New York City Live Music Calendar for September and October 2014
There’s a new calendar for October and November and it’s here.
Updates continuing pretty much daily, throughout the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. 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.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene 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. The next concerts are Sept 6 and 9 exploring Clementi and two admirers: Brahms and Beethoven. email for info/location.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 8:30 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.
Three Mondays in September, 9 PM female-fronted punk-popo band the Whiskey Bitches – who mix Ramones stomp with Runaways sneer – at Arlene’s, free
Mondays in September (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, frequently noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Mondays in August, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!
Mondays in September at 11 brilliantly lyrical oldtimey bandleader/guitarist/violinist Pete Lanctot at Pete’s. No, he doesn’t own the place. But he does play jaunty, catchy, edgy songs with all kinds of clever wordplay. You ought to see him sometime.
Also Mondays in September Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in September clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in September, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Thursdays and Fridays in September Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in Balkan music.
The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free. Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money) December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme. Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.
Fridays at 5 PM in September, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.
Fridays in August at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in September at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in September, 6 PM wittty, tuneful Microscopic Septet co-founder and pianist Joel Forrester – the guy who wrote the Fresh Air radio theme – 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 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.
Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) 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 September, 8:30/11 PM the mighty, politically astute, symphonically majesticArturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 seats avail
Sundays in September, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
Sundays in September at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.
9/1, 7 PM moodily anthemic female-fronted darkwave/trip-hop band the Smoke Fairies at Rough Trade, free
9/1, 10ish kick-ass dark garage rock and monster surf with Twin Guns at Bowery Electric, $12
9/2 singer Kavita Shah leads a quintet with guitar and piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20. Her new album adds rustic, occasionally otherworldly Indian folk touches to her lively, lilting compositions.
9/2, 7:30 PM the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble plays an Ellington/Strayhorn program at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
9/2-7, 8:30/10:30 PM the Stone moves to the West Village! A rotating cast of characters play two performances per night from John Zorn’s Masada: Book of Angels, books 2 and 3, $25.
9/2, 10 PM luminous singer/violinist Mireya Ramos’ ostensibly aphrodisiac Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – at Brooklyn Bowl, $5. 9/5 they’re at Barbes at 10 for free.
9/3, 7 PM classical Indian music with singer Mashkoor Ali Khan at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25.
9/3 pianist Ethan Iverson gets presumably oldschool with drum legend Tootie Heath, with Ben Street on bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.
9/3, 8 PM a killer dance twinbill: Afrobeat from Zongo Junction and edgy funk and vintage disco from Afrolicious at Brooklyn Bowl, $10. The following night, 9/4 Afrolicious are at Shrine at midnight-ish.
9/3, 9 PM catchy, anthemic Irish/Americana band County Kings at Bar Chord.
9/3, 9:30 PM haunting, otherworldly three-woman Bulgarian choir Black Sea Hotel – who do fascinating original arrangements of ancient Baltic tunes – at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix req.
9/3, 10 PM Forq – Henry Hey…keyboards; Adam Rogers…guitar; Michael League…bass; Jason ‘JT’ Thomas…drums – plays the album release show for their new one at 55 Bar.
9/4, 7 PM the Brothers Nazaroff, fronted by subversive klezmer-rock songwriter Daniel Kahn, play songs from the twisted midcentury Odessa underworld, a tribute to the legendary mysterious outsider Yiddish troubadour Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff’s cult classic 1954 album Jewish Freilach Songs at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, Eldridge St. btw Canal/Division, $20
9/4, 7:30 PM cellist Maya Beiser plays Led Zeppelin, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Muddy Waters and AC/DC at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/4, 8:30 PM tuneful saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius leads an octet with Jason Palmer, trumpet; John Ellis, tenor sax, bass clarinet; Nick Vayenas, trombone; Miles Okazaki, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Peter Slavov, bass; Henry Cole, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
9/4-7 drummer Dafnis Prieto with an excellent lineup: Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Felipe Lamoglia – alto saxophone ; Manuel Valera – piano; Johannes Weidenmueller – bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/30 on the weekend.
9/4, 8 PM deviously witty, charismatic, lyrical keyboardist/accordionist Rachelle Garniez at Barbes followed at 10 by haunting Romany jazz chanteuse/bandleader (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl.
9/4, 8 PM cult favorite Irish chamber pop crooner Pierce Turner at Connolly’s.
9/4, 9 PM smart, wryly lyrical hard country/honkytonk rocker Mike Stinson at Hill Country.
9/5, 4 PM and continuing daily through 9/11, 8 AM – 11 PM Christopher Janney’s Sonic Forest sound/light installation, which empowers passersby to compose anything from a simple tune to a “communal symphony” with others, in LaGuardia Park (between Bleecker and Houston on LaGuardia Place).
9/5, 7 PM haunting oldschool country band Karen & the Sorrows at at the small room at the Rockwood
9/5, 8 PM sultry, amusingly charming female-fronted French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins followed at 10 by eclectic, haunting Mexican noir folk band Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi crew- at Barbes.
9/5, 8:30 PM phantasmagorical chanteuse Carol Lipnik with psychedelic art-rock pianist Matt Kanelos on piano at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 plus $10 drink min very strictly enforced.
9/5, 9 PM unselfconsciously haunting great plains folk noir chanteuse Ember Schrag – this blog’s new favorite songwriter- with her psychedelic rock band, followed at 10 by slinky dark Stonesy female-fronted garage/psychedelic band Coke Weed at Trans-Pecos, $8. The following night Sept 6 at 11 PM Schrag plays her acoustic stuff at Pete’s.
9/5, 9 PM Brown Sabbath play oldschool 70s style psychedelic soul covers of Sabbath classics at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
9/5, 9/10 PM lyrical cutting-edge jazz pianist Kris Davis leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
9/5, 9 PM hilarious female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band Trailer Radio at Beast of Bourbon.
9/5, time TBA, female-fronted dark soul band Shenandoah & the Night at Friends & Lovers, $10. 9/19 they’re at the small room at the Rockwood at 7.
9/6, 2 PM cello-driven psychedelic art-rock, worldbeat and reggae with Deoro at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
9/6, starting at 3ish a typical, eclectically brilliant quadruplebill at Barbes the Erik Satie Quartet– Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion followed at 4 by quirky family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, the somewhat similarly quirky Joel Forrester solo on piano at 6, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila at 8 and diverse, brassy Mexican ranchera-polka group Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at 10.
9/6, 4 PM dark female-fronted Americana/psychedelic rockers Mesiko and intense lyrical songwriter Erika Simonian’s subtle, captivating more-or-less acoustic band Little Silver in the garden at Broadway and Greene in Bushwick, free. 9/12 at 11ish Mesiko are at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
9/6, 6 PM brassy, intense, no-nonsense jazz singer Kristina Koller and her quartet at Shrine.
9/6, 7 PM a good ska/punk quadruplebill at Grand Victory with Lion’s Law, Step 2 Far, Skarroneros and Inspecter 7 headlining, $15
9/6, 8/10 PM the massive, tuneful, perennially explosive Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra at SOB’s, $30
9/6, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – Charlene and Mo from Spanking Charlene singing the saddest acoustic covers they can find – at Sidewalk
9/6, 9 PM dark Middle Eastern-tinged instrumentalist Sir Richard Bishop at Issue Project Room, $15.
9/6, 9 PM surf rock with Coney Island Whitefish at Freddy’s.
9/6, 9/10:30 PM trumpeter John McNeil and saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s catchy quartet Hush Point at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/6, half past midnight, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries & the East Gipsy Band at the Blue Note, $10.
9/7, 2 PM monster multiple-piano ensemble Grand Band plays six-piano music by Steve Reich, Kate Moore, Philip Glass, and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
9/7, 10 PM the incomparable, deviously lyrical alt-country legend Amy Allison at 2A
9/8, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project,Bombay Rickey play the album release party for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix req.
9/8, 8 PM catchy, purist original bluegrass with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the Rockwood.
9/8, 8:30 PM richly tuneful unpredictable classically-tinged jazz improvisation: the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress at Roulette, $20/$15 stud.
9/8, 10:30 PM art-rocker/indie classical violinist Christina Courtin at the big room at the Rockwood
9/9, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas trumpeter Stan Killian leads his quartet at 55 Bar
9/9 bassist Ben Wolfe leads a tuneful quartet with Orrin Evans – piano; Donald Edwards – drums; Stacy Dillard – tenor saxophone, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
9/9, 7:30 PM charmingly jaunty French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
9/9, 8 PM lyrical jazz piano star Brad Mehldau with his trio at BAM, $25 seats avail.
9/9, 9 PM Ensemble LPR performs string quartets by Lounge Lizards founder John Lurie along with tunes reimagined for string quintet at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/9 haunting, intense folk noir/Americana harmony duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at Baby’s All Right
9/10, 7 PM Sandaraa feat. superstar chanteuse Zeb Bangash, Patrick Farrell (accordion), Richie Barshay (percussion), Eylem Basaldi (violin), Zoe Guigueno (bass) and Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) blend haunting Pakistani and Balkan sounds at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25
9/10, 7:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated plays music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Stradella, and Huang Ruo at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/10-11, Steel House play their edgy lyrical compositions with Scott Colley – bass; Edward Simon – piano; Brian Blade – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.
9/10, 7:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated plays music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Stradella, and Huang Ruo at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/10, 8 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes.
9/10, 8 PM organist Paul Jacobs plays works by Bach and Reger at Juilliard’s Paull Hall, 155 W 65th St.
9/10, 8:30 PM a solo show by intense jazz singer/composer Jen Shyu with pre-concert screening and discussion of her fieldwork in East Timor, Java, Taiwan, South Korea, Kalimantan, as source material for her Solo Rites: Seven Breaths project at Seeds
9/10-11, 9 PM soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks open for the similar but less consistently good White Denim at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 – the 9/12 show is sold out.
9/10, 9ish glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young at Bowery Electric
9/10, 10 PM 90s sci-fi/surf instrumental masked men Man or Astroman at Brooklyn Bowl, $15. They’re also at the Mercury the following night, 9/11 at 10:30 for the same price.
9/10 original Fela drummer Tony Allen leads his own Afrobeat band at SOBs
9/11, noon-6 PM a politically relevant 9/11 themed day of theatre and performance at First Street Green Park, 33 E 1st St. with speakers Reverend Frank Morales and Paul DeRienzo, a Occupy 911 Art show, and 9/11 plays titled David’s Aliens, Naked Uncle Sam, 9/11 & the Youtube Tapes, Horrors of Cocaine and To Kill Eric Garner, plus a Bread and Puppet Theater Company world premiere of a new play, Gaza Emergency Pageant, free. The theatrical lineup pretty much repeats on 9/12 at 2 PM at the Playroom Theatre, 151 W 46th St. and then at 8 at the Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W 52nd St., both for $10 adm., and then back at the park on 9/13 from 1 to 8 PM.
9/11 high-voltage oldtimey songs and Nashville gothic with the Legendary Shack Shakers at the Knitting Factory
9/11, doors at 6:30 PM, free, violinist Mark Peskanov leads a sextet playing works by Bach, Bottoms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ligeti at Bargemusic, free.
9/11, 6:30 PM Gregory Singer & the Manhattan Symphonie Chamber Orchestra with choir and Okinawin sanshin lute play a memorial concert of Japanese-themed music for both 9/11 and 3/11 victims and survivors at Merkin Concert Hall, $!0
9/11, 8:30 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson’s Analytical Symmetry with Michaël Attias, alto sax; Aruán Ortiz, piano; Nasheet Waits, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/11, 9ish New Zealand roots reggae crew Katchafire at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec
9/11, 10 PM iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome playing solo acoustic ?!!?!? at Niagara Bar (corner of E 7th/Ave. A), free. Then he’s doing an electric band show at 10 at Bowery Electric on 9/12.
9/11, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
9/11, 10 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs at Barbes. 9/21 they’re at the big room at the Rockwood, free
9/12, 7 PM an extremely rare solo US performance by iconic Brazilian composer/guitarist Egberto Gismonti at Symphony Space, $30/$15 stud/srs
9/12-14 ageless jazz organ groovemeister Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a B3 trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.
9/12, 7:30 PM edgy saxophonis Dmitry Baevsky‘s Quartet with Jeb Patton – piano , Mike Karn – bass , Joe Strasser – drums followed at 10 by state-of-the-art soprano sax guy Sam Newsome and his quintet. On 9/13 Newsome and band are followed by blistering, intense oldschool tenorman Eric Wyatt and his group at midnight
9/12, 8 PM heavy stoner blues and metal bands update a classic early Sabbath era sound with the hypnotic electric Neil Young influenced King Buffalo followed eventually at 10 by the Golden Grass and 11 by the Midnight Ghost Train at Matchless, $10. Golden Grass also at St. Vitus on 9/29 at 9 for the same price
9/12, 8 PM cellists Charles Curtis and and Judith Hamann perform the NY premiere of Tashi Wada’s Duets for cello; Curtis performing works for solo cello by Alvin Lucier, JS Bach, and Luigi Dallapiccola at Issue Project Room, $15/$10 stud.
9/12, 8:30 PM, repeating on 9/13, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and two pieces inspired by Much Ado About Nothing: Hector Berlioz’s Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict and Erich Korngold’s suite of incidental music for the play at St Paul’s German Lutheran Church, 315 West 22nd St (between 8th and 9th Aves), $20 sugg don
9/12, 9ish Manchester punk-era presence John Cooper Clarke, Miriam of the garage-rocking A-Bones, iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome and band and Mad Juana with their brooding punk-influenced southwestern gothic at Bowery Electric, $15.
9/12, 9 PM resonator blues guitar virtuoso Toby Walker at the Jalopy, $10
9/12, 9 PM fiery, twin guitar-fueled anthemic highway rockers the Sloe Guns at Arlene’s, $10.
9/12, 9 PM intense, crystalline-voiced dark 80s style art-pop songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi
9/12, 9ish Irish drinking music with Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s.
9/12, 11 PM ageless, charmingly jangly lo-fi Japanese rocker women Shonen Knife at the Wick, $12.
9/12, 11 PM dark garage rockers the Detroit Cobras at the Bell House, $!5.
9/12, 1 AM ish (actually morning of 9/13) all-female, ostensibly aphrodisiac Mexican folk orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the big room at the Rockwood
9/13, 2:30 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble plays woodwind works by Ligeti, Beach, D’Rivera and Barber at Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave out back of Lincoln Center, free, early arrival a must. Concerts continue throughout the five boroughs later in the month, the complete calendar is here.
9/13, 7 PM Sandbox Percussion plays music of Steve Reich, David Lang, David T. Little, Jonny Allen and world premieres from Alex Weiser and Thomas Kotcheff at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W. 37th St, $15.
9/13, 7:30 PM pianist Weiyin Chen with the Camerata RCO (the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s chamber ensemble) play works by Mozart and Mendelssohn at Subculture
9/13, 8 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny powerpop Beatlesque/Costelloesque songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk.
9/13, 8 PM Irish supergroup the Alt – John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary, who’ve got a gorgeously dark new folk album out – at the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51 St, $30
9/13, 8 PM, repeating on 9/14 at 4 PM Mark Peskanov, violin and Rita Sloan, piano play Mozart – Sonata for violin and piano in D Major, K. 306; Schubert – Sonata for violin and piano in A Major, D. 574, “Grand Duo”; Franck – Sonata for violin and piano in A Major at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
9/13, 8ish newgrass jams with Greensky Bluegrass at the Gramercy Theatre, $26
9/13, 9ish dark, atmospheric, apocalyptic art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Tim Foljahn at Union Hall, $10.
9/13, 9ish massive majestic sonic waves and washes from the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at the Delancey, $TBA
9/13, 9/10:30 PM the Mat Maneri /Lucian Ban New Quintet with Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Bob Stewart, tuba; Billy Mintz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/13, 10 PM rockabilly guitar firecracker/bandleader Rosie Flores at Hill Country, free. She’s at the Knitting Factory on 9/16 at 9:30 for $12 in advance.
9/13, 10:30 PM wild, exhilarating twin guitar-fueled NWOBHM-style metal band the Blackfires at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.
9/14, 3 PM flutist/pianist/composer Diana Wayburn‘s lively, eclectic Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble with Adam Matthes (viola); Barry Seroff (flute); Spencer Hale (trombone); Ken Silverman (guitar);Yonatan Avi Oleiski (percussion) at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., $10
9/14, 3 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble play music of Barber, Beach, Ligeti and D’Rivera at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
9/14, 6 PM twangy noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo and his trio at 55 Bar
9/14, 6 PM a 9/11-themed series of readings by Judith Malina, Lois Kagen – Minus, John Farris, Bob Holman, Carla Cubit, Exavier Wardlaw, Robert Hegger and Steve Canon at Bowery Poetry Club on Bowery across the street from where CB’s Gallery used to be.
9/14, 7:30 PM world-class Appalachian fiddler Bruce Molsky at the Jalopy, $15 adv tix highly rec.
9/14, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Hotel Elefant plays music of Hannis Brown, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Matt Marks, and Leaha Maria Villarreal at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/14, 8 PM cutting-edge latin jazz composer/pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his quartet featuring his kids Zack O’Farrill on drums, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, and Walter Stinson on bass.at Flushing Town Hall, $25.
9/14, 10ish sardonic Japanese Brooklyn postpunk girlband the Hard Nips at Union Pool, $10
9/14, midnight wickedly tuneful vibes/tenor duo Behn Gillece and Ken Fowser – with a like-minded cast: Rick Germanson – piano , Paul Gill – bass , Charles Ruggiero – drums at Smalls
9/15, 7:30 PM the reliably invigorating Lysander Piano Trio play works by Tchaikovsky and Richard Danielpour at Subculture.
9/15, 8 PM tuneful, lyrically smart, jangly oldtimey/C&W/noir swing band the Far West at the Rockwood
9/15, 9ish singer Rachael Price’s wickedly catchy oldschool soul band Lake Street Dive– who absolutely slayed opening for Sharon Jones earlier this summer- at the Bell House.
9/16 pensive rainy-day chamber jazz with the Owl Trio: Lage Lund – guitar; Orlando Le Fleming – bass; Will Vinson – saxophones, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
9/16, 8 PM the ultimate noir jazz band playing noir material: Sexmob plays John Lurie film music at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/16-28, 8/10 PM Steve Coleman & Five Elements play one of the longest residencies in recent years at the Stone, $15. Eat your heart out, Village Vanguard.
9/16, 8 PM conductor/flutist Harold Jones leads the Antara Ensemble playing works by Bizet and Dvorák; William Foster McDaniel conducts Telemann’s Suite in A minor for Flute and Strings at Saint Peter’s Church, 54th St/Lexington Ave, $25/$20 stud/srs.
9/16, 8:30 PM Cretan/South African violinist Maria Manousaki leads a quartet with Shai Maestro, piano; Petros Klampanis, bass; John Hadfield, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/16, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.
9/17, 7 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Grand Victory, $9.
9/17, 7 PM pianist/singer Rachel Zylstra’s artsy, tuneful, cleverly lyrical chamber pop trio the Tacit Turn at the small room at the Rockwood
9/17, 8 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music from the 20s and 30s at Barbes
9/17, 8 PM a solo show by eclectic, lyrical jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer at Subculture
9/17, 10ish iconic 80s ska/soca popsters the English Beat – whose recent tour is by all accounts unbelievably fun – at Brooklyn Bowl, $25.
9/18, 7:30 PM fun, intense, trippy Moroccan funk/metal jamband Hoba Hoba Spirit at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
9/18-21 tenor saxophonist Mark Turner plays material from his new ECM album with Avishai Cohen – trumpet; Joe Martin – bass; Justin Brown – drums,7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/30 on the weekend.
9/18, 8 PM brilliant steel guitar player Raphael McGregor – formerly of Nation Beat -leads his eclectic band at at Freddy’s.
9/18, 8 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane at Rock Shop, $12
9/18, 8 PM diverse, slinky, tuneful female-fronted pan-latin rockers La Santa Cecilia at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix highly rec.
9/18, 8 PM indie classsical chamber group Eighth Blackbird play the New York premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise plus works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Justin Bieber at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.
9/18, 8:30 PM well-loved indie classical orchestra the Knights play Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes; Dvorak: Selections from Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141; Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit at Roulette, $25/$15 stud
9/18, 8:30 PM the Bedsit Poets’ brilliant lead guitarist Mac Randall plays the album release show for his eclectic new one at the Delancey, $5.
9/18, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free
9/18, 8:30 PM drummer/composer Vinnnie Sperazza leads a quartet playing his tersely lyrical compositions with Loren Stillman, alto sax; Brandon Seabrook, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/18, 9 PM high-voltage violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Shrine
9/18, 10 PM the Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Group put their own update on classic Colombian sounds at Barbes.
9/18, 11 PM violinist Tom Swafford‘s mighty String Power ensemble at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free
9/18 catchy highway rockers Greg Smith & the Broken English – a more upbeat, down-to-earth counterpart to Deer Tick – play Bowery Electric.
9/19, 5:30 PM brilliant Americana guitarist/songwriter Ann Klein plays a rare solo acoustic show at the American Folk Art Museum. Excellent singer too!
9/19 dark, tuneful Australian guy/girl garage-punk duo Gooch Palms at Cake Shop. 9/20 they’re at Death by Audio and on 9/22 at the Flat in Bushwick.
9/19, 7:30 PM pioneering Iranian jazz chanteuse Rana Farhan plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $25
9/19, 8 PM virtuoso clarinetist Thomas Piercy and pianist Noritaka Ito perform works pairing NYC composers with their Tokyo counterparts: Fernando Otero, Toshio Hosokawa, Yuichi Matsumoto, Masatora Goya, Senri Oe, Tomo Hirayama, Kaito Nakahori, Atsushi Yoshinaka; and premieres by NYC’s Trevor Bachman, Peri Mauer, and David Wolfson all on the bill at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
9/19, 8 PM the Bushwick Book Club and their sister band from Malmo, Sweden team up for new songs inspired by Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings at Dixon Place Theatre, free
9/19-20, 9 PM darkly jangly retro 60s band the Dandy Warhols at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.
9/19, 9 PM ecstatic 19th century/ragtime/country gospel/hokum revivalists the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy, $10 .
9/19, 9 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – followed at 10 by sassy female-fronted C&W parodists Trailer Radio at the Way Station
9/19, 9 PM punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Beast of Bourbon.
9/19, 10 PM politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival at Shrine
9/19, 10 PM ex-Cramps guitarist and noisy noir rock troublemaker Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds at Glasslands, $12.
9/19-20, 10:30 PM the Clifford Adams/Orrin Evans Quartet with Clifford Adams – trombone , Orrin Evans – piano , Reid Anderson – bass , Steve Williams – drums at Smalls
9/19, 11 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk
9/19, midnight massive horn-fueled psychedelic Afrobeat/funk orchestra Big Mean Sound Machine at Drom, $10.
9/20, 2 PM ish noiserock guitar monsters the Skull Practitioners – who put out this year’s best cassette, no contest – followed eventually on an all-garage rock bill by fuzztone monsters the Mystery Lights at around 8 at Radio Bushwick, $10. Mystery Lights return on 9/21, time TBA
9/20, 7 PM pianist Daniela Candillari and singer Samantha Malk play originals and Jacques Brel tunes at Spectrum, $15
9/20, 7 PM intense, tuneful, no-bullshit Northwest Connecticut all-female punk trio Damn Broads at Gussy’s Bar in Astoria.
9/20, 7 PM bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith in a rare acoustic show at Green Oasis Garden 368 East 8th street btwn Ave C and D
9/20, 7 PM Bronx Latin music legend Orlando Marín, “El Maestro” and his mambo band at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd in the Bronx, free, take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street or the Bx19 bus.
9/20, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Mike Baggetta‘s trio with Cameron Brown – bass and Jeff Hirshfield – drums take an inspired departure into Americana jazz at the Bar Next Door, $12.
9/20, 8 PM renowned Yemeni singer Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash and band at Alwan for the Arts, $20.
9/20, 8 PM Tom Heyman (formerly of feral Americana/paisley underground rockers Go to Blazes) doing his noir blues thing at Pete’s
9/20, 8 PM the Johnson Girls sing sea chanteys at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”
9/20, 8 PM Japanese antinuclear activist and guitarist/songwriter Tori Kudo‘s stark, darkly pastoral woodwind-driven postrock/neofolk ensemble Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Issue Project Room, $15/$10 stud.
9/20, 8 PM, repeating on 9/21 at 4 PM, Mark Peskanov, violin; Nicholas Cannelakis, cello; Jeffrey Swann, piano play Haydn Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob. XV/25, “Gypsy”; Beethoven Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2; Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud,
9/20, 8 PM one of this city’s funnest, wittiest jazz crews, the Daniel Bennett Group at Tomi Jazz, $10 + $10 min
9/20, 9 PM legendary Irish first-wave punk band Stiff Little Fingers, still vital after all these years at Irving Plaza, $32.50 adv tix a must.
9/20, 9 PM Nashville heavy blues/stoner psych band All Them Witches at St. Vitus, $10
9/20, 9/11 PM enigmatic, graceful, intense pan-Asian jazz chanteuse Jen Shyu plays solo followed by a set with her Jade Tongue group: David Binney – alto saxophone; Mat Maneri – viola; Thomas Morgan – bass;Dan Weiss – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
9/21, 3 PM K. Scott Warren plays organ works by Bach, Stanford, Vierne, Fannie Charles Dillon and Alec Rowley at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Park Ave at 84th St., $20
9/21, 3 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Palisades in Bushwick.
9/21 ,3 PM pianist Ramin Arjomand plays a longform solo improvisation at Spectrum, $15
9/21, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey in a rare duo show with acoustic bassist Richard Hammond at the small room at the Rockwood .
9/21, 6 PM an impromptu all-star string quartet – Mary Rowell, Neil Dufallo, Nathan Schram, and Wendy Law.- play the quartet premiere of Randall Woolf’s Everything Is Green plus works by Dufallo and others, plus poetry readings, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, free
9/21, 7 PM ambitious pianist Jenny Q Chai plays the album release show for her new one feat. works by Marco Stroppa, Nils Vigeland, Jaroslaw Kapucsinski and others at Spectrum, $15
9/21, 7:30 PM virtuoso clarinetist and Japanese indie classical music maven Thomas Piercy leads a small ensemble at Caffe Vivaldi
9/21, 8 PM elegant trad piano jazz with the Ted Rosenthal Trio at Subculture.
9/21, 9 PM massive majestic sonic waves and washes from the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $10
9/21, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Rivington Project w/ George Coleman Jr. (drums) Mike DiRubbo (alto sax) at 55 Bar.
9/21, 10 PM edgy lyrical intense Nina Simone-influenced soul siren Alice Lee followed at 11:30 by high-voltage eclectic funk/Afrobeat/hip-hop dance band the People’s Champs at the big room at the Rockwood
9/21, 10 PM wanna hear a trumpet quartet? Check out this one: Lewis “Flip Barnes, Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, Aaron Shragge at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/22, 8 PM torchy, haunting noir chanteuse/ukulele songwriter Bliss Blood & brilliant guitarist Al Street at Pete’s
9/22, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players celebrate the music of Shulamith Ran at Merkin Concert Hall, $20.
9/22, 8:30 PM Lisa Daehlin sings Kurt Weill with Richard Pearson Thomas on piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/23, 6 PM Lee “Scratch” Perry’s debut NYC art show at the Keeping Style Alive gallery, 513 Johnson Ave (Varick/Stewart). in Bushwick, free, L to Jefferson St., people will be smoking up here.
9/23-24 and 9/26-28 lyrical piano jazz icon Fred Hersch leads a new trio with Esperanza Spaulding on bass and Richie Barshay on drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30. He’s also playing solo on 9/25.
9/23, 8 PM intriguing, clever, hypnotic vocal-and-harp chamber pop duo Addi & Jacq at Caffe Vivaldi .
9/23-24, 8/10:30 PM drummer Billy Hart and pianist George Cables‘ postbop supergroup the Cookers at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
9/23, 8 PM classical pianist Inon Barnatan playing a program TBA at Subculture.
9/23, 8:30 PM the auspiciously edgy new duo project from guitarist Viva DeConcini & alto saxophonist Jessica Lurie followed at 10:30 by low register psychedelic doom metal/free jazz tuba/bass/percussion trio the Gate (Dan Peck, Tom Blancarte and Brian Osborne) at Freddy’s.
9/23, 9 PM a rare, not-to-be-missed show by Steve Wynn guitar monster Jason Victor’s searing noiserock trio Skull Practitioners at Cake Shop
9/23, 10ish wild, intense female-fronted psychedelic guitar power trio Devi at Bowery Electric.
9/23, 11 PM the electric, jazz-oriented, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at the big room at the Rockwood.
9/24 7:30 PM early music ensemble House of Time: Tatiana Daubek, violins; Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Beiliang Zhu, viola da gamba; and Avi Stein, harpsichord reach “the summit of the French baroque” with works by Couperin and Leclair at Hudson View Gardens at the Lounge, 116 Pinehurst Ave., Washington Heights, $20/10 stud/srs. The program repeats on 9/25, same time at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St. (corner of Central Park West), $35/20 srs/10 stud.
9/24, 8 PM Malian roots music with singer and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré and kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté with his son Sidiki Diabaté at the BAM opera house, $25 tix avail.
9/24, 8 PM pianist and Beatles reinventor Anthony Molinaro at Subculture.
9/24, 9:30 PM theatrical, surreal, creepy psychedelic/art-rock/circus rock band Frogbelly & Symphony at Bowery Ballroom
9/24, 9:30 PM hilariously satirical oldtimey/newgrass hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the Bell House, $!0.
9/24, 9:30 PM atmospheric, shapeshifting indie classical ensemble Battle Trance play the album release show for their new one Palace of Wind at Roulette, $15/$10 stud
9/24, 10 PM tuneful hypnotic sometimes dreampop-infused tunesmithing, gorgeous vocals, wry lyrics: ex-Aquanettas guitarist/singer Debby Schwartz plays the album release show for her new one at Cake Shop, $8
9/24, 10ish ageless dub icon and marijuana advocate Lee Scratch Perry at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
9/25, 7 PM sizzling mandolin-fueled Balkan party music with Hungarian hellraisers Sondorgo at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. just north of 34th St., $25
9/25, 8 PM an upbeat, good-time brass band triplebill: hip-hop oriented grooves with No BS! Brass, FONT’s Afro-Brass Assembly and Mexican ranchera/bolero crew Banda de los Muertos at Littlefield, $20.
9/25, 8 PM hard-charging, Ben Webster-influenced Russian tenor sax player Oleg Kireyev leads a quintet at Symphony Space, $17 adv tix rec.
9/25-28, 8/10:30 PM this could be something pretty amazing: tuneful pianist Kenny Werner leads a quintet including David Sanchez and Miguel Zenon at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
9/25, 8 PM a twinbill of trumpet-fueled duos: Kirk Knuffke, trumpet; Jesse Stacken, piano plus Ben Holmes, trumpet; Patrick Farrell, accordion at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs.
9/25, 9 PM second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas and Hellbent perform the music of John Lurie & the Lounge Lizards at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. – could be pretty wild.
9/25, 9 PM Venezuelan guitar god Juancho Herrera with his eclectic, kinetic latin/jazz/rock unit C4 at Joe’s Pub, $20
9/25, 9 PM luminous singer Shara Worden’s kinetic, string-driven art-rock band My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
9/26, 7 PM psychedelic samba funk/jazz guitar duo Chico Coehlo & Dave Ridnell at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
9/26, 7 PM inventive jazz pianist John Escreet teams up with the equally gutsy Sirius Quartet at the Rubin Museum of Art, $18 adv tix rec.
9/26, 7:30 PM highly regarded progressive jazz crew Kneebody – with keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood – at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
9/26, 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok String Quartets Nos. 2, 4, and 6 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
9/26, 8 PM the New York Classical Players with violinist Itamar Zorman play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto transcribed for string orchestra, Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra, and Vocalise by Rachmaninoff at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp
9/26, 8 PM cinematic/minimalist composer/pianist Evan Duffy at Subculture
9/26, 8:30 PM ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.
9/26, 9 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by Armenian-Brooklyn clarinet legend Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free
9/26, 9 PM the clever, reliably fun Two Man Gentlemen Band play classic oldtimey swing tunes off their jaunty new album at the Jalopy, $15.
9/26, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the big room at the Rockwood
9/26, 9/10:30 PM tenor sax titan George Garzone leads a quintet with Kenny Brooks, tenor sax; Doug Yates, alto sax, bass clarinet; Peter Slavov, bass; Pete Zimmer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min,
9/26, 10 PM diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at the Way Station.
9/26, midnight, appropriately enough, the Midnight Moan – who are a dead ringer for the Stones circa 1971 – play the Bitter End
9/27, 3 PM Bay area female-fronted newgrass jamband Front Country at Madison Square Park, free.
9/27, 6ish a special tribute to Lydia Mendoza by haunting Mexican harmony band Las Rubias del Norte, badass resonator guitar blues by Mamie Minch, rural Colombian vallenato by sizzling accordionist El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica plus a screening of the new roots music documentary film about Arhoolie Records, Ain’t No Mouse Music at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, $15
9/27, 7 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22
9/27, 7:30 PM Joey DeFrancesco guitarist Paul Bollenback plays the album release show for his intriguing, subtly samba-influenced new one Portraits In Space and Time with Marcus Strickland , Joseph LePore ,Rogerio Boccato , andJeff “Tain” Watts at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.
9/27, 8 PM a rare US show by brilliant oudist/kanunist/composer Huda Asfour at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
9/27, 8 PM psychedelic funky Japanese noiserock/dreampop band Bo Ningen at Terminal 5, $30.
9/27, 8 PM a rare NYC show by Turkish fretless classical/Middle Eastern guitarist/baglama player Erkan Ogur and band at Drom, $30 adv tix a must.
9/27, 8 PM Colin Carr, cello and Thomas Sauer, piano play Mendelssohn Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58; Debussy Cello Sonata; Thomas Adès Lieux retrouvés; Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
9/27, 8 PM drummer Devin Gray‘s cleverly shapeshifting Dirigo Rataplan with Ellery Eskelin, saxophone; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Michael Formanek, bass at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs.
9/27, 9 PM darkly intense, tuneful Portland, Maine circus rock/newgrass/noir blues band Muddy Ruckus at the Rockwood
9/27, 9ish sharp, perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s.
9/27, 9 PM folk harmony group the Mountain Maidens – Marie Mularczyk O’Connell, Candice Baranello and Lorraine Berger – play rustic Americana, joined by Wild Ginger for some Balkan tunes, at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”
9/27, 9 PM oldtimey ragtime guitarist Craig Ventresco with torchy oldtime chanteuse/mandolinist Meredith Axelrod followed by western swing band Brain Cloud at the Jalopy, $10.
9/27, 10:30 PM fiery fiddle-driven acoustic Americana band the Green Gallows at Union Hall, $8.
9/27, midnight high-voltage Austin Afrobeat funk orchestra Hard Proof at the big room at the Rockwood, free.
9/27 obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally at at Gussy’s Bar in Astoria. 9/28 they’re at Otto’s ,
9/28 starting noon-ish it’s the Atlantic Antic, bands tba. Last year was garage rock on upper Atlantic Ave., Afrobeat close to Hoyt St., ska-punk outside Hank’s. Fun if you’re in the hood.
9/28, 1 PM art-rock band Xiu Xiu “present a durational performance titled Kling Klang using vibrating instruments activated against the copper sheets of Danh Vo’s We The People on Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, free
9/28, 3 PM the Secret Quartet: Cornelius Dufallo, Jennifer Choi; Lev Zhurbin and Yves Dharamraj play music of John King, Raz Mesinai, Michael Vincent Waller, and Joan Jeanreneaud at Spectrum, $15
9/28, 3 PM legendary Chicago jazz guitarist George Freeman – a Charlie Parker sideman – plays a rare NYC solo show at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow
9/28, 7 PM haunting, otherworldly classical Turkish music with Dahi Levent Armagan plus Hasan Isakkut ( kanun ); Ismail Lumanovski ( clarinet ); Engin Gunay ( percussion ); Gokce Eren and Gulsah Sevimli (violins); Ara Dinkjian (oud); Mehmet Aydin (ney); Sukru Unluturk (percussion) Haris Krijestorac (guitar) at Merkin Concert Hall, $30.
9/28, 7:30 PM haunting Romany chanteuse Sanda Weigl sings Weimar noir cabaret songs with violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban at Joe’s Pub, $18.
9/28, 7:30 PM David Lang‘s opera for five singers, ensemble and chorus The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, based on the 1888 Ambrose Bierce story about a pre-Civil War American slave owner who disappears, and the aftermath, at Roulette, $20/$15 stud
9/28, 8 PM a rare NYC show by upbeat, eclectic Iranian rockers Kiosk at Drom, $20 adv tix rec
9/28, 8 PM Milwaukee highway rock legends the BoDeans – who’re going in an increasingly lush, Americana-fueled direction – at B.B. King’s, $28.50 adv tix rec.
9/28, 8:30 PM the Talamana Trio – Laila Salins, vocals; Jim Matus, laoutar; Shane Shanahan, percussion – play “Eastern European music with Middle Eastern overtones,” Latvian classics and music from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/28, 9:30 PM swirling, intense, noiserock/free jazz improvisers Big Plastic Finger at the Silent Barn
9/28, 11 PM terse, lyrical, jazz and classical-tinged pianist/songwriter Rachel Eckroth at the small room at the Rockwood.
9/29, 7 PM amusing singer-songwriter parodists the Lascivious Biddies at the small room at the Rockwood
9/29-30, 9 PM dark Danish garage rock with the Raveonettes at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.
9/29, 9ish indie/Americana powerpop legends the Silos at Bowery Electric, $12
9/30, 7 PM Bolivian jazz vocal star Gian-Carla Tisera plays the album relese show for her debut solo cd Nora la Bella at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., $20/$10 stud., no extra charge for online tix reservations.
9/30 rising star Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa withRuy Adrian López-Nussa – percussion; Jorge Sawa Perez– bass,7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
9/30, 8 PM the Ariel Quartet plays Beethoven string quartets Op. 18, No. 3 (D major); Op. 95 (F minor); Op. 135 (F major) at Subculture.
9/30-10/5, 8/10 PM perennially interesting drummer Ches Smith plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with his usual assortment of wildly noisy and unexpectedly lyrical pals. Choice pick: 10/5 at 10 with Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog (get there early!) .
9/30, 8 PM eclectic, smart art-rock pianist/guitarist Matt Kanelos solo at Branded Saloon.
9/30, 8:30ish Alysa of darkly experimental punk/funk/dreampop crew Eula presides over a similarly incisive lineup of improvisationally inclined types, in reverse order:: Short Nerve (feat. Greg Saunier of Deerhoof & Ofir Ganon of Speedo), Eula themselves, Adam Schatz (Landlady, Man Man); Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Amy Klein (Hilly Eye), Maiden China (belly dancing NYC style), Jason Martin Animal Power System, Andra and Nose Fixer at Glasslands, $10
10/1-2, 7:30 PM and 10/3, 2 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture plus Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail. Nielsen is a secret favorite of conductors, and Alan Gilbert has an absolute blast with the composer’s blustery, richly tuneful orchestration.
10/1, 8 PM dark experimental Nina Simone-influenced Belgian soul/jazz/noir chanteuse Melanie DeBlasio (no relation to you know who) at the big room at the Rockwood, free w/rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1, 8 PM pianist Alberto Reyes plays music of Chopin, Schumann and Franck at Merkin Concert Hall, $15 tix avail.
10/1, 8 PM the Mivos Quartet plays the NY premiere of Samson Young‘s The Anatomy of a String Quartet, which embodies a Beethoven quartet plus improvisation based on electroacoustic interaction with a laptop monitoring the ensemble’s movement and brainwaves. The musicians look like they’re wired up for the electric chair. At Roulette, $20
10/1-2, 9:30 PM pianist Danny Grissett and his Quartet with Jaleel Shaw – alto sax , Ben Williams – bass , Jonathan Barber – drums at Smalls .
10/2, 7 PM Hungarian avant jazz ensemble Modern Art Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman at Symphony Space, free.
10/2, 8 PM cult favorite Irish chamber pop crooner Pierce Turner at Connolly’s.
10/2, 8:30 PM Stage Fright -high-voltage acoustic jazz guitar duo Stephen B Antonakos & Scott Aldrich – at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Stoff 37th Ave, Jackson Heights,. 10/8 they’re at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club at 9ish.
10/2, 8 PM blazing Americana/soul jamband Holy Ghost Tent Revival at the Knitting Factory, $12 .
10/2, 8:30 PM Julia Haltigan – a torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads – with her band at the Mercury, $10.
10/2, 8:30 PM Roosevelt Dime play tongue-in-cheek oldtimey Americana and retro soul originals followed by guitarishly brilliant eclectic soul/Americana bandleader Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Bell House, $12.
10/2, 9 PM edgy, politically-fueled Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Arlene’s, $8.
10/2, 9:30 PM opening night of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival with Mexican son jarocho punk band Las Cafeteras at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.
10/3, 7 PM mezzo-soprano Augusta Caso and pianist Carl Bolleia premiere Jay Vilnai’s new song cycle of Charles Bukowski poems, There’s a Bluebird in My Heart, which draws on both the jazz of Bukowski’s youth as well as the German composers he admired, at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St., Ft. Greene, $10, any train to Jay St/Borough Hall and about a 10 minute walk
10/3, 7:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at the Mercury, $10
10/3, 8:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at the Mercury, $12 – price went up $2 since they played there last time!
10/4, 3 PM western swing with Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud followed by oldtime country blues maven Don Flemons at Madison Square Park, free.
10/4, 7:30 PM electric Neil Young soundalike Israel Nash at the Mercury, $12.
10/4, 8 PM night two of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival is a killer Balkan brass lineup (one assumes in this order): NYC’s original Serbian-style crew Zlatne Uste, volcanic improvisers Raya Brass Band, trumpet icon Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, intense Romany band Black Masala and Slovak monsters Orchester Prazevica at Drom, $15 adv tix a must
10/4, 8 PM deliriously fun, psychedelic Colombian metal cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud.
10/4, 8 PM world premiere performances of Draculette, an Opera, by William Maselli; Carmilla, For String Orchestra, by Charles Coleman, and Visions of Sabbath: Classic Early Themes of Black Sabbath Arranged for Orchestra, starring Olga Zhuravel and Micaela Oeste, sopranos, and Featuring Frederika Krier on violin at Merkin Concert Hall, $35 tix avail.
10/4, 8 PM, repeating on 10/5 at 3 PM indie classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound premieres Scott Johnson’s Mind Out of Matter – a lively, rock-influenced suite that contemplates the wonders of the heavens from a scientific rather than religious perspective – at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University is located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20, Charter bus service is provided from the Port Authority arcade on 41st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues–to the Kasser Theater ($10 per person, round trip) for all Saturday and Sunday performances. Bus reservations may be made by calling 973-655- 5112 or by visiting http://www.peakperfs.org
10/4, 10 PM charming French pop revivalists Banda Magda – whose new album goes in a bracing new Mediterranean direction – at Subculture, $18 adv tix rec
10/4, 10:30ish explosive, unpredictable, brilliantly original Balkan party instrumentalists Cocek Brass Band playing the album release show for their excellent debut cd at Mehanata.
10/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Elgar – Enigma Variations at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.
10/5, 4 PM early music ensemble Quicksilver play “sumptuous sonatas and ingenious ballets” by Bertali, Biber, Buonamente, Kerll, Fux, Schmelzer and their contemporaries at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St $10 tix avail.
10/5, 4 PM the Clarosa Quartet play the Schumann Piano Quartet and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.
10/5, 7:30 PM fiery Balkan brass dancefloor band Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar – fresh from Belgrade Beer Fest – at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, very pricy, $39 but could be worth it.
10/5, 8 PM gently intense, deviously psychedelic, amazingly eclectic Austin-based Americana/jazz chanteuse/guitarist Jenifer Jackson and band at the small room at the Rockwood.
10/6, 7:30 PM paradigm-shifting, electrifying ensemble the Imani Winds play a new arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring plus works by Mendelssohn, Simon Shaheen and Wayne Shorter at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.
10/6, 7:30 PM Tre Voci (Kim Kashkashian, viola; Marina Piccinini, flute; Sivan Magen, harp) play music of Rameau, Debussy, and Sofia Gubaidulina at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
10/7, 7 PM intense Americana/chamber pop songwriter Mary Lee Kortes plays her Songs of Beulah Rowley project at the big room at the Rockwood. Kortes channels Rowley, a brilliant, obscure, multistylistic midwestern songwriter from the 30s and 40s who wrote swing, edgy pop, saloon jazz and country among other styles.
10/7, 7 PM haunting, slinky East African/Middle Eastern dance-folk/groove band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Bric Arts, free
10/7, 7 PM a tango summit at Symphony Space paying tribute to Argentine legend Anibal Triolo with performances by the Binelli-Ferman Duo (piano and bandoneon); Eddy Marcano; Quinteto Tango Leopoldo Federico from Colombia; GlamourTango (a tribute to the early women of tango); Facundo Posadas & Ching Pin de Posadas; Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk; Dardo Galletto; Karina Romero; Mariana Parma; Mariana Galassi; and Silvana Brizuela, $30 adv tix a must. The program repeats on 10/11 at the 92nd St. Y at 8.
10/7 inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis feat. Camila Meza – voice; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Scott Robinson – saxophone; Matt Clohesy – bass, Eric Doob – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
10/7, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/8 at 10 PM the Sara Galas Band feat. Bill Ruyle, Claudio Scarabottini, Yuka Tadano and Yukio Tsuji play eclectic chamber pop with Romany, gamelan, Asian and Italian folk influences at La MaMa, 74 E 4th St., free.
10/8, 7 PM violinist Eddy Marcano with his ensemble, David Peña, double bass and guitar, José Pepe Saglimbeni, accordion and violin, Yilmer Vivas, percussionist, Manuel Rangel, maracas and guitar, Dino Dinelli, pianist and Karlo Flores, violinist and conductor play Astor Piazzolla classics and Venezuelan traditional tunes at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, 3940 Broadway at 165th St. , $10
10/8 the cross-generational Wolff & Clark Expedition feat. the spectacular Hailey Niswanger and Steve Wilson on saxes with Mike Wolff – piano; James Genus – bass; Mike Clark – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
10/8, 8 PM strummy lo-fi guitar/organ duo Christy & Emily, scary/awesome guitar/viola jazz duo Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, darkly enchanting Great Plains Gothic narratives from luminous tunesmith Ember Schrag and band, and hypnotically intense art-rock/indie classical dirges from cellist/songwriter Meaner Pencil at Trans-Pecos, $8
10/8-9 the Brian Charette Organ Trio w/ Yotam Silberstein and Mark Ferber play the album release show for their characeristically witty new one Good Tipper at Smalls.
10/9, 7 PM harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performs Rameau at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium , 417 E 61st St between First and York Ave, $35/$25 stud/srs.
10/9, 7:30 PM stampeding Indian Romany group Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.
10/9-12 the reliably intense, tuneful Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax leading an exceptionally good Quintet with George Cables – piano; Alex Sipiagin – trumpet; Larry Grenadier – bass; Ulysses Owens, Jr. – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend .
10/9-11, 8 PM wildly popular indie classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider and singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt play a new score behind a ballet performance based on dadaesque Kandinsky poems from the 1950s at Baryshnikov Arts Center,, 450 W 37th St. $25 tix avail. at the Lincoln Center box offices
10/9, 9 PM kick-ass Austin twangrock/honkyonk songwriter/bandleader Shelley King at Hill Country, free.
10/9, guesing around 10ish chromatically edgy two-guitar metal band Fit For Rivals at Santos Party House
10/10, 8 PM bass clarinetist Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast – with guitarist Nir Felder, trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist Adam Armstrong, and drummer Fred Kennedy- play the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
10/11, 8 PM cutting-edge Syrian classical/jazz/improvisational trio Hewar: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet ; Issam Rafea, oud ; Dima Orsho, vocals at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
10/11, 9 PM politically charged acoustic punk/folk band Filthy Rotten System at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”
10/11, 9 PM Procol Harum cover band Shine on Brightly play classic organ-driven art-rock at Connolly’s. They don’t have a Gary Brooker soundalike but they have a real passion for the songs, especially the obscure ones!
10/12, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Han play music of Haydn, Schumann and Dvorák at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20; Charter bus service available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves, $10 per person, roundtrip; bus reservations at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.
10/12, 4 PM the electrifying the Lysander Piano Trio perform “Autumn” and “Spring” from Astor Piazolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Dvorak’s Trio op. 90 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.
10/12, guessing around 11ish, noisy metal/arenarock band Lacuna Coil – who seem like they’ve finally slipped from under their record label’s repressive fingers – at the Gramercy Theatre, $34.
10/13, 5:30 PM NYC’s original Balkan marching unit, Hungry March Band outdoors at 1 Penn Plaza, not far from Madison Square Garden where they once played
10/14, 2 PM the Amphion String Quartet play works by Barber, Dvorak and Elliott Carter at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St., $17.
10/14, 5:30 PM French brass band Radio Kaizman play their “special blend of hip hop, New Orleans brass and Latin rhythms” at 1 Penn Plaza, free
10/14, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, indie classical quartet Either/Or play works by Alvin Lucier, Horatiu Radalescu and others at the Miller Theatre, free
10/14, 6 PM haunting, intense folk noir/Americana harmony duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne play the album release show for their amazing debut at the small room at the Rockwood.
10/14, 7:30 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars play Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer at the World Financial Center, free.
10/14-15 state-of-the-art Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo leads his Quartet with Helio Alves – piano; Hans Glawishnig – bass; Mauricio Zotarelli – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.
10/14, 8 PM haunting, intense, lyrically gripping noir folk songwriter/bandleader Jessi Robertson at Matchless. 10/17 she’s at Branded Saloon, time TBA; 10/18 at 8 at the Path Cafe and 10/31 at 5:30 solo acoustic at the American Folk Art Museum. Whew!
10/14, 8 PM jangly, catchy, anthemic acoustic highway rock/newgrass band Roadkill Ghost Choir play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.
10/14, 8ish Joshua Kwassman and Brother Spirit play sweeping, lush, cinematic original jazz at Subculture, $15
10/15, 5:30 PM Chaotic Noise Marching Corps brass band, comprised of performers from multiple Seattle-based groups such as Titanium Sporkestra and Sounders FC Soundwave Band at 1 Penn Plaza, free.
10/15, 8 PM a brass band summit at Littlefield; trumpeter Frank London headlines with his Klezmer Brass All-Stars, with wild Muscovites Pakava It, Parisiennes Les Muses Tanguent, volcanic Brooklyn Balkan improvisers Raya Brass Band and PitchBlak Brass Band, $12
10/15, 8 PM psychedelic latin soul maven Damian Quinones and his kller two-guitar band at Barbes
10/15-17, 8 PM and 10/18, 7:30 PM Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the NY Phil playing Stravinsky’s Firefird at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail.
10/15-18, 8 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays Stravinsky works including the Rite of Spring to accompany puppeteer Basil Twist’s new production at Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, $25 tix avail.
10/16, 7:30 PM guitarist Grey McMurray leads the Wordless Music Orchestra performing his new arrangement of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells at the World Financial Center, free.
10/16-19 pyrotechnic saxophonist James Carter’s Django Unchained with Gerard Gibbs – Hammond B3 organ; Leonard King – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30
10/16, 8 PM cutting-edge and outsider brass band madness: Kenny Wollesen’s Himalyas, Seattle’s Chaotic Noise Marching Band, Radio Kaizman, Pakava It and Chicago performance art group/marching band Environmental Encroachment at WFMU’s Monty Hall , 43 Montgomery St (Greene/Washington), Jersey City, Path train to Exchange Place, $10. New Yorkers can see many of the bands on this bill for free at Tompkins Square Park at 3 on Oct 18. And there’s also a show at 9 that same night, Oct 18 with Lucky Chops Brass Band, Russia’s Pakava It and others, location/price TBD, watch this space for details.
10/16, 8 PM all-female Parisian street brass band Les Muses Tanguent at Barbes
10/16-18 indie classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird perform Murder Ballades at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with L.A Dance Project and choreography by New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck at BAM.
10/17, half past noon a mid-day concert featuring renowned pianist Elio Villafranca and the James Weidman Trio playing Thelonious Monk tunes. There’s also an evening concert of Monk played by the David Weiss Sextet, Renee Rosnes Quartet, and Grammy Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and His Tiny Afro-Latin Big Band starting at 6:30 PM at the World Financial Center, free.
10/17, 7 PM saxophonist Julie Joslyn and drummer/pianist Leo Ciesa’s incendiarily tuneful noir jazz duo Iconoclast at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St
10/17, 7:30 PM virtuoso Indian sitarist Anupama Bhagwat at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts.
10/17, 8 PM 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5 at Bargemusic,$35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
10/17, 8 PM NEA Jazz Master pianist Barry Harris and jazz pianist/composer Valerie Capers share the stage for the first time, with Ray Drummond on bass and Leroy Williams on drums.at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$10 stud.
10/17, 8:30 PM Heather Kropf: catchy, eclectic, thoughtfully down-to-earth pianist/songwriter and fantastic singer at Caffe Vivaldi. On the winsome Tamara Hey/Deena Shoskes tip.
10/18, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble play new music for viola, cello, and piano by Max Duyker, Yvonne Troxler and others at Symphony Space, $20/stud/srs$15
10/18, 8 PM a politically-fueled acoustic songwriters’ triplebill: Emma Graves, Ben Grosscup and Alexandra Bradbury – editrix of the Brooklyn working peoples’ magazine Labor Notes – at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”
10/18, 10 PM hard-charging, surreal Libertines-style garage rock stomp wih Archie Powell & the Exports at Rock Shop, $10
10/18, 11 PM eclectic Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie doing her creepy chamber pop thing followed at midnight by equally haunting former Piker Ryan and Kundera frontman Mark Steiner at Sidewalk. Intense Czech violinist Pavel Cingl does double duty with both bands.
10/18 enigmatic frontwoman Ashen Keilyn’s perennially popular rainy-day janglerock band Scout at Bowery Electric
10/19, 2 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble plays their new arrangement of Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 in D Major (arr. Stein); Roberto Sierra; New work; Schubert: Octet in F Major, D. 803 at the Brooklyn Museum, $10 tix avail. The program repeats on 10/22 and 10/24 at 7:30 at the Morgan Library.
10/19, 4 PM the Urban Tango Trio – Octavio Brunetti on piano; Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; and Pedro Giraudo on bass at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.
10/19, 5 PM John Adams conducts the Yale Philharmonia playing his Absolute Jest and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4; the Brentano Quartet also perform Stravinsky’s Orpheus, at Avery Fisher Hall, $30/$15 stud
10/20, 8 PM eclectic, contemplative, cross-pollinating violinist Sarah Bernstein leads a quartet with with Kris Davis on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass and Ches Smith on drums. at Cornelia St. Cafe., $10 + $10 min
10/22-25, 7:30 PM the world premieres of Ted Hearne‘s musical theatre piece The Source, drawn from the leaks of antifascist hero/heroine Chelsea Manning, at BAM.
10/21-22 the spectacular Colombian harp-driven ten-piece Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble feat. spectacular qanun virtuoso Tamer Pinarbasi 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.
10/22 8 PM eclectic chanteuse Elynne Rey with a cool combo: Bennett Paster – piano; Paul Beaudry – bass; Saul Rubin – guitar; Jerome Jennings – drums playing the album release show for her new one A Little Bit of Moonlight at Zeb’s, 223 W 28th St, $10
10/22, 9ish ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner at Bowery Electric.
10/23-26 accordionist Richard Galliano leads a quintet with Josh Nelson – piano; Peter Bernstein – guitar; George Mraz – bass; Mauricio Zottarelli – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend
10/23-25, 8 PM Brian Schober’s new opera White Witch – a gruesome tale of murder and revenge, based on the 19th century Jamaican plantation owner and reputed serial killer Annie Palmer, known as the White Witch of Rose Hall – at Symphony Space, $25/$15 stud/srs
10/24, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical Spanish songwriter Javier Ruibal joins forces with accordionist Victor Prieto at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud
10/24, 7:30 PM carnatic singer Anandi Bhattacharya – daughter of legendary Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya – at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts .
10/24, 7 :30 PM brilliant clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski and Christa Van Alstine, and pianists Jonathan Howe and Craig Ketter play electroacoustic works for clarinet and piano by Herbert Howe, Jacob Goodman, Max Giteck, Peri Mauer and Raoul Pleskow at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20 sugg don.
10/24, 9 PM iconic folk noir songwriter/ethereally haunting chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Trans-Pecos, $8.
10/25, 8 PM brilliant pianist Armen Donelian and his trio play Armenian-inspired jazz at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs.
10/25, 8 PM Shakir Khan plays classical Indian music for sitar at Roulette
10/25, 8 PM Jose Alberto “El Canario” reunited for the first time with his original bandmates from pioneering 70s psychedelic salsa band Tipica ’73: Camilo Azuquita, Tito Allen, Sony Bravo, Johnny Rodriguez, Alfredo De La Fé and others at the Lehman Center at CUNY Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd, $35 tix avail but get em now
10/25, 11 PM perennially popular Afrobeat/funk/groove unit Budos Band play the album release show for their new one at the Wick, $22.
10/26, 3 and 6:30 PM a screening of the Juilliard String Quartet documentary film Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music followed by the Amphion String Quartet playing Beethoven’s Beethoven’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 at Symphony Space, free.
10/26, 4 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play Schubert’s C Major Symphony at Symphony Space, $29 tix avail
10/26, 9 PM Thurston Moore leads an unnamed band at Rough Trade, $15; this will sell out so fast it’s insane. His new instrumental trio album is a real return to twisted noisy 80s form.
10/26 creepy noir Americana/ghoulabilly band the Goddamn Gallows at Bowery Electric.
10/28-11/2 state-of-the-art lyrical saxman Joshua Redman leads his quartet at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25
10/29, 10 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Rock Shop, $!0
10/30-31 grasscore icons the Infamous Stringdusters at Highline Ballroom. First night is a Grateful Dead tribute show starting at 9 PM, $25 adv tix rec. The 10/31 show starts an hour earlier and is over by 11.
10/30, 7 PM super cool 80s/90s ska nostalgia in reverse order: Mephiskapheles, the Toasters, No Redeeming Social Value, the Ladrones at the Mercury, $20 adv tix req.
10/30-11/2 serious oldschool bop; George Coleman Sr. – tenor saxophone; Eric Alexander – tenor saxophone; Harold Mabern – piano; John Webber – bass; George Coleman Jr. – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.
10/30, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble play a creepy Halloween program: George Crumb: Music for a Summer Evening; David Del Tredici: Dracula; Robert Paterson: Hell’s Kitchen, Closet Full of Demons and Ghost Theater* at Merkin Concert Hall, $
10/30, 8 PM dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Brooklyn Bowl, $20
10/31, 7 PM pianist Michael Riesman plays Philip Glass’ score to Dracula to accompany a screening of the original 1931 film at the Morgan Library, $25.
11/1, 7 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band followed by the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy and his band the Accomplices at Sidewalk.
11/1, 9 PM the Dean Ween Group at Brooklyn Bowl, $15
11/6, 7 PM the UNSRC Symphony Orchestra plays Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony at Symphony Space, $22/$18 stud/srs
11/7, 7:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless, guitarishly excellent Americana songwriter James McMurtry at the Mercury, $17 adv tix rec.
11/7, 10 PM the Steep Canyon Rangers – famous for backing Steve Martin, though their own bluegrass/newgrass is killer as well – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
11/7, 10ish Peter Hook & the Light at Irving Plaza, $35 – if legendary bassists playing covers from their old band (Joy Division) is your thing.
11/10, 7 PM the Janacek Quartet play a program TBA at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free
11/10, 8:30 PM the Nels Cline Singers play 2 sets at Rough Trade, $16 adv tix rec.
11/11 Norwegian garage punks Stupidity and ex-Friggs guitar maven Palmyra Delran at the Delancey
11/13, 6:30 PM soaring Nashville gothic chanteuse Kelley Swindall – whose murder ballads are to die for – on a doublebill with her tourmate, ominously eclectic Canadian gothic/chamber pop songwriter Lorraine Leckie at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
11/13, 7:30ish searing, edgily funny female-fronted Americana/punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10.
11/14-15, 8 PM well-loved, state-of-the-art female-fronted oldschool soul revivalists Lake Street Dive at Terminal 5, $25.
11/14, 8 PM eclectic, hard-driving indie classica/jazz violinist David Wong & High Strung at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers St.), $15
11/14, 11 PM sprawlingly creepy oldtimey/Americana guys O’Death – whose new album is characteristically excellent – at the Bell House, $15.
11/15, 8 PM perennially powerful, tuneful, lyrically relevant Irish rockers Black 47 are disbanding – this is their final B.B. King’s show, $30 adv tix rec.
11/15, 8 PM newgrass jams with the Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $27.50 adv tix rec.
11/15, 8 PM classic flamenco with Felah Menguz and Espiritu Gitano at Roulette
11/15, 9 PM Steve Wynn‘s legendary 80s paisley underground band the Dream Syndicate at Rough Trade, playing the classic Days of Wine & Roses album in its entirety, $20 – this edition of the band has Jason Victor on guitar with Mark Walton on bass and Dennis Duck on drums.
11/16,. 2 PM the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek: Taras Bulba; Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $19 tix avail.
11/16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Griffes – The White Peacock; Schumann – Cello Concerto; Sibelius – Symphony No. 1 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.
11/16, 4 PM piano/winds chamber ensemble An Die Musik play a family-friendly program including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and a wryly narrative piece by bandleader Robert Mann at Merkin Concert Hall
11/18, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, indie classical quartet Loadbang play new and recent works by Alex Mincek, Scott Wollschleger, Charles Wuorinen and Reiko Füting at the Miller Theatre, free
11/18 perennially popular, gleefully menacing dark garage rockers Thee Oh Sees at Bowery Ballroom; 11/21 they’re at Warsaw
11/20, 7 PM haunting, intense, politically-fueled Tunisian-French art-rock bandleader/singer Emel Mathlouthi at Elebash Hall, 5th Ave. just north of 34th St., $25
11/21, 8:30 PM powerpop guitar genius Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express – the thinking person’s Tom Petty – at the Bell House, $15
11/22 wickedly tuneful female-fronted noir surf/dark garage band the Wytches at Baby’s All Right – 11/24 they’re at the Mercury at 6:30 for $13 in advance.
11/24, 10 PM dark psych-pop band the Allah-Las – who seem to be going in an even catchier, jangly post-Byrds direction – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix rec.
11/25-26, 9 PM well-regarded 90s goth/noise band Blonde Redhead at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec; they’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 12/2 for the same deal.
11/26, 9ish old stoners never stop writing rhymes: Method Man & Redman at the Nokia Theatre, $30 tix avail.
12/2, 7:30 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and members of the Da Capo Chamber Players and Manhattan String Quartet play eight works for strings and piano, including Carl Kanter’s Piano Trio; Leo Kraft’s Six Pieces for Violin with Piano Obbligato; Eugene W. McBride’s Moments for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano; Scott Miller’s Coots and Rails, scored for three violins; and Craig Slon’s String Quartet. at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don
12/4, 7:30 PM Federico Agostini, violin and Enrico Elisi, piano play Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78; Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 at the Morgan Library, $25.
12/9, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, the Mivos Quartet parse the avant garde spectrum for works by Martin Stauning, Patrick Higgins, a new arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus XIX, and György Kurtág’s cult favorite suite of “microludes” at the Miller Theatre, free.
12/9 Swans at Warsaw. OMG this boomy space will become a cyclotron.