New York City Live Music Calendar April – May 2012
The new May-June calendar is here.
For directions and other information on the venues where these shows are happening, check the exhaustive guide to over 200 New York live music venues at NYMD’s sister blog, Lucid Culture.
Times listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:
Oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin has a lot of April shows coming up. He’s at Terra Blues at 7 on 4/7-8, 4/12 and 4/17; 4/13 and 4/20 he’s at Lucille’s at 8.
Mondays at the Fat Cat the Choi Fairbanks String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays in April at 7:30 PM it’s the Cutting Edge New Music Festival at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs. This year’s concerts are typically eclectic and enticing – the entire festival lineup is here, see below for individual shows.
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 4/9, 4/23 and 4/30 jangly Big Star-esque powerpop/Americana band the Nu-Sonics play at 8 at Goodbye Blue Monday. The 4/9 show is especially enticing because Mesiko – feat. members of the late, great art-rockers Norden Bombsight – plays afterward at around 9:30
Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between 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 9 PM in April Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra plays the Stone, $10. They might do their Stone (that’s Sly) or their originals or both or who knows – lots of fun in an intimate space, show up early and catch some of the open rehearsal.
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Mondays in April, 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Also Mondays in April Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:15 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota and the Fela pit band on trombone, with frequent special guests.
The first and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Central Synagogue (685 Lexington Ave. at 55th St.). there are free organ and sometimes chamber music concerts at half past noon, a great way to chill out if you can sneak away from work for about an hour. It’s a global mix of talent assembled by acclaimed organist Gail Archer.
Tuesdays 8-11 PM the Michael Arenella Quintet plays hot and cool vintage jazz at the Empire Room on the first floor of the Empire State Building, $10 cover plus $10 minimum.
Tuesdays in April clever, fiery, eclectic Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular.
Tuesdays in April the Dred Scott Trio are back at the small room at the Rockwood at midnight. NYC’s premier noir jazz pianist and his tight, sly rhythm section are a NYC treasure, a group you should see at once in your life.
Wednesdays there are free organ concerts at 1:10 PM sharp on at St. Ann’s Church on Montague St. in downtown Brooklyn.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Wednesdays at 9:30 Roosevelt Dime plays their unique mix of oldtimey string band music with a dash of classic 60s soul at Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg.
Thursdays at 1 PM in May on 5/3, 5/10 and 5/24, and also Fri, 5/18 highly regarded new music student ensemble Ensemble ACJW plays works by contemporary composers at Trinity Church, free, could be a fascinating series to catch if you work or go to school in the neighborhood.
Thursdays and Fridays in April at Mehanata it’s Bulgarian sax powerhouse Yuri Yukanov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music, 10 PM, $10.
Fridays in April at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays 4/7, 4/21 and 4/28, 5ish Raya Brass Band – who take a wild improvisational approach to scorching, chromatic Balkan brass music, and who have an amazing new album out – at Radegast Hall, free
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 from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell and an A-list of players play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.
Sundays there are free organ concerts at 5:15 PM at St. Thomas Church, 5th Ave. and 53rd St. The big Skinner organ’s days are numbered: it’s a mighty beast, so see it before it’s gone. The weekly series (with breaks for holidays) features an extraordinary, global cast of performers.
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in April, 8/11 PM the Arturo O’Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra plays Birdland, $30 seats avail.
Sundays in April at 9 gypsy guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.
4/1, 6 AM (six in the morning) the new Regis Live! show debuts on ABC with live appearances by Glenn Campbell, Limp Bizkit and Lady Gag at the Good Morning America studios at Lincoln Square, free tix available via Facebook. It’s been tweeted about!
4/1, noon, at Floyd Bennett Field in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, the Hindenburg Family Singers present a special kid-friendly show. Hear acoustic covers of children’s favorites from cultures around the world, from Barney to Spongebob to the Mitzvah Twins, while perched high above the ground in a vintage 1930s airship! Witness the eco-friendly green power of hydrogen! VIP smokers’ lounge located at the rear of the aircraft.
4/1, half past noon it’s the Village Voice Gentrifier Food Festival in the old Domino Sugar factory space in Williamsburg. Fifteen major chains bring samples of their new upscaled yuppie food for upwardly mobile heirs and heiresses! Revisit your comfortable childhood in California or Nebraska with such heartland classics as McDonalds Select Pink Slime, Arbys’ Whites Only Omelettes, Burger King Free Range Nutria and Olive Garden Premium Blood Sausage! $100 cover includes free gift bag with samples from your favorite mall stores and a download code for the new Jonas Brothers album!
4/1, 5:30 PM at Sidewalk before the open mic starts, LCD Soundsystem reunites for a free show, or maybe just a dj set, which is pretty much the same thing anyway.
4/1, 6:30ish House of Waters plays psychedelic worldbeat dulcimer music at Littlefield, $10
4/1, 7 PM Coldplay do a special acoustic benefit concert for their new kickstarter campaign – to pay off their debt to their record label so they can make a new album – on the roof of the Hotel Gansevoort, $750 adv tix available.
4/1 rockabilly and surf music with the Bobby Fuller Three at B. B. King’s at 7:30 PM, $30.
4/1, 7:30 PM Yale School of Music alums including cellists Arnold Choi, Sungchan David Chang, Alvin Wong, Mo Mo plus tubaist Jerome Stover, bass-baritone Taylor Ward and others play a deliciously murky program of low-register compositions:
Mozart: Duo for bassoon and cello in B-flat major, K. 292; Penderecki: Serenata for three cellos (2008) and Capriccio for solo tuba (1980); Bruckner: Two Aequali for three trombones (1847); Prokofiev: Humorous Scherzo for bassoon ensemble (1912); Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, arranged for bassoon ensemble; Jacob Druckman: Valentine for solo double bass (1969); Sofia Gubaidulina: Concerto for bassoon and low strings (1975); Heinrich Schütz: Fili mi, Absalon for four sackbuts and bass voice, SWV 269 at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail. No joke!
4/1, 8 PM indie classical quartet Cadillac Moon Ensemble premieres new commissions from composers James Romig, Ethan Pakchar, Eric Allen, Brooks Fredrickson and Sam Crawford along with Noam Faingold’s duo Knife in the Water at Vaudeville Park in Bushwick, $10
4/1, 8 PM Sammy Ramone – legendary for his handclaps on the Ramones’ “Rock N Roll High School”- brings along his old friends from the bar at Max’s to celebrate his bandmates at the Continental, $35.
4/1, 8:30 PM Tim Wakefield’s Beer & Fried Chicken Revue at Hill Country. The once-feared Red Sox knuckleballer is also a solid guitarist. Opening is the barbershop trio of Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz, leading the crowd in a selection of drinking songs.
4/1, 8:30 PM intense, smart, vivid composer/chanteuse Sara Serpa leads a guitar quartet with Andre Matos on acoustic at Cornelia St. Cafe. She’s been branching out to include the fado of her native Portugal; this could be a real eye-opener. $20 includes a drink; followed at 10 by Matos leading his own electric quartet (separate admission). No joke.
4/1, 9 PM Rodeo Bar presents Lady Gag and Friends; Kid Rock opens the night with a special acoustic show. It’s true! Rodeo Bar’s website says it is!
4/1, 9 PM the The Festival with Provided the Updike, Sanitizing the Bloomberg, Bieber the Already, Conclusion the Foregone and ??? (pronounced “the the the”) at the brand-new Tepco Green Arena (the recently bulldozed site where the Apollo Theatre used to stand). The The will not be performing.
4/1 the Anti-The Festival at Pianos featuring Flours, Sugars, Salts, Baking Powders, Olive Oils, Rosemarys and at midnight they all get together as the supergroup Biscuits, who have a reputation for being very hot if a little flaky.
4/1, 9 PM at the Bell House it’s Grossouts for Gentrifiers! While riding the subway, do you reach up your nose so hard to pull out that last piece of snot that you start bleeding on the person sitting next to you? Do you compulsively chew off bits and pieces of your fingers and nails and spit them on the floor, regardless of how crowded the train might be? Do you bring artisanal locavore free-range nutria tacos on the train with you, chomping with your mouth open as crumbs fall out, licking your fingers and then wiping them on the seat or the pole? If so, you’ll fit right in here. Free can of heirloom organic Red Bull to whoever can pull the longest booger or other unidentifiable organic/inorganic substance out of his lumberjack beard. Women not admitted under any circumstances.
4/1, 11 PM at Galapagos it’s the Flatulating Cabaret. Big prizes for the Biggest Windbag, Hershey Squirts and more. Plus fire twirlers and jugglers direct from Burning Man, plus random people walking around dressed up like characters in a Tarantino movie!
4/1 lo-fi preteen sister act the Poggs – Isabella Wiggin on guitar, Madison Wiggin on bass and Margaret Wiggin on drums – play songs that attempt to mimic their dad/manager’s favorite 90s radio hits at a special outdoor show, rain or shine, at midnight at the Williamsburg Waterfront.
4/2, 7:30 PM the Mimesis Ensemble premiere Mohammed Fairouz’ new opera Sumeida’s Song – the first major opera by an Arab-American composer – based on the classic Tawfiq El Hakim play, Song of Death, on the theme of clashes with modernity. Preceded by Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail.
4/2, 7:30 PM lush, sweeping, innovative Canadian big band the Danjam Orchestra performs compositions by bandleader Jamieson and Jim McNeely; pianist Paul Barnes plays the a world premiere by Lincoln Hanks; and tenor Rufus Muller and pianist Jenny Lin perform Victoria Bond’s latest installment of her ongoing James Joyce Ulysses project at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs.
4/2 surf music legends the Ventures at B.B. King’s, $30 adv tix a must, 8 PM.
4/2, 9 PM third-stream big band jazz with the Steve Newcomb Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
4/3, 7 PM trumpeter Kyle Athayde and his Big Band at Something Jazz Club, $20 cover incl. drink and snacks
4/3, 7:30 PM Loop 2.4.3, featuring the New York Percussion Duo (percussionist Thomas Kozumplik, and multi-instrumentalist Lorne Watson) as they kick off their “American Dreamland” Tour with new music for percussion, voice, Native American flute, and electronics, with special guest vocalist Aviva Jaye at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St., $12 adv tix avail.
4/3, 8 PM hilariously satirical female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band Trailer Radio at the Underground Lounge on the upper west, free.
4/3-9, 8/10:30 PM perennially brilliant jazz bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet with Renee Rosnes on piano at the Blue Note, $20 “bar seats” avail.
4/3, 8:30 PM up-and-coming guitarist Torben Waldorff previews new material for his forthcoming Wah-Wah album (hmmm….) with an all-star quartet including Gary Versace – piano, Matt Clohesy – bass, Jon Wikan – drums at Smalls, $10.
4/3, 8:30 PM edgy, stunningly eclectic tenor saxophonist Geoff Vidal leads a quartet with Nir Felder, guitar; Linda Oh, bass; Gene Jackson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink
4/3-7, 8:30/11 PM well-admired postbop drummer Billy Hart leads his quartet in a series of album release shows at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
4/3, 9 PM accordionist Art Bailey’s free jazz adventurers Rare as Radium with Catherine Sikora – soprano sax, Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon, Sam Bardfeld – violin at 6th St. Synagogue, $15.
4/4, 6 PM catchy indie rockers the Defending Champions followed by exhilarating oldschool 60s Memphis soul sounds of the One and Nines at 7 PM outdoors at the Grove St. Path train station in Jersey City, free
4/4, 7 PM indie symphony orchestra the Knights play a characteristically eclectic program at the Greene Space including works by John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank and Erik Satie – how they’re all fit on that little stage is a mystery – $20.
4/4-8, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Chano Dominguez leads a brilliant band feat. tunes from his new Miles Davis-inspired Flamenco Sketches album with Omer Avital – bass; Blas Cordoba – vocals/percussion; Dafnis Prieto – drums, at the Jazz Standard, $30, early arrival very highly advised. This guy played one of the most transcendent shows in recent memory here a couple of years ago.
4/4, 8 PM bassist Benjy Fox-Rosen leads a rocking all-star electric klezmer band including Michael Winograd: clarinet; Patrick Farrell: accordion; Avi Fox-Rosen: guitar; Tyshawn Sorey: drums at 6th St. Synagogue, guessing $10 cover
4/4, 10:30 PM campy but fun gender-bender faux girl-group punk with Hunx & His Punx at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec; 4/6 they’re at Glasslands with period-perfect dark new wave band the Foxx opening at 9ish.
4/5, 7 PM eclectic cellist Shannon Hayden at Shrine.
4/5, 7:30 PM CORDIS: composer/cimbalomist Richard Grimes, electric cellist Jeremy Harman, pianist Brian O’Neill, percussionist Andrew Beall, playing customized, global instruments including the electric mbira, melodica, cimbalom (both traditional and electric), and “the world’s longest playing cylinder-driven music box,” doing exhilarating originals plus works by Stravinsky, Philip Glass and Chick Corea at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix very highly rec.
4/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.
4/5, 8 PM cult avant garde chanteuse Laurie Amat backed by an adventurous cast including classical pianist Taka Kigawa, underground sax and drum virtuosos Jeremy Gustin and Will Graefes at Vaudeville Park in Bushwick, $5 + up “sliding scale” cover
4/5, 8ish shapeshifting dark avant garde cellist/songwriter Valerie Kuehne leads an unnamed ensemble at Goodbye Blue Monday
4/5 cutting-edge Palestinian oud player Kamiliya Jubran plays her 9-part song cycle Makan (Arabic for “place”) examining the shrinking sense of individual space in the world, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, 8:30 PM, early arrival a must.
4/5, 8:30 PM reedman Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue spans from lowdown blues to sizzling klezmer-style vamps at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink.
4/5, 9ish Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski play the record release show for their new one Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon – a collection of “black [i.e. very dark] string music” – at Issue Project Room, $10.
4/5, 9:30 PM chanteuse Cyrille Aimee sings gypsy jazz with guitarist Paul Brady of the Hot Club of Detroit and Kells Nollenberger on bass at the Symphony Space Cafe, free
4/5, 11ish Argentinian dub-tango-pop sensation Federico Aubele followed eventually by the Funk Ark’s cd release show for their new one – a surprisingly hard-hitting, stripped-down Afrobeat/funk record – at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec. Expect some serious jamming.
4/5, 11ish Troubled Sleep at Hank’s. Do they do English-language covers of songs by La Mort Dans L’Ame? Find out.
4/5, 11 PM Llama plays psychedelic dubwise salsa at Shrine.
4/6, 5:30 PM the Whiskey Spitters – the hellraising acoustic blues/country Jalopy house band – at the American Folk Art Museum, free.
4/6, 6 PM kora virtuoso Yacouba Diabate at Shrine
4/6, 7 PM gorgeously hypnotic Indian string band Karavika – whose new album of chamber versions of Bollywood themes is amazing – at Drom, $10.
4/6, 7 PM the Compared to That Big Band at Something Jazz Club, $20 incl. a drink and snacks.
4/6, 7 PM it’s the Battle of the Boroughs competition for Bronx bands and the lineup is a little thin: Tyrone Birkett/Emancipation, the Bodoma Garifuna Cultural Band, Tape Deck Museum, August-Hill, Chris Santiago and the Dorian Project at the Greene Space, $15 gets you in plus a beer or wine, $30 for all you can drink beer or wine, no joke.
4/6-8, 8 PM avant garde classical ensemble stages three intriguing experimental operas in a taxi garage: 4/6 at 8 PM it’s Un Jour Comme Un Autre by Vinko Globokar (Gelsey Bell in the demanding role that launched Diamanda Galas to cult heroine-ism) and ADDDDDDDDD by thingNY; 4/7-8 it’s the premiere performances of Jeff Young and the entertainingly satirical Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: an Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young. 4/7 the thingNY piece opens the show; 4/8 it’s the Glokobar. $15/$10 stud. or $30 weekend pass, at Moe’s Taxi, 26-15 Jackson Ave in Long Island City, 7 to Vernon-Jackson or G to 21st/Van Alst
4/6, 8 PM Brandon George, flute; Dave Moss, viola; Meredith Clark, harp play Sofia Gubaidulina – The Garden of Joy and Sorrow; Sean Hickey – Pied-A-Terre; Jan Bach -Eisteddfod; Carlos Salzedo/Ravel – Sonatine en Trio at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15stud.
4/6, 8:30 PM frequently haunting, virtuoso third-stream jazz pianist Michel Reis with his multi-reed collaborator Aaron Kruziki at Caffe Vivaldi
4/6, 8:30 PM legendary postpunk/funk band the Bush Tetras at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
4/6, 8:30 PM long-running, eclectic Hoboken rock instrumentalists the Subway Surfers at Maxwell’s, $8
4/6, 9 PM Ian and Liza of the (former) WonderWheels unveil their new name at their first show in ages followed by the less psychedelic but equally intense, smartly lyrical acoustic Sometime Boys followed by a monster British Invasion jam at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene.
4/6-7, 9/10:30 PM pianist Orrin Evans’ titanic Captain Black Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $20, early arrival a must. They’re also at Smalls at 10 on 4/23.
4/6, 9:30 PM the psychedelic, pretty self-explanatory NY Funk Exchange at Hill Country, free
4/6, 11 PM bluesy oldschool soul frontwoman Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Lakeside.
4/7, 7 PM a celebration of Carib and South American Garifuna poetry and drumming at Biko Transformation Center, free, 1474 Bushwick Ave, L train to Bushwick/Aberdeen, make right then walk 5 blocks to Granite St.
4/7, 8 PM one of the year’s best doublebills with searingly literate janglerocker Ward White followed by torchy noir/goth siren/bassist Abby Travis -whose latest album IV is amazing – at Rock Shop,$10; 4/8 Travis is at the Mercury at 9:30 PM for the same price.
4/7, 8 PM Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play torchy 20s/30s swing/jazz obscurities at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
4/7, 8 PM gypsy outfit Banda Magda – with a string section!!! – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.
4/7, 8 PM repeating on 4/8 at 3 PM the Cali Camerata Chamber Orchestra with Mark Peskanov on violin play Piazzolla – La Muerte del Angel, Mozart – Divertimento for strings and 2 horns in D Major, Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4 at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15 stud.
4/7, 8:30 PM an eclectic, sometimes assaultive, noisy avant evening with cellist Valerie Kuehne, violinist Joey Molinaro, Ultrabunny (Bobby Bunny and Malcolm Tent, founding members of Bunny Brains), I’d M TheftAble and guitarist Derek Johnson of the Bang on a Can All-Stars at Exapno, 33 Flatbush Ave., $5 and up “sliding scale”
4/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock extravaganza is a mix of intriguing Northeast talent and some usual faces: German rockers the West Samoa Surfer League, the Blue Demons at 10, the Matt Rae Trio at 11 and sometime around midnight NYC’s legendary Supertones.
4/7, 9 PM the original NYC metrobilly band, M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10. These guys (and girls) totally get it: “As machine-made, mistake-free music becomes the norm, the M Shanghai String Band creates music the way it used to be: heartfelt performances on the human scale, recorded live with a sense of dangerous abandon.” Amen.
4/7, 9:30ish high-octane gypsy punk with Bad Buka at Mehanata
4/7, 10 PM Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble mash up klezmer and salsa jazz in a totally original, piano-based sound at BAM Cafe, free.
4/7, 11ish assaultively entertaining noiserockers the Sediment Club at Death by Audio, $7
4/7, midnight, East’Anbul with Ahu Gural and Engin Gunaydin play Turkish pop classics from the 70s through the 90s at Drom, $10 adv tix highly rec.
4/8, 7 PM the Amphion String Quartet at Barbes, program TBA.
4/8, 8 PM a rare duo show by Emily Miller and Zara Bode of amazing honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalopy, $12.
4/8, 10 PM Freddy Loco play reggae, rocksteady and ska at Shrine. They’re back here the next day at 5 (five) PM in case you have the day off or get out of work early…
4/9, 7 PM the JACK Quartet play new works by y.oung composers at NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse, Washington Sq. South just north of W 3rd., free, early arrival advised.
4/9, 7:30 PM eclectic pianist Alexandre Tharaud plays excerpts from Book 1 of Debussy’s Preludes, selections from his recent album, Scarlatti: Sonatas and works from his upcoming 20s hot Paris jazz-inspired album Le Boeuf Sur le Toit (Ox on the Roof) at le Poisson Rouge, $TBA
4/9, 7:30 PM the Deering Estate Chamber Players from Miami play a Latin-infused program featuring composers Roberto Sierra, Tania Leon, and Judith Shatin at the Cutting Edge festival at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs.
4/9, 7:30 PM an intense free/improvisational jazz triplebill: Underground Horns saxophonist Welf Dorr and quartet followed by another quartet led by saxophonist Ralph Brown and then John Tchicai leading a two-sax/guitar/violin sextet at the LES Gallery, 1st floor of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center at 107 Suffolk St., $20 or $11 per set
4/9, 8 PM remarkably energetic, psychedelic Malian desert blues guitar star Bombino at Highline Ballroom, $15.
4/9, 8ish Mesiko – led by David Marshall and Rachael Bell from the late great dark art-rockers Norden Bombsight – at Goodbye Blue Monday
4/9, 8:30 PM eclectic chamber-pop violinist/songwriter Emily Wells plays the record release show for her new one at Bowery Ballroom, $15.
4/9, 9 PM dark, historically fixated chanteuse/guitarslinger Elisa Flynn followed at 10ish by brooding, jangling southwestern gothic rock with And the Wiremen at the Delancey upstairs; downstairs starting around 8 Valerie Kuehne leads a multi-artist extravaganza celebrating the 150th consecutive week- give or take a few – of Small Beast, the once-and-occasionally-still-essential weekly intelligent music night here, it’s all free.
4/9, 9 PM trombonist John Yao and pianist Yoichi Uzeki’s Yaozeki Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
4/9, 9:30 Devin at the Mercury, $10. Dirt cheap for the funniest man in hip-hop – the Houston native must be in his 40s by now but is still high as a kite and LMFAO.
4/9, midnight the Xylopholks at the big room at the Rockwood in case you’re in the mood for some hot xylophone ragtime and expensive drinks.
4/10, half past noon Italian organist Sergio Paolini plays a recital at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free
4/10, 7 PM multi-stylistic cellist Daniel Levin leads a quartet with Nate Wooley – trumpet, Matt Moran – vibes, Peter Bitenc – bass at Barbes.
4/10-11, 7:30/9:30 PM a family-style latin jazz summit with Yosvany Terry (reeds); Michael Rodriguez (trumpet); Osmany Paredes (piano);Yunior Terry (bass); Obed Calvaire (drums) + special guest Pedrito Martinez (percussion/drums) at the Jazz Standard, $20
4/10, 8ish slinky, hypnotic, virtuoso golden age Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat and dancers at Katra hookah lounge, 217 Bowery, free. They’re also here on 4/24.
4/10, 8:30 PM it’s that time of year again: Steve Wynn’s killer, jangly side deal the Baseball Project at Maxwell’s, $15 adv tix available at the club and at Other Music
4/10, 8:30 PM the Ayn Sof Bigger Band & Orchestra – whose ferocious klezmer-inspired vamps make them the hottest big jazz outfit in town, right up there with Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band – at 6th St. Synagogue, $10.
4/10, 9 PM the oldtimey Roulette Sisters’ badass resonator guitarist/frontwoman Mamie Minch at Rodeo Bar.
4/10, 9 PM artsy, Americana-flavored, eclectic literate rockers Balthrop Alabama play the cd release show for their new one We Have Electricity at Joe’s Pub, $15. The “first in a series that will feature the live work of Joe’s Pub reliably fascinating archival artist Michael Arthur.”
4/11, 8 PM fiery southwestern gothic/paisley underground psychedelic band Girl to Gorilla at Bowery Electric
4/11, 8:30 PM haunting, atmospheric, minimalist chamber pop/Americana/indie classical duo Arborea at the Knitting Factory, $12.
4/11, 8:30 PM guitarist Gerard Edery interprets the poetry and music of Argentinian folk music hero Atahualpa Yupanqui at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink
4/11, 9 PM eclectic blues/country/bluesgrass crew American String Conspiracy at Lakeside
4/11, 11 PM indie classical songwriter Christina Courtin does her chamber pop thing at the big room at the Rockwood. She’s also here on 4/17 at 9:30.
4/12, 1 PM violinist Marjolaine Lambert, concertmaster of NOVUS NY plays electroacoustic works by Boulez, Cerrone and a world premiere by Adrian Knight at Trinity Church, free
4/12, 7 PM twangy, Steve Earle-ish literate Americana rock songwriter Mark McKay and band at Lakeside.
4/12, 8 PM bigtime funky horn showdown: “Pitchblak Brass Band vs. Underground Horns” at the Brooklyn Bowl, free w/rsvp.
4/12, 8 PM the Mississippi hill country blues night that Banjo Jim’s used to have has migrated uptown to Shrine: tonight’s show is a good one with the Ten Foot Polecats, Pork Chop Willie and then at 10 longtime R.L. Burnside lead guitarist Kenny Brown.
4/12, 9 PM blazing ten-piece improvisational Balkan music with Veveritse Brass Band at the Jalopy, $10.
4/12-14, 9:30 PM oldtimey jazz maven/trombonist Michael Arenella’s Dreamland Trio at the Symphony Space Cafe, free
4/12, 10 PM tango nuevo sensation Maria Volonte at Barbes, get there early.
4/13, 6ish intense Nashville gothic chanteuse Liz Tormes at the American Folk Art Museum, free
4/13, 7/9:30 PM the Tin Hat Quartet – stars of the gypsy-flavored, haunting Everything Is Illuminated soundtrack – at Symphony Space, $30.
4/13, 8 PMish the ferociously noir, charismatic retro rock/blues/rockabilly Reid Paley Trio “semi-acoustic and quieter” at Picasso Machinery, 45 Broadway, South Williamsburg, J/M to Marcy Ave. and walk toward the water
4/13, 8 PM edgy, literate Americana songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Carolann Solebello formerly of Red Molly) plays in the round with badass Roulette Sister Mamie Minch and Ansel Matthews at Two Moon Art House & Café, 315 4th Ave (between 2nd and 3rd sts), Brooklyn
4/13-14, 8 PM a rare acoustic duo show with Malian guitar powerhouse Vieux Farka Toure plus Israeli pianist Idan Raichel blending African and Arabic modes at City Winery, $35 standing room avail.
4/13, 8:30 PM pianist Aruán Ortiz plays the cd release show for his Afro-Horn Project album feat. a killer band with JD Allen on tenor and Rashaan Carter on bass,among others at I-Beam, $15; on 4/20,same time, Ortiz is here with a quartet feat. another killer tenor guy, Noah Preminger.
4/13, 8:30 PM SisterMonk’s intense worldbeat jam funk/punk at Caffe Vivaldi
4/13, 9 PM torchy downtempo indie keyboard soul/pop with Mattison at Sunny’s in Red Hook
4/13, 9 PM Stratuspheerius– arguably the first ever cello metal act – at Shrine.
4/13, 10 PM Boston garage legends Muck & the Mires -who always deliver a fun show no matter what – at Union Hall, $10
4/13, 11 PM upbeat, tuneful indie keyboard pop with the Secret History at Rock Shop, $8.
4/14, 7 PM Qingdao, China septet Virtuoso Players of Chinese Folk Music play an eclectic program of classical and traditional music at Flushing Town Hall, $20
4/14, 7 PM Estonian folk musician Triinu Taul plays traditional songs and originals on bagpipes, jews harp and overtone flute with a traditional ensemble at Scandinavia House, 38th/Park Ave., free
4/14, 7:30 PM a high-energy, rustic doublebill: oldtimey acoustic country/blues hellraisers the Wiyos (whose latest, Wizard of Oz-inspired psychedelic rock album is improbably amazing) followed by sly jamwise blues/reggae/klezmer improvisers Hazmat Modine at le Poisson Rouge, $20 gen adm.
4/14, 8 PM the Manhattan Valley Ramblers duo play oldtime country sounds at Orchard House Cafe, 1064 ast Ave at 58th St, $15 sugg don
4/14, 9 PM the world’s oldest band, haunting cello rockers Rasputina –one of the few unafraid to go on record for calling out the Bush regime for engineering the 9/11 attacks – at the Knitting Factory, $17.
4/14, 9 PM an intriguingly original Americana roots triplebill with bluegrass punk outfit Apocalypse Five & Dime, freak-folk punks Wood Spider and all-female country-folk trio Pocatello at Red Hook Bait and Tackle, free
4/14, 9 PM Unlimited Force play roots reggae at Shrine.
4/14, 9/10:30 PM versatile jazz bassist Kermit Driscoll leads a very choice quartet with Kris Davis, piano; Ben Monder, guitar; John Hollenbeck, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $25 incl. a drink.
4/14, 10 PM the Chronic Horns feat. members of the Easy Star All-Stars play reggae and dub at Two Boots Brooklyn.
4/14, 10 PM Jeff Beam, bassist from the Milkman’s Union plays his own trippy, sometimes darkly psychedelic pop stuff at Pete’s
4/14, midnight eclectic western swing baritone crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
4/15, 2-9 PM it’s the Postcrypt Folk Festival at Van Am Plaza on the Columbia University campus, free
4/15, 2 PM the all-star Alwan Music Ensemble plays classical pieces from Syria, Egypt and Iraq at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
4/15, 3 PM pianist Nataliya Medvedovskaya plays new works by New York composers: Eugene Marlow – selections from Les Sentiments D’Amour; Carl Kanter – Five Etudes; Scott Miller – Pause; David Picton; Seascape; Dana Dimitri Richardson – Seasons, at St. Mark’s Church, 10th St./2nd Ave., $20 sugg don.
4/15, 3 PM the Amphion Quartet play Haydn – String Quartet No. 31 in B minor, Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108, Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15stud.
4/15, 4 PM Kalin Ivanov, cello and David Phillips, piano play works by Schumann, Chopin, Piazzolla, Saint-Saens, Albeniz, Cherkin and Petrova at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
4/15, 4:45 PM Indiana organist David Lamb plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
4/15, 7 PM Iranian virtuoso of the tar and setar lutes, Ostad Mohammad-Reza Lotfi plus the Shayda Women’s Ensemble play lush, haunting, hypnotic classical Persian music at Symphony Space,$35 tix avail and highly rec., this will sell out.
4/15, 7 PM the NYCity Slickers play their soaring, harmony-driven bluegrass at the big room at the Rockwood
4/15, 7:15 PM ageless nonagenarian percussionist/bandleader Chico Hamilton leads his postbop combo at Drom, $12 adv tix a steal
4/15, 7:30/10 PM Wordless Music Orchestra performs Gavin Bryars’ “The Sinking of the Titanic to commemorate the centenary of the disaster at le Poisson Rouge, also to be streamed live at the club’s site, $30.
4/15, 8 PM Andrew Demetre spins rare, illegal Uighur music smuggled out of China at Barbes, free
4/16, 7:30 PM Armando Bayolo and the Great Noise Ensemble perform the premiere of Cornelius Duffalo’s new work for amplified violin and chamber ensemble plus composers Alexandra Gardner, Matt Van Brink, Carlos Carrillo and Marc Mellits at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs.
4/16, 8 PM the NY New Music Ensemble -a superb septet with Stephen Gosling on piano – plays new works by Rand Steiger, Eric Chasalow, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis (Quattuor pour la fin d’une ere, a world premiere) and Zhou Long at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud.
4/16, 9 PM the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble set texts by Margaret Atwood to big band jazz at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
4/16, 9:30ish nimble blues/swing guitarist/bandleader Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade at Rodeo Bar. She’s also here on 4/30, same time.
4/17, 7:30/10 PM long-running horn-driven latin-tinged Bay area funk band Tower of Power at B.B. King’s, $30 adv tix rec.
4/17, 7:30/9:30 PM and also 4/19-22 the Wess Anderson Quintet at Dizzy’s Club, $30 seats avail. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon guests on 4/19
4/17, 8 PM Jerry Adler of the Blam’s latest excellent project, lush dreampop rockers Wave Sleep Wave at Bowery Electric
4/17-22, 8/10:30 PM Jim Hall joins forces with Julian Lage for a series of quartet dates at the Blue Note. There couldn’t be two more dissimilar guitarists out there, yet both come from and end up at the same place: soul. $30 “bar seats” available.
4/17, 9 PM the self-explanatory, psychedelic NY Funk Exchange at Groove
4/17, 9 PM reliably entertaining oldschool Americana fiddler Kristin Andreassen and songwriter Jan Bell followed by oldtime fiddler Anna Roberts-Gevalt, ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle and shadow puppeteer Katherine Fahey,who put on an intriguing, totally rustic show that combines mountain stories, music, and illustrated scrolls called “crankies” (made from quilted cloth, ink, linoleum prints and candlelit paper cuts) at the Jalopy, $TBA. This is what they used to do in the mountains before there were movies.
4/17-22, 9/11 PM Joshua Redman leads a trio with Reuben Rogers on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums at the Vanguard
4/17-18 the Bad Brains two shows with GZA at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Irving Plaza are sold out.
4/17, 11 PM refreshingly edgy, unpredictable,violin-and-guitar-driven indie chamber pop band Bern & the Brights at the small room at the Rockwood.
4/18 scorching but remarkably eclectic noir soundtrack/horror surf/swing jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen play outdoors at the Grove St. Path station in Jersey City, 7ish, free,
4/18-19, 7:30 PM the Klangforum Wien plays music of Agata Zubel (world premiere), Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer, György Kurtág and Salvatore Sciarrino at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, early arrival advised.
4/18, 8 PM the Sirius String Quartet plus accordion virtuosoPeter Stan play an intriguing program of works by Gregor Huebner, Emily Cooley and Jeremy Harman; plus a performance by the Kaufman Center’s own talented young ensemble Face the Music in a program TBA at Merkin Concert Hall, $15.
4/18, 8 PM edgy, pensive, smart Americana chanteuse Jan Bell on her home turf at 68 Jay St. Bar.
4/18, 9 PM dark atmospheric avant songwriter Julia Holter, even darker cello composer Julia Kent (playing solo with her trusty loop pedal) and Norwegian ambient composer/songwriter Jenny Hval kick off this year’s Unsound Music Festival at Issue Project Room, $15.
4/18, 10:30ish the Tiki Brothers play surf music at Cafe Steinhof in Park Slope, free.
4/19, 6 PM eclectic new music wind ensemble Windsync at Caffe Vivaldi
4/19, 7:30 PM the auspicious Carnegie Hall debut of up-and-coming pianist Jenny Q Chai playing premieres by Inhyun Kim and Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang plus works by Marco Stroppa, Kurtag, Messaien, Ligeti, Debussy etudes and and Schumann’s Kreisleriana at Zankel Hall, $30.
4/19-22, 7:30/9:30 PM violinist Regina Carter leads a characteristically fascinating, eclectic quintet with Will Holshouser – accordion; Yacouba Sissoko – kora; Chris Lightcap – bass; Alvester Garnett – drums, at the Jazz Standard, $30
4/19, 7:30 PM the Formosa String Quartet with violinists Jasmine Lin and Chun-Wen Paul Huang, violist Che-Yen Chen and cellist Ru-Pei Yeh play works by Ravel and Dvorak at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud.
4/19, 9 PM wickedly literate, subtly hilarious, guitarishly nimble songwriter Linda Draper at Sidewalk
4/19, 9 PM hip-hop/funk brass grooves with the PitchBlak Brass Band at Shrine.
4/19, 9:30 PM LES punk/surf/soul legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Rodeo Bar. They’re also at Lakeside on 4/28 at 10:30 PM.
4/19, 11 PM twin-trombone deep dub groovemeisters Super Hi-Fi at the Cameo Gallery, $5.
4/20, 7 PM Indian classical music legacy duos at Symphony Space: Sabir Khan & Hidayat Khan on sarangi & sitar, Rakesh Chaurasia & Rahul Shrama in on bansuri & santoor. $35 tix pricy but worth it.
4/20, 7 PM tuneful guitar janglemeister Chris Erikson & the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside playing the album release show for their new one at 7:30 followed eventually at 11 by the Boss Guitars playing surf classics, rarities and instrumental versions of 60s pop hits.
4/20, 7:30 PM ghoulish lo-fi Crampsy garage rock with Xray Eyeballs at the Mercury, $10.
4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM Jon Irabagon on saxes with Sean Wayland on organ and Rudy Royston on drums at the Bar Next Door. Get there early. Wow.
4/20, 8 PM new wave literate rock legend Graham Parker & the Figgs at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.
4/20, 8 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play new works by George Tsontakis and Justice Chen at Flushing Town Hall, free, first come first seated, early arrival a must.
4/20, 8 PM indie classical on Staten Island with Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble playing new works by Andrew Rosciszewski and Enrico Arcaro as well as Haydn and Alec Wilder at Holy Child Church, 4747 Amboy Rd., $15/$5 stud.
4/20, 9 PM Balkan Explosion (whoever they are, sounds good) at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.
4/20, 9 PM hilariously filthy, satirical, hard-rocking band Custard Wally at Bar East, 1733 1st Ave (90/91)
4/20, 9:30 PM Trio Balkan Strings (Zoran Starcevic’s gypsy guitar trio with his two sons) at Drom, $10 adv tix highly rec
4/20, 10 PM edgy, microtonally inclined, fearlessly intense jazz guitarist Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord at Freddy’s
4/20, 11 PM Brooklyn’s #1 regressive stoner rock band Mighty High play the album release show for their bubonically chronic new one at the Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, $5 leaves you with plenty left for a bag.
4/21, 5 (five) PM hilarious, period-perfect, innuendo-loving literate ragtime songwriter/banjoist Al Duvall at Pete’s
4/21, 7 PM jazz concert harpist Park Stickney at Barbes followed at 9 by Stephane Wrembel’s gypsy jazz guitar madness.
4/21, 8:30 PM smart, subtly amusing, frequently satirical Americana duo Kill Henry Sugar at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
4/21, 9:30 PM eclectic, haunting Boston Turkish ensemble Taxim Square at Drom, $10
4/21, 8 PM sly, charismatic, ferociously literate oldtimey siren/uke player Kelli Rae Powell and band at 68 Jay St. Bar
4/21, 9 PM innovative virtuoso sextet New Andalucia play their blend of flamenco and Arabic music at Alwan for the Arts, $20.
4/21, 10 PM hypnotic, cleverly lyrical, lushly orchestrated art-rockers the Snow play the cd release show for their new one Disaster is Your Mistress at the 92YTribeca, $TBA
4/21, 11 PM reliably fearless, tuneful, amusing, ungentrifiable Americana punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM
4/22, 4 PM violinist Steven Zynszajn and pianist Steven Graff play works by Mozart, Grieg, Sarasate, Brahms and Piazolla at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
4/22, 4:45 PM South Carolina organist JeeYoon Choi plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
4/22, 5 PM cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore team up for a performance of works by Janacek, Schumann, Bresnick and Kerekes at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave. at W 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.
4/22, 6 PM pianist Inna Faliks’ latest music/words classical/poetry project focuses on the music of Schoenberg with soprano Samantha Malk. Followed at 8:30 (separate admission) by the fiery, slinky, amazing all-female klezmer/jazz/jamband Isle of Klezbos. You will love Klezbos too!
4/22, 9 PM the Alan Ferber Big Band plays Brooklyn composers at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
4/22 10 PM sultry female-fronted oldschool Memphis style soul with the One and Nines at Bowery Poetry Club, $10
4/22, 10 PM smart lyrical Canadian songwriter Chris Velan at the small room at the Rockwood.
4/23, 7 (seven) PM dark original Nashville gothic/bluegrass band Frankenpine play their final Lakeside show; their residency here a couple of years ago was off the hook.
4/23, 7:30 PM Tanya Tompkins plays Bach suites on baroque cello at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
4/23, 7:30 PM 30 of NYC’s A-list jazz types get together for a benefit for trumpeter Clark Terry to help pay his medical bills (a Grammy awardwinner screwed by the healthcare system – typical, huh?) at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave. at 54th St., sugg don. $25 all proceeds to Terry.
4/23, 9/10:30 PM pianist John Escreet leads a trio with John Hebert on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums at the Jazz Gallery, $20
4/24, 7 PM a free concert to kick off this year’s NY Festival of Song: Sarah Wolfson, Blythe Gaissert, Brenton Ryan, Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi, Thomas Sauer and Michael Barrett perform new works by Russell Platt, Harold Meltzer, Lisa Bielawa, Gilda Lyons, Colin Jacobsen and Kihlstedt herself at Cary Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St betw 9th/10th Aves, free but email for required reservation, complimentary beverages avail
4/24, 9:30 PM pioneering avant string quartet Ethel play the record release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $20.
4/24, 10:30 PM alto saxophonist to the stars Lakecia Benjamin and SoulSquad playing delicious original oldschool soul and funk at the big room at the Rockwood.
4/25, 7 PM the Cypress Quartet play selections from their groundbreaking, potentially paradigm-shifting Beethoven Late Quartets triple album at the computer store at 1981 Broadway; 4/26 they’re at PS321 at 100 Attorney St. on the LES at 7, $15, all proceeds to benefit the school’s music program
4/25, 7 PM guitar genius Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays his own wry, solo Americana songs followed eventually at 9 PM by Fred Gillen Jr. – who was doing tuneful Occupy-style political rock years before the Occupiers existed – at Gizzi’s, 16 W. 8th St (5th Ave & MacDougal St), free
4/25, 7:30 PM Gil Morgenstern’s final Reflections Series concert of the season at WMP concert hall is a doozy, the violinist/impresario joined by cellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Benjamin Hochman, playing works by Ravel-influenced composers including Bill Evans, Germaine Tailleferre and Amy Beach, $35.
4/25, 7:30 PM Ramish Misra, virtuoso of the haunting Indian sarangi at Symphony Space, $30.
4/25, 7:30/9:30 PM moodily interesting third-stream jazz pianist Romain Collin leads a trio with Luques Curtis on bass and Nate Wood on drums at the Jazz Standard, $20
4/25 Miller’s Farm – the original Brooklyn country band – at Rodeo Bar 9:30ish.
4/25, 10 PM dark, pensive postpunk band the Grey Race at the small room at the Rockwood
4/25, 10 PM high-energy oldtime string band tunes with Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $10
4/25, 10:30 PM clever original bluegrass songwriter Luther Wright & the Wrongs at Cafe Steinhof in Park Slope, free. On 4/27 at 9 he’s at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
4/26, 1 PM the first chair quartet of Novus NY – Marjolaine Lambert and Joshua Peters, violin; Amina Myriam Tébini, viola and Camille Paquette-Roy, cello – play a program TBA at Trinity Church, free
4/26, 7 PM the Cypress String Quartet plays Haydn, Glazunov and Dvorák at PS 142 Auditorium, 100 Attorney St. on the lower east side, $15.
4/26, 7:30 PM cellist Madeleine Shapiro continues her Nature Project with “Fracked,” concert of works for cello and electronics highlighting serious issues of water conservation at the Tank, $10.
4/26, 7:30 PM the Cassatt Quartet plays Debussy, Copland, Stravinsky, Turina, and Gershwin at Symphony Space, $30
4/26, 7:40 PM (that’s right, 7:40) Seattle composer Nat Evans’ latest audience-interactive piece takes place at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Download the entire thing for free here, sit back with the music and watch the sunset. It’s a nocturne with lots of found sounds.
4/26, 8 PM Finnish accordion virtuoso Veli Kujala plays his own Hyperchromatic Counterpoint plus works by Sampo Haapamaki and Olli Virtaperko as well as Bach, Sibelius and Paganini at Scandinavia House, 38th/Park Ave, $15.
4/26-27, 8 PM avant garde ensemble Either/Or play a program TBA at the Kitchen, $12.
4/26, 9 PM Choban Elektrik – who put a keyboard-driven psychedelic rock spin on Balkan music – at Tea Lounge in Park Slope. Their album is amazing.
4/26 sly tongue-in-cheek Americana/bluegrass songwriter Luther Wright & the Wrongs at Rodeo Bar, 9ish.
4/27 torchy Chicago soul band the Right Now – who blend oldschool arrangements with trip-hop and frontwoman Stefanie Berecz’s sultry vocals – at the Rockwood
4/27, 7 PM one of the titans of Mexican psychedelic rock from the 90s, Saul Hernandez of Caifanes and Jaguares at le Poisson Rouge, $20, adv tix highly rec.
4/27, 7:30 PM Americana siren Drina Seay and band at Lakeside. Out of nowhere, they’re suddenly one of NYC’s best bands, sort of where Neko Case was ten years ago, both tunewise and influence-wise: country, soul and blues all figure into it, but it’s all original, and Drina’s voice could melt an asteroid.
4/27, 7:30 PM virtuoso organist Gail Archer plays an all-American program including Passacaglia and Pastorale on a Christmas Plainsong (Virgil Thompson), Oatlands Sketches (Claire Shore), Chromatic Study on the name of BACH (Walter Piston), and Aspects of Glory (Libby Larsen) at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, 236 W 73rd St., free.
4/27, 8 PM impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival – best known for his 2007 album Negroes Stay Crunchy in Milk – at Shrine. Sort of the missing link between late-period Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron.
4/27, 8 PM atmospheric, wistful chamber-pop band Clare & the Reasons followed at 9 by 70s acoustic blues/folk legend Geoff Muldaur (Clare’s dad, who performed the theme to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, among other achievements) at the Jalopy, $25
4/27, 8 PM Harlem’s original eclectic punk band the Band-Droidz at Shrine.
4/27, 8 PM the Ladies of Experimental Music series returns to Vaudeville Park in Bushwick with pianist Lara Downes, prepared piano virtuoso Motoko Honda, and singer/soundscaper Areni Agbabian, $5 + up “sliding scale.” The 4/28 show features female noise artists, program/musicians TBA.
4/27, 9 PM Beninghove’s Hangmen at Tea Lounge in Park Slope. Although their album is totally noir, careening between Mingus-esque jazz and creepy surf music, they’re incredibly eclectic. Go see NYC’s funnest, most cinematic instrumental band for free.
4/27, 9 PM Bryan & the Haggards – whose twisted jazz covers of Merle Haggard classics will have you shaking your head in wonder – at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.
4/27, 11 PM edgy, charismatic oldtimey siren Julia Haltigan at the big room at the Rockwood. The perfect Friday night act for this space.
4/27, midnight, Amour Obscur – who’re sort of a female-fronted World Inferno – at Trash $8
4/28, 7 PM Evan Ziporyn’s Gamelan Galak Tika (playing Ziporyn’s literally incendiary Tire Fire), Asphalt Orchestra, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars premiering new works featuring found sounds by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix (performing live), Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay (performing live), Julia Wolfe, Nick Zammuto (formerly of the Books, (performing live), and Evan Ziporyn (performing live) at Alice Tully Hall, $35 tix avail.
4/28, 7:30 PM bassist Ben Allison leads his quartet at Flushing Town Hall, free, early arrival a must.
trip-hop and frontwoman Stefanie Berecz’s sultry vocals – at the Rockwood
4/28, 8 PM Juilliard Baroque – Robert Mealy, Gonzalo Ruiz, Dominic Teresi and Kenneth Weiss – play Handel, JS and CPE Bach, Zelenka and Tellemann at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E 61st St between First and York, $25/$15 stud/srs., reception to follow. This group is extraordinary and digs deeply and joyously into the history of the music as well – as Mealy has said, the stuff they play was cutting-edge for its time.
4/28, 8 PM ferociously funny, satirical folksingers Rachel Stone, Joel Landy and Marc Crawford Leavitt occupy the People’s Voice Cafe along with their pianist Paul Johnson (not the guy who wrote Mr. Moto, although conceivably he could cover it), $10 sugg don., “no one turned away”
4/28, 8 PM Pakistani percussionist Arif Lohar leads a traditional ensemble at the Wallace Auditorium at the Asia Society, $30/$26 stud/srs.
4/28, 8 PM pianist Ursula Oppens plays Mendelssohn – Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28; Scriabin – Sonata No. 2 (Sonata-Fantasy) in G-sharp minor, Op. 19; Rzewski – 36 Variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15stud.
4/28, 8:30 PM an amazing night of Jewish music with all-male choir A Conspiracy of Beards singing Leonard Cohen songs, followed by wild string-driven klezmer/gypsy rockers Golem at Glasslands, $12. The voices of A Conspiracy of Beards have the power and intensity to transcend even the dodgy sonics here.
4/28, 9 PM dark 80s style keyboardist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
4/28, 10 PM Demolition String Band – who’ve gone in a more oldschool, purist bluegrass and honkytonk direction on their killer new album – at 68 Jay St. Bar.
4/28, 11 PM a blast from the past – longtime Sunday resident and purist Americana songwriter/crooner Matty Charles back on his old turf at Pete’s
4/29, 3 PM the Raphael Trio plus Pamela Frank, violin and Ayane Kozasa, viola play an all-Dvorak program: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, op. 21; Miniatures for 2 violins and viola, Op. 75a; Piano Quintet in A Major, op. 8 at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15stud.
4/29, 4 PM the Amerigo Trio – New York Phil concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, his wife violist Karen Dreyfus, and cellist Inbal Segev – play Bach’s Goldberg Variations (arr. for string trio), Gideon Klein’s String Trio, Ravel’s Kaddish for solo cello, the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia, and Beethoven’s String Trio in C minor at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St., $25
4/29, 4 PM pianist Luba Poliak plays Prokofiev’s Sonata No.8 in B flat major, Op.84 and Schumann’s Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22 at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
4/29, 4:45 PM concert organist Julian Revie plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
4/29, 7 PM perhaps the world’s greatest current composer for the oud, Marcel Khalife and the Al Mayadine Ensemble play a musical interpretation of the late great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s elegaic final work, In the Presence of Absence at Town Hall, $30 tix avail., get them now!
4/29, 7:30 PM talented young new-music Ensemble ACJW at le Poisson Rouge, program TBA, $15 adv tix rec.
4/29 Band of Outsiders at Lakeside, 9 PM with special guests including Certain General’s Phil Gammage. Unstoppable, eternally fresh psychedelic punk rockers from the CBGB era, better than the Jesus & Mary Chain and Brian Jonestown Massacre, both of whom they influenced.
4/29, 10:30ish the reliably charming, oltimey swinging Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Rodeo Bar.
4/30, 7 PM the 3 Bass Band featuring four-string guys Mike Richmond, Ron McClure and Ross Kratter plus Joe Alterman on piano and Mike Picataggio on drums at Something Jazz Club, $15 cover + $10 min.
4/30, 9 PM say goodbye to Lakeside Lounge with a farewell show by honcho Eric Ambel and probably a whole slew of fellow A-list rockers who made the place the East Village’s best bar for so many years.
4/30, 9 PM the eclectic, sweepingly majestic JC Sanford Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
5/1 the Curtis Institute of Music’s Ensemble39 plays their signature piece, Prokofiev’s Quintet, Op. 39 plus new work by Gabriella Smith (protegee of Jennifer Higdon) at the Miller Theatre, 6 PM, free, early arrival advised since there’s free beer. This is not a joke.
5/1, 7 PM purist tuneful jazz pianist Jim Ridl plays the Rhodes at 55 Bar with Mike Rodiguez; trumpet John Benitez; bass; Donald Edwards; drums to celebrate the release of his new album Jim Ridl’s Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams.
5/1, 7:30 PM ludicrous segues, great lineup: Colombian chanteuse Lucia Pulido, Greek oud virtuoso Mavrothi Kontanis, Queens klezmer virtuoso Andy Statman and Brooklyn brass band monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
5/1, 7:30 PM the Cathedral Choirs, under the direction of Kent Tritle plus Nina Stern, recorders and chalumeau; Ara Dinkjian, oud; Glen Velez, percussion; Tamer Panarbasi, kanun; and Arthur Fiacco, cello play traditional and sacred music from eastern Europe at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $20 seating avail.
5/1-2, 7:30/9:30 PM legendary Afrobeat trumpeter Hugh Masekela with pianist Larry Willis at the Jazz Standard, $30
5/1, 8 PM the American String Quartet play a program TBA at Merkin Concert Hall, $TBA
5/1, 9 PM Khaled – the NJ Middle Eastern/worldbeat multi-instrumentalist, not the Rai star – at Shrine.
5/1 Chicago honkytonk band Sarah & the Tall Boys at Rodeo Bar 9ish.
5/1, 10 PM jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and band – who wowed the crowd at the New School 25th anniversary bash – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 incl. a drink.
5/1, 10:30 PM psychedelic, intricate jazz vibraphonist Tyler Blanton with bassist Matt Clohesy, saxophonist John Ellis, and drummer Nate Wood at Korzo.
5/2 Isaac Darche on guitar with Sean Wayland on ogan and Mark Ferber on drums, 6:30 PM at the Bar Next Door, free
5/2, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays ethereal, sometimes icy Kaija Saariaho soundscapes at Roulette, $20.
5/2 9 PM klezmer reed virtuoso Matt Darriau followed by the wild extemporaneous Balkan sounds of Raya Brass Band at Barbes
5/2, 9:30 PM Luminescent Orchestrii’s Sxip Shirey’s “hour of charm” includes cameos by violinist Todd Reynolds as well as Jonny Rodgers on voice, glass harmonica, and loops and the amazing trio Hydra (Rima Fand, Sarah Small and Yula Beeri doing wild Albanian, Balkan, and original arrangements) at Joe’s Pub, $15.
5/2, 11 PM powerhouse Balkan/noiserock trumpeter Ben Syversen’s Cracked Vessel at Williamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave, South Williamsburg, J/M to Marcy Ave. They’re also at the Stone on 5/6 at 10 PM.
5/3, 6:30 PM cerebral but incisive and often powerful original jazz: Nils Weinhold on guitar with Linda Oh on Bass and Bastian Weinhold on drums at the Bar Next Door, free. Amazing bass trio Castle Magic with Santi DeBriano, Harvie S and Essiet Essiet follows with sets at 8:30/10:30 for a $12 cover.
5/3, 7:30 PM 2012’s best bill? Maybe. A short set from blues siren/guitarist Mamie Minch followed by charismatic retro multistylist/accordionist/songwriting genius Rachelle Garniez, torchy jazz chanteuse CatherineRussell, harmonica powerhouse Wade Schuman of jamband Hazmat Modine, Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester and beatmeister Scott Kettner of Nation Beat at Barbes
5/3, 7:45 PM fearless Malian soul/desert blues siren/bandleader Khaira Arby at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
5/3, 8 PM funk night at Spike Hill with Funkface, Manner, the Huffers and MK Groove Orchestral, free
5/3, 9 PM Eva Salina (intense Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina Primack’s band with Frank London and Patrick Farrell) at the Jalopy along with the duo of klezmerite Michael Alpert and genius bandurist Julian Kytasty, $15
5/3, 10 PM eclectic psychedelic worldbeat jamband Gowanus Collective at Shrine.
5/4, 5:30 PM oldtimey sounds with Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at the American Folk Art Museum, free
5/4, 7 PM at the Greene Space it’s the Battle of the Boroughs Staten Island band playoffs. Most battle-of-the-bands competitions are stupid and extortionistic: not this one. Last year’s winner was an Indian avant garde rock band who were actually quite good. This year’s contestants include the Headlocks ; Fairday Skyline; the Mick Watley Band;sSilas Knight & the Brooklyn Horns; Vantage Point; the Bad Mouth Betties, and Kazatzky, $15 cover includes a glass of wine; $30 gets you in for all you can drink wine and beer.
5/4, 7:30 PM “carnatic jazz band” Charanams – winner of the 2011 WNYC Battle of the Bands – at Drom,$10 adv tix highly rec
5/4, 8 PM Junior Marvin – who wrote Police and Thieves, later covered by the Clash, and for years did a capable job fronting the post-Marley Wailers, at B.B. King’s, $18 adv tix rec.
5/4, 9 PM the Parker String Quartet (program TBA), haunting harmony-driven retro Mexican/psychedelic rockers Las Rubias Del Norte and the world’s greatest Peruvian psychedelic surf band, Chicha Libre at Barbes
5/4, 9 PM sharply literate, often hilarious Americana charmer Robin Aigner with her band at Freddy’s.
5/4, 9/10:30 PM meticulous but passionate quartertone trumpeter Amir ElSaffar leads an as-yet unnamed project at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
5/4, 10 PM dark intense torchy lyrical rock with Hannah Vs. the Many – whose new album is ferociously good – at Cake Shop, $8.
5/4, 10 PM the always entertaining metrobilly sounds of M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10.
5/4, 10ish dark catchy rock en Espanol power trio New Madrid celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early at Bowery Electric.
5/4, half past midnight (actually wee hours of 5/5) irresistibly tuneful, catchy hip-hop horn grooves with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Blue Note, $12
5/4, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 5/5) oldschool soul/funk band Empire Beats fronted by sultry chanteuse Camille Atkinson at the small room at the Rockwood.
5/5, 11 AM Symphony Space’s latest Wall to Wall all-day free concert is a homage to Gertrude Stein, program TBA: one would hope for gypsy jazz, Ravel, Schoenberg, maybe some Ellington?
5/5, 4 and 8 PM the Shanghai Quartet plays the complete Bartok String Quartets in two separate concerts at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair St. University in Montclair, NJ, charter bus available behind Port Authority leaving at 2 PM, $15 per concert.
5/5, 7:30 PM Nami Kineie (shamisen), Yumi Kurosawa (koto), James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi), and the Voxare String Quartet perform music by Daron Hagen, a New York premiere by Paul Moravec, and world premieres by Somei Satoh and James Nyoraku Schlefer at the World Financial Ctr., free
5/5 art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande and band playing his spot-on English-language versions of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes, 8 PM.
5/5, 9 PM innovative santur player Alan Kushan leads his Middle Eastern group at Alwan for the Arts, $20
5/5, 9/10:30 PM, jazz bassist Michael Bates plus Greg Tardy-saxophone/clarinet, Russ Johnson-trumpet, Russ Lossing-piano/Fender Rhodes, Michael Sarin-drums play Shostakovich at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink.
5/5, 9 PM LES surf/rockabilly/soul guitar legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
5/5, 9 PM lush, sweeping, exhilarating symphonic rock band the Universal Thump play the video release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $15.
5/5, 9 PM LES surf/soul/rockabilly guitar legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
5/5, 10:30 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – trade sets with NYC’s original Balkan brass monstes Zlatne Uste Brass Band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Drom, $15 adv tix highly rec.
5/5, half past midnight (actually wee hours of 5/6) pyrotechnic Malian desert blues guitarist Vieux Farka Toure at the Blue Note, $20
5/6, half past noon, amazing retro Memphis soul band the One and Nines – fronted by the charismatic, torchy Vera Sousa – followed by the ever-more-purist honkytonk sounds of Demolition String Band at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Newark St at Washington St., around the corner from the CVS three blocks from the Path train station
5/6, 3 PM the world-class Park Avenue Chamber Symphony plays a sweeping, majestic program of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves), $20/$10 stud/srs
5/6, 4 PM the Claremont Trio – Emily Bruskin, violin, Julia Bruskin, violoncello and Andrea Lam, piano, perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
5/6, 6 PM organist Ehud Asherie leads a trio with Peter Bernstein on guitar at the Fat Cat; he leads a piano quartet here on 5/13 at 9.
5/6, 7 PM James Ilgenfritz on bass and Finnish jazz legend Mikko Innanen on alto sax at Downtown Music Gallery.
5/6, 8 PM the charming, all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra play works by by Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky arranged especially for thirteen accordions by Bu P. Scherf at Bowery Poetry Club, $10
5/6, 8 PM Israeli jazz with the Omri Mor Trio at the rotunda at the Guggenheim, $30/$10 stud.
5/7 Mexican jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera leads a sextet at Dizzy’s Club, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25
5/7, 8 PM noirish British retro pop chanteuse Gemma Ray at Bowery Ballroom, $15.
5/7, 7:30 PM the purpose of this calendar is not to encourage people to stay in, but if you are in tonight, WQXR, 105.9 FM is broadcasting the Houston Symphony’s performance of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony from Carnegie Hall. They’ll also be broadcasting (and webcasting) other concerts every night through May 11.
5/7, 10ish a classic night to celebrate the continued existence of the mostly-weekly Small Beast rock night upstairs at the Delancey with noir rock legend David J (from Bauhaus), noir cabaret stars Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch and then Wallfisch solo to wrap up the night, hopefully playing material from his band Botanica’s amazing, haunting new art-rock album What Do You Believe
5/8 organist Thomas Dahl of Hamburg, Germany plays a free recital at Central Synagogue at 54th. and Lex, half past noon
5/8-9, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard: expansive, relevant jazz pianist Amina Figarova and her Sextet (her 9/11 suite is one of the most potently evocative works of that era), $20.
5/8-13 and 5/15-20, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Bill Charlap leads a trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington, $30 seats avail.
5/8, 8:30 PM trumpeter Leif Arntzen with Michael Blake, tenor sax; Landon Knoblock , keyboards; Ryan Blotnick, guitar; Michael Bates, bass; Jeff Davis, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink
5/8, 9:30 PM eclectic third-stream/Middle Eastern-inflected Israeli jazz pianist Alon Yavnai’s big band plays with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman at Joe’s Pub, $15 – now that’s a good deal!
5/8 hilariously filthy, satirical, hard-rocking Custard Wally play the release show for their latest dvd at Trash.
5/9, 6:30 PM the eclectic hard-hitting Geoff Vidal on saxophone with the equally eclectic, consistently counterintuitive Linda Oh on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, free
5/9, 6:30 PM the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players perform works by H.T. Burleigh, Scott Joplin, Dvorak, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Derek Bermel at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dreck Center at Grand Army Plaza, free.
5/9, 7:15 PM haunting, intense, diverse third-stream piano with the Matt Herskovitz Trio at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.
5/9, 10:30ish ageless, hilarious faux-French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Union Hall, $8.
5/10, 6:30 PM smart, multistylistic jazz-pop/bossa nova chanteuse Sinem Saniye at Drom, $10.
5/10, 7:30 PM violin powerhouse Sarah Alden leads an eclectic bill featuring oldtime string band the Calamity Janes, banjo player Hilary Hawke, resonator guitar siren Mamie Minch, violin virtuoso Rima Fand plus Katie Down and Tess Slominski at the Jalopy, $7. Followed at 10 PM by the mammoth ten-piece Balkan sounds of Veveritse Brass Band ($10 cover)
5/10, 8 PM Frank Huang, violin; Edward Arron, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano play Beethoven Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1; Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
5/10, 9 PM dark fourth-wave (fifth-wave? who knows) garage rock showman/bandleader Mark Sultan at the Knitting Factory, $10.
5/11-12, 8 PM reliably eclectic virtuoso new music ensemble ACME plays works by William Brittelle (a playful, rhythmic homage to enigmatic mollusk the chambered nautilus) and Mick Barr at the Kitchen, $12.
5/11 wryly entertaining western swing baritone crooner Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers at Rodeo Bar 10ish.
5/11, 10 PM Finotee plays roots reggae at Shrine.
5/11, 10:30ish dark psychedelic southwestern gothic-tinged garage rockers Spindrift at Glasslands, $12.
5/11, 11:30 Turkish folk-pop star Ege at Drom,$25 adv tix rec
5/11 wickedly catchy, powerhouse two-sax-and-drums dance band Moon Hooch at the Knitting Factory, midnight, $8.
5/12, 7 PM string music with Brooklyn Rider plus friends to celebrate the renovations in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Jennifer Frautschi and Laura Frautschi, violins; Colin Jacobsen, violin and viola; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron and Eric Jacobsen, cello; Kurt Muroki, bass; and Bernard Rose, piano playing Amy Beach’s Dreaming for Cello and Piano (1892/1937); Henry Cowell’s Seven Paragraphs for String Trio (1925); John Adams’s Shaker Loops for String Septet (1978); and Dvorák’s String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97, “American,” at the museum’s Rogers Auditorium, $35
5/12, 8 PM the Stubborn Records 20th anniversary show with a whole slew of good ska bands: the Heavy Beat, Rudie Crew, King Django Septet, Radiation Kings, Hub City Stompers and Skinnerbox at the Knitting Factory, $17.
5/12, 8 PM, repeating on 5/13 at 3 PM, Mark Peskanov, violin; Laura Goldberg, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Guy Fishman, cellist play Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2; Borodin String Quartet No 2 in D Major; Beethoven String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
5/12, 8 PM So Percussion plays works by Davis, Lang, Lansky, Previte and themselves to kick off the Look and Listen Festival at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W 14th St, 2nd Fl, $15 or $35 with a three-day festival pass
5/12, 8:30 PM oldtime string band arrangements, new songs with the Dirt Daubers at the Mercury, $12.
5/12, 9 PM George Ziadeh – vocals and oud; Sami Abu Shumays – violin; Apolstolos Sideris – bass; Rami El Aasser – percussion; Johnny Farraj – vocals play Egyptian and Andalusian classics plus selections from the Umm Kulthumm repertoire at Alwan for the Arts, $20
5/12, 9 PM hypnotic danceable Ethiopian-inspired sounds with Budos Band at the Bell House, $15.
5/12, 9:30 PM eclectic worldbeat/gypsy/flamenco/Balkan band Dodo Orchestra at Drom, $15
5/12, 10 PM jazz piano powerhouse Marc Cary’s Cosmic Indigenous feat. Awa Sangho, Daniel Moreno, Sameer Gupta and Igmar Thomas at the Apollo Cafe (next to the Apollo Theatre), $20.
5/12, 10ish catchy keyboard-driven indie pop with the Secret History at the Cameo Gallery, $10
5/13, 4 PM flutists Eric Lamb, Kelli Kathman & Alex Sopp, singer Theo Bleckmann (original composition for quintet), innovative harp ensemble the Bridget Kibbey Trio (works by Currier, Hadfield, Kibbey), the Pop Group’s Mark Stewart, Dan Trueman & Brittany Haas and the Mivos Quartet playing new works at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W 14th St, 2nd Fl, $15 or $35 with a three-day festival pass.
5/13, 6 PM an eclectic improv doublebill with Sarah Buechi on vocals and Christoph Knoche on bass clarinet and harmonica, followed by Daniel Levin doing solo and duo cello (!?) at Downtown Music Gallery
5/13, 7 PM organist Gregory Eaton – a charismatic performer who communicates his vast knowledge with wit and flair – leads an ensemble performing works for organ and brass by Bonelli, Dupre, Gigout, Hurd, Phillips and Strauss at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights, $25, proceeds to benefit the ongoing restoration of the mighty 1925 organ there.
5/13, 8:30 eclectic, intense, guitar/violin/vocal Balkan trio Which Way East at Cornelia Street Cafe, $20 incl. a drink. They’re also at Rock Shop on 5/16 at 8 (see below).
5/14-27, 7 PM the Music with a View festival, put together with love by avant piano titan Kathleen Supove, just gets bigger and bigger. Tons of great doublebills, too many to list so far: the complete schedule is here.
5/14, 7:30 PM early music ensemble Juilliard415 with violinist Nanae Iwata play works by Bach and others at le Poisson Rouge, free, early arrival advised and be prepared to stand.
5/14, 8 PM the concluding night of the Look & Listen Festival has Brooklyn Rider playing Kurtag, ACME playing Timothy Andres, Michael Brown, the Janus trio playing Clyne and Burhans, and Derek Bermel doing his Thracian Sketches for solo clarinet at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W 14th St, 2nd Fl, $15 or $35 with a three-day festival pass.
5/14, midnight, martini cowboy sounds with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn
5/15, 7 PM smart, lyrically sharp songwriter Jodi Shaw plays songs from her recently released Waterland album – part Aimee Mann, part oldtimey swing – at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
5/15, 7:15 PM David Lisker – violin; Bela Horvath – violin/viola; Alla Milchstein – piano play original compositions plus works by Vivaldi, Handel, Brahms and Shostakovich at Drom, $25.
5/15-27 Bill Frisell with Eyvind Kang on violin and Rudy Royston on drums at the Vanguard, 9/11 PM, $30 – this unit could be the ultimate lineup for the iconic guitarist.
5/15, 10ish dark female-fronted soul band Shenandoah & the Night at the Cameo Gallery, $5.
5/16, 7 PM purist jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield goes slumming at the Fat Cat
5/16, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard: stormy, intense, darkly distinctive Argentinian pianist Fernando Otero leads a sextet with JP Jofre – bandoneon; Nick Danielson – violin; Adam Fischer – cello; Pablo Aslan – bass; David Silliman – drums, $20.
5/16, 7:30 PM intense Azeri kamancheh (spiked fiddle) virtuoso Imamyar Hasanov at Symphony Space, $30.
5/16, 8 PM one of the year’s best bills so far: intense Balkan trio Which Way East, scorching Balkan jam band Raya Brass Band and then Choban Elektrik playing the cd release show for their wild, trippy new one, a psychedelic take on classic Balkan tunes at Rock Shop.
5/16 acoustic country and bluegrass with PartyFolk at Rodeo Bar, 9ish.
5/16, midnight, dark harmonica-driven electric blues with Stringbean & the Stalkers at the Ear Inn
5/17 the self-explanatory, psychedelic NY Funk Exchange plays the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from the heliport at 23rd St. and the FDR, $20 adv tix avail.at the Highline box office. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on May 19 at midnight for $5, then at Groove at 9 on 5/22 and 5/30
5/17-20 Ryan Truesdell leads his ambitious and amazing Gil Evans Project, a big band tribute to Evans featuring three nights of rare and previously unreleased compositions spanning Evans’ entire career, soon to be released on Truesdell’s upcoming Centennial album with a group including Lewis Nash, Donny McCaslin, Steve Wilson, Frank Kimbrough, Greg Gisbert, and Marshall Gilkes at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 ($30 on the weekend).
5/17, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianist HJ Kim plays Beethoven at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
5/17, 8 PM Keith Murray at the Knitting Factory, $17. Protege of Redman, persecuted in Connecticut, one of the alltime underrated masters of east coast hardcore hip-hop lyrics.
5/17, 8 PM long-running carnivalesque gypsy punks World Inferno open for legendary 70s punk-pop band the Adicts (sort of the British version of the Dickies) at the Nokia Theatre, $20 adv tix rec.
5/17, 8 PM Alexey Miltikh, cello and Saida Tagizade, piano play modern works from the Caucasus including A. Huseynzadeh – Sonatina; F. Amirov – Poema-monolog; A. Rzaev Cantilena; A. Melikov – Nocturne (“The Legend of Love” ballet”); M. Mirzoev – Trio at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
5/17, 9:30 PM cutting-edge original gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel and band play the cd release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $22.
5/17, 10ish ferocious, brilliant guitarist Deniz Tek, founding member of Radio Birdman at Bowery Electric, $10 – this might be his first-ever Manhattan gig as a solo artist.
5/18-20 this year’s Gypsy Tabor Festival happens a little early, watch this space for updates.
5/18, 7 PM sitar virtuso Shujaat Husain Khan at Symphony Space, $30
5/18-19, 7:30 PM the Argento Chamber Ensemble plays music of Bernhard Lang (world premiere) plus Concept Silke Grabinger “including the building in the presentation of the music,” i.e. the whole building (not just the concert hall) takes part in the performance, at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, early arrival advised.
5/18, 8 PM intense, atmospheric avant garde violinist Ana Milosavljevic plays her original score for the stargazer project Luci in the Sky plus electrocacoustic works by Randall Woolf, John King and Joseph Phillips at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St (8th & 9th Aves), $20/$10 srs.
5/18 the first night of this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival at 345 Jay St. (at Willoughby) starts at 8:30 PM with 40-minute sets by Elizabeth Butters, followed by Michael Daves, Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud, Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob, The Whiskey Spitters and the Four O’Clock Flowers sometime after midnight. $20 tix, or your best deal, the $45 three-day pass, are available at the Jalopy, via their website or just give these friendly folks a call at 718-395-3214.
5/18, 10 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae at Shrine.
5/18, midnight, psychedelic 60s-influenced indie pop with Damian Quinones and band at Freddy’s.
5/19, 2 PM day two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival kicks off with 40-minute sets until the wee hours beginning with the East River String Band, Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess, Ernie Vega on mandolin, M. Shanghai String Band, Bodoma, The Calamity Janes, Willy Gantrim, Piedmont Bluz, Feral Foster, The Little Brothers, Cherven Traktor, Blind Boy Paxton, the Whistling Wolves and Veveritse Brass Band at around half past midnight. $20 tix, or your best deal, the $45 three-day pass, are available from the Jalopy.
5/19, 6 PM kora virtuoso Yacouba Diabate at Shrine; at 10 the Said Damir Band play hypnotically funky Moroccan gnawa music
5/19, 9 PM surfy Brooklyn chicha rockers Chicha Libre play the album release show for their wildly psychedelic new one Canibalismo, which along with Raya Brass Band’s new album is 2012’s funnest record, $10.
5/19, 9 PM well-loved goth rockers Night Gallery play the album release show for their new one at R Bar.
5/19, 9 PM psychedelic worldbeat grooves with Plastic Beast at Freddy’s.
5/19, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a quintet with Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, alto sax; Stephan Crump, bass; Ches Smith, drums playing the cd release show for their new one at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink.
5/19, 9:30 trippy female-fronted downtempo pop band Sister Crayon followed by prog rockers Zechs Marquise at Glasslands, $14, you might want to get here a little early.
5/19, 10:30 PM indie/noiserock legend Steve Wynn and band at Littlefield, $TBA
5/20, 2 (two) PM NYC’s own hypnotic, lush Javanese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Dharma Swara puts on a wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance at le Poisson Rouge, $20.
5/20 the final day of the Brooklyn Folk Festival kicks off with 40-minute sets at 2:30 with Alan Friend and Friends, SQUAREDANCE at 4, Pat Conte at 5 followed by Wretched Refuse String Band, banjoist Lydia Sylvia, Brett Ratliff & the Giant Rooster Sideshow, Pat Conte & Joe Bellulovich, Alice Gerrard & Beverly Smith, Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, Litvakus at 10 and Stephanie Nilles at 11.
5/20, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 (guest conductor: Yaniv Segal of the equally eclectic, thrilling Chelsea Symphony) followed by the GVO’s own Barbara Yahr conducting Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.
5/20, 4 PM soprano Julianne Baird plus Allen Whear, cello; John Bailey, harpsichord; Ed Mauger, narrator evoke the “musical world of Ben Franklin” at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St., 1/9 to Bowling Green, $25/$15 stud/srs.
5/20, 7:15 PM ageless classic-era jazz drummer Chico Hamilton and combo at Drom, $12 adv tix rec
5/20, 7:30 PM guitarist Kirk Salopek’s David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti project Silencio plays music from most of Lynch’s classic noir films at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix an absolute must.
5/20 bluegrass harmonies with the NYCity Slickers at Rodeo Bar, 9ish.
5/21, 7ish Neil Young/Big Star janglerock and Americana with the Nu-Sonics at Goodbye Blue Monday.
5/21, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Ralph Peterson leads a phenomenal sextet with Sean Jones, Steve Wilson, Eddie Bayard, Zaccai Curtis on piano and Luques Curtis on bass at Dizzy’s Club, $30
5/22, 7/9:30 PM jangly powerpop/counry-rock guitar genius Chuck Prophet plays Joe’s Pub, $20.
5/22-27 lyrical jazz pianist Fred Hersch has a stand at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM. The 5/22 show is a duo with Miguel Zenon; 5/23, with Ambrose Akinmusire; 5/24, with Julian Lage; 5/25-26 with Dave Holland and Billy Hart; and 5/27 with Renee Marie.
5/22, 8 PM playfully virtuosic piano duo Anderson and Roe (whose cover of Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean is funny but not as good as as the Threeds Oboe Trio’s version) at Galapagos playing the cd release show for their new one, $20 adv tix rec.
5/22, 10:30 PM tuneful oldtime-flavored big band jazz with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at le Poisson Rouge, $17 adv tix rec.
5/23, 9 PM jazz organ innovator Sean Wayland at Freddy’s with his band
5/24, 7 PM Willie Nile – charismatic master of the politically relevant underground NYC rock anthem – at Joe’s Pub, $25.
5/24 the effervescent, theatrical, badass oldtimey Ukuladies at Freddy’s, 8 PM.
5/24 intense, smart,original Americana/country songwriter Jan Bell and the Maybelles at Rodeo Bar, 9ish.
5/24, 10 PM Jean Grae at Drom, $15 adv tix a must, this will sell out. The greatest female hip-hop artist of all time? Maybe.
5/24, 10 PM cello metal icons Stratospheerius‘ cd release show at Shrine
5/24, 11ish fearlessly political latin rockers/metal cumbia band Outernational wind up their US tour with a small-club show at Dominion, $10, early arrival a must.
5/25, 9 PM eclectic, brilliant, haunting oud composer/improviser Mavrothi Kontanis and the Maeandros Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20
5/25, 9 PM a rare solo show by the Moonlighters’ charming but edgy frontwoman Bliss Blood at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.
5/25, 10 PM oldtime string band the Weal and Woe – whose new album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.
5/26, 8 PM irrepressible Chinese-American hip-hop with the Notorious MSG at Brooklyn Bowl, $5
5/29-30 pianist Dave Kikoski (of the Mingus Orchestra) leads a tuneful trio with Ed Howard on bass and Al Foster on drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
5/29, 7:30 PM pianist Timothy Andres plays works by Brahms, Schumann, Ingram Marshall, Ted Hearne, and his own compositions at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
5/29, 8 PM the NY New Music Ensemble plays works by Franco Donnatoni, Annelies van Parys, Phillippe Hurel and Gerard Grisey at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud.
5/29 purist, guitarishly brilliant, jangly country/psychedelic rock band Chris Erikson and the Wayward Puritans at Rodeo Bar, 9ish
5/30 soaring but subtle Americana chanteuse/songwriter Hope Debates & North Forty at Rodeo Bar, 9ish
5/31 dark acoustic Americana/blues/torch song group the Sometime Boys’ cd release show at the Parkside
5/31-6/3 legendary European bop trumpeter Tomasz Stanko leads a quartet with Dave Virelles – piano; Thomas Morgan – bass; Gerald Cleaver – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 ($30 Fri-Sat)
5/31, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays an eclectic program of Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia and Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite at Symphony Space, $20.
5/31, 9ish Ashen Keilyn’s long-running, well-loved, jangly, moody indie band Scout at Bowey Electric, $8
5/31 frequently haunting oldtime country and bluegrass with Michaela Anne and the Honeycutters at Rodeo Bar, 9ish
5/31, 10 PM Joe Pug – who’s quickly building a vast catalog of smartly lyrical, fearlessly political Americana/blues songs – at Bowery Ballroom, $13 adv tix rec. Make sure to avoid the putrid couplecore act who play at 9.
6/1, 7:30 PM Ukrainian virtuoso Julian Kytasty leads the New York Bandura Ensemble at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St. (2nd Ave/Bowery), $15.
6/1, 8 PM wildly guitar-driven psychedelic female-fronted power trio Devi outdoors at the Grove St. Path train station in Jersey City, free.
6/2 organist Christopher Houlihan plays symphonic works by legendary, cutting-edge French composer Louis Vierne to commemorate the 75th anniversary of his death at the Church of the Ascension, 5th Ave. at 10th St.,
6/2, 8 PM eclectic country, blues and Americana with American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s.
6/5, 8 PM a killer eclectic songwriter bill with multi-instrumentalist Alice Bierhorst and soaring Britfolk/jazz/janglerock chanteuse Amanda Thorpe at Freddy’s.
6/7, 7ish a “survivors of Max’s Kansas City” night with what’s left of the Shirts followed eventually by the Sic Fucs at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec.
6/8, 8 PM Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), Leslie Uggams and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic play works by Bey, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Fats Waller, Harold Arlen, plus Beethoven and the Beethoven Remix Project at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, free
6/12, 6-9 PM it’s the Museum Mile Festival – free admission at a whole slew of museums starting at 103rd St.
6/12 Margaret Leng Tan plays Satie and Satie-inspired composers on toy piano at Roulette.
6/13, 6:30 PM Lichtman’s Brain Cloud play western swing outdoors on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
6/15, 8:30 PM popular Americana rockersthe Felice Bros. at the Brooklyn Bowl, $20
6/15, 9 PM haunting, atmospheric gothic Americana chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Union Hall, $12
6/17 this year’s Bang on a Can Marathon starts around 10:30 PM at the World Financial Center, if it’s the same as last year.
6/20, 6:30 PM bassist Katie Thiroux and her Quartet play swing jazz outdoors on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
6/21, 10ish noir/noiserock legend Steve Wynn and then the ageless garage-rocking Fleshtones at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix rec.
6/22, 9 PM grasscore/jamband the Infamous Stringdusters at the Brooklyn Bowl, $12
6/28, 7:30 PM the US debut of the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie, a piano-based dance band led by the Stones’ Charlie Watts out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec at the box office.
7/11, 6 PM electric blues stars from the 60s: John Mayall followed eventually at around 8 by Buddy Guy on the water out back of the World Financial Center, free.
7/12, 7 PM oldschool/newschool soul spectacular: Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires and then Neko Case on the water out back of the World Financial Center, free
7/21, 8 PM king of the surf guitar, Dick Dale, still setting picks on fire, at the Brooklyn Bowl, $15
9/7 (yeah, it’s a long way off) is Brazilian World Music Day, check their blog for NYC happenings