs

5/3-7, 7:30/9:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $30 ($35 on the weekend)

5/3, 8 PM Klazztet (fiery klezmer/Eastern European jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz acoustic) playing classic Balkan and Middle Eastern themes at t Jebon, 15 St. Marks Place, downstairs

5/3, 8 PM a steampunk/circus rock/darkwave quadruplebill: Nathaniel Johnstone, circus rock band Not Waving But Drowning, Jeff Mach‘s rock opera and synthy swoopers Psyche Corporation at Drom, $10

5/3, 8 PM tuneful pianist Kris Davis leads a quartet including Mary Halvorson on guitar at the Stone, $20. At 10 (separate $20 adm) Halvorson leads hers.

5/3, 8 PM Mike Alfreds directs Jane Afnrield in The Tin Ring, a dramatization of Zdenka Fantlová’s harrowing Holocaust memoir, Q&A to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/3-8, 8/10:30 PM jazz bass legend Ron Carter celebrates his 79th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. 5/3-4 with his nonet; 5-5-6 leading a quartet and the rest of the week he leads a trio

5/3, 8:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico

5/3, 9:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

5/3, 10:30 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his combo at Smalls 

5/4, 6 PM magical Nepali madal zither player Raj Kapoor with Amrit Biswokarma on flute and sarangi at the Rubn Museum of Art, free w/museum adm 

5/4, 6:30 PM intriguing,up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee – formerly of adventurous all-female jazz/art-rock band the Cave Women – at the Bar Next Door with Jordan Morton on bass and Nathan Ellman-Bell on srums, She’s also there on 5/10

5/4, 7 PM a screening of Murry Sidlin’s documentary Defiant Requiem, exploring the subversive performance of Verdi’s Requiem byconductor Rafael Schächter and his prisoner choir in the Terezín Concentration Camp, Q&A with the director to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/4, 7 PM guitarist Cameron Mizell – whose take on Bill Frisell-style pastoral jazz tends toward the atmospheric and cinematic – leads his organ trio at Shrine

5/4-5, 7/9 PM disarmingly direct, individualistic, warmly compelling rising star jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her quintet with Steve Wilson on alto sax at Smoke. Tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman leads hers afterward around midnight

5/4, 7:30 PM rising star jazzwomen: lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – leds her band ($15) followed at 9:30 by fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger and her quartet at Club Bonafide, $10

5/4, 8 PM Barbes comes to the ‘Shweck: psychedelic cumbia night with Yotoco, Los Aliens and El Combo Chimbita at the Silent Barn, $8

5/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/4, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Sidewalk. They’re also at Otto’s on 5/15 at 8

5/4, 8 PM Frederic Rzewski plays The Road, Part VII: Final Preparations (1999-2001) at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud Ursula Oppens plays more Rzewski piano works on 4/6, same time, same deal. On 5/7 at 8 and 5/8 at 4 at 8 the compose leads an all-star quintet playing new works for piano four hands and chamber group

5/4, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, often haunting jazz guitarist Todd Neufeld leads his quintet with Rema Hasumi, voice; Thomas Morgan, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Billy Mintz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 

5/4 Jenny Lewis’ new band Nice as Fuck (NAF) with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas at Webster Hall

5/5,1 PM the Borromeo String Quartet play Alberto Ginastera – String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (1958, Rev. 1968); Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at Trinity Church, free 

5/5, 7 PM the New York premiere of Murry Sidlin’s new multimedia concert-drama Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composers, showcasing music by fifteen composers imprisoned in Terezín in WWII, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/5, 7:30 PM the Enso String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat major (“Harp”) and Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/5, 7;30 PM drummer Ullysses Owens Jr. leads a tribute to Mulgrew Miller; at 10:30 tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quintet afterward at Smalls 

5/5, 7:30/9 PM cutting-edge organ jazz grooves with the Akiko Tsuruga Trio at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $15

5/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes. 5/12, 7:30 PM she’s at Pangea

5/5, 8 PM intense multi-instrumentalist and art-rock/folk noir bandleader Spottiwoode & His Enemies at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/5, 8 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman do their haunting duo thing at the Stone, $20

5/5, 8 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean sings selections from her forthcoming Hildegard Von Bingen opera In the Green at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

5/5, 8 PM guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila with mbira virtuoso Chartwell Dutiro at Shrine. 5/11, 7 PM they’re at Barbes

5/5-9, 8 PM a soundpainting (improvisational musical conducting, similar to Butch Morris’ Conduction) festival at the Firehouse Space, too many interesting players/acts to list, full list is here.

5/5, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

5/5, 8 PM New York premieres of string orchestra works by Mexican composers Carlos Chavez, Leandro Espinosa, Max Lifchitz and Salvador Torre at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, (between Bway & Columbus), free

5/5, 9 PM the Whiskey Spitters‘ wizard of the strings Ernie Vega on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle,at the Jalopy Tavern

5/5, 10 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at at Skinny Dennis

5/5, 10 PM Brain Cloud’s tapdancing western swing frontwoman Tamar Korn & Kornukopia at St. Mazie’s 

5/6, 7 PM darkly intense parlor pop songwriter Peg Simone, haunting folk noir singer and bandleader Jessie Kilguss  and the Debutante Hour’s charmingly lyrical, quirky Susan Hwang at Basement Bar in Bushwick 

5/6, 7 PM an evening of Haitian vodou and rara music with the Asòtò band featuring Haitian Vodou singer Sirene Dantor, and KONGO Haitian Roots Music directed by Oneza Lafontant. at the New School’s Johnson / Kaplan Auditorium, 66 W 12th St, free

5/6, 7:30 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

5/6, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band , at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

5/6, 7:30 PM the Kim-Larsen-Park Trio featuring: Ann Kim, violin Ben Larsen, cello Jeong-Hwa Park, piano playing Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12 Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 Schumann Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80 at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba, also streaming live at http://www.BKCM.ORG/LIVE

5/6, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow followed at 10 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/6, 8 PM sassy, lyrically edgy female-fronted original oldtimey swing band the Fascinators at Sidewalk

5/6, 8 PM toy piano icon Phyllis Chen programs a theme night perusing “unusual spaces.” including two world premieres: Caccia by Jo Kondo, and a new original work, ceaturing Chen and the JACK Quartet. The JACK Quartet also perform John Luther Adams’ The Wind in High Places, plus bassoonist Rebekah Heller performing Nathan Davis’ On speaking a hundred names, and scientist/musician/instrument-builder Daniel Jodocy presenting his musical suitcases, at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St in Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St, free

5/6, 8 PM John Medeski takes a turn on organ with Uri Caine on piano at the Stone, $20. At 10 ($20 separate adm) Medeski leads a trio with Dave Fiuczynski (guitar) Calvin Weston (drums)

5/6. 8 PM Mexican folk-rock jamband the Villalobos Bros. at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/6, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/6, 8:30 PM expertoy jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioineer Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $15

5/6, 8:30 PM the fun oldtime  East River String Band at the American Folk Art Museum

5/6, 8:30 PM vibraphone-piano improvs with Anthony Smith and Jim Ridl at I-Beam, $15. Smith is there the following night 5/7 leading a guitar/sax/drums quartet

5/6, 9 PM soul-rockers No Ice – charismatic bandleader Jamie Frey’s successor band to the someday-legendary Brooklyn What – followed eventually at 11 by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at Shea Stadium, $10 all ages

5/6, 9 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free. 5/28 they’re at the Brooklyn branch at 8 PM

5/6, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful trio wih Matt Brewer, bass; Justin Faulkner, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

5/6, 10 PM purist reverbtoned original instrumental rockers Strange but Surf followed eventually at midnight by deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Otto’s

5/6, 10:30 PM B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat.

5/6, 11 PM the self-explanatory Balkan Express play Romany sounds at Drom, $10

5/6, 11 PM ominous postrock tableaux with banjo, slide guitar and sax from Hostile Beauty at Pete’s

5/6, midnight guitarist/singer Kiki Sabater’s careeningly psychedelic, Hole-like power trio Slow Suck at Muchmore’s, free

5/7, 11 AM the haunting, magical, all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/7, 2 PM Brooklyn’s original Balkan horn band, Hungry March Band play a Kentucky Derby show at the Bell House, $8 adv tix rec

5/7, 2 PM a free rooftop show by cult favorite 50s cool jazz pianist Bertha Hope & Jazzberry Jam plus melodic jazz bassist Mimi Jones leading her group at the Graham Triangle. 138 St. & 3rd. Ave.

5/7, 3 PM organist Noriko Kumada plays works by Bach, Messiaen, and William Albright at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

5/7, 3 PM oldschool 60s psychedelic funk band Merrymakers Orchestrina at Paperbox, free

5/7, 3 and 7 PM Parthenia, “New York’s premiere viol consort,” perform Semper Dowland, the complete Lachrimae collection of 1604 by John Dowland at the Vélez Blanco Patio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/7, 3 PM mixed-period ensemble the Colonials play their new arrangement of Schubert’s Trout Variations with six new contemporary segments by Brad Balliett, Lembit Beecher, Jonathan Dawe, Paul Epstein, Molly Joyce, and Gity Razaz interwoven into the fourth movement of his Piano Quintet in A Major at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/7, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 6 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band and at 10 by epic, sweeping, adventurous Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

5/7, 5 PM a rare US performance by underground Belgian hip-hop artists L’Enfant Pavé and his Bongo Thugs bandmate Kaer Mig One and the Bronx’s own Circa ’95 at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/7, starting at 5 PM, “In response to the recent resurgence of anti-feminist backlashes around the world, most notoriously the neo-masculine movement of rape culture, Legacy Fatale invites both women and men to join in their protest-like march garnering banners from Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick to Grace Exhibition space, followed by a 6:30 performance of the dance suite The Lasso of Truth “representing an awakening from oppression to liberation with an original score by experimental composer Pierrot Carrilero at Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Floor (btwn. Ellery St. & Park Ave.)entrance left of liquor store – ring top buzzer, J/M to Flushing Ave

5/7, 7 PM Rock Against Oligarchy: a Bernie Sanders fundraiser with Bay Kee, Miracle Sweepstakes, Stuydeye at Cake Shop, $10

5/7, 8 PM the aggressively swirly psychedelic/noiserock/dreampop Aquadora, punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black playing the single release show for their ferocious new one at 10 and the similarly excellent, anthemic, grittily 80s-tinged Dark Moon Apache at 11 at Matchless

5/7, 8 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ haunting, atmospheric, cinematic art-rock band Elysian Fields  play the album release show for their new one at the Owl in Ditnas Park, $15

5/7, 8 PM drummer/multi-instrumentalist ssongwriter Alice Bierhorst will be presenting the fullness of her orchestral pop album “The Beacon” at Branded Saloon

5/7, 8 PM joined by guest artists oboist Nancy Ranger, violinist Dan Auerbach and harpsichordists Rebecca Pechefsky and Elaine Funaro play a program of Baroque and modern music for flute, oboe, violin, pcello, and harpsichord. Works include G.F. Telemann’s Quartet in D minor, J.G. Janitsch’s Sonata de Camera in C major, Elliott Carter’s Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and harpsichord, and Graham Lynch’s French Concerto. at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/7, 8 PM, repeating 5/8, 4 PM L.Gray, Michael J. Schumacher, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Nisi Jacobs perform their harrowing newsreel-style multimedia piece Abigail Hobbs which “explores subjugation and its remedy, from Salem Village to the Port Haven Psychiatric Facility, through live multichannel sound improvisation, projection, historical reenactment, and more. In a space between the meta-­ceremonial and a YouTube truther pastiche exists a conjectural Abigail Hobbs, a Monarch/Epsilon anti-heroine avatar, “at the Sunview Luncheonette, 221 Nassau Ave., Greenpoint, $5

5/7, 8:30 PM Americana purist Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show at the big room at the Rockwood, $15, followed eventually (no cover) at 11 by sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery

5/7, 8:30 PM exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at the Lively

5/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with surfed-out tv th from Commercial Interruption, similarly cinematic sounds from the TarantinosNYC, ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones and then surf-loungers Plato Zorba around midnight.

5/7, 9 PM eclectic noir soul/psychedelic/parlor pop songwriter Karina Denike and glampunk band Phantom Fifth at Union Hall, $12

5/7, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura (violin), Michael Sachs (sax/bass clarinet), Chris Ziemba (piano), Matt Aronoff (bass), and Jeremy Noller (drums) – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/7. 10 PM first-class, eclectic ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Skinny Dennis

5/7. 10 PM torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at St. Mazie’s

5/7, 10 PM lots of deviously witty interplay: Uri Caine (piano) Jon Irabagon (sax) at the Stone, $20

5/8, 4 PM he intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

5/8, 4 PM PUBLIQuartet play new works tba for string quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

5/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

5/8, 6 PM acoustic guitarist/French chanson devotee Susanne Layton followed at 8:30 by edgy Chicago chamber jazz trio Twin Talk at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 

5/8, 7 PM oldtimey swing with a Lynchian noir edge from inscrutable jazz chanteuse Heather Holloway and the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall 

5/8, 7 PM twelve-piece contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant play art songs by Matt Marks at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/8, 7 PM the New York Jazzharmonic trio bolstered by drums and bassoon ! at Bar Thalia next door to Symphony Space, free

5/8, 7:30 PM violinist Martin Stoner and pianist Cullan Bryant play works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

5/8, 8 PM a fascinating new chamber suite by composer Denise Mei Yan Hoffman based on crowdsourced first-thing-in-the-morning thoughts at the Glass Box Theatre 55 W 13th St, Arnold Hall at Mannes College of Music

5/8, 8 PM dark twin cello improvisations: Erik Friedlander and Michael Nicolas at the Stone, $20

5/8, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz Band with special guests Val Killen and Anna-Lise Pasch Santella at the Jalopy, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM an allstar band with the gospel-singing trio Como Mamas, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Valerie June, Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and blues vocalist Ruthie Foster play a Sister Rosetta Tharpe tribute at the World Financial Center, free

5/8, 9 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Skinny Dennis. They’re also here on 5/22

5/9, 7 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar

5/9, 7 PM the New York New Music Ensemble plays North American premieres by composers from south of the border: Juan Manuel Quinteros, Javier Alvarez, Diego Tedesco, Pablo Galaz and Miguel Chuaqui at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, $20

5/9 at 7 PM avant garde cult favorites the SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik, with Roscoe Mitchell on woodwinds plays world premieres by Mitchell, Lucie Vítková, and Kotik plus works by George Lewis, Cage, and Stockhausen at Bohemian Hall, 321 E 73rd St.

5/9, 8 PM Kent Tritle leads the Oratorio Society of NY and soloists in the NY premiere of Merrryma’s Jonah and  Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Difficult Times) at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail.

5/9. 8:30 PM colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klezmer Klez Messengers, w/Michael Winograd & Patrick Farrell at the Jalopy, $15

5/9, 9 PM chamber Americana duo the Moon & You and Southern gothic troubadour Ole Fateful at Union Hall, $8

5/9, time TBA the extraordinary pianist Haskell Small – specialist in rapt, haunting, quiet music – plays a program including the the New York premiere of John Tavener’s St. Malachy’s – The Actor’s Chapel, 239 W 49th St. 5/10 at 8 PM he plays the Crypt at the Church of the Intercession. 550 W 155th

5/10, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar.

5/10, 7 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen play the album release concert for their new one with music of Bartók, Schnittke, Stucky, and Carter at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/10-15, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads a series of duos at the Jazz Standard, $25. Choice pick: final night with alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry

5/10, 7:30 PM bouncy, rustic, retro proto-salsa dance band Los Hacheros featuring Maite Hontelé at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/10, 8 PM bewitchingly intense Nashville gothic/folk noir/jazz/janglerock songwriter Erica Smith, and purist, golden-roiced Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner at Hifi Bar

5/10, 8/9:30 PM glass bells and vocals! How’s that for ethereal and fun and esoteric? Katie Down, glass, winds; Miguel Frasconi, glass, electronics; Terry Dame  home ins (??).; Gelsey Bell, voice at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/10, 8 PM the Strawbs play their lush, ornate 1975 cult favorite art-rock/psychedelic Britfolk album Hero & Heroine in its entirety at B.B King’s, $25 adv tix rec

5/10, 8 PM ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble – perform works by: Ashley Fure / Chaya Czernowin / Luigi Nono; the Mivos Quartet tackle the Helmut Lachenmann, String Quartet No. 3 “GRIDO” (2001) and the Scott Wollschleger, String Quartet No. 2 at Roulette, $20

5/10, 8 PM twin-piano group Ensemble Zofo play two-piano works by Terry Riley plus materilal by Katherine Balch and Dylan Mattingly along with work by David Lang and Urmas Sisask at the Kitchen, $15

5/10, 8 PM Carolyn Leonhart with Helen Sung on piano – who’s awfully good with singers – at Mezzrow, $20. Sung is back with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt at 9:30 on 5/13-14, same deal

5/10, 8 PM the New York Choral Society present Handel’s biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt under the baton of Music Director David Hayes at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.$30 seats avail

5/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM progressive jazz alto sax icon Steve Coleman & Five Elements at the Vanguard, $25

5/10, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band play the album releae show for their new one at the Jalopy, $10

5/10, 9 PM smartly tuneful, pensive newgrass/Americana songsmith Kelley McRae at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/10, 9:30 PM fearless eco-crusader Reverend Billy & the mighty gospel choir Fiery Eagles of Justice play the album release show for their explosive, relevant new one at Joe’s Pub, $12

5/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/10, 11 PM playful, individualistic avant jazz singer Lauren Lee and her Space Jazz Trio at Muchmore’s, $5

5/11, 1 PM the Cecilia Coleman Big Band on the plaza at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

5/11, 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating at Hifi Bar

5/11, 8 PM terse, purist cool-voiced Americana singer Vienna D’Amato Hall followed at 9 by kick-ass tuneful powerpop/GBV-influenced bandleader James Barry at the Way Station

5/11, 8 PM Yarn/Wire’s composr portrait of Michael Gordon at the Miller Theatrr is sold out

5/11, 10 PM a rare small-club appearance by soulful virtuoso postbop composer/trumpeter Ingrid Jensen with a quintet at 55 Bar

5/11, midnight, perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at s at the Bell House, $15

5/12, 1 PM irrepressible, charismatic organist Chelsea Chen plays works by Ginastera, Maurice Duruflé, and Nicolas De Grigny at Trinity Church, free

5/12, 7 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy followed by state-of-the-art jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman‘s Mischief & Mayhem ft. Nels Cline, Jim Black, and Todd Sickafoose at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/12, 7:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine, Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and dark post-Velvets songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anne Husick in the round at Sidewalk

5/12, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet finish their Haydn Quartet cycle with Quartets Opus 1, No. 1; Opus 42; Opus 103; and Opus 76, No. 5 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St off Central Park, $20/students and seniors free

5/12, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

5/12, 8 PM bizarre segue, great twinbill: plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

5/12, 8 PM ferocious, brilliantly lyrical punk/powerpop band Wormburner – probably the closest thing to the Jam the US has ever produced – at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

5/12, 8 PM gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Thumbscrew trio with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara play the album release show for their new one Convallaria at Roulette

5/12, 9 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at the Jalopy Tavern, free

5/12, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

5/12, 9:30 PM fiery, elegant flamenco jazz chanteuse Eva Cortes with a solid band: Jon Cowher: piano; Ricky Rodriguez: bass’ Francisco Mela: drums at Club Bonafide, $15

5/12, 9:30 PM George Crumb’s Black Angels : 13 Images From the Dark Land for electric string quartet performed by Ensemble LPR; scintillating soprano Daisy Press performs Favus Distillans from a song cycle based upon Hildegard von Bingen’s Chants to Saint Ursula; plus the the world premiere of Ricardo Romaneiro’s Nocturnal Suite, a multi-movement ethereal nocturne cycle with words and vocals by Hannah Sumner, performed by Ensemble LPR and special guest Sandbox Percussion, harpist Jacqui Kerrod, Ramin & Justin Abrams , and narrator Tom Schubert at House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson, Bushwick, J to Jefferson St., $20

5/12, 9:30 PM the Sides – bassists Danton Boller and Jeremy Wilms and ace drummer Shawn Baltazor. followed by jazz pianist/vibraphonist Brittany Anjou at the Owl

5/12, 10:30 PM hypnotically epic newschool psychedelic band Frogbelly & Symphony at Rock Shop, $10

5/12, 10:30 PM noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Nick Hempton and his combo at Smalls

5/12, 11 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at the Way Station

5/13, 6 PM intense Middle Eastern classical/jazz trumpeter Amir Elsaffar leads a small group at the   at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museuma adm. 5/28, 8 PM he’s with his Indian/Middle Eastern cross-pollination Rajas Project w/ Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Anjna Swaminathan (violin) Miles Okazaki (guitar), Maria Grand (tenor saxophone) at Alwan for the Arts, $20

5/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

5/13, 7 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

5/13, 7 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Leftfield

5/13, 7 PM Norwegiain string orchestra 1B1 join with pianist Simone Dinnerstein for an all-Bach program at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/13-14 and also 5/20-21, 7 PM chanteuse Barb Jungr leads a quartet with jazz pianist Lawrence Hobgood playing “Songs of Hope for Troubled Times” by Dylan, Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Bacharach/David and others at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/13-15, 7/9 PM tuneful, terse vibraphonist Warren Wolf leads his quartet at Smoke

5/13, 7:30 PM in reverse order: brilliant, lyrical trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp, similarly lyrical trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes and his trio, and powerhouse, globally-inspired chanteuse Michele Zayla at Club Bonafide, $20

5/13-14, 7:30/9:30 PM the cutting-edge, atmospheric, cinematic Alan Ferber Nonet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

5/13, 8 PM Middle Eastern avant jazz guitarist/singer Yousif Yaseen followed by hauntingly rustic all-female Serbian choral group Rosa at Muchmore’s, $10

5/13, 8 PM  elegantly melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier leads her trio at the Owl

5/13, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed at 10 by Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

5/13, 8 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –x at the Way Station

5/13, 8 PM the Semiosis Quartet premieres Justin Barish’s new quartet “first snow: butterfly/butterflied…,” and also plays Shawn Jeager’s “Thy Wondering Eyes,” Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 2, and Psalom by Arvo Pärt at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/13, 8:30/10:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with guitarist André Matos; Chris Cheek – saxophones; Chris Morrisey – bass at Cornelia St. Cafe.

5/13, 9 PM hauntingly torchy pianist/chanteuse Jennifer Scott plays the album release show for her new one Le Temps de L’Amour at Freddy’s

5/13, 10 PM perennially vital, haunting film score mavens Morricone Youth and surf rock band Maui Hurricane at Union Hall, $10

5/13, 10 PM darkly sardonic Southwestern gothic baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s auspicious new Nashville gothic project the Serpentones at Bar Chord

5/13, 10 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at the big room at the Rockwood

5/13-14 10:30 PM whirlwind alto sax player Mike DiRubbo leads his quintet at Smalls

5/13, 10:30 PM ormer Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

5/13, 11 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play Turkish classics at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/14, 3 PM Norwegian string orchestra 1B1 play works by Kaija Saariaho plus Arvo Part’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/14, 5 PM vibraphonist Stefon Harris with the United States Air Force’s “premier jazz ensemble,” the Airmen of Note followed by dirty Jerz hip-hop icons Naughty by Nature at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/14, 6 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her killer band followed at 8 by Svetlana & the Eastern Blokhedz playing their artsy take on kitschy Soviet pop from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

5/14 hypnotic, psychedelic pan-Asian ambient noise group FEN (Far East Network): Ryu Hankil (S. Korea), Yan Jun (China), and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore) play two sets at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St. (1/2 Aves): a standing-room show on the first floor at 7, then a seated set in the auditorium, $18 per set or $32 for the whole night

5/14, 7 PM Ba Ban Chinese Music Society with pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi play otherworldly medieval classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/14, 7 PM Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

5/14, 7:30 PM incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place

5/14, 8 PM intense, ferociously lyrical, politically fearless noir blues bandleader and showman LJ Murphy at Sidewalk followed at 9 by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir

5/14, 8 PM fiery klezmer/Balkan/Middle Eastern jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Shrine

5/14, 8 PM NYC’s very own Javanese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Kusuma Laras at Symphony Space

5/14, 8 PM Anna Sato and Shingo Maeyama perform the rare, hauningtly delicate folk music of Amami Island, Japan at Roulette, $25

5/14, 8 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen leads her band at the Owl

5/14, 8 PM the Icebergs – lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy with Tom Abbs on cello; David Rogers-Berry on drums at the Parkside

5/14, 8 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin’s 16 TONS John Carlson – trumpet Kenny Warren – trumpet Matt Holman – trumpet Andy Biskin – clarinet & bass clarinet Rob Garcia – drums Daniel Kelly’s Rakonto: Voices from South Memphis Chanda Rule – voice Frederick Johnson – voice Daniel Kelly – piano Brad Jones – bass Gene Lake – drums, at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $10

5/14, 8 PM the premiere of Frances White’s Between Here and There, John Glover’s Life Cycles, a work for flute, viola, and electronics accompanied by video projections by Rob Dietz, which respond to a cycle of large-scale paintings by Mark Mastroianni, performed by members of Ensemble Meme: Barry Crawford, flutes; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; and Molly Morkoski, piano. at the DiMenna Center, $15

5/14, 9/10:30 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/14, 9:30 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at at the Lively

5/14, 10 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis

5/14, 10ish swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing all the time would be one of NYC’s best bands – at Sunnyvale, $10

5/14, 10:30 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/14, 11 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

5/14 psychedelic band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Baby’s All Right and Bowery Ballroom (both venues have them on their calendar on this date, go figure), are sold out

5/15,1:30 PM a killer klezmer/jamband triplebill; Isle of Klezbos , Maida Feingold, Boston’s Ezekiel’s Wheels at the Bronx KlezFest, 3301 Bainbridge Ave, (208/210), D to Norwood/205th, $10. IoK are also at Muchmore’s on 5/17 at 9 for $5

5/15, 3 PM the Canticum Novum Singers and members of New York Virtuoso Singers perform Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, $25 tix avail

5/15, 4 PM the avant garde world’s go-to cellist, Ashley Bathgate plays the album release show for her new collection of Kate Moore compositions, Stories for Ocean Shells plus works by Douglas Cuomo, Jascha Naverson and a new series of reflections inspired by the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach at the Cell Theatre, $25

5/15, 4 PM gospel group Jubilation Choir with iconic soul singer Cissy Houston followed at 5:30 by popular 90s salsa romantica chanteuse La India at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/15, 5 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Downtown Voices and indie classical ensemble Novus NY join forces with cellist Matt Haimovitz for a performance of Ginastera’s Cello Concerto #1 and Beethoven’s Missa Trinity Church

5/15, 6 PM smart, soaring original front-porch folk songbird Jo Williamson at the small room at the Rockwood

5/15, 7 PM ntense, individualistic, torchsong/art-rock piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes atat LIC Bar

5/15, 7:30 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at Sidewalk

5/15, 8 PM spellbinding, dynamic jazz chanteuse Stephanie Layton – of the Tickled Pinks – at Caffe Vivaldi. she’s also here on the 29th at 8.

5/15, 9 PM percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $8

5/15, 9 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on saxophone leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

5/15, 9ish timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom at Troost

5/15, 10:30 PM esteemed Mingus Orchestra alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky leads his quartet at Smalls 

5/16, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, cellist Michael Nicolas with keyboardist Annie Gosfield play works by Gosfield, John Zorn, Mario Davidovsky, David Fulmer and Jaime E. Oliver at the Miller Theatre, free

5/16, 7 PM wickedly catchy Pakistani/klezmer jamband Sandaraa debut their new project The Pomegranate of Sistan folloowed at 9:30 PM by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

5/16, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa tackles the complete Ligeti piano etudes at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail.

5/16-17, 7:30 PM irrepressible newschool outlaw country songwriter Hayes Carll at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/16, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache followed by explosively funky, bass drum-driven Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

5/16, 8:30 PM endearingly retro charmer Jay Leonhart on bass and vocals with pianist Tomoko Ohno at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/16, 9 PM jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

5/16, 10 PM the trippy, funky, female-fronted Madam West and the the NYChillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at the Knitting Factory, $10

5/17, 1 PM the Momenta String Quartet with Vicky Chow, piano play sonatas by Beethoven and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free

5/17, 7 PM LA punk legend and X bassist John Doe at Rough Trade, free

5/17, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, smart,lyrical tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his quartet at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/19, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic pianist Kathleen Supove playspremieres Dylan Mattingly’s Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field”.at the DiMenna Center, $15. It’s not known if the composer is related to the Yankees’ MVP

5/17. 7:30 PM ageless retro cabaret chanteuse Phoebe Legere followed by Texas blues road warriors the Fabulous Thunderbirds at B.B. Kings, $27.50 adv tix avail

5/17, 8 PM hilarious, guitarishly brilliant oldschool honkytonk/cowpunk band Trailer Radio play the album release show for their new one Country Girls Ain’t Cheap at Brother Jimmys BBQ at Union Square.

5/17-22, 8/10 PM no wave electronic percussion pioneer Ikue Mori plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guets, $20. Choice pick: the 5/18 early set with brilliant pianist Satoko Fujii and multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg

5/17, 8:30 PM the Satoko Fujii Orchestra – probably the best largescale improvising ensemble of the last 20 years – at I-Beam, $15

5/17, 9 PM Walter Thompson takes a turn out front soundpainting the noise rock/free jazz band Mob Job; the 12-piece Dalius Naujo Band employs Conduction (Butch Morris’s gesture-based composition language) at Nublu, $10

5/17, 9:30 PM Jiaju Shen, pipa; Feifei Yang, erhtu; Li Zong, comp., piano play cutting-edge improvisations on otherworldly ancient Chinese themes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/17, 10 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/18, 7 PM intense violist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s gothic-tinged art-rock duo Rabbit Rabbit at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/18, 7:30/9:30 PM charming Boswell Sisters-influenced swing trio Duchess (Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou. sort of a less purist counterpart to the Tickled Pinks) at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/18, 8 PM awesome new Middle Eastern-tinged surf rockers Hearing Things – Matt Bauder -saxophones, guitars; JP Schlegelmilch -organ/piano and Vinnie Sperrazza – drums. – at Barbes

5/18, 8 PM ewschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band followed by followed by perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat jamband Antibalas at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

5/18, 8 and 9:30 PM saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a lyrical quartet including drummer Rudy Royston and pianist Luis Perdomo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/18, 8:30 PM arguably NYC’s most eclectic and dynamic singer Karla Rose – equally adept at new wave, noir cinematics, oldschool soul, Lynchian torch song and neo-Velvets janglerock – plays a rare, intimate solo acoustic show at Berlin

5/18, 9 PM high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  and dark garage chicks LA Witch at Shea Stadium, $12

5/18, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood,

5/18 Marissa Nadler at Union Pool is sold out. Good for her!

5/19, 1 PM Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 play Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen plus works by Knut Nystedt and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free 

5/19, 7 PM popular West Virginia retro/newgrass Americana songwriter Dori Freeman at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/19 8 PM ageless first-wave British punk band the Angelic Upstarts at the first-floor room at Webster Hall, $20 adv tix rec

5/19, 8 PM whirlwind indie classsical marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura and pianist Barbara Podgurski play works by Bach, Lane Harder, Philip Lasser and others at the Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave, (Greenway/Burns) Forest Hills, E/F to 75th Ave., , $20, reception to follow

5/19, 8 PM violinist Tom Chiu’s Ensemble Metrix do their tongue-in-cheek cut-and-paste improvisations on cheesy pop themes at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/19-27, 8 PM Mike Iveson’s The Tear Drinkers – “a suite of sci-fi songs for six performers. It follows four humans who have been abducted by the United States government and brought to an underground holding tank in New Mexico, so that the government can determine which of them is actually an alien from another planet masquerading as an earthling. Downtown performer Mike Iveson leads a team of exceptional artists, including pioneering video artist Charles Atlas, in a look at the private heartaches and private bathroom rituals of humans and aliens alike. Including performances by April Armstrong, Anthony R. Brown, Don Castro, Gavin Price, Courtney Williams, Akyiaa Wilson, and Mike Iveson” at the Kitchen, $20

5/19, 9 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Bar Chord

5/19, 9 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Silvana

5/19, 9 PM psychedelic swamp blues guitarist Daryl Hance (ex JJ Grey and Mofro) – sort of the missing link between Brian Jonestown Masscre & the Black Keys – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/19, 9:30 PM avant garde vocal summit: Katie Geissinger, Theo Bleckmann and Meredith Monk at National Sawdust, $30

5/20, 7 PM ornate art-rock/metal bandleader Sharon Knight at Caffe Vivaldi

5/20, 7:30 PM explosively percussive Ukrainian art-rock/folk-punk band DakhaBrahka at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, $30. on 5/21, same time they’re premiering their live core to a screening of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s legendary 1930 Ukrainian silent film Earth

5/20, 7:30 PM amazing thirty-woman choir (and Bowie cover specialists) Conspiracy of Venus at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/20, 7:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

5/20, 8 PM melancholy acoustic Americana cover song specialists the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – a Spanking Charlene side project – at Sidewalk

5/20, 8 PM Ensemble 365 plays new chamber works by composes of Asian heritage: Bun-Ching Lam, Ravi Shankar, Bright Sheng, Toru Takemitsu and Ming-Hsiu Yen at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

5/20, 8 PM up-and-coming indie classical chamber group the RAM Players perform new works by David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Guy Barash, Ronnie Reshef and David Schober at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20

5/20, 8:30 PM edgy improvisaitonal conversations between Susana Santos Silva – trumpet; Kris Davis – piano; and Mat Maneri – viola at I-Beam, $15

5/21, 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

5/21, 5 PM songwriter Miwa Gemini – who’s just as adept at creepy southwestern gothic as she is at moody continental waltzes and paisley underground psychedelia – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 5 PM indie classical chamber group Exceptet play new works by Brian Petuch, Fay Wang, ­Brooks Fredrickson, Eric Shanfield, Brendon Randall-Myers and Alex Weiser at the Secret Theatre in Queens, $20

5/21, 7 PM Ifti Chowdhury & the Royal Bengali Tea House play their surreallistically kinetic Bangladeshi-Spanish musical fusion followed by the Feringhees performing cinematic Banghra rock and Indian folk-rock at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/21, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine – whose forthcoming third album is reputedly amazing – at Terra Blues.

5/21, 8 PM briliantly lyrical, aphoristic Americana songwriter Jim Allen & the Ramblin’ Kind – the Americana guy Elvis Costello always wanted to be – followed by 90s-style Wilco-ish alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hank’s, note, $6 cover

5/21, 8 PM a steampunk triplebill with Romany guitar-fueled duo Frenchy and the Punk, the Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys at the Delancey, $10

5/21, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown makes his Brooklyn debut at the Hall at MP, $25 adv tix rec

5/21, 8 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at the big room at the Rockwood

5/21, 8 PM hypnotic, psychedelic Moroccan trance grooves with Innov Gnawa at at the Owl

5/21, 8 PM Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner) play a Phil Ochs tribute at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

5/21, 8 PM unique art-rock/chamber jazz singer/bandleader Karen Mantler at Barbes

5/21, 8 PM pianist Andrea Lodge and soprano Sara Paar perform works by Charles Ives at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/21, 9 PM in reverse order: hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem (the Jewish Gogol Bordello), amazing thirty-woman choir Conspiracy of Venus, delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch & Brain Cloud frontwoman Tamar Korn at the Jalopy, $10. Conspiracy of Venus are also at Highline Ballroom on 5/22 at noon for $12 in advance

5/21, 9:15 pm Thunda Vida play roots reggae at Shrine

5/21, 9:30ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata

5/21, 10 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/22, 1 PM Iktus Percussion play new works by Philip Schuessler, Mikel Kuehn, Erin Rogers and Hiroya Miura at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20. There’s also a 5 PM program featuring the Switch Ensemble playing electroacoustic pieces by Chris Chandler, Lisa Streich, Clay Mettens, Santiago Diez-Fischer, Anthony Vine and Alexander Schubert, same price

5/22, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with trumpet soloist Eric Ridenour play works by Mozart, Hindemith, Tschaikovsky and Gershwin at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

5/22, 3 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony play Mozart’s Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K. 313 with flutist Petra Rivero, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with cellist Inbal Segev and Mendelssohn’s Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” at All Saints Church, 60th St. west of First Ave, $20 sugg don

5/22, 7 PM intuitive, magically dynamic pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a folk-inspired program of works by Grieg, Liszt, Komitas and Stravinsky at the DiMenna Center, $35/$20 stud/srs

5/22, 9:30 PM a rare duo performance by eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette and & purist guitarist Peter Bernstein at Mezzrow, $20

5/22, 10 PM wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano -blues band” the Claudettes at Barbes

5/23, 7 PM jangly, wickedly tuneful, bittersweetly lyrical British band the Seven Twenty -the missing link between the Left Banke and Blur – at Arlene’s. 5/25, 8:30 PM they’re at Freddy’s

5/23, 8 PM catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family followed by at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

5/23, 8 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken with chamber ensemble Sound Icon revisit Gerard Grisey’s rarely performed horizontal music classic Vox Temporum plus works by Grisey-inspired composes Richard Carrick, Nina C. Young, Christopher Trapani, Marcos Balter, Victoria Cheah, Brian Erickson, and Edmund Campion at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.

5/23, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Marc Mellits, Valerie Coleman, Joan Bower, George Tsontakis, Tania Leon and Steven Albert at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stu/srs

5/23, 8:30 PM 70s Britrock/art-rock maven Edward Rogers,plays the album release show for his new one at Hifi Bar

5/24, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/24, 8 PM Sonos Chamber Orchestra play works by Sibelius, Paul Moravec, Alexander Brott, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Alice Ping-Yee Ho, Fredrik Sixten and Jessie Montgomery, at Merkin Concert Hall, $30/$20 stud/sts

5/24, 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar

5/25, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, free

5/25, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

5/25, 10 PM catchy minimalist bassist and new wave songwriter Palehound at Baby’s All Right, $14

5/26, 7 PM Aussie hokum blues songwriter/revivalist CW Stoneking – who schools a lot of the Americans mining the genre – at Rough Trade, $15. 5/27, 7;30 PM he’s at the Mercury, $15

5/26, 7:30 PM polymath percussionist/alto saxophonist Terry Dame and one of her many fun, erudite projects followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing psychedelic, surfy grooves at Barbes

5/26, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quartet ($10), followed by hot oldtimey swing band Svetlana & the Delancey Five ($15) at Club Bonafide

5/26, 8 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne plays the album release show for her new one at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

5/26 8:30 PM Greek gangsta girl klezmer – the Jewish Women of Rebetika featuring singer Carol Freeman, Adam Moss at the Jalopy, $15

5/26, 10 PM 90s surf/trashrock favorites Southern Culture on the Skids at the Bell House, $17 adv tix rec

5/27, 6 PM awesome outdoor cumbai fun: surrealistically slinky, wickedly fun psychedelic cumbia band Consumata and the more synthy, newschool R-Tronika at the People’s Garden (on the corner of Greene Ave and Broadway, Bushwick, J to Gates Ave., free, all ages, plus keg beer available, all you can drink for $10

5/27, 8 PM some of New York’s most illustrious improviser/composers gather for a set of short solos.Moppa Elliott (double bass), Dan Blake (soprano/tenor saxophone), Sandra Sprecher (piano), Dan Peck (tuba), Brandon Seabrook (guitar/banjo), Tom Blancarte (double bass), Alejandro Florez (guitar/electronics), Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Jessica Pavone (viola), Charlie Evans (baritone saxophone) at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/27, 10 PM psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality at Barbes

5/28. 7:15 PM darkly anthemic Russian/Romany stadium rockers Newborn play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

5/28, 7:30/9 PM purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

5/28. 9 PM surf punks Band of Others at Freddy’s

5/28. 10 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at at Barbes

5/28, 11:30ish haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation –at Club Bonafide, $15

5/29, 5 PM chamber ensemble House of Time play music of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann. at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

5/30, get there early (like 4 PM) the NY Philharmonic play Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free

5/30, 8 PM  creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon, special guests tba – this is the final show before going on summer hiatus

5/30, 10 PM edgy Japanese post punk girl band the Hard Nips at the Gutter

5/31, 8 PM tartly nutritious (ok, you asked for it) Ensemble Pamplemousse play Andrew Greenwald’s new composition for dueling pairs of cellos and keys, and Jessie Marino’s US premiere of Discreet Observations For Your Family’s Peace of Mind— the concert also features works by Mauro Lanza and Mauricio Pauly’s at Roulette, $2o

6/2, 8 PM thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen followed by fun, edgy, eclectic bluegrass/newgrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers – Steve Martin’s backing unit – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

6/3, 9 PM enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Leftfield. 6/14 they’re at Bowery Electric

6/5, 7 PM S ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa and tersely lyrical guitarist André Matos play a rare duo show at the Rockwood

6/8, 8:30 PM oldschool soul icons Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

6/8, 10 PM noir Americana/creepy circus rock icons O’Death at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix rec

6/13, 6 PM Yemeni singer and oud player Abdulrahman AlAkhfash plays a rarely-heard program of solo traditional music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museuma adm

6/13, 7:30 PM the Big Sing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free: Kent Tritle hosts 300+ NYC singers from at least a dozen first-class choirs performing favorites including “Dona nobis pacem” from Bach’s Mass in B Minor, the central movement of Brahm’s German Requiem, “He Watching Over Israel” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and more, full list of artists here

6/15, 8:30 PM moody, kinetically cinematic third-stream pianist Romain Collin leads his trio at Iridium

6/16, 8 PM Lost Dog New Music Ensemble with Sarah Joy Miller, soprano play a program of works by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/17, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet play four US premieres by a program of works by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/18, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet with speicial guests perfom a program of larger-scale chamber works including four US premieres by by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/18 the annual Porchstomp acoustic Americana festival on Governors Island

6/19 Punk Island on Governors Island

6/21, 5 PM Philip Glass plays his Etudes for piano at Pier 1 in Riverside Park

6/21, 5 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays works by Mario Davidofsky and Ginastera at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

6/22 “America’s filthiest country singer” Wheeler Walker Jr. – OMFG, he makes David Allen Coe look like a pussy – at the Mercury

6/28. 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony plus the Coriolan Overture and piano concertos with soloist Nobuyuki Sujii at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/29, 9 PM iconic new wave’postrock pioneers Pere Ubu play songs from their 1975-82 catalog at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

7/12, 7:30 PM beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play Schubert’s 5th Symphony plus works by Haydn, Bob Dylan and Bob Haggart at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/20, 7:30 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache followed by “a night of words and music” with Patti Smith, her guitarist Lenny Kaye, and bassist Tony Shanahan at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free, get there early

7/30 The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed all day at Lincoln Center, program and artists TBA

/2, 7:30 PM the

Frogbelly & Symphony Bring Their Enigmatic, Apocalyptic Art-Rock to Gowanus on May 12

Psychedelic art-rockers Frogbelly & Symphony are the kind of band you want to catch on the way up. They’re like a vintage Jaguar: when they’re firing on all twelve cylinders, their elegant power can be breathtaking, a force to be reckoned with. When those cylinders aren’t all firing in sync, things can get messy. Their latest album Blue Bright Ow Sleep – streaming at Spotify – leaves no doubt as to the band’s ambition and talent. They’re playing Rock Shop on May 12 at around 10:30 PM; cover is $10

The album opens aptly with Minderbinder:

A chance to rebuild
Destruction brings us closer…
All we have is nothing,
But we turn it into something….

announces frontwoman/violinist Liz Hanley in her big, dramatic wail – the song sounds like Siouxsie fronting the Mars Volta. Then Hanley launches into a litany of funny food metaphors, like a hip-hop version of REM’s It’s the End of the World and We Know It. All this and orchestral flourishes in less than five minutes.

The calm jangle and  propulsive drive of Invite to Eternity masks its darkly pensive surrealism; the soaring violin gives it a bite that reminds of another first-rate, kinetic female-fronted art-rock band, the Sometime Boys.

Hanley’s uneasy operatics soar over Ben Trott’s eerie guitar flickers as Ride Off Into the Sunset gets underway: With its mythic imagery, Romany guitar chromatics and keening theremin in the background, it’s akin to Humanwine on blotter acid, or the late, great Norden Bombsight. Which comes as no surprise considering that ex-Norden Bombsight guitarist David Marshall is a frequent collaborator.

Patch of Blue builds out of drummer Ray Rizzo’s Frankenstein sway with sinister layers of vocals into straight-up metal, winding down as bassist Tom Hanley delivers a troubled ending:

Firing a pulley
From the cannons of a knee
It is your moment of clarity
Shackled to a tree

Cola in Mongolia switches to an ambling, jangly Velvets pulse with circus rock theatrics, a subtly snide critique of consumerism. Leyla’s Find has tricky syncopation and looping, aphoristic lyrics: a snarlingly psychedelic rock take on Nina Simone, maybe. The seafaring metaphors of Shingle build an eerie eco-disaster narrative as the band reverts to jaunty, violin-fueled art-rock. It’s a genuinely brilliant song, a smoldering example of how much promise this band has.

The frontwoman’s cynical, doomed hip-hop-tinged lyrics contrast with the slow, dreamy atmospherics of Organism. The album’s big desperate coda is Hazyland, a duet between the Hanleys, which sounds like a more concise Brian Jonestown Massacre. This is the kind of band that ought to be in front of a big festival crowd, delivering their epic cautionary tales to an audience that gets them.

Sandaraa Build a Magical Bridge with Pakistani and Jewish Sounds

You want esoteric…and way fun? How about a mashup of Pakistani and klezmer sounds? Meet south Asian/Jewish jamband Sandaraa (Pashto for “song”). While they have some rock instrumentation, they’re not a rock band. They sound more Middle Eastern than anything else, which makes sense since Jewish music has roots there, and those exotic modes filtered east centuries, even millennia ago. The brainchild of star Pakistani chanteuse Zebunnisa Bangash and klezmer clarinet powerhouse Michael Winograd, the band also includes Dolunay violinist Eylem Basaldi, Klezmatics/Herbie Hancock drummer Richie Barshay, bassist David Lizmi (of bewitchingly noir cinematic band Karla Rose & the Thorns and Moroccan trance group Innov Gnawa), supersonic accordionist Patrick Farrell, and Israeli surf/metal/jazz guitarist Yoshie Fruchter. Their debut album is streaming at Storyamp, and they’ve got an album release show on May 11 at 7 PM at the big room at the Rockwood; cover is $12. After that, they’re at Barbes on May 16 at 7 PM where they debut their new Urdu poetry-inspired project The Pomegranate of Sistan, addressing “religious orthodoxy and nationalism across cultural divides.”

.While a lot of westerners may associate Pakistan with ghazals and qawwali, Sandaraa incorporate more rustic styles from remote regions of the country. The album’s opening track, Jegi Jegi Lailajan opens with an edgy Middle Eastern freygish riff and then slinks along on an undulating, syncopated groove, Bangash’s suspensefully enticing, air-conditioned delivery rising to warmer heights and then back to more pensive terrain. Who knew Barshay could play clip-clop south Asian percussion, or how effortlessly Fruchter would gravitate to the spiky phrasing of Pakistani rubab music?

Surrealistically blippy Their Majesties Satanic Request organ underscores Bangash’s expressive delivery as the band opens Mana Nele, then they ride Farrell’s pulsing, Qawwali-esque accordion waves, Basaldi and Winograd delivering achingly melancholy, Middle Eastern modal riffage in tandem.

Winograd opens Bibi Sanem Janem with a brief, starkly cantorially-inspired clarinet taqsim, then Fruchter pushes it along with his moody oud until Barshay’s tumbling qawwali groove and Farrell’s steady pulse take over. Winograd takes it out with a long, vividly austere, low-register solo.

A tenderly catchy, shapeshifting lullaby, Dilbarake Nazinim opens with an expansively rustic, pensive solo from Fruchter. The album winds up with the slinky, upbeat Haatera Tayiga, a jaunty mashup that best capsulizes the joyous stylistic brew this band manages to conjure: it’s amazing how much they manage to pack into a single song. As musical hybrids go, there hasn’t been an album this fun or full of surprises released this year.

Beninghove’s Hangmen Release Their Most Savagely Cinematic Noir Instrumental Album

In the jazz world, Bryan Beninghove is known as a monster tenor and soprano saxophonist and a connoisseur of Romany swing. But he’s also one of this era’s great film composers. His most interesting project may be his noir instrumental band, Beninghove’s Hangmen. Their previous two original albums both ranked in the top five of the year here; their new one, Pineapples and Ashtrays – streaming at Bandcamp – is their most eclectic, twistedly picturesque and definitely their funniest. Much as Beninghove’s creepy riffage and rainswept themes make him one of the small handful of film score writers who deserve mention alongside Angelo Badalamenti, he also has a snide, deviously erudite sense of humor and that’s front and center here. The band are playing the album release show on May 26 at around 10 at the Citizen, 332 2nd St. in Jersey City, about six blocks from the Grove St. Path station.

The album opens with Astronete, arguably the most sarcastic cha-cha ever written. Beninghove distinguishes himself with a faux-bubbly Rhodes piano solo, treble turned up to the point of distortion; guitarist Dane Johnson takes it out with some gritty metallic blues.

On one hand, the title track is your basic musical dialectic: bad cop vs. good cop, Jason stalking his unsuspecting prey. On the other, it gives you pause: the band hold their sarcasm close enough in check, and dive into the menace with so much relish, that they just might be serious after all. It starts off as a menacingly altered bolero, then the scenes shift through a balmy ranchera, cornpone C&W and a twinkling Hawaiian tableau. Meanwhile, the bolero theme winds up, then winds down, Rick Parker’s looming trombone and Johnson’s clenched-teeth monster surf guitar front and center.

Lola Gotta Gun is a very clever, Lynchian dub reggae mashup of Lola and Happiness Is a Warm Gun. La Girafe is a showcase for Beninghove’s subtle side, which is ironic considering how over-the-top cartoonish this loping, happy-go-lucky theme is. The best joke is cruel, it’s in French and it’s too good to give away here

Roebuck – a shout-out to the Staples Singers’ patriarch Roebuck Staples – opens as a simmering, misterioso Quincy Jones summer night theme and builds to a methodical but very uneasy sway on the wings of Johnson’s dark blues lines and Beninghove’s shivery red-neon tenor work. The careening, self-explanatory Elephant Stampede echoes the band’s expertly buffoonish Zohove album, a collection of instrumental Led Zep covers.

The lone cover here is a pretty icky Neil Diamond ditty that other bands have tried to make noir out of. It’s not up to the level of Beninghove’s originals, although it does bring to mind a teenage, trenchcoated Diamond lingering outside the girls’ yeshiva somewhere in Midwood, staring at a nine-year-old and thinking to himself, girl, you’ll be a woman soon enough. The album winds up with Terminator, which sounds like Nine Inch Nails taking a stab at a New Orleans second-line groove, as funny as it is ugly. Much as we’re still in April, there’s no way anybody’s going to release a more cinematically entertaining album than this in 2016.

Last night, it was viscerally painful to walk out on the band as they launched into the lickety-split monster surf of H-Bomb, considering how expertly feral their set had been up to that point. Has the leader of any band ever to play Otto’s Shrunken Head ever instructed his players to pay attention to volume and dynamics? Beninghove did, and the crew – this time including bass powerhouse Ezra Gale, guitarist Sean Kiely and drummer Sean Baltazor – delivered, through a scorchingly psychedelic set including ferociously expansive takes of macabre, chromatically-charged surf classics like Surf ‘n Turk and Surfin’ Satie as well as a trippy version of Lola Gotta Gun and an amped-up roadhouse blues-infused Roebuck.

Kelley McRae Brings Her Catchy, Lyrical Acoustic Americana to the Lower East

Kelley McRae is a darling of the Paste Magazine set. Aw, good grief, you say. Do we really need another fresh-faced rich white girl faking her way through a formerly blue-collar sound that’s been done to death? Actually, with her airy, unadorned soprano and catchy tunesmithing, McRae is the real deal, bringing some rare depth to the newschool Americana genre. She’s got a new record, The Wayside – her fifth – streaming at Spotify and a show at the big room at the Rockwood on May 10 at 9. Cover is $10.

The core of the band on the album comprises McRae’s guitarist husband Matt Castelein, with Jon Andersen on pedal steel and lapsteel and Spencer Caper on violin, mandolin and bouzouki. The opening track, Land of the Noonday Sun sets the stage over an elegant weave of fingerpicking:

Time goes by like a dream
No matter how hard you run
Some things are better left unsaid
Some things are better left undone

Driven by Castelein’s punchy dobro, the surprisingly hard-charging newgrass shuffle Hard Night has a full band with bass, drums and organ; it reminds of Jenifer Jackson‘s latest adventures in Americana. “It’s just one of those days,” McRae sighs with a wounded resignation as the bittersweetly swaying, subtly Tex-Mex tinged If You Need Me gets underway. The plainspoken Reach You offers a stark, telling look at how you can never count on someone staying on the same track with you: ” Too many nights feeling brokedown and bruised,” as McRae puts it..

The album’s title cut rises toward an unexpectedly ornate, majestic peak, awash in lingering steel guitar over a big thumping beat. The album’s best track is the broodingly scrambling Oklahoma shuffle Red Dirt Road, propelled by more crescendoing Castelein dobro work. By contrast, Andersen’s keening steel fuels A Long Time, a bitter lament for years wasted waiting for dashed hopes to come true.

With McRae’s high lonesome avian metaphors, Rare Bird offers a bittersweet shout-out to a restlessly insatiable type. Driven by Castelein’s psychedelic acoustic fretwork, Tell It Again looks back to 70s Britfolk. The album closes with Rose, a Willie Nelson-esque, jazz-tinged lullaby and then the nocturnal ballad All the Days That Have Come Before, McRae’s narrator taking a decisive step away from the past. It’s an unselfconsciously intense way to wind up this mix of vividly melancholy tunesmithing.

Kiran Ahluwalia Brings Her Entrancingly Fun Mix of Punjabi and African Sounds to Joe’s Pub

From singer Kiran Ahluwalia‘s albums of raptly hypnotic, mysttically poetic mashups of Pakistani ghazals, Punjabi pop and Malian desert rock, you might not expect her to be as fun onstage as she is. It’s hard to believe that the unselfconsciously captivating bandleader’s most recent New York show was at Madison Square Park last summer. Out in front of a jangly, purposefully propulsive four-piece band, she spun and lept and got a sleepy afterwork crowd on their feet. “I can always tell when there are Punjabis in the audience,” she grinned, feeding off the energy of the dancers as much as they were feeding off hers. She’s bringing her mix of thoughtful, paradigm-shifting originals and reinventions of centuries-old material to Joe’s Pub on May 6 at 7 PM; adv tix are $20.

She opened that summer show with Sanata: Stillness, the title track to her latest album, a showcase for her strikingly direct vocals as well as her husband Rez Abbasi’s command of slinky Malian desert rock guitar, with a hypnotically circling accordion solo from Will Holshouser over the clip-clop rhythm section. It’s her Uncomfortably Numb: stillness can be emptiness, a feeling she emphatically did not want to revisit, personally or artistically, she said. The group followed a joyous clave bounce on the catchy number afterward, Abbasi playing bright upper-register clusters that were part soukous, part Mike Bloomfiield.

Ahluwalia’s melismatic leaps and bounds gave extra spice to a rhythmically tricky one-chord vamp. Jaane Na (Nobody Knows), the lickety-split number after that, was part uneasy ghazal, part psychedelic soul, an exorcism of personal demons, Abbasi’s rapidfire, bluesy lines bringing to mind Jerry Garcia circa Terrapin Station (i.e., good). Then they pounced their way through a shapeshifting, epically catchy take of the classic Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan hit Mustt Mustt, adding a loping, resilient Tinariwen edge.

Aluwahlia brought things down with a pensive ballad that began with a moody solo vocal intro, then went back to catchy, upbeat, major-key melismatics. She teased with meters, sliced and diced choruses in her meticulously modulated voice, airing out her spun-steel, reflecting-pool lower register as the band pulsed and sparkled behind her. After a detour into wary, grey-sky south Asian jazz, she closed the set with a joyously jumping Punjabi pop hit and encored with a swaying number that built from an opiated Moonlight Mile strum to an anthemic intensity. It’s a good bet that she’ll do a lot of this at Joe’s Pub.


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