New York City Live Music Calendar for July and August 2015
The new calendar for August and September is here.
There’s a comprehensive, very recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Next shows are at 7/16 at 7 PM and 7/19 at 4 with Chopin waltzes, Dvorak Scottish Dances and Grieg Lyric Pieces. Sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum
Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free
Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about the weekly residency by torchy songbird Angela McCluskey and cinematic pianist Paul Cantelon – the brain trust of popular 90s act the Wild Colonials – at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.
Also Mondays in July 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 July, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
Tuesdays in July 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 in July and August, 6-8 PM a large percentage of NYC’s top accordionists descend on Bryant Park, playing their own stuff at various points throughout the space. Look out for Jenny Luna playing Turkish classics on 7/1; avant jazz/klezmer star Shoko Nagain on 7/15; haunting Balkan/Romany chanteuse Eva Salina and also indescribably good Japanese Balkan band the Dolomites on 7/22; and Gregorio Uribe doing cumbias on 8/5, just for starters.
Wednesdays in July, 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 in July starting on the 9th, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised, including the amazing Rachelle Garniez on the 9th.
Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
Fridays in July at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg
Saturdays in July at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in July, 6 PM Roy Nathanson leads a variety of ensembles at Barbes. If you missed his Stone residency last month, the irrepressible cinematic noir saxophonist/composer, ex-Lounge Lizard and Jazz Passengers founder has an address book as deep as his songbook – lots of special guests in addition to his usual collaborators.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15
Sundays in July, 5 PM Sway Machinery guitarist/mastermind Jeremiah Lockwood at Barbes with a variety of ensembles. Desert blues, reinvented ancient cantorial themes, gorgeous guitar instrumentals and more. Choice picks: 7/19 with accordion sorceress Shoko Nagai and 7/26 with the Fraternal Order of the Society Blues, a tribute to Piedmont Blues guitar legend Carolina Slim, featuring three of his students–Jeremiah, Ernesto Gomez (Brotherhood of the Jug) and Ricky Gordon (Wynton Marsalis Ensemble).
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 July, 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.
7/1, 8 PM one of NYC’s most charmingly edgy voices and clever, terse tunesmiths, Tamara Hey at the Slipper Room, $10
7/1, 8:15 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine followed by dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick playing the album release show for her new one at Sidewalk
7/1, 8:30 PM all-female UK lo-fi/punk/garage band Pins – sort of like the bastard child of the early Go Go’s and Wire play the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
7/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his long-running trio at the Vanguard, $25
7/1, 8:30 PM bassist Lauren Falls leads an imaginatively arranged all-female octet with four singers playing a Joni Mitchell tribute at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
7/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at at Troost in Greenpoint. They’re also at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free at 8:30 on 7/16 and at Branded Saloon on 7/19, time TBA
7/1, 9 PM tango dancing with music by all-star Argentines Trio Milonguero: Pedro Giraudo, bass – Ariel Iud, bandoneon and Maurizio Najt, piano.at Drom, $17 includes a beer!
7/1-2, 10ish 90s relevant hip-hop icon Talib Kweli with a full band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix a must
7/2, noon, Sharon Jones’ Daptone labelmate, oldschool soul growler Charles Bradley and his period-perfect band at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn
7/2, 7 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play the album release show for their auspicious new debut at the big room at the Rockwood
7/2, 7 PM long-rnnning, perennially tuneful janglerockers/powerpopsters Bubble at the small room at the Rockwood
7/2,. 7 PM a good all-acoustic improvisational sextet: Michael Lytle – bass and contrabass clarinet; Anthony Coleman – piano; Stephen Flinn – percussion; Jason Kao Hwang – violin; Mary Mackenzie – vocals; Eyal Maoz – acoustic guitar at Spectrum, $15
7/2, 7:30 PM high-energy, politically-fueled Mexican rockers Las Cafeteras at the Linclon Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
7/2, 8 PM this blog’s new favorite songwriter, unselfconsciously haunting, richly lyrical great plains folk noir chanteuse Ember Schrag – whose recent adventures in dark psychedelic rock have been pretty amazing – at Hifi Bar, free
7/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Up and Down Hands, a jazz tribute to Pakistani film music at Barbes
7/2, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.
7/2, 9 PM psychedelic reggae-funk band Mad Satta play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $10 gen adm
7/2, 10 PM 10 PM intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina and her allstar brass/accordion band at Friends and Lovers
7/2, 10ish ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus
7/2, 10 PM trippy, dubwise Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine
7/2, 11 PM noiserock legends Blind Idiot God at Paperbox, $10
7/3, 5:30 PM the Night Owls – Lee Feldman‘s piano trio inspired by Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis – at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx
7/3, 7 PM an African reggae festival at Drom with Sekou Bolomba, Martin & Terry, Oxygen Box Band, Allinor and others, $10 adv tix rec
7/3, 8 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Ursula Oppens, piano play Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
7/3, 8 PM catchy, jangly, Beatlesque band the Sons of Seymour at Shrine
7/3. 9 PM Sean Kershaw‘s reputedly awesome new ghoulabilly/honkytonk band the Serpentones at the Red Door, Surf Ave & W 12th St., Coney Island, free
7/3, an outdoor screening of Zachary Treitz’s reputedly intense and historically rich Civil War drama – and Tribeca Film Festival winner – Men Go To Battle: film at 9 PM, Q&A with the filmmaker and party afterward, on the roof at Industry City. 220 36th St. Sunset Park, $15
7/3, 9:30 PM irresistibly charming oldtimey harmony/swing band the Ladybugs play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub
7/3, 10 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes
7/3. 10 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat
7/4, 8:30 PM lof-fi Balkan punks Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury, $10 gen adm
7/4, 9 PM an abbreviated lineup for Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s with the Twang Twisters, all the way down from Binghamton, followed at 11 by ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones
7/4, 9/10:30 PM a comfortably improvisational trio: Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Kris Davis, piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/4, 10 PM catchy, psychedelically vamping Central American grooves with the Bodoma Garifuna Cultural Band at Shrine
7/5, 5 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her 11-piece Big Band at Smalls
7/5, 7:30 PM soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Pier 1 on the upper west, free. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on 7/8 at 11 followed at midnight by the jazz-oriented, clarinet-fueled, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars
7/5, 8:30 PM composer Liberté-Anne Lymberiou’s up-and-coming large ensemble the Liberté Big Band at Iridium, $15 with promo code Les Paul
7/6, 9 PM NYC jazz legenda and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat
7/7, 7 PM rising star cellist/composer Fjola Evans plays her new electroacoustic work based on otherworldly Icelandic poetry; pianist Brendan Littlefield unveils a new suite at Spectrum, $15
7/7, 8 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at C’Mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave. (Clifton Pl./Greene Ave), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave
7/7, 8 PM Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $25, notice how their ticket prices have come down now they’re not playing Live Nation venues!
7/7, 8 PM a solidly good evening of noisy improvisation: Leila Bordreuil solo (amplified cello); Anthony Saunders solo (modular synthesizer); Michael Foster / Ben Bennett Duo (sax/objects) (percussion/membranes); Zero Player — Austin Julian / Cybelle Collins (electronic amplified bass object) (violin) at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12
7/7-12, 8/10 PM stylistically shapeshifting indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley has a weeklong residency at the Stone. Choice pick: opening night, 10 PM, Riley joining with three of the four guitarists from the Dither guitar quartet: Taylor Levine, James Moore and Josh Lopes
7/7-12, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful guitarist Russell Malone leads his quartet with Rick Germanson-piano, Gerald Cannon-bass, Willie Jones III-drums at the Vanguard , $25
7/7, 9 PM jangly, surfy Rhode Island garage rockers Ravi Shavi followed by catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at Palisades
7/7, 11 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Muchmore’s, $5
7/8, 6 PM spellbinding Korean gayakeum zither virtuoso Rami Seo plays classical and folk material at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
7/8, 6:30 PM PM Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal’Ouna Ensemble in a U.S. Premiere Tour, with special guests vocalist Lena Seikaly, percussionist Tareq Rantisi, ‘oudist Ziad Ben Youssef, and accordionist Edwin Buger.play the book launch for Sandy Tolan’s “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land”, chronicling Aburedwan’s rise from stone-throwing Palestinian poster boy to world-famous oudist and composer at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
7/8, 6:30 PM clever, wry, popular newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at the Mercury, $20 adv tix a must. He’s back there on 7/22 an hour later, same price, same deal, better get your tix soon.
7/8, 7 PM edgy, sometimes unexpectedly dark, reggaeish grooves with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble outdoors on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library, free
7/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, Charenee Wade sings the album release show for her fascinating new collection of obscure and lesser-known Gil Scott-Heron songs, $25
7/8, 8 PM trumpeter Kenny Warren‘s Avant-Americana band Laila and Smitty, featuring Jeremiah Lockwood, Myk Freedman, Ilusha Tsinadze, Adam Hopkins and Carlo Costa at Barbes
7/8, 9 PM a welcome return to NYC for oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord. Damn, this woman can flat-out sing
7/8, 10 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch leads his combo at 55 Bar
7/9, half past noon hypnotically spiky West African grooves with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free
7/9, 5 PM popular retro dance bandleader Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station
7/9, 7 PM pianist Melody Fader, violinist Emily Popham Gillins, violist Keats Dieffenbach and cellist Hamilton Barry, play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, KV 478 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 at Spectrum, reception to follow, $20/$15 stud/srs
7/9, 7:30 PM indie classical violin star Todd Reynolds solo doing his high-energy loopmusic thing at the Jewish Museum
7/9, 7:30 catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from Brown Rice Family playing their album release show at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
7/9, 8 PM catchy, fun ska/Caribbean groove band the Brown Rice Family play the album release show for their new one From Havana to Kingston at Drom
7/9, 8:30 PM edgy, noisily atmospheric guitarist Travis Reuter leads his group with Alan Bjorklund (trumpet), Mark Shim (tenor sax), Kim Cass (bass), Alex Ritz. at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
7/9, 8:30 PM tuneful saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12
7/9, 9 PM haunting noir soundtrack guitarist/loopmusic composer Ben Von Wildenhaus with guest vocalists Clara Kennedy and Scott Matthew, resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and violist Karen Waltuch at Troost in Greenpoint
7/9, 9 PM irresistibly fun, psychedelic, period-perfect 60s sunshine pop revivalist Jacco Gardner at Baby’s All Right, $12
7/9, 9 PM explosive postrock/psychedelic/metal/art-rockers Eidetic Seeing at the Acheron, $10
7/9, 9 PM careening gutter blues duo Slim Wray play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood; after a bizarrely dorky, in-your-face funk band, the fun returns at 11:30 PM with the Brighton Beat playing their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams
7/9, 9 PM acerbic female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at Rock Shop
7/9, 9 PM Heights of Wisdom play original newschool roots reggae at Shrine
7/9, 9:30 PM bassist Matt Pavolka switches to trombone for his Horns Band with Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Joe Fiedler, trombone; Mark Ferber, drum at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/9, 9:30 PM edgy, intense avant/jazz chanteuse and multi-instrumentlist Morgan Heringer at Sidewalk
7/9, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis; they’re also back here on the 26th at 9
7/9, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
7/9, 11 PM Bombrasstico – sort of the trombone version of Moon Hooch – play their explosive, improvisational organic dancefloor grooves at Arlene’s, $8
7/9 11 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at the small room at the Rockwood
7/10, 4 PM Wendy Sutter, cello and Olga Vinokur, piano play Bach Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, BWV 1029; Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40; Rachmaninof Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
7/10, 7 PM high-energy, sardonic, horn-fueled Argentine ska-punk band Los Autenticos Decadentes at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/10, 7 PM “a collaborative performance between choreographer Kate Asson and composer Jen Kutler. The piece features musical accompaniment experienced through an experimental sound system which delivers sound through the teeth. The audience will be provided with vibrating dental plates to bite instead of a traditional speaker transferring vibration through the air (while supplies last)” at Spectrum, $15 .
7/10, 8/10:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful quartet with Glenn Zaleski, piano; Ben Street, bass; Craig Weinrib, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/10, 10 PM perennially smart, tuneful Texas Americana/rockabilly guitarslinger Rosie Flores at Hill Country, free
7/10, 10ish hypnotically undulating Israeli/Eastern European dancefloor grooves with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bowl $17 adv tix rec
7/10, 11 PM the Brooklyn What, who are to this era in this city what the Dead Boys and for that matter, the Clash, were to 1979 –at the Gutter, $5
7/10, 10 PM lyrically brilliant, noirish, swamp punk/Americana rockers Shanghai Love Motel at the Parkside
7/10, 10:30 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk
7/11, 3 PM mighty horn-driven soul/circus rock band No Te Va Gustar, Ximena Sariñana – who does an unconvincing, suspiciously halfhearted corporate ranchera-rock thing – and meat-and-potatoes (carne y papas?) four-on-the-floor stadium rocker Vicentico at Central Park Summerstage
7/11, 6 PM Iraq war veteran and insightful Memphis Americana songwriter Bryan Hayes at Sidewalk
7/11, 7:30 PM keyboardist Mick Rossi‘s all-star improvising quartet with Andy Laster, Peter Hess and Charles Waters at Spectrum, $15
7/11, 8 PM “performing on the 21-string Mandinka kora and the Turkish oud, Kane Mathis plays compelling interpretations of these traditional musics” followed at 10 PM by “punky Chicago burlesque-blues band” the Claudettes and then at 11 this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes
7/11, 8ish shapeshifting, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys – who put out this blog’s pick for best song of 2014 – at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook
7/11, 8:30 PM newschool powerpop icons the New Pornographers at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/11, 9 PM Afrobeat legend/drummer Tony Allen leads Jungle By Night, a psychedelic groove band arguably as good and a lot more diverse than the Fela groups he worked with way back in the day, at Rough Trade
7/11, 9 PM guitarist Mimi Oz‘s Rooster – a real kitchen-sink band with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor followed by the Blue Dahlia – Alpha Blondy meets Edith Piaf – at the Way Station
7/11, 9 PM clarinetist Rane Moore and ensemble play an auspicious program of works by Georges Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Enno Poppe, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino and Ken Ueno at Spectrum, $15
7/11, 9ish popular, recently resurrected and darkly catchy 90s indie stars Rainer Maria at Shea Stadium, $15
7/11, 9:30ish edgy, politically aware NYC Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura give a mighty kickoff to their upcoming west coast tour witha show at Mehanata
7/11, 9:30 PM wild, hilariously satirical oldtimey hellraisers the Brothers Comatose at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
7/11, 9:30 PM Jonny Grave & the Tombstones play interesting, eclectic Americana informed by oldtime gospel, delta and Piedmont blues and front-porch folk at Hill Country, free
7/11, 9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play the album release show for their LMFAO new one at Joe’s Pub, $22
7/11, 10 PM countrypolitan maven and fearlessly funny oldschool honkytonk outlaw Dale Watson at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec
7/11, 11 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing all the time would be one of NYC’s best bands – at the Acheron,$10
7/12, noon-5 PM the annual Bastillle Day celebration on 60th St. with performances by the Chorale Arpège from Martinique, the Franco-American electro/pop/swing band Ginkgoa, the Hungry March Band, insanely good street food, crepes, etc., face painting for the kids, it’s a lot of fun.
7/12, 3 PM Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble play music of living composers Mario Davidovsky, John Harbison, Clint Needham, Andrew Rindfleisch, Chen Yi, Huang Ruo, and Brouwer herself. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn (139 St. John’s Place), free.
7/12, 5 PM drummer Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free
7/12, 6 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Caracas Arepa Bar 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, on Rockaway Beach
7/12, 7 PM the US debut of beguiling female-fronted Iranian guitar jazz trio Sehrang at Drom, $21 adv tix rec
7/12, 7 PM the Yabuno Ettun Project : Haruka Yabuno (piano) – Ehud Ettun (bass) followed at 8.15 by Sicilian jazz singer/composer Sissy Castrogiovanni (voice, compositions) with the awesome, otherworldly Jussi Reijonen (classic guitar, oud) – Ehud Ettun (bass) – Jorge PerezAlbela (drums, percussions) at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
7/12, 8ish a screening of the ferociuosly relevant, elegaic anti-gentrification documentary Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio followed by a performance by legendary producer/dark psychedelic rocker Martin Bisi and his band with with Bob Bert (Sonic Youth), Algis Kisys (ex-Swans) and many others tba at Littlefield, $10
7/12, 8 PM brilliant violinist Dana Lyn & guitarist Kyle Sanna play their cinematic jazz/soundtrack/indie classical tunes at the Jalopy, $10
7/12, 8:30 PM jazz chanteuse Audrey Bernstein plays the album release show for her new one with a killer band – Brian Charette, Sean Harkness, Daniel Glass, & Steve Doyle – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $
7/13-15, 8 PM legendary performance artist Penny Arcade debuts her new show Longing Lasts Longer, a witheringly hilarious, hauntingly poignant critique of gentrification and the ongoing death of artistic communities in New York at Theatre for the New City, 1st Ave (9/10), $15
7/13, 8:30 PM noir rocker Nicole Atkins, Afrobeat dancefloor crew Emefe and others play John Lennon and Harry Nilsson covers at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint, free
7/14, 2 PM ish 20s hot jazz brass maven Michael Arenella & the Hot 8 at Cercle Rouge, 41 W Broadway (btw Walker & White St., free
7/14, 7 PM Queens College’s Balinese gamelan orchestra Yowana Sari at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
7/14, 7:30 PM a Boston Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble plays Nielsen’s Wind Quintet plus works by Mozart and Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised
7/14, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell work their klezmer/Balkan/Satie-esque magic followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
7/14-19, 8:30/10:30 PM AACM legend Henry Threadgill‘s Zooid with Christopher Hoffman-cello, Liberty Ellman-guitar, Jose Davila-tuba/trombone, Elliiot Kavee-drums at the Vanguard, $25. Will be interesting to see how loud this potentially explosive crew gets in these hallowed confines.
7/14, 9 PM intense, haunting southwestern gothic songwriter Eilen Jewell plays the album release show for her new one with her killer band at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.
7/14, 9:30 PM cosmopolitan, torchy Euro-swing with the Carte Blanche Jazz Band at Joe’s Pub, $18
7/14, 9:30 PM twin guitar-fueled large ensemble jazz with the Lucas Pino Nonet at Smalls
7/15, 4 PM the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England with David G. Skinner, director sing works by Gabrieli, Byrd, Palestrina, Croft, Holst, Parry and Whitacre at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free
7/15, 6 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs outdoors at Willoughby and Pearl Streets, downtown Brooklyn, free
7/15, 7 PM the ageless George Clinton & his latest P-Funk incarnation at Queensbridge Park. 7/16 they’re at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station
7/15-16, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic, witty B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio with Will Bernard and Rudy Royston at Smoke, $15
7/15, 8 PM cinematic San Francisco Balkan Band La Peche at Barbes
7/15, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical, dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band followed eventually at 11 by resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson and her increasingly ornate blues band at the Way Station
7/15, 9 PM cleverly hilarious newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at Rough Trade, $20
7/15, 10 PM punkgrass favorites Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec
7/15, 10 PM 1Secret Chiefs 3 plays world premiere selections from John Zorn’s Masada Book III, The Book Beriah with Eyvind Kang (violin) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Ches Smith (mallets, percussion) Kenny Grohowski (drums) Jason Schimmel (guitar) Trey Spruance (baritone guitar) at the Stone, $15. The program more or less repeats on 7/17
7/16, noon fiery fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free
7/16, half past noon George Clinton & P-Funk at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free. Never seen the funk legend before? Wanna save forty bucks and not have to deal with the crowds? This is your place.
7/16-17, 7 PM the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury, $15. Oldtimey/country blues guy A.A. Bondy follows at 9 for a separate $15 cover. Reilly is also there the following day, 7/17 at 10:30 PM, same price
7/16, 7:30 PM elegantly ferocious cello/violin indie classical/art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive with Uniska Wahala Kano, Tif Robinette (aka AGROFEMME), Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Rudi Salpietra at ABC No Rio, sliding scale starting at $3
7/16, 7;30 PM purist, socially conscious roots reggae cult favorite Taj Weekes & Adowa at Bric Arts, free, yes I!
7/16, 7:30 PM Algerian trance/groove band Gnawa Diffusion at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
7/16-19, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, powerhouse, stormy postbop tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads a quintet, $30
7/16, 8 PM half-hour sets from wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith Linda Draper followed by the snarling southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs‘ frontman Joe Yoga at Sidewalk
7/;16, 8 PM tuneful blue-eyed soul songwriter Elijah Tucker and his excellent band followed eventually at 11 by the All Night Chemists – who blend a tuneful, gritty 90s NYC gutter blues vibe with Stonesy growl and some glam – at the Way Station
7/16, 9 PM a killer noir/Nashville gothic twinbill; haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band and the similarly simmering, menacingly lyrical sounnds of Karla Moheno at Hank’s. Kilguss is also at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 on 7/31.
7/16, 9 PM high-energy old school gospel/Americana singer/bandleader Shelley King at Hill Country, free
7/16, 9:30 PM haunting, eclectic, otherworldly, historically rich instrumentals from the Yiddish Art Trio – Patrick Farrell- accordion, Benjy Fox-Rosen- bass/vocals, Michael Winograd- clarinet – followed by angst-fueled Lynchian art-rock crooner Dorian Wood at Joe’s Pub, $15
7/16, 9:30 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/17, 7/9:30 PM innovative, tuneful south-of-the-border large ensemble sounds with the Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Supper Club uptown, $20
7/17, 8 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – followed eventually at 11 by hotshot rockabilly bassist/bandleader Little Lesley & the Bloodshots at the Way Station
7/17, 9 PM a screening of Hao Zhu’s scathing documentary about political corruption in China, The Chinese Mayor – if you think the abuse of eminent domain has done a number on Brooklyn, wait til you see what happened in China. On the roof of the American Can building, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15, Q&A with the director afterward, R to Union St.
7/17, 10 PM sizzling, hypnotic Ethiopiques jamband Lions at Barbes
7/17, 10 PM state-of-the-art doom metal/sludgecore with Unearthly Trance at the Acheron, $10
7/17, 11 PM Lorraine Leckie plays a rare set of her sardonic chamber pop collaborations with scathing social critic Anthony Haden-Guest at Sidewalk
7/17, 11 PM deviously amusing, Afrobeat-inflenced psychedelic funk band Emergency Brakethru at Desmond’s
7/18, 4 PM tight, original, fascinating new arrangements of Satie and his contemporaries for wind ensemble by the Erik Satie Quartet followed at 6 by legendary noir saxophonist Roy Nathanson and at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvania jazz at Barbes
7/18, 4 PM nuevo salsa songwriter Jose Conde’s band Ola Fresca at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free
7/18, 5 PM catchy, anthemic Americana rockers the Cornell Brothers followed at 6 by the similarly anthemic, more psychedelic early 70s Fleetwood Mac-inflected Tara Lynne Band and then eventually smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at 10 at the Way Station
7/18, 7:30 PM cult favorite noirish crooner Joe Henry at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/18, 7:30 PM the Abjeez – sister act who were a smarter, edgier Iranian counterpart to the Gipsy Kings, and who are still going strong – at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
7/18, 8 PM edgy dark Americana/ghoulabilly bassist/singer Jessica Lee Wilkes – of the Dirt Daubers – leads her own band at small room at the Rockwood
7/18, 8 PM pianist Jerome Rose opens this year’s International Keyboard Festival with a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/18, 9ish dark Murder City garage/punk girlband the Detroit Cobras at Brooklyn Bowl, $15
7/18, 9:30ish ferocious Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata
7/18, 10ish period-perfect early 70s-style Aussie stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus. You’ll think you’re at a Nektar concert
7/18, 10 PM awesome classic Ethopian psychedelic funk and original jams from Arki at Silvana, free
7/18, midnight-ish psychobilly road warriors the Limit Club at the Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick
7/19, 3 PM composer-pianist Ramin Arjomand plays solo improvisations at Spectrum, $15
7/19, 4 PM brass-fueled klezmer/Afrobeat mashups with Zion80 at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Boulevard in the Bronx, 4 to Freeman St.
7/19, 7 PM a concert for Nepal earthquake relief with pastoral jazz pioneers the Claudia Quintet, eclectic guitarist Joel Harrison, flutist Jamie Baum, alto sax legend Dave Liebman and others at the Poisson Rouge, $25
7/19, 8 PM Ken Waldman – Alaska’s fiddling poet, joined by guitarist Charlie Shaw and some surprises followed by Americana guitarist Diana Jones,and then Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around – at the Jalopy, $10. Waldman also leads a workshop there at 4 for $20 which includes a copy of his album.
7/19, 8 PM pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/21, 2 PM bouncy Polish folk tunees with the Glukh Polka Band at Flushing Town Hall, free
7/21, 7:30 PM pianist/songwriter Rachel Mason’s creepy, cinematic, historically rich multimedia art-rock suite The Lives of Hamilton Fish at Anthology Film Archives, with live vocals. She also plays with her band at Joe’s Pub on 7/26 at 7, $15.
7/21, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays works by Haydn, Wagner and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised
7/21, 8 PM pianist Magdalena Bacewska plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/21, 8:30 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Hall, $8
7/21, 8:30 PM all-female honkytonk band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood
7/21-26, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman with Doug Wieselman-reeds, Myra Melford-piano, Rudy Royston-drums at the Vanguard, $25
7/21, 9 PM hard-hitting Atlanta guy/girl punkgrass/newgrass duo Battlefield Collective at the Way Station
7/21, 10 PM cult fave British alt-country/cowpunk predecessors the Mekons at Bowery Ballroom, $25
7/22, 6 PM Kane Mathis (kora, oud) + Dan Kurfirst (percussion) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
7/22, 7 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at Madison Square Park
7/22, 7 PM luminous art-rock cellist/chanteuse/bandleader Serena Jost at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced
7/22, 7 PM the Plumbers featuring Hoboken legend Gene Turonis play “Tex-Mex-Calypso-billy” at Church Square Park, Park Ave. & 4th St., Hoboken
7/22, 8 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $10
7/22-25, 8 PM tuneful third-stream jazz quartet 40Twenty with Jacob Garchik – trombone; Jacob Sacks – piano; Dave Ambrosio – bass; Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums at Seeds
7/22, 8 PM charming Boswell Sisters-influenced oldtimey harmony trio Camp Street at the Way Station
7/22, 8 PM pianist Alessio Bax plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/22, 8:30 PM what’s left of legendary soul studio band the Muscle Shoals All-Stars with guests Bettye LaVette and Sam Moore at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
7/22 9 PM eerie psychedelic Romany rock bandleader Tine Kindemann leads her group at Shrine
7/22, 11 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Palisades
7/23, noon powerhouse percussionist Annette Aguilar & the Stringbeans septet mash up latin and Brazilian jazz and sounds from around the world at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free
7/23, half past noon high-voltage Houston gospel-funk band the Jones Family Singers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free
7/23, 7:30 PM “Freedom’s just another word for turning off your phone,” says chamber pop wit Nellie McKay, explaining part of the premise of her show at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
7/23, 8 PM cult favorite literate folk-rock duo the Kennedys – whose latest album is reputedly sensational – at Hifi Bar, free
7/23, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the Shop, 234 Starr St in Bushwick, a block from the Jefferson St. stop on the L, in Brooklyn. 7/30 at 8 they’re at Otto’s
7/23, 8 PM pianist Jeffrey Swann plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/23, 9:30 PM atmopsheric singer Sandra Liliana Vasquez’s downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV – who are incredibly fun, kinetic and psychedelic to watch live – followed by moody Austin Americana/Tex-Mex songstress Gina Chavez at Joe’s Pub, $15
7/24, half past noon the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Madison Square Park
7/24, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra‘s brass section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free
7/24, 7 PM torchy, Lynchian Guatemalan soul chanteuse/songwriter Gaby Moreno on the plaza at Lincoln Center
7/24, 7:30 PM explosive Texas gospel rock clan the Jones Family Singers at Joe’s Pub, $20
7/24, 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski leads a brilliant five-piece band including guitarist Emre Yilmaz and keyboardist Cenk Tezil playing Turkish classics and hits at Drom, $15
7/24, 8 PM pianist Xiayin Wang plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/24, 8:30 PM high-voltage soul-rockers Kwame Binea Shakedown at the Rockwood
7/24, 10 PM roots reggae with Royal Khaoz at Shrine
7/24, 9/10:30 PM alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon‘s best trio project so far with drummer Barry Altschul and bassist Joe Fonda at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/24, 10 PM Ruby the Hatchet – female-fronted metal bnad who blend darkwave and a classic 70s stoner vibe to their Iron Maiden-inspired assault – at the Acheron
7/24, time/price TBA legendary Japanese/Balkan/circus rock band the Dolomites at Bizarre Bar, 12 Jefferson St. in Bushwickm, J/M to Myrtle Ave.
7/25, 2-6 PM Rudy Bishop’s Young Acolytes Symphonic Steel Orchestra ccompany a Guyanese dance celebration at 2806 Newkirk Ave. between E. 28th and 29th St. in Flatbush, free
7/25, 3 PM cellist Serena Jost and Matthew Robinson present their massive compositions for a 50-cello orchestra outdoors at the SW corner of Fort Jay on Governors Island, free
7/25, 3 PM New York’s Chinese American Arts Council put on an explosive performance of traditional music, dance and acrobatics on the plaza at Lincoln Center
7/25, 5 PM Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino at Central Park Summerstage
7/25, 3 PM golden age hip-hop cult favorite Big Daddy Kane finally makes it to Central Park Summerstage after toiling year after year in parks all over Brownsville and Staten Island
7/25, 5ish LES surf/soul/punk legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters return to their roots at ABC No Rio. Bow down to NYC punk royalty!
7/25, 7:30 PM Django Haskins’ creepy circus rock/Waitsian oldtimey band the Old Ceremony at Joe’s Pub, $15
7/25, 8 PM smolderingly intense singer/guitarist Mia Wilson’s deeply bluesy, brilliantly lyrical psychedelic band the Bright Smokeat the Mercury, $10. 7/26 at noon (ouch!) they’re playing the street fair at the corner of Flatbush Ave. and Midwood St. in Crown Heights followed at 1 by rising star jazz guitarist Camila Meza, B/Q to Prospect Park.
7/25, 8/10 PM brilliant pianist Luis Perdomo & the Controlling Ear Unit with bassist Mimi Jones and drummer Rudy Royston at the Jazz Gallery, $22
7/25, 8 PM Afropop guitar maven Banning Eyre and Timbila at Barbes
7/25, 8 PM improvising duos and trios: the Tony Malaby / Carlo Costa duo; Sean Ali / Leila Bordreuil / Joanna Mattrey playing a trio set and an Anais Maviel / Michael Foster duo at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12
7/25, 9 PM biting, eclectic oldschool soul/Americana crew the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord
7/25, 9 PM the Big Takeover play reggae and ska at Shrine
7/25, 9ish garage-punk duo Cinema Cinema play a rare trio show with special guest, brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau at Freddy’s
7/25, 9:30ish edgy, intense, psychedelic skaragga/metal cumbia band Escarioka at Mehanata
7/26, 1-5 PM celebrate Eid al-Fitr with all sorts of cool music and tasty food at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge at Shore Road Park, use the entrance at 79th St. and Shore Rd.
7/26, 1 PM an eclectic all-day marathon runs til midnight with – in reverse order – the tastily noisy Stuyedeyed, goths the Makeout Club, Sing, blipsters Bird of Prey, surfy lo-fi garage rockers Grand Mariner, Chimes, Games, Pathos, Spirit Of…, dark garage/ghoulabilly act Don Babylon, the more retro garage Psychic Selves, excellent retro 70s stoner riffmeisters Thai Sun, Ceramics, the kitchen sink VoirVoir, New Order ripoff Low Mein, and schizophrenic bedroom rock/soul project Wolf Diamond at St. Vitus, $10
7/26, 2 PM charming French chanteuse Violette and her ensemble La Vie En Rose bring a blend of chanson, Golden Age swing, American standards and Jazz/Pop at Flushing Town Hall, free
7/26, 4 PM pianist Alon Goldstein plays a “homage to Scriabin” at Lang Concert Hall at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), free
7/26, 7 PM timeless 60s folk icon Judy Collins at Damrosch Park
7/26, 7 PM the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo with special guests Denis Savelyev (flute) and Jorge Torres (guitar) at Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs
7/26, 10 PM perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec
7/27, 7:30 PM amazing, intense Kansas City mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – who mash up haunting blues, front porch folk and classic soul – at Joe’s Pub, $15, get your tix now because this will sell out.
7/27, 10 PM Will Bernard – who’s got way more up his sleeve (Indian, Balkan, and noisy rock refs, just for starters) than most jazz guitarists, leading a similarly enterprising quartet with Tim Luntzel, Eric Kalb and Erik Deutsch at the small room at the Rockwood
7/27 this year’s alt-country chanteuse du jour, Emily King at Bowery Ballroom
7/28, 7 PM erudite, wryly literate, sardonic power pop/janglerock/glamrock songwriter Ward White at the small room at the Rockwood
7/28. 7 PM songwriter/chanteuse Greta Gertler’s rich, lush, gorgeously orchestrated art-rock band the Universal Thump play the album release show for their new one, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, followed at 9 by Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, at Barbes
7/28, 7 PM a large percentage of the pantheon of pianists in the NYC indie classical world play Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 in its entirety; performers including but not limited to Blair McMillen, Kathy Supove, Joan Forsyth, Emily Manzo, Taka Kigawa, Lisa Moore, Phyllis Chen and others, at Spectrum, $15
7/28, 8 PM powerhouse trumpet-drums duo Tim Hagans and Joe Hertenstein play duets with special guests at the Whynot Jazz Room, $10
7/28, 8 PM pianist Nina Tichman plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/28, 8:30 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads a quartet with Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Roman Filiu, alto sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Sam Anning, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/28, 9 PM fun, funny, politically incorrect punk/garage rockers Dream Team at Palisades, $7
7/28, 9 PM beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play play music by de Falla, Gluck, Ravel and more modern composers at Bryant Park, free
7/28, 9:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans‘ massive, brass-driven big band at Smalls
7/29, half past noon the eclectic Balkan/latin/New Orleans Underground Horns at Madison Square Park
7/29, 6 PM Ehren Hanson (tabla) + Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) play ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
7/29, 7 PM lush, eerie, psychedelic, Lynchian southwestern gothic/Tex-Mex band Orkesta Mendoza at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
7/29, 7 PM bassist Hilliard Greene and the Jazz Expressions, a “powerhouse quartet launched by the legendary jazz balladeer Jimmy Scott”.at Wave Hill| W 249 St. and Independence Ave. in the Bronx, $8/$4 stud/srs
7/29, 8 PM pianist Arnaldo Cohen plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/29, 9ish conscious Rasta dub reggae sensation Jah9 with sound system Dubtronic Kru at SOB’s, $20
7/29, 9:30 PM oldtimey hell raiser Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Hill Country, free
7/29, 9:30 PM rustic Brazilian folk crew Forro in the Dark plays John Zorn at Joe’s Pub, $15 – go figure
7/29, 10 PM creepy, wildly psychedelia art-rock band Aunt Ange at Sidewalk
7/30, 7 PM CANCELLED – an all-star indie classical lineup including Shara Worden, DM Stith, Timo Andres (piano), Beth Myers (viola), Nuiko Wadden (harp) and Taylor Levine (guitar) formerly scheduled to play the album release show for enigmatic composer Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s darkly swirling pastoral suite Unremembered at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St
7/30, 7 PM Brazilian rainforest band Forró in the Dark plays John Zorn followed by Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits and explosive Brazilian percussion troupe Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz in their U.S. debut with special guests pianist Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter Steven Bernstein at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
7/30, 7 PM Mexican punk rockers Los Seis Pistos – who channel three decades of scorching guitar fury – at Bowery Electric, $7
7/30-31, 8 PM bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler from 70s punk legends the Jam play the group’s excoriating 1979 classic album Setting Sons at Brooklyn Bowl, $20
7/30, 8 PM pianist Victor Rosenbaum plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/30, 8:45ish cleverly lyrical, deviously funny kitchen-sink songwriter Brian Woodbury plays the album release show for his new one, $10 cover; followed at 10 by hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is the closest thing to the Clash, lyrically speaking, that’s been released in this city lately – at Barbes.
7/30, 9 PM riveting chanteuse Eve Seltzer’s charming Romany jazz combo Franglais – the rare Django-inspired band with vocals – at Silvana
7/30, 9 PM hypnotic, hard-hitting dance floor minimalists Dawn of Midi at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec
7/31, 7 PM spare, dark Max Johnson compositions set to texts by Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, performed by mixed string/wind quartet at Spectrum, $15
7/31, 8 PM pianist Alexander Kobrin plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20
7/31, 9 PM first-class, eclectic ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Beast of Bourbon
7/31, 9 PM sizzling oldschool acoustic Americana/bluegrass band Tumbling Bones at the Jalopy, $10
7/31, 9 PM psychedelic hard funk with Afroskull at Fontana’s, $10
7/31-8/1, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Joel Harrison plays the album release show for his new one Spirit House with Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Peter Apfelbaum, woodwinds; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Brian Blade, drumsat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/31, 9:30 PM trippy, ethereal dreampop/downtempo/retro 80s band band Fine Animal at the Cameo Gallery, $8
7/31, 11ish vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave, $5
8/1, 1 PM Bulgarian songstress Vlada Tomova‘s haunting, enchanting, otherworodly Bulgarian Voices Trio on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.
8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St, $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.
8/1, 11 PM darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec
8/2, 1 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/2, 1 PM cleverly erudite, historically informed, nimble newschool country blues guitar maven/songwriter Lenny Molotov at East Village Social on St. Marks (1st and A), free
8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage
8/2, 8 PM iconic, enigmatic noir countrypolitan/torch jazz songwriter/bandleader Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $10
8/4, 7 PM NYCs original and maybe only original, oldschool Veracruz-style Mexican son jarocho dance band, Radio Jarocho at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park
8/4 – 8/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, the Christian McBride Trio with Christian Sands – piano ; Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums, $30
8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised
8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee (Kool J’s nemesis – remember?), Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back.
8/4, 11 PM Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city
8/5, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s string section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free
8/5, 8:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with guitariists Mark Steward and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, plus Yo La Tengo, plus possibly lots of jamming and cross-pollination at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/6, 7 PM 60s latin soul legends Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests powerhouse trumpeter Pete Rodriguez plus Richie Ray and Joe Bataan – with special guests of his own – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/6, 9 PM new jack roots reggae band New Kingston followed by golden age legends Steel Pulse at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out even if the band doesn’t have all the original members
8/6, 10 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req
8/6, 11 PM Deerhoof – who are to Bushwick now what Wire was to Camden Town in 1979 – at the Bell House, $18 gen adm
8/7, 7 PM sardonically funny, lyrically brilliant Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk
8/7, 7 PM rising star indie classical ensemble RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) celebrate the release of their debut album gathering blue, with help from guest artists Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Justin Brown at Joe’s Pub, $15
8/7, 7 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at El Taller Latino Americano, 225 W. 99th St at Broadway, 2/3 to 96th St.
8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/7, 9:30 PM dark female-fronted paisley underground/postpunk/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec
8/7, 10 PM a rare appearance by tight, tuneful, kinda-creepy Bogota punk rockers Lupus at the Acheron, $10
8/8, 2 and 4 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
8/8, 3 PM the Quebe Sisters play their harmony-driven Americana on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/8, 7:30 PM the all-star Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Aimee Mann, Pokey LaFarge, and special guests play am acoustic version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its entirety at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/9, 3 PM popular Americana/gospel artist Iris DeMent on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park
8/9, 7 PM popular countrypolitan songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/9 drummer E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings featuring powerful gospel singer Alicia Olatuja and John Benitez, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
8/11 – 8/12 fiery Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda’s eleven-piece World Ensemble play the cd rrelease shows for his new one 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back
8/12, 4 PM St Cyprian’s Singers of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate (London, England) with Julian Collings, director sing works by Sheppard, Tallis, MacMillan, Tippett, Martin, Whitacre and Holst at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free
8/13, 5 PM salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario” and band at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station
8/13 – 8/16 charming French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and her tropicaly-tinged two-guitar combo, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30
8/13 African roots reggae crooner Rocky Dawuni at SOB’s. 8/14 he’s at the Lincoln Center Atrium
8/14, 8:30 PM smart, original, lyrically-fueled, intricate newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced
8/14, 10 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud – arguably the closest thing to the Clash we have in NYC right now – at Nublu
8/14, 11 PM assaultively fun Nashville glam-punk/metal band Modoc at the small room at the Rockwood
8/15, noon? Talib Kweli and band at 2501 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, free
8/15, 2 and 4 PM, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse/accordionist Eva Salina airs out her repertoire of haunting, otherworldly Romany and Jewish folk songs at Queens Library of Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave, Forest Hills
8/17, 8 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith/crooner Ward White and others TBA at Hifi Bar
8/18, 5ish the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
8/15, 7 PM eclectically tuneful oldschool soul/janglerock band Tuelo & Her Cousins at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec
8/15, 9 PM deviously smart, historically-inspired literate songwriter and brilliant chanteuse Elisa Flynn puts on one of her frequent theme nights. This time out it’s religious songs, “Participating artists play a cover of a song dealing with religion in any way – devotion to blasphemy, pure love to pure hate, Buddha to the Lord of Light. Then they play an original. Musicians include Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Thee Shambels’ Neville Elder, Jim Knable, Maharajah Sweets, Sean Cahill, John LaPolla, the Sterling Electric, George Hakkila,” at the Way Station
8/18 – 8/23 the mighty, purist Ron Carter Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35
8/20, 5 PM imaginative, colorful guitarist/reedman Art Baron leads his combo at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free
8/20, 6 PM day one of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day has – probably in reverse order -the alternately boisterous, retro 60s honkytonk and ominous southwestern gothic Jack Grace Band, Dennis Lichtman’s perennially popular western swing band Brain Cloud, the retro 60s soul-fueled Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, Andrew Sovine (Red’s grandkid- he’s good), the Paisley Fields and North Of Amarillo at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
8/20. 7 PM high-spirited Louisiana zydeco/cajun/swamprock band the Revelers at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
8/21, 5:30 PM haunting, stark, lyrically brilliant gothic Americana duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at the American Folk Art Museum
8/21, 6 PM day two of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – all-female honkytonkers Your Ex-Girlfriends, the hilariously satirical early R&R/rockabilly Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co., Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, and the magically intense, southwestern gothic-inspired Julia Haltigan at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park
8/21, 9 PM ageless, unstoppable surf guitar icon Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix rec
8/21, 9:30 PM conscious roots reggae faves Taj Weekes & Adowa at Joe’s Pub, $14
8/22, 3 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave, Zephaniah & the 18 Wheelers, eclectically guitarslinging rockabilly kitten Lil’ Mo & the Monicats, Terry Radigan, Bob Jones & Jon Sholle, the always evolving and entertaining (and creepy) Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, and the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec
8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park
8/24, 6 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order -60s folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, mesmerizingly badass resonator guitarist/singer Mamie Minch, the hauntingly original all-female Jan Bell & the Maybelles, honkytonkers the Third Wheel Band, and Abby Hollander Band, whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band, and longtime NYC bluegrass faves Sheriff & the Goodtimers at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
8/25 – 8/30 popular up-and-coming traditionalists, chanteuse Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio play an album release stand for their new collaboration 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35
8/27, 8 PM cult favorite NYC artists join forces to play cult favorite postpunk/no wave legends Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth album in its entirety at Hifi Bar, free; performers including but not limited to Renee Lobue (elk city); Kali Holloway (easy lover); toni baumgartner (speed the plough); John Baumgartner (speed the plough); Mary Knapp (toot sweet); Erica Smith; Matt Davis ( a thousand pities ); Sam Weisberg (calotype); Mike Fornatale, Tom Shad
8/27, 8 PM legendary Milwaukee highway rockers the BoDeans – now led by lead guitarist Kurt Neumann – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.
8/29, 7 PM oldschool 70s hippie alt-country and boogie-woogie with ageless piano guy Commander Cody at Joe’s Pub, $18
9/1, 6 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos in the community garden next door to 520 E 12th St.
9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage
9/12, 8 PM Puerto Rican salsa legends Gran Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $36 tix avail.
9/12 menacing retro 70s stoner doom band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats at Webster Hall
9/13, 8 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at Shapeshifter Lab
9/18, 8 PM hypnotic, intense Bollywood music/dance troupe Mystic India at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail
9/18 one of the best, most purposeful psychedelic metal acts of the last 20 years, Washington State power trio Mos Generator at Bowery Electric
10/20.legendary, phantasmagorical psychedelic Balkan rocker Alec K Redfearn with the savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag and her equally amazing psychedelic band at Bowery Electric. Schrag also joins Redfearn’s band to play creepy Farfisa organ!