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New York City Live Music Calendar for February and March 2016

by delarue

Constantly updated, lots of great stuff this month and a brand-new calendar for March and April coming 3/1. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

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 AND the connection between visual art, folk art and the classics via the pianist’s own imaginative fabric work from over the years. Next up: works by Schumann and Mozart. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

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

Also Mondays in  February, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

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

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

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

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

Fridays in February, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

Saturdays in February 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 February at 6 PM adventurous oudist/composer/musical traveler Kane Mathis – whose own style seems to gravitate toward mystical, ancient northern African sounds -at Barbes

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

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

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

Sundays in February at 5 PM droll, witty, Monk-influenced jazz pianist Joel Forrester – of the Microscopic Septet – tickles the ivories at Barbes

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 February, 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.

2/1-8, 9/11 PM the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a weeklong stand on their home turf featuring compositions by their founder Thad Jones, leaders Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from their massive catalog of of over 300 tunes, $30

2/1, 9:30 PM new psychedelic cumbia trio Los Aliens – Ricardo Gallo – synths; Sebastián Cruz – guitar; Amanda Ruzza – bass and Andres Jimenez – drums. at Barbes. They’re also here on 2/21 at 7

2/2-7, 8/10 PM tight, swirling, intense indie classical/postrock guitar quartet Dither plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 10 PM set 2/4 with guitarists Mary Halvorson and Gyan Riley plus Kevin Shea on drums. Shea will also emcee. Fun times.

2/2, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Counter Induction play works by Hungarian composers Ligeti and Kurtag plus a world premiere by Gregory Mertl’ at the Sheen Center on Bleecker just west of Bowery, $20

2/3, 10 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun –at Shrine

2/4, 7 PM rtrailblazing idie classical chamber group Cadillac Moon Ensemble play new works by Conrad Winslow, Viet Cuong, Caleb Burhans, and Rick Burkhardt.at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

2/4, 7:30 PM Nuyorican salsa legends Tipica 73 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, ealy arrival advised

2/4, 8 PM darkly and sardonically but also plaintively intense accordionist/singer Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 ($10 cover) by psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes

2/4, 8 PM a rare chance to see fiery, lyrically intense guitar/keyboard-driven powerpop/punk band Wormburner in a very intimate setting at 11th St. Bar, suggest you get there early if you want a seat

2/4, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a “composer portrait” of renegade Upper Peninsula, Michigan electroacoustic composer Ashley Fure at the Miller Theatre, $30

2/4, 8 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap”followed at 9 by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Freddy’s

2/4, 9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Hank’s

2/4, 10:30 PM tuneful postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Ken Fowser leads his quintet at Smalls

2/4, 11 PM No Ice – charismatic bandleader Jamie Frey’s successor band to the someday-legendary Brooklyn What – at the Gutter in Williamsburg

2/5, 8 PM sizzling early 60s style twang/surf trio the Bakersfield Breakers at Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria

2/5, 8 PM a rare trio show by sassy, lyrically edgy female-fronted original oldtimey swing band the Fascinators at Sidewalk

2/5, 8:30 PM an awesomely diverse and actually pretty contiguous bill with the irrepressible, theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies, sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins and sensational oldtime Americana/blues maven Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton at the Jalopy, $10

2/5, 9 PM an excellent dark country/Americana twin bill with Karen & the Sorrows and Maynard & the Musties at Beast of Bourbon

2/5, 10 PM murderously twangy, reverb-fueled crime jazz tableaux, tense highway themes, shapeshifting audio narratives, and deviously fun Italian erotica themes from this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/5, 10 PM noi blues and edgy downtown oldschool 80s NYC styles with the Phil Gammage Quartet plus hard-surfing Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers and oldschool 50s-style real-R&B band Sean Coleman & The Quasars at Otto’s

2/5, 11 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Pete’s

2/6, 2:30 PM the NY Classical Players perform Beethoven / Symphony No. 2, Piano Trio Version; Piano Trio, “Archduke” at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, free, early arrival a must

2/6, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children –follwed by adventurous oudist/composer/musical traveler Kane Mathis and then by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes 

2/6, 5 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony plays Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with the audience seated inside the orchestra (in other words, the orchestra is on the perimeter, audience seated within them) at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

2/6, 7 PM Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

2/6, 7:30 PM irrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play world premieres by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith,Zhang Shouwang & René Lussier plus music by Julia Wolfe at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/6, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her guitar-piano quintet at Club Bonafide, $20

2/6, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10

2/6, 9 PM Red Gretchen – who veer from snarling, artsy, guitar-fueled psychedelia to four-on-the-floor post-Replacements anthems -at Beast of Bourbon

2/6, 10 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at the Gutter in Williamsburg

2/6, 10 PM Random Test play oldschool roots reggae at Shrine

2/7, 2 PM Sheng Ching Hsu, violin; Mark Dover, clarinet; Benjamin Larsen, cello; Daniel Epstein, piano play Messiaen’s rarely staged, haunting Holocaust-era Quartet for the End of Time at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Pl just south of 7th Ave, Park Slope, take any train to Grand Army Plaza

2/7, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra celebrates the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth with two lush, rich works, his Symphony No. 7 and the iconic Finlandia, paired with Grieg’s iconic Romantic Piano Concerto in A minor, performed by rising star Lo-Eun Yi. at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

2/7; 3:30 PM adventurous seven-piece chamber ensemble International Street Cannibals play Debussy’s Sonata fror Cello and Piano plus premieres by a global cast of current composers: Dominique Lemaître, Thierry Escaich, Fernando Maglia, Christopher Lyndon-Gee and others at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., $20/$15 stud/srs

2/7, 7 PM dazzlingly eclectic harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Amphion String Quartet play Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and Strings and Andre Capelet’s Conte Fantastique for Harp and Strings  at Bric Arts, free

2/7, 7 PM the Delorean Sisters – who specialize in funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s radio pop – at Barbes

2/7, 9 PM wry baritone C&W crooner (and darkly edgy southwestern gothic/border rock songwriter) Jack Grace and band at Skinny Dennis

2/7, 11ish catchy female-fronted psychedelic funk/art-rock band Big Figment at Aviv, $tba

2/8, 7 PM tight, hard-hitting postbox big band jazz with the Keio Light Music Society followed by the Franky Rousseau Large Band at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/8, 7 PM powerful, lush male choir Cantus sings romantically-themed works by works by Poulenc, Grieg, Beethoven and Kurt Elling, paired with newly commissioned pieces by David Lang, Joseph Gregorio, Ysaye Barnwell and Roger Treece.at the Greene Space, $25 includes a drink

2/8, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

2/8, 8 PM edgy art-rock bandleader Vera Beren directs the music for UBU SINGS UBU, the songs of alt-rock legends Pere Ubu sung by the character Pere Ubu himself, star of Alfred Jarry’s legendary scatalogical satire “Ubu Roi”.with THE UBU SINGS UBU BAND: Matt Butterfield (Prince Bougrelas of Poland, Guitar, Backing vocals), Patrick “Paddymyke” Conlon (King Weneslas of Poland/Drums/Backing Vocals) Mark Ettinger (Queen Rosemund of Poland/Keys/Theremin/Backing Vocals), Emmitt Joe George (Captain Edge, Bass, Backing Vocals) Julie Atlas Muz (Cowbell/AK-47), Dan Safer (Bear/Ghost/Doomed Nobles/Backing Vocals). at B.B. King’s, $22 adv tix a must

2//8, 8 PM the funky, jangly female-fronted Aron Blue and the Bootleggers at Branded Saloon

2/8, 9 PM edgy, Romany punk/funk bassist Honeybird at LIC Bar

2/8, 9:30 PM the brand-new Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone. play Colombian cumbias, salsa and originals at Barbes

2/9, 7 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/9, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

2/9, 7:30 PM a program playfully titled Modern Claras: Five award-winning pianists present their husbands – composers works. Tradition meets contemporary innovation with several new works by husbands & wives aka composers & pianists. Kathleen Supove plays Randall Woolf; Lisa Moore presenting Martin Bresnick; llison Brewster Franzetti presenting Carlos Franzetti; Evelyne Luest plays Aaron Jay Kernis; Tatjana Rankovich presenting Ionel Petroi at Good Shepherd Church, 152 W 66th St, $25

2/9, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic celebrates Chinese New Year with Maxim Vengerov, violin and Nancy Allen, harp playing works by Li Huanzhi, Chen Gang/He Zhanhao, Kreisler and Tan Dun at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail

2/9, 8 PM cleverly lyrical powerpop icon Patti Rothberg at the Bitter End

2/9 8 PM an evening of performances by Thomas Buckner (voice), Earl Howard (saxophones and electronics), Oliver Lake (saxophones), Lewis (electronics, trombone), Michael Lytle (clarinets), Miya Masaoka (koto and electronics), Ikue Mori (electronics), Andrea Parkins (accordion, objects, electronics), and Lucie Vítková (accordion and voice), assembled to evoke the edgy downtown New York 80s music scene at the Kitchen, $15

2/9, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Talujon play rarely performed percussion works by Reich, Juila Wolfe, and Brooke at the DiMenna Center, $10

2/9, 8:30 PM trombonist John Yao’s 17-piece Instrument play their hefty, swinging, tuneful original big band compositions at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/9, 9ish eclectic New Orleans/Balkan/circus conglomerate Hungry March Band play a Mardi Gras bash at the Bell House, $15

2/10, 8 PM hypnotic, hard-hitting dance floor minimalists Dawn of Midi at the Kitchen, $15

2/10, 6:30 PM tuneful, purposeful up-and-coming jazz guitarist Dave Juarez with Marcos Varela on bass and Ricardo Recabarren on drums at the Bar Next Door

2/10, 8 PM pianist Fabian Almazan’s haunting Rhizome chamber jazz project at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/10, 8 PM pianist Kris Wettstein aka A Microscope improvises clouds of sound and minimalist interludes on mystical themes at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway (23rd St/Crescent), Astoria, N/Q to Broadway, sugg don, all proceeds to benefit neighborhood community gardens

2/10, 8 PM pianist Rachel Grimes and string section celebrate the re-release of her cult favorite 1990 album Music for Egon Schiele at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/10, 8 PM Afrobeat-inspired postrock minimalists Empyrean Atlas at Barbes

2/10, 9 PM slinky groove-driven Ethiopiques/dub jamband Lions followed eventually at midnight by hard-hitting original Balkan rockers Tipsy Oxcart at the small room at the Rockwood

2/10, 9 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Arlene’s

2/10, 10ish No Ice – charismatic bandleader Jamie Frey’s successor band to the someday-legendary Brooklyn What – the , sardonic, jangly, politically spot-on Bodega Bay and Paul Collins – the ageless “king of powerpop,” who slayed here last year on a twinbill with Karla Rose & the Thorns – at Berlin under 2A 

2/10, 10  PM kinetic low end-ffueled art-rock/metal/psychedelic band You Bred Raptors at the Manderley Bar

2/10, 10:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

2/11, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

2/11, 7 PM pianist David Kaplan plays works by Schumann (Davidsbündlertänze) and Beethoven (Sonata in C major, op.53) and contemporary American composers, including Andrew Norman, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Brown,Timo Andres and Caroline Shaw at the Yamaha Piano Salon,689 5th Ave, 3rd floor (entrance on 54th St., $35, reception to follow

2/11, 7:30 PM the Dover Quartet play Schumann: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1; Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/11, 7:30 PM new music ensemble Contemporaneous perform the New York premiere of fascinatingly atmospheric tectonic Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Streaming Arhythmia at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $10 sug don

2/11, 8 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game with Rima Fand on violin and keys and Larry Cook on bass followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

2/11, 8 PM edgy, politically aware NYC Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura and perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat dancefloor jamband Antibalas at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

2/11, 8 PM Ranjit Bhatnagar – who is inventing an instrument a day this month – shows off the eleven or so he’s created so far at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

2/11, 9ish bitingly charming accordion-fueled swing/chamber pop band Toot Sweet at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/11, 9 PM sultry, upbeat oldtimey swing with Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall

2/11, 9:30 PM cleverly cutting-edge string quintet Sybarite5 play suites by Radiohead, Dan Visconti and more at National Sawdust, $25

2/11, 10 PM wild stoner newgrass band the Devil Makes Three at Terminal 5, $25 adv tix rec

2/11, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smals

2/11, 11:30 PM legendary, perennially vital, fearlessly relevant first-wave Rasta roots reggae harmony trio Israel Vibration with the Roots Radics Band at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

2/12, 6 PM an American-Palestinian oud joint venture with oudists Aliya Cycon and Ghassan Sawalhi creating new sounds in gallery 456 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/12, 6ish edgy, darkly lyrical Americana/powerpop vet Matt Keating at the American Folk Art Museum

2/12, 6 PM soaring, dramatic third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter with her combo at 55 Bar

2/12-13, 7:30/9:30 PM the Dan Weiss Large Ensemble play the album release shows for their fun, witty new one Sixteen Drummers Suite – springboarding off a series of the drummer’s favorite riffs from across the ages – at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/12, 8 PM delta blues singer/guitarist Jerie Choi followed by soaringly haunting Yorkshire lass Jan Bell playing her bday bash with her awesome all-female Ameriicana roots band the Maybelles at the Jalopy, $10

2/12, 8 PM pensively anthemic art-rock/chamber pop band the Morning Sea play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood

2/12, 8 PM oldschool JB’s-style 60s soul-funk grooves with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Brooklyn Bowl, $10 adv tix req

2/12, 8 PM artsy Nordic chanteuse Ane Brun at Housing Works bookstore just south of Houston on Crosby in Soho, $20 gen adm

2/12, 8 PM the String Orchestra of NY plays works by Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Sarabanda in Memoriam”, Joel Friedmann’s NYC Premiere of “Movable Home”, Reena Esmail and others at National Sawdust, $25

2/12, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 plus Michelle Ross as soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud/srs

2/12, 9ish popular retro roots reggae artist Mighty Mystic followed by smart, anthemic, golden age-style roots reggae songwriter/bandleader Taj Weekes & Adowa playing the album release show for their new one Love Herb & Reggae at the Knitting Factory, $12

2/12, 9:30 PM ferociously good, psychedelic, female-froned minor-key art-rock band Desert Flower at Matchless, $8

2/12-13, 9:30 PM a rare piano-bass summit with the elegantly intense Luis Perdomo and current-day four-string legend Rufus Reid at Mezzrow, $20

2/12, 10  PM brilliantly eclectic Ameriana guitarist Jason Loughlin & the Essex Three play Valentine’s murder ballads at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/12, 10 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at the Way Station

2/12, 11 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls at Trans-Pecos

2/12, 11:30 PM savagely psychedelic horror surf/macabre jamband Wooden Indian Burial Ground at the Mercury, $10 gen adm

2/12, half past midnight ish swooshy, synth-driven newschool psychedelic cumbia band R-Tronika at Grand Victory, $10

2/13, 7 PM a solid ska/punk quardruplebill with Rude Boy George – who ska up cheesy 80s pop hits – oldschool NYC punks Bastard Clan, smartly catchy ska-punks Duffy’s Cut and the more reggaeish Hub City Stompers at Grand Victory, $12

2/13, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her Trio at the Astor Room, 3412 36th St,  Astoria, E/R to Steinway St.. 2/17, 7 PM they’re at Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St, also free

2/13, 8 PM wildly psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso followed by nuevo salsa songwriter Jose Conde’s oldschool Cuban styhle salsa band Ola Fresca at Barbes

2/13, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Korean symphonic music plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 and the world premiere of Negruta’s Clarinet Concerto at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

2/13, 8 PM pianist Mary Prescott’s Alice Project “delves into a world of experimental art music – a hyper-sensory dimension of fantasy, curiosity, and unpredictability, examining Lewis Carroll’s surreal novel through improvisation” at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/13, 8ish 90s-style Wilco-ish alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hifi Bar

2/13, 9 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at followed at 10 by fun, stonping, oldschool retro 60s Boston garage rock revivalists Muck & the Mires at Hank’s, note $8 cover

2/13, 9 PM wickedly catchy, tuneful, surf-influenced powerpop.janglerock band Simon Doom at Palisades

2/13, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

2/13, 9 PM a mighty oldschool soul/New Orleans twinbill with  Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities and the titanic Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution + special guests at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec

2/13, 9 PM catchy, irresistibly fun female-fronted oldschool rocksteady/roots reggae band the Big Takeover at the big room at the Rockwood

2/13, 9 PM fiery original and classic flamenco guitar songs and instrumentals with the James Lebrosse Collective at the Way Station

2/13, 9:15 PM a very rare solo show by Mac McCarty wthout his Kidd Twist Band doing acoustic takeds of his fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

2/13. 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

2/13, 10 PM 3 sets of vintage danceable Gatsby-era French gems by Myriam Phiro & the Cavaliers of Swing in a milieu recreating 1920s Pigalle Paris mashed up with a Rubulad/Burning Man sensibility at the Gemini & Scorpio loft in Gowanus, $20, email for location/info 

2/13, 10 PM the cosmopolitan, global Carte Blanche Jazz Band at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) in Williamsburg

2/13, 10 PM roaring Canadian girlpunk/powerpop hitmakers Hunter Valentine at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm

2/13, 10 PM roots reggae with Royal Khaoz at Shrine

2/14, 11 AM high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum

2/14, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play music of pan-American composers Joel Feigin, Max Lifchitz, Robert Martin & Eddie Venegas at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free

2/14, 3 PM pianist Lee Dionne and percussionist Doug Perry of irrepressible chamber/vocal ensemble Cantata Profana deliver a playful program of works by Unsuk Chin, Steen-Andersen and others at Spectrum, $15

2/14, 3:30 PM Palestinian oudist Najib Shaheen (Simon’s brilliant and witty brother) of the Near East Music Ensemble at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, free

2/14, 4 PM the 17-piece Sakura Jazz Orchestra plays material by four brilliant NY-based female Japanese jazz composers: Miho Hazama, Asuka Kakitani, Migiwa Miyajima, Meg Okura, and Noriko Ueda at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

2/14, 5 PM lyrical Norwegian tenor saxophonist/chamber jazz composer Froydis Grorud leads her trio at St. Peter’s Church, free

2/14, 7 PM Villa Delirium – who shift from hypnotic, slowcore Americana to creepy circus rock – followed at 9 ($20 cover) by psychedelic guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwood’s brilliant desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery at Barbes

2/14, 7 PM surfed-out tv themes and similarly cinematic sounds from Commercial Interruption at Otto’s – visit this place on V-day at your peril

2/14, 9 PM crystalline-voiced Portland, Maine acoustic Americana chanteuse Caroline Cotter – who moves seamlessly and compellingly between original New England front-porch folk, jaunty Prohibition swing, French chanson and oldtimey/bluegrass stylings – at the small room at the Rockwood

2/14, 10 PM wild oldschool-style original Pacific Northwest bluegrass crew Foghorn String Band at the Jalopy, $20

2/14, 10 PM the Doolittle Family playing their jangly “dream delay psychedelics” at Pete’s

2/15, 7 PM Dorit Chrysler, Rob Schwimmer and “special international guest” Charlie Draper and the NY Theremin Society perform a tonebending late Valentines show, reinventing material from Serge Gainsbourg to Yma Sumac to Harold Arlen and others at Joe’s Pub, $15

2/15, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon, special guests include Jessi Robertson, Mudville and NYC’s queen of NYC murder ballads, Liz Tormes.

2/15, 8 PM hard-rocking psychedelic cumbia/surf dance band Consumata Sonidera and the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

2/15, 9 PM Lake Street Dive‘s brilliant bassist Bridget Kearney & Ben Lazar Davis followed by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at Manhattan Inn, free

2/15, 9 PM NYC jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

2/15, 10 PM dark 80s influenced goth/art-rock songwriter Alfonso Velez at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, same time,noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio leads his trio

2/15, 10 PM pensive wind-and-string indie classical/postrock/chamber-pop ensemble Floating Compass at Pete’s

2/16, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical ensemble Loadbang plays new works by David Lang and others at the Miller Theatre, free

2/16, 7 PM edgy baritone sax/piano jams with the Charles Evans/Ron Stabinsky duo followed by the world’s funniest jazz group, Mostly Other People Do the Killing playing the album release show for irrepresssible, briliant bassist Moppa Elliott’s new solo album (!?!) at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/16, 7 PM irrepressible darkly continental chanteuse Gina Leishman and her ensemble followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/16, 7 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads her quartet at 55 Bar

2/16, 8 PM the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan at Radegast Hal

2/16, 11ish well-loved hard-drinking punkgrass/oldtimey/folk noir band Freakwater at the Bell House, $15 adv tix req

2/17, noon, Yun-Chin Zhou, piano plays Rachmaninoff preludes plus works by Profokofiev, Bach and Chopin at the Morgan Library, $20

2/17, 6 PM magical traditional Chinese string sounds with pipa player Jiaju Shen and Fujianese guzheng lutenist Mengyan Yu at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/17, 6:30 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

2/17, 7 PM rustic 1800s style Appalachian folksinger/picker Lukas Papenfusscline at Arlene’s, $8. 2/18 he’s at Hank’s at 8 and then on 2/21 at Hell Phone (back room at the Ange Noir Cafe, 247 Varet St in Bushwick at 8

2/17, 7:30 PM noiserock/soundtrack icons Yo La Tengo play music by Alvin Lucier at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/17, 8:30 PM darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at Dominique Bistro, 14 Christopher St., $10 min.

2/17, 9:20 PM (not 9:30) devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at Sidewalk

2/17, 9:30 PM circus rock pioneer Sxip Shirey plays his kinetic New Orleans/hip-hop influenced sounds with his band plus special guests Rob Schwimmer on theremin and Todd Reynolds on violin and loops at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/17, 10 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Black Bear Bar in Williamsburg

2/17, 11 PM the Space Merchants – who work a doomy reverb/fuzztone psych vibe, Sabbath with a Farfisa! – at Palisades, $5

2/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans leads a series of ensembles at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend. The Captain Black Big Band on the 19t h should be especially fun

2/18, 7 PM delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey at at the small room at the Rockwood

2/18. 7:30 PM pianist Matt Herskowitz and violinist Philippe Quint reimagine Bach with a tuneful, original, jazz, latin and third-stream spin at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

2/18, 8 PM the Budapest Festival Orchestra with pianist Marc-André Hamelin play Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $16 tix avail

2/18, 8 PM Vox Novus perform works by contemporary composers: Greg Bartholomew, Fabian Beltran, Douglas Townsend, and Robert Voisey plus 15 one-minute pieces by fifteen others at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/18, 9:30 PM confrontentially comedic singer Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/18, 10 PM parlor pop lullabies and hypnotically warm, atmospheric trip-hop with keyboardist/chanteuse Kate Mattison’s band Mattison at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/18, 10:30 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at the Manderley Bar

2/18. 11 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

2/19, 5:30 PM dark, intense, fearless blues and soul-inspired songwriter Jessi Robertson at the American Folk Art Museum

2/19, 7 PM cellist Inbal Segev plays the world premiere of Gitty Razaz’s Sigh, an Azeri folk-inspired electroacoustic contemplation of alienation and angst at National Sawdust.The program will also include Razaz’ Valley of Not-Knowing performed by Debbie Lifton, soprano; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor; Michael Smith, piano; Paul Wiancko, cello; and Pascal Archer, clarinet.

2/19, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En spotlight new music by composers from the west coast and midwest: Texu Kim, Stephen Taylor, Nick Norton, Carl Schimmel, and Moon Young Haat the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St,, $20/$15 stud/srs

2/19-20, 7;30/9:30 PM saxophonist John Ellis‘ The Ice Siren – a jazz opera with Gretchen Parlato in the role of ghost luring her lover somewhere – with his ten-piece ensemble featuring a string quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $30

2/19, 7:30 PM the Phoenix Quartet play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time refreshed with remixes by a diverse group of composers, including Rebecca Erin Smith, Emily Praetorius, Tyler Kline, and Scott Rubin at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/19, 7:30 PM chamber orchestra the New York Classical Players perform Schubert’s Quartettsatz, the Enescu Octet, and Schumann’s Cello Concerto at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp reqd

2/19, 8 PM intense Middle Eastern-influenced art-rock/metal chanteuse/bandleader Hanna Barakat at Gussy’s Bar in Astoria

2/19, 8 PM catchy, soul-infused existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette followed by the bounce of the Debutante Hour’s Susan Hwang & the Relastics at the Basement Bar, 249 Varet St (between Bogart & White), Bushwick, L to  Morgan Ave

2/19, 8 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane play the album release show for their new one at the Bitter End

2/19, 8 PM the SLM Ensemble play new experimental chamber works by Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver written in response to the Newtown, SC massacre at Symphony Space, $20

2/19, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

2/19, 8 PM the NY Classical Players perform music including Schubert’s Quartettsatz, Enescu Octet, and Schumann’s Cello Concerto at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

2/19, 9 PM eclectically tuneful third-stream pianist J.J. Beck at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/19, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan guy/girl-fronted punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall. The following night they’re plugging in and blasting out the crowd at Mehanata at around 9:30.

2/19, 9:30 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/19, 10 PM uneasy southwestern gothic and swinging noir rock with Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men at Desmond’s

2/19, 10 PM high-voltage desert rock/janglerock songwriter Joe Yoga plays the album release show for his new live record followed by Canadian gothic songstress Lorraine Leckie playing a similarly high-octane set at Sidewalk

2/19, 10 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass followed at 11 by the catchy, jangly Big Star-ish Nu-Sonics at Matchless, $10

2/19, 10 PM hard-hitting, anthemic roots reggae band Indaze at Shrine

2/19-20, 10:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art trombonist/composer Michael Dease leads his sextet at Smalls

2/19, midnight unhinged, excellent ghoulabilly/noir punks the Omega Men at Otto’s

2/20, 7:30/9:30 PM up-and-coming eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas leads her combo at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

2/20, 8 PM Cara Crash and her punk band- who bring to mind the Avengers or a female-fronted Ramones – at Leftfield

2/20, 8 PM banjoist Chris Seymour leads his band followed by politically fearless acoustic songwriter Ben Grosscup at the People’s Voice Cafe, “$18 contribution — more if you choose, less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/20, 8 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock at the Way Station

2/20, 10 PM Harlem roots reggae legends Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band at Silvana

2/20, 11:30 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/21, 1 PM Americana brunch with the Abby Hollander Band at Brooklyn Bowl, free

2/21, 4 PM high-voltage latin chamber-jazz with Sweet Plantain at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/21, 5 PM a rare NYC appearance by tuneful jazz pianist Ellen Rowe leading a trio at St. Peter’s Church, free

2/21, 5 PM Louise Schulman, viola, and Bill Zito, guitar play music of Mauro Guiliani, Beethoven, Ravel and others at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

2/21, 6 PM noir guitar twangmeister Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

2/21, 8 PM slinky oldschool noir R&B/rockailly band Eve & the Alligators – a Knife Thrower’s Assistance side project – at Otto’s

2/21, 9 PM percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s haunting, oldtime African-American spiritual jazz project Transcendence  plays the album release show for their new one Work Songs with Chris Sholar and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

2/21, 9ish timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom & Most Selfless Cheerleader at Troost

2/21, 10 PM tuneful, thoughtful, lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache followed by a wannabe new wave band at the small room at the Rockwood. Go figure

2/22, 7/9 PM dark, wryly lyrical, John Prine-ish Ameicana band Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St at South Street Seaport

2/22, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays Chopin Variations on “La ci darem la mano”, Op. 2; Debussy Preludes, Book II; Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$13 stud/srs

2/23, 4 PM the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers perform works by Woollen, Howells, Schumann, Odekha, Palestrina, Clausen, Miller, and Hogan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

2/23, 7/9 PM and 2/24 at 8 Glenn Branca conducts his six-piece, four-guitar ensemble at the Kitchen is sold out – good for him!

2/23 7:30 PM the indie classical world’s go-to pianist, Lisa Moore plays the album release show for her new one The Stone People with music of John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Fredrick Rzewski and others at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

2/23, 8 PM ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark at St. Vitus, $12

2/23, 8/9:30 PM the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble with Elliott Sharp on guitar at Jack, $12

2/23, 8 PM rising star pianist Fei-Fei Dong plays Baldassare Galuppi’s Sonata in C Minor, Schumann’s Papillons, Op. 2, Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles, Op. 29, and Liszt’s B Minor Sonata at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

2/23, 8:15 PM smart, catchy, terse, often understatedly haunting acoustic pop tunesmith Sharon Goldman at Caffe Vivaldi

2/23, 9ish haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost

2/23, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

2/24, 6 PM koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki improvise on classic Japanese thenes at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/24, 7 PM hot oldtimey swing twinbill: Danny Lipsitz & his Brass Tacks and Svetlana & the Delancey Five at Joe’s Pub, $16

2/24, 8 PM Paula Carino’s transgressively fun, wickedly lyrical original punk-inspired band, Regular Einstein and 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 Cake Shop, $10

2/24, 8 PM ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at the Good Room in Greenpoint, $6

2/24, 8ish popular Americana chanteuse and ex-Lakeside Lounge regular Megan Reilly at Hifi Bar

2/24, 8:30 PM Balkan night at Freddy’s with bands TBA – the club waits til the last minute to list who’s playing, but there’s always something worth seeing here.

2/24, 9 PM smart, tuneful kitchen-sink songwriter Mimi Oz at Sidewalk

2/25, 4 PM a free performance by legendary, haunting Bukharian art-folk Ensemble Shashmaqam at the Coney Island Branch Library, 1901 Mermaid Ave. (Near W. 19th St.), any train to Stilwell Ave.

2/25, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Szymanowski: String Quartet No. 1; Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet; Beethoven: String Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/25, 8 PM incendiary cellist Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests with World Inferno violinist Jeff Young and drummer Alex Cohen play from their twistedly satirical new art-rock/faux lieder album at Panoply Performance Laboratory, 104 Meserole St, Bushwick

2/25, 8 PM intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm att he Silent Barn, $5

2/25, 8 PM Norwegian-American French noir chanson and Romany jazz with the female-fronted Salt at the Way Station

2/25, 8 PM pianist and organist (!) Anthony Coleman plays a belated bday show at Roulette with Tilt Brass and the Kalmanovitch/Coleman/Reichman trio, $20/$15

2/25, 8ish the album release show for Hoboken powerpop/janglerock cult favorites Speed the Plough‘s long-awaited new one at Hifi Bar

2/25, 8ish deviously funny early R&R/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. play a Johnny Cash bday tribute show with guest chanteuse Stella Rose St. Clair at Otto’s

2/25, 8 PM Jeffrey Milarsky leads Ensemble Échappé in its first full sinfonietta concert with recent orks by David Hertzberg, Tonia Ko, Andrew Norman, and Nina C. Young. at Symphony Space, $20

2/25, 9ish haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic songwriter Jaye Bartell at Troost

2/25, 10 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

2/25, 10 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg and first-class delta blues guitarist Ernie Vega join forces at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/25, 10 PM Gotham City Riot – who mash up late 70s Sham 60 with later 80s Cali punk sounds – at Leftfield

2/25, 10 PM high-voltage violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Shrine

2/26, 5:30 PM intriguing violinist Sean Lee, reggae croone Moha Ngom, and darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the American Folk Art Museum

2/26, 7 PM bassist to the stars of the art-rock world and longtime Marty Willson-Piper collaborator Hannah Lash shows off her most sonically enveloping, advemturous side at Spectrum, $15

2/26, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Caffe Vivaldi

2/26, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache followed by oldschool Cuban hill country/son/bomba/salsa roots band Los Hacheros playing the album release show for their gritty, rustic new one at the Django, in the basement of the hotel at 2 6th Ave north of Canal

2/26, 8 PM eclectic jazz singer/bandleader Annie Chen with her septet playing her compositions with influences from Chinese traditional, gospel, classical, Middle Eastern and other styles at Flushing Town Hall, $16

2/26-27, 8 PM a rare return engagement by legendary Colorado funky Americana jamband Poi Dog Pondering at City Winery,, $25 standing room avail

2/26, 8 PM pianist Lara Downes reprises her very popular lovestruck/heartbroken program including Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet before Parting, Op. 75, No. 10, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op. 12 and works by Vladimir Drozdoff, Debussy and Billie Holiday at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

2/26, 8 PM indie classical chamber group Talea Ensemble performs a program of Georg Friedich Haas compositions for large ensembles at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St, free

2/26, 8 PM the NYU Symphony plays Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring plus works by winners of the university’s annual film score competition at Symphony Space, free

2/26, 8:40 PM guitarslinger/edgy bandleader Mallory Feuer does double duty, first leading her power trio the Grasping Straws and then Jagged Leaves, who’re doing their album release show, at Sidewalk

2/26, 9ish resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson  and her boisterous blues band, the retro 60s Britrock-influenced Britanys (who are three dudes actually), the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour’s new band Roya and newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Berlin under 2A: 

2/26, 9 PM comedic, dramatic pianist/songwriter Ssmantha Echo – who writes love songs to Hamlet, FB satires and sax with retards – real ones – at Leftfield

2/26, 10:15 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries followed by cumbia/Mex-folk/circus rock band Rabia Labia at Muchmore’s

2/26, 11 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at the Way Station

2/26, 11 PM Volcano Eruption & the Rum Shack Band play roots reggae at Shrine

2/27, 7 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at Silvana

2/27, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock leads her quintet playing the album release show for her entertaning wtt-infused new album Ubatuba at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/27, 7:30 PM the New York New Music Ensemble play new works by Natacha Diels:, Eric Wubbels, Ashley Fure, Kate Soper and Nathan Heidelberger at the Tenri Institute, 43A W 13 th St., $20/$15 stud/srs

2/27, 8 PM flutist David Wechsler joins violist Arthur Dibble and harpist Karen Lindquist for an evening including Debussy’s “Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp”, Sofia Gubaidulina’s “The Garden of Joys and Sorrows,” Toru Takemitsu’s “And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind” and the world premiere of Wechsler’s “Three Movements for Flute, Viola and Harp.” at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $10 seats avail

2/27, 9ish legendary indie/noiserock guitarist and former Come/Live Skull frontwoan Thalia Zedek at Troost – get there early!

2/27, 10 PM noirish but also deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord

2/28, 11:30 AM ish exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for brunch, $10, no ninimums, kids free

2/28, half past noon vocal-and-guitar duo Yael & Gabriel lead their combo playing Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

2/28, 3 PM Lisa Hansen, flute and Max Lifchitz, piano play works by pan-American composers including Matthew Halper, Francis Kayali, Katrina Krimsky, Max Lifchitz, & Jose Lezcano at Spectrum, free

2/28, 4 PM pianist Natalie Zhu and cellist Clancy Newman play sonatas by Sergei Rachmaninov and Edvard Grieg at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/28, 5 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her combo at St. Peter’s Church, free

2/28, 7 PM North Carolina newgfrass vets Hank Smith & Pattie Kinlaw at the small room at the Rockwood

2/28, 7:30 PM Spanish violinist Lina Tur Bonet makes her NYC debut performing Vivaldi, Marchand, Scarlatti, and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre with harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

2/28, 8 PM cutting-edge Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired sounds: solo sets by cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Amir ElSaffar at issue Project Room, $15

2/28, 10ish the indie world’s favorite noiserock guitarist, Ty Segall at Webster Hall, $25

2/28, 10ish acoustic bummecore songwriter Christian Lee Hutson – like a more fragile, acoustic Richard Buckner – at Union Pool

2/29, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

2/29, 8:30 PM hypnotically swirling shoegaze/dreampop band Lazyeyes at Arlene’s, $8

2/29, 9 PM explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl $8

3/1,drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6,Either/Or Ensemble play a rare composer portrait featuring the work of Iancu Dumitrescu.at the Miller Theatre, free

3/1-6 Dave Douglas’ lyrical piano guy Matt Mitchell plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guests including Mary Halvorson, Travis Laplante, Ches Smith, Dan Weiss, Ben Gerstein, Kate Gentile, Kim Cass and others, sets 8/10 PM, $15

3/2, 3:30 PM a rare free daytime show by edgy, intense Romany/circus rock/noir cabaret band Yula and the Extended Family at Merkin Concert Hall

3/3, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Joe’s Pub, $16

3/3, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En play new music by French composers Gérard Buquet, Carlos Grätzer, Patrick Marcland, François Paris at La Maison Française at NYU, (16 Washington Mews) off University Place, free

3/3, 7:30 PM cellist Beiliang Zhu performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

3/3, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble with Suzanne Farrin play new pieces for ondes Martenot (a variant of the theremin) and chamber ensemble by Alvin Lucie and Ashley Fure, with its centerpiece the original version of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus” from the Quartet for the End of Time at the Abrons Arts Center, free

3/3, 9:30 PM high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10

3/4, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

3/4, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble cellists Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Katinka Kleijn, and Michael Nicolas play works by Wuoreinen, Saariaho, Diaz De Leon and others at the Abrons Arts Center, free

3/5, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Either/Or play a “composer portrait” of legendary/obscure Romanian spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu at the Miller Theatre, $30

3/5, 8 PM Tom Shaner – brilliant tunesmith and lyricist whose eclectic catalog spans from haunting southwestern gothic rock to Americana, rockabilly, Celtic balladry and psychedelia – at Bowery Electric, $10

3/5, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s roots regge/dubsoul/groove band Faith at BAM Cafe

3/6 noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  – with Hubble guitarist Ben Greenberg – at Palisades

3/7, 10 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 3/19 at 9 they’re doing the record release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood 

3/8-13, 8/10 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays the Stone with a whole bunch of different lineups and composers, $15. Choice pick: 3/10, 8 PM with Pauline Oliveros, accordion, and Jennifer Curtis, violin

3/9, 7:30 PM slinky, haunting, jaunty mostly-female klezmer/latin jamband Isle of Klezbos at Pangea, $15

3/9, 8 PM New Zealand’s theatrical Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

3/11, 8 PM Honor Finnegan – brilliantly eclectic folk/jazz/parlor pop tunesmith whose songs can be quirky and hilarious, or brooding and haunting – at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park W, any train to Grand Army Plaza, $10 

3/11 terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Julian Lage with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen at the big room at the Rockwood

3/12, 2 PM the American Chamber Ensemble trio plays Andre Previn, Ravel, Saint Saens, Joaquin Rodrigo, De Falla and Jonathan Russ performed by flutist Tia Roper, soprano Donna Balson and pianist/ACE co-director Marilyn Lehman at the National Opera  Center, 330 7th Ave., $20

3/12, 5 PM pianists José Menor, Vanessa Perez and Adam Kent perform music by Enrique Granados  at the DiMenna Center, $5

3/12, 8 PM Cantori New York perform the U.S. Premiere of La remontée des cendres, a tender and haunting piece for chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble based on the eponymous French poem by Tahar Ben Jelloun, which puts into stark relief the destruction and despair wrought by the Persian Gulf War. The program also includes the U.S. premiere of the exquisite Tre nuovi madrigali by the Italian composer Bruno Bettinelli, and the imposing At the Edge of the Earth, a 21st-century work by Latvian composer Maija Einfelde on the story of Prometheus, in its New York premiere. at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $25

3/13, 4 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale with RighteousGIRLS ( flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi), Kimura/Lytle/Supové Trio (piano, violin, and bass clarinet improvisational trio), Resonant Bodies Festival (contemporary vocal music), Mantra Youth Percussion, Lunar Ensemble (flexible chamber group), Threefifty (guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick’s folk- and baroque-inspired instrumental band) at Roulette, absurdly cheap at $10 plus all kinds of yummy treats available.

3/13, 7:30 PM Americana chamber pop band Goldfeather (fronted by violinist Sarah Goldfeather) plus indie classical crew Excepter (who take their instrumentaiton from Stravinsky’s L’Historie Du Soldat)  playing premieres by Fay Wang and Brendon Randall-Myers and recent works by Paul Kerekes and Brooks Frederickson at Merkin Concert Hall, $25`

3/13, 8ish in reverse order at Bowery Electric: Deep Pop’s birthday bash with NYC’s original jagged female-fronted postpunkers the Bush Tetras, deep roots reggae/dub/soul grooves with Faith, legendary airy chanteuse, Floor Kiss frontwoman and John Cale collaborator Deerfrance, Dennis Discoll and others, $10

3/14, 7:30 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy play the album release show for their exhilarating new soul/chamber-pop/art-rock album at Joe’s Pub

3/15, 4 PM Irish ensemble the Maynooth University Chamber Choir with organist John O’Keefe perform music by Choral works and arrangements by Eric Whitacre, Sydney, Guillame, Javier Busto, Felix Mendelssohn, Jonathan Dove, Samuel Barber, and Percy Grainger at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

3/15, 8 PM wild, lickety-split Serbian Romany trumpet jams with the Boban Markovic Orkestra at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix req

3/16, 7 PM under the direction of conductor K. Scott Warren, the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola join wiht sensational New York soprano Tami Petty for Frank Ferko’s intense Stabat Mater for unaccompanied mixed chorus and soprano solo; plus harpist Victoria Drake joins the choir for the NYC premiere of William Culverhouse’s poignant Requiem, at St. Ignatius Church, Park Ave/84 St. $25 seats avail

3/16, 8 PM Joshua Bell, violinist and conductor with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields play works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky (the Violin Concerto) at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail

3/16, 10ish exuberant, New Orleans-tinged soul/gospel/jazz crew Sammy Miller and the Congregation and singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s NYChillharmonic – a mighty eighteen-piece orchestra with strings and jazz arrangements who play lush chamber pop  at Littlefield

3/17, 7:30 PM plus 3/18-19 at 8 the New York Philharmonic premiere Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane featuring the New York Choral Artists, plus Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, with Leonidas Kavakos as soloist; and Shostakovich’s Suite from The Age of Gold at Avery Fisher Hall ,$33 tix avail

3/17, 7:30 PM Astoria performs French love songs by Busnoys, Binchois, Dufay and others; at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

3/18, 8 PM Coeur de Pirate – pianist/singer Beatrice Martin’s torchy chamber pop/art-rock project – at Highline Ballroom $18 adv tix rec

3/19, 8 PM acclaimed, hypnotic Pakistani sufi grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Roulette, $30

3/19, 9 PM Richard X. Heyman plays his cult favorite 1990 powerpop album Hey Man all the way through with his band at Arlene’s, free cd with paid admission

3/22 and 3/24, 11 PM upbeat, keyboard-spiced psychedelic/art-rock band Jukebox the Ghost at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

3/24, 8 PM Spanish pianist José Menor plays an all-Granados program at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/26, 7:30 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3.27, 11 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/29, 8 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at Hill Country Brooklyn

4/2, 9 PM legendary third-wave ska/soul/reggae/blues band the Slackers at the Bell House, $20

4/4, 7:30 PM pianist Bruce Levingston premieres new socially conscious works including James Matheson’s Windows and Nolan Gasser’s An American Citizen and Repast: An Oratorio in Honor of Mr. Booker Wright at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

4/8, 7 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – open for Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/10, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Mozart: Adagio and Rondo; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

4/10, 8ish British oi-punk legends Peter & the Test Tube Babies – maybe best known for their hilarious album of cheesy 80s Stock/Aitken/Waterman covers, The Shit Factory – at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/29 a killer newschool/oldschool powerpop twinbill with Dany Laj & the Looks and the ageless, indomitable Paul Collins Beat at Cake Shop. 4/30 they’re at the Acheron

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