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Month: May, 2016

Svetlana and the Delancey Five Bring Their Poignant Cosmopolitan Swing to the Blue Note Jazz Festival

Among New York swing jazz bandleaders, singer Svetlana Shmulyian either has the best taste in supporting musicians, or has finagled her way to the best access to them. Maybe both. She distinguishes herself as an original songwriter, and she sings in character, bringing new life to old standards as well as her own dynamic, poignant originals. She and her band the Delancey Five are one of the highlights of this year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival coming up on June 24, with two sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM at Lucille’s, adjacent to B.B. King’s on 42nd St. Advance tix are $20.

Her debut album, Night at the Speakeasy – inspired by her long weekly residency at Norfolk Street hideaway the Back Room – is streaming at Bandcamp. With a grand total of fourteen tracks, Shmulyian offers a lot of bang for the buck. And where others might have taken the safe route and opened with a standard, she kicks it off with a swinging, subtle midtempo original, All I Want, contemplating the hope for a summer solstice “in this winter city of my dreams” in a sunny soprano, shaping the blue notes with a coy bittersweetness.

Onstage, she draws from a semi-rotating cast of talent; the band here is killer, with Wycliffe Gordon on trombone (and some arrangements as well); Adrian Cunningham on saxes and clarinet; Charlie Caranicas on trumpet; Dalton Ridenhour on piano; Vinny Raniolo on guitar; George Delancey on bass; and the fantastic Rob Garcia (whose latest album is one of the year’s most brilliant jazz releases) on drums.

Much as the standards – and not-so-standards – here are choice, it’s her own material that stands out the most. It’s All Good has Shmulyian’s signature, precise articulation – she turns off her phone just to keep things nonchalant with the guy, but then she soars up into a big angst-fueled chorus. The way the sax and Shmulyian’s upper register flights mingle and then hand off at the very end is artful, and awfully fun. The most retro number is Temptations, a co-write with bassist Brandi Disterheft, bringing to mind Blossom Dearie with its jaunty litany of images.

The bandleader duets with Gordon on a couple of Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald tunes. You Won’t Be Satisfiied finds each reveling in their roles as wounded ingenue and similarly bruised rake, while Under a Blanket of Blue pairs dixieland flourishes with a nocturnal suspense and a bitingly good Ridenhour solo. The dynamic between Gordon’s signature, irrepressible humor and Shmulyian’s poignancy is a recurrent theme throughout the record.

Ridenhour and Caranicas bring some tempting latin allusions to Ellington’s Just a Sittin’ and a-Rockin’. Another Ellington tune, Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me gives Ridenhour a lauching pad for some Otis Spann-class purist blues. Garcia pushes the band’s reinvention of the Beatles’ Because with a stark tango-infused pulse under Shmulyian’s surrealistically straightforward delivery. And his original, Dance In Between the Moments, is arguably the album’s strongest moment; a sardonic, vivid, indelibly New York salute to escapist behavior on the Lower East Side.

Lady Be Good showcases the band’s expertise in stirring up a crowd on the dancefloor, while Tea for Two goes in the other direction as a tasty guitar shuffle. Shmulyian and Cunningham duet on the album’s funniest number, Sometimes I’m Happy: intentional or not, there’s a whiff of Jamaican rocksteady here.

The album’s most exotic track is legendary Russian trumpeter Eddie Rosner’s You Are Like a Song, Shmulyian giving it a balmy, tender interpretation in the original vernacular. There’s also a Beach Boys cover: the whole band gamely puts everything they have into it, but god only knows the album wouldn’t suffer without it. As it is, Shmulyian and her crew have crafted one of the year’s most dynamically fun releases, rooted in the past but inescapably in the here and now.

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

Daily updates. Believe it or not, summer outdoor concert series are still being announced: you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues 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 published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Upcoming: Mozart and Beethoven on July 21 at 7 PM and July 24 at 4. Waiting in the wings: Brahms, Tchaikovsky (!), Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in June, 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 June, 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 June, 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 in June, 9 PM a high-energy bluegrass twinbill with the harmony-driven NYCity Stompers and the fiddle-fueled Melody Allegra Band at American Beauty, 251 W 30th St., free

Wednesdays at Sidewalk, 6 PM Jamie Kilstein – the fearlessly political Jello Biafra of jamband rock – inspires the masses with his intense funky songs

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

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Three Saturdays in June: 6/4, 6/11 and 6/18 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 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 June, 7 PM spine-tinglingm darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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

On the first and third Sunday of every month, Big Wrench Piano Care presents a free live show at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn featuring a vintage electric piano from their shop. Jazz musicians play genuine action-based analog pianos, such as a Fender Rhodes or Wurlitzer. Upcoming: first-class performers: 6.5 lyrical latin jazz maven Bennett Paster on a Wurlitzer EP with Jim Whitney on bass and Joe Strasser on drums; 6/19 saxophonist Michael Blake with Richard Bennett on a vintage keyboard tbd.

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

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

6/1, 7 PM acclaimed Mexican poet and folk music legend Zenen Zeferino with NYC’s only original son jarocho party band, Radio Jarocho at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $15

6/1, 7 PM catchy, soul-infused female-fronted existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette at Shrine

6/1, 7 PM Bat for Lashes at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in downtown Brooklyn is sold out

6/1, 7:30 PM terse, enigmatic original jazz songs from eclectic songstress Gracie Terzian followed at 10 ($10 separate adm) by postbop alto sax powerhouse Hailey Niswanger and her combo at Club Bonafide, $15

6/1, 7:30 PM Charles Wuorinen conducts his own work with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as soloist in a performance by the Orchestra of the League of Composers including works by Huck Hudge, Felipe Lara and Paul Moravec at the Miller Theatre, $25/$15 stud/srs 

6/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.. 6/16 at 9 they’re at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

6/1, 9 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternber followed at 9:30 by dark oldtimey songwriter Feral Foster at the Jalopy, free

6/1, 11 PM explosive Neil Y/Crazy Horse-ish sounds and slinky desert rock with guitarist Marco with Love at the Cutting Room, $10 adv tix rec

6/2, noon, popular 80s vocoder comedy-soul ac tZapp (without Roger, sadly) at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/2, 7:30 PM eclectic Austrian jazz guitarist Andy Manndorf plays a rare solo show at at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St. just off 5th, free but res req

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

6/2, 8 PM at Alwan for the Arts “Innov Gnawa will be performing a “Chaabana”, a “lila” that takes place during the month of Chaaban, which precedes the fasting month of Ramadan. For the Gnawa, Ramadan is so sacred that only silence, solitude and contemplation are what could be in deference to it, making a “Chaabana” even more vigorous in its intensity,” $20/$15 stud/srs

6/2, 8 PM bristling pan-latin acoustic guitar fireworks with the Aquiles Baez Trio with special guest cantante Claudia Acuña at Drom, $15 adv tix req

6/2, 8 PM violinist Jennifer Choi and hypnotic percussion ensemble Talujon present an evening of works celebrating the Javanese gamelan, featuring compositions by Lou Harrison, Nick Brooke and others at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/2, 8 PM Brazilian percussionist Sergio Krakowski leads his low-key noir guitar combo at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix recs

6/2, 8:30 PM edgy updates on haunting old klezmer sounds: the Jeff Warschauer/Deborah Strauss duo and,colorful drummer Aaron Alexander & friends at the Jalopy, $15

6/2, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at at Pete’s

6/2, 9:30 PM oldschool C&W bandleader Jack Grace’s legendary 90s jamband Steak at Hank’s note $10 cover

6/2, 10 PM intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

6/3, 8 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider plays rock – seriously – at National Sawdust, $25

6/3, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band , at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

6/3, 8:30 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammagand his Quartet followed by the Carvels and then darkly fiery psychedelic garage rockers the Electric Mess at Hank’s, note $8 cover

6/3, 9 PM enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Leftfield. 6/12 they’re at Paperbox, time TBA; 6/14 they’re at Bowery Electric.

6/3, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

6/3, 10:30 PM the catchy, Booker T-esque Jared Gold/Dave Gibson organ/trombone soul-jazz band at the Fat Cat

6/3, 11 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions record a live album to two-inch tape at Chemistry Creative, 305 Ten Eyck St. (Waterbury/Bogart) Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave. 6/6, 11 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood at 11.

6/4, 3-10 PM Choralfest featuring dozens of top choral groups from NYC and outlying areas performing a marathon daylong festival, featuring the University at Buffalo Choir, Promise Church Children’s Choir from Flushing, Suffolk Singers of Suffolk County, Manhattan’s C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective, La Guardia High School Women’s Chorus of Queens, eVoco Voice Collective from Garden City, Manhattan’s Ghostlight and Lavender Light and The Canticum Novum Singers. Peter Schickele narrates the final satirical work, at Symphony Space, free, complete program is here 

6/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 8 by Balkan-inspired trumpet/accordion duo Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell playing their haunting new Edgar Allen Poe-inspired suite, and at 10 by epic, sweeping, adventurous Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

6/4, 5 PM a veteran jazz summit unequalled anywhere in NYC this year: McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter and Roy Haynes leading their respective groups at Central Park Summerstage

6/4, 7:30 PM dusky, hauntingly jangly southwestern gothic/psychedelic rockers Super Sonic Octopus – like an Arizona border version of Plan 9 – at Drom, $10, followed at 9:30 PM (separate $10 adv tix req) by fearlessly political, globally-focused French/Middle Eastern/American Mediterranean funk/hip-hop band Atlas Soul and then at 11 by legendary Pakistani singer Ustad Naseeruddin Saami and his ensemble ($20 adv tix req) at Drom

6/4, 7:30 PM feral New Orleans blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge, $16 adv tix rec

6/4, 9 PM M  ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band  at the Jalopy, $10

6/4, 8:30 PM  hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at the Lively

6/4, 9 PM powerful, adventurous soul-insired belter Xenia Rubinos at Baby’s All Right, $12

6/4, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free. 6/29, 6 PM she leads a quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $9 includes a drink

6/4, 10 PM Nashville gothic duo Jack & Eliza followed by tersely Lynchian songwriter Holly Miranda at Arlene’s, $15

6/4, 11 PM funny/serious Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts at Union Hall, $10

6/4, 11 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae classics and originals at Silvana

6/4, 11:30 PM grittily tuneful, 3rd generation Stooges-influenced rockers Swanky Tiger atat the Mercury, $10

6/4, 1:30 AM (actually wee hours of 6/5) powerhouse tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt leads his feral postbop quartet at Smalls

6/5, 4 PM  violinist Rolf Schulte joined by noted pianist Wayne Weng for a performance of sonatas by Schubert and Brahms at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library

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

6/5, 8 PM guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger with cellist Hank Roberts, and Vinnie Sperrazza(drums).at Barbes followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

6/5, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager followed by murderously good post-Sabbath twin-guitar metal band Slow Season at the Acheron, $7

6/5, 10 PM darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Manhattan Inn, free

6/5, 11 PM fearlessly political, globally-focused French/Middle Eastern/American Mediterranean funk/hip-hop band Atlas Soul at Shrine

6/5 star indie classical violist and WQXR personality Nadia Sirota plays music of Bermel, Greenstein, Vrebalov, and Theofanidis at the Poisson Rouge

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

6/6, 7 PM a rare solo show from ex-Red Molly multi-instrumentalist and brilliant folk noir songwriter Carolann Solebello at Silvana

6/6, 8 PM plushly Lynchian oldtimey swing with Heather Holloway and the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall

6/6, 8 PM intriguing postminimalist/postrock/indie classical crew Tigue Percussion play the album release show for their new one Surfaces at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/6, 9 PM ambitious vibraphonist/composer Behn Gillece and his tunefully expansive postbop group at the Fat Cat

6/6 10:30 PM lyrical tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry leads a rare trio set at Smalls

6/7, 6 PM composer and soprano Kate Soper joins the Mivos Quartet for a performance of her vocal/string work Nadja, utlilizing lyrics by Tennyson, Ovid, and Breton at the Miller Theatre, free

6/7, 7 PM slinky, haunting, jaunty mostly-female klezmer/latin jamband Isle of Klezbos atat Joe’s Pub, $20

6/7, 7 PM French vocalist and violinist Eleonore Biezunski, accordionist Patrick Farrell and bass player Jordan Morton play classic and new klezmer tunes plus French cafe music followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

6/7, 8 PM powerful, eclectic singers Alexis Thomason, Lizzie & the Makers’ Lizzie Edwards, Toot Sweet’s Mary Spencer Knapp and American Ambulance’s Pete Cenedella with Ray Kubian perform Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde backed by much of the same band that made last year’s Young Marble Giants cover night so much fun, at Hifi Bar, free

6/7-12, 8/10 PM ace jazz cellist Erik Friedlander – equally adept at haunting cantorially-inspired themes, jaunty Colombian folk tunes and otherworldly avant garde sounds – plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night at 10 with the distinctive and often similarly haunting Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Ikue Mori on electronics

6/7-11, 8:30/10:30 PM explosive postbop showdown: Terell Stafford (trumpet) with Tim Warfield (tenor sax) Bruce Barth (piano) Peter Washington (bass) Billy Williams (drums) at the Vanguard, $25

6/7, 10 PM eclectic indie classical/art-rock bassist Eleonore Oppenheim plays the album release show for her new one at Trans-Pecos, $15

6/7, 10:30 PM ageless reggae/jamband rock pioneer Chukka Riddim celebrates his 60th birthday with a show at the Bitter End. At least he’s still at it.

6/8, 7:30 PM Ana Popovic – the Serbian Stevie Ray Vaughan – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

6/8, 7:30 PM unstoppable indie classical chamber group Cadillac Moon Ensemble premieres Patrick Castillo’s To Hear You Tell It, Fjóla Evans’s Warp Threads, and Leah Asher’s In summary, In error and also revisit an old favorite from 2008, Maritime Suite by Travis Weller. at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/8, 7:30 PM catchy, funky, Afrobeat-influened hornp-driven jams with the People’s Champs at the corner of Willoughby and Pearl Sts. in downtown Brooklyn, free

6/8, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes

6/8, 8 PM simmeringly intense African-born acoustic groove songwriter/chanteuse Nneka at Drom $15 adv tix req

6/8, 8 PM state-of-the-art, lyrical postbop alto sax powerhouse Mike DiRubbo leads his quintet with the similarly lyrical Brian Charette on organ at Club Bonafide, $120

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

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

6/8, 11 PM first-wave UK punk legends the Anti-Nowhere League at Grand Victory, $20

6/9, 8 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies followed by Americana chamber pop band Goldfeather (fronted by violinist Sarah Goldfeather) at Barbes

6/9, 8 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play new songs inspired by David Lynch’s Catching the Big Fish, plus new dance works, at CounterEvolution, 37 W 17th St., 2nd floor, sugg don

6/9, 8 PM popular newgrass/freak folk crew the Cave Singers at the Mercury. $15. 6/10, 10 PM they’re at Baby’s All Right,same price

6/9-11, 8 PM Martin Halpern‘s serio-comic chamber opera “The Damned Thing”- how do you build something with a crucial piece missing? Maybe you try to build without it? Pandemonium ensues! with singers Alisa Peterson, Peter Ludwig, Jim Trainor, pianist: Earl Buys, at Church of Saint Gregory the Great, 144 W 90th St, $22 

6/9, 9:20 (that’s what the flyer says) phantasmagorical Nashville circus punks Fable Cry and then at 9:55 PM by growling, goth-tinged post-new waversOf Clocks & Clouds at Matchless, $10. At 4:30 PM Fable Cry are back there the following afternoon, 6/10 for the same deal. The same day they’re headlining a killer bill at Rock Shop which starts at 6:15 PM with explosive art-rockers You Bred Raptors, followed by Providence band Wild Sun, Illinois’ Flannel Mouth, Of Clocks & Clouds, Manic Pixi, and Fable Cry at around 10.

6/9, 10:30 PM noir-inclined, cinematic saxophonist-bandleader Nick Hempton and his quintet at Smalls

6/10, 7 PM Polish folk-punk/circus rock band Hanbal make their NYC debut, $15 adv tix req, followed eventualy at 11:30 by wild DC Romany/bhangra/hard funk brass band Black Masala, $10 separate adm

6/10, 7 PM “New York’s Infrequent Seams record label presents three nights of experimental music in Williamsburg” at the Firehouse Space. Devin Maxwell’s cd release; Red Desert Ensemble (Devin Maxwell / Katie Porter); trombone innovator Jen Baker’s Polyverse Ensemble with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock & singer Anais Maviel; Providence Research Ensemble with the Czech Republic’s Lucie Vitkova and bassist James Ilgenfritz

6/10, 8 PM haunting, Lynchian noir soundtrack composer/guitarist Ben Von Wildenhaus with Ozan Aksoy (percussion) and Jude Webre (bass) at Bellocq 104 West St, Greenpoint. 6/10 he’s at Troost at 10ish with Clara Kennedy (vocals), Robin McMillan (drums), and Jude Webre

6/10, 8 PM indie classical chamber group Wet Ink Ensemble plays premieres by Bryn Harrison, Eric Wubbels, Alex Mincek, Evan Johnson, and Erin Gee feat. trumpeter Michael Ibrahim & singer Kate Soper, soloists at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W 20th St, $10, students free

6/10, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts’ edgy jazz sextet at the Owl

6/10, 9 PM mysterious purist Brooklyn surf rockers the Tiki Brothers at Freddy’s

6/10, 9 PM savagely relevant, lyrical southwestern gothic/dark NYC rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Connolly’s, 121 W 4tth St., $tba

6/10, 10 PM electric oldschool C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

6/10, 11 PM high-energy soul-rockers (and Brooklyn What spinoff) No Ice followed eventually at around 1 AM by haphazardly dark punk/noise/indie band No One & the Somebodies at the Gutter

6/10, midnight eneloping, high-energy dreampop and shoegaze with Dead Leaf Echo at Alphaville

6/10 the Subhumans at St. Vitus are sold out

6/11, 7 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/11, 10:30 AM indie classical chamber group Wet Ink Ensemble plays premieres by Bryn Harrison, Eric Wubbels, Alex Mincek,Evan Johnson, and Erin Gee St. Peter’s Church, 346 W 20th St, free

6/11, 2 PM  jangly, plaintively propulsive female-fronted new wave-ish power trio Flowers at Rough Trade, free. Later that night they’re at Cake Shop, $10

6/11, 5 PM in reverse order: slinky African sounds with 75 Dollar Bill, soaring classical/avant garde singer Daisy Press with Bernhard Lang, and the Diamond Terrifier/M.Beharie/VHVL/Don Devore noise quartet at Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St. Long Island City, 7 train to Court Sq., free

6/11, 5ish legendary British reggae-funk band Cymande at Central Park Summerstage

6/11, 6 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries – followed at 8 by sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

6/11, 7ish epic minor-key New Orleans blues/klezmer/soca/reggae jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

6/11, 7 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene followed by early 90s Warped Tour-style punk-popsters Evil Jake playing a benefit for organ donors at Webster Hall, $10 adv tix req.

6/11, 7 PM edgy, careening Israeli/Middle Eastern psychedelic guitarist Yonatan Gat at Baby’s All Right, $12

6/11, 7 PM “New York’s Infrequent Seams record label presents three nights of experimental music in Williamsburg” at the Firehouse Space. Night two features Philip White: solo electronics; Hate Speech: Charlie Looker / Jeremiah Cymerman; Seth Parker Woods: works by Louis Andriessen, Jürg Frey, Klaus Lang, Matthias Pintscher; Anagram Ensemble: works by James Ilgenfritz, Natacha Diels, Elliott Sharp

6/11, 7:30 PM Amy Allison – who’s been playing all sors of rare gems from her eclectic, brilliantly lyrical Americana rock and classic C&W catalog – at Dixon Place

6/11, 8 PM smart, terse, jangly jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi leads his bassless quartet playing the album release show for his new one at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs

6/11, 9 PM acid punks Giorgio Murderer followed by well-loved garage-psych bandleader King Khan & the Shrines at Brooklyn Bowl, $20

6/11, 9 PM trippy oldschool Scratch Perry style dub reggae with twin-trombone band Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord

6/11, 9 PM Mac McCarty’s fearlessly political, Celtic-tinged, anthemic folk noir/acoustic punk group the Kidd Twist Band at Sidewalk

6/11, 9 PM violinist Pauline Kim throws a chaconne bash at Spectrum with Bach-inspired works by John King, Annie Gosfield, Yoon-Ji Lee and Elizabeth Hoffman, $15

6/11, 10 PM bassist Dana Schechter’s ominously atmospheric instrumental soundtrack project Insect Ark at the Acheron, $10

6/12, 3 PM the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra play Debussy’s Nocturnes and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Pl (8th Ave/Prospect Park West), Park Slope, $20/$15 stud/srs, any train to Grand Army Plaza

6/12, 3 PM NYC’s most renowned avant garde crooner, Theo Bleckmann sings a program TBA at the Noguchi Museum,  9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, free w/museum adm

6/12, 6 PM the haunting, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at LIC Bar

6/12, 6  PM smart, catchy, purist, sometimes devastatingly funny acoustic pop songwriter Elisa Peimer plays the album release show for her new one at First Acoustics at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St at Monroe Place, Brookliyn Heights, closest train is actually the 2/3 to Clark St., $10 includes yummy vegetarian food

6/12, 7 PM Ragged Silk – singer Juliane Jones, Zhou Yi (pipa) and Yueqin Eugenie Chen (ruan) play ancient and current Chinese classical and folk sounds at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

6/12, 7 PM  “New York’s Infrequent Seams record label presents three nights of experimental music in Williamsburg” at the Firehouse Space. Night three features Anagram Ensemble: works by James Ilgenfritz, Pauline Oliveros, Jürg Frey, Charles Waters, Devin Maxwell, Lucie Vitkova, Jonah Rosenberg

6/12, 8 PM elegant, ethereal art-rock/chamber pop violinist Concetta Abbate solo at Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard St. just north of Canal.

6/12, 8 PM ageless, filthy oldschool punk/powerpop band Custard Wally – sort of the Blowfly of NYC punk rock – at Otto’s

6/12, 9:30 PM swirly shoegaze/goth band Dead Leaf Echo play an ambient set at Pete’s

6/12, 11 PM trippy, cinematic, Lynchian synth-horror duo the Casket Girls at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

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

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

6/13, 7 PM chamber jazz bandleader/chanteuse Becca Stevens and her band play her bday show at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

6/13, 7:30 PM a benefit for a new grand piano at Upper Westside classical hotspot Music Mondays with the Claremont Trio, the Deanna Witkowski Trio and fellow pianist Aaron Wunsch playing works by Dvorak, Chopin and Robert Patterson plus original jazz compositions at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, sugg don.

6/13, 8 PM haunting Britfolk/chamber pop/jazz chanteuse Amanda Thorpe leads a three-guitar trio with Steven Butler and Don Piper at Hifi Bar

6/13, 8/10:30 PM conscious hip-hop bandleader Talib Kweli with his group at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

6/14, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble premieres first-rate indie classical composer Ashley Fure’s twisted opera “The Force of Things” at the Abrons Arts Center, free

6/14, 7:30 PM a pickup chamber group with extraordinary clarinetist Vasko Dukovski play Julia Wolfe’s chilling Cruel Sister plus works by Ives and Vaughan Williams at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/14 this era’s most relevant, intense, vividly cinematic large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society playing material from their long-awaited, conspiracy theory-themed forthcoming album, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

6/14-20, 8/10:30 PM everybody’s favorite jazz bassist Christian McBride leads his quartet at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

6/14, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s dub-influenced reggae-rock band Faith at Hifi Bar

6/15, 6 PM cantorial and hasidic vocal stars: cantors Netanel Hershtik and Joseph Malovany, Yanky Lemmer of the NY Klezmer Allstars, ortnodox pop star Lipa Schmeltzer, the Israeli-inflected Maccabeats, Zusha, and special guest actor/crooner Dudu Fisher at Central Park Summerstage

6/15-19 arguably the most individualistic, compelling pianist in jazz right now, Vijay Iyer leads his trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

6/15, 8 PM an allstar band plays Squeeze’s Argybargy and West Side Story in their entirety at Hifi Bar, free. Check out this awesome lineup: Rembert Block, Tom Shad, Dave Derby,  C.P Roth, Lizzie Edwards, Erica Smith, Beth Wawerna, Tommy Devito , John Merjave, Dave Foster, Mike Messer, Karlee Devito, John Brodeur , Chadbourne Oliver, Alexis Thomason, Lane Steinberg, Verena Wiesendanger, Dave Derby and Tom Clark

6/15, 8 PM epic, original, intense original Balkan sounds from Raya Brass Band and the organ-fueled Choban Elektrik – the Balkan Doors – at Friends & Lovers

6/15, 8 PM sweeping, cinematic French band General Elektriks at Drom, free

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

6/15, 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 6/22

6/15, 10 PM oldschool, jangly purist surf sounds with the Supertones followed by the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC at Sidewalk

6/15, 10 PM second-wave Afrobeat cult heroes Antibalas at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix req

6/15, 10 PM irrepressible, politically aware French avant rock singer Emilie Lesbros aka Miss Elie Sorbsel at Black Bear Bar in Williamsburg

6/16, 7 PM well-loved 90s goth/noise purveyors Blonde Redhead at Red Hook Park

6/16, 7 PM haunting klezmer/Sephardic/Balkan/blues violinist Michelle Alany & Nefresh Joykestra.at Barbes

6/16, 7 PM darkly atmospheric Canadian jazz guitarist/oudist Gordon Grdina leads his oud trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/16, 7 PM haunting new music chorale The Crossing joins with the Prism Sax Quartet to premiere Gavin Bryars’ elegaic The Fifth Century, inspired by Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditations, plus other new works by Bryars and Tomo Korvits at Trinity Church, $30

6/16, 7:30 PM klezmer string band madness with Susan Leviton, Lauren Brody & Jake Shulman-Ment at the Jalopy, $15

6/16, 8 PM the klezmer show of the year: original klezmer punks the Klezmatics, hauntingly lyrical, politically fearless bandleader/songwriter Daniel Kahn and coyly psychedelic Soviet pop revivalists Svetlana & the Eastern Blokhedz at Paperbox, $18. Kahn is also at Joe’s Pub at 9:30 PM the following night, 6/17 for $20; the Blokhedz are also at Barbes at 8 on 6/23.

6/16, 8 PM riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds – at the Owl

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

6/16, 8 PM wryly dark oldschool C&W/southwestern gothic bandleader Jack Grace plays a rare duo show followed eventually at 10 by intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque oldtimey songwriter Pete Lanctot at Hank’s. Grace is at  Skinny Dennis on 6/26 at 9 with his band.

6/16, 8 PM a first-class ska triplebill with the Rudie Crew All-Stars, Skarroñeros, and Detroit skankers 1592 at Otto’s

6/16, 8 PM popular new-jack oldschool soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed and his excellent band play the album release show for his new one at Union Pool, $15

6/16, 9 PM a very rare NYC appearance by individualistic, ageless electric blues steel guitarist Sonny Rhodes at Terra Blues

6/16, 8:30 PM the irrepressibly virtuosic Jon Irabagon on saxophone with Chris Lightcap on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

6/16, 9;30 PM killer twinbill: the wryly lyrical Americana-inspired Marcellus Hall followed by Dream Syndicate/noiserock/baseball rock icon Steve Wynn at Bowery Electric, $10

6/16, 9:30 PM klezmer/bluegrass double-threat Andy Statman – equally skilled at the mandolin and clarinet – with his band at Joe’s Pub, $20jam/noir rock legend Steve Wynn at Bowery Electric, $10

6/16, 10 PM sizzling early 60s twang guitar and surf-rock sounds with the Bakersfield Breakers at Silvana

6/16, 10 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at the Manderley Bar

6/17, 7 PM explosive low-register improvisation with Ex Eye ft. Colin Stetson, Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily, and Toby Summerfield at le Poisson Rouge, $15 av tix rec

6/17, 8 PM a fantastic, contrasting original big band jazz twin bill: the cinematic, genre-defying Erica Seguine-Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra followed by the more trad but hard-swinging Scott Reeves Big Band playing the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

6/17, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet play four of Per Norgard’s haunting string quartets: nos. 3, 5, 8 and 10 at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave (37/38), $20

6/17, 8 PM Colombian cumbia band  Bulla en el Barrio followed at 10 by Jose Conde’s newschool Cuban salsa dura band Ola Fresca at Barbes. Bulla are also here on 6/27 at 9:30ish

6/17, 9 PM badass female-fronted oldschool honkytonk/western swing band the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalopy, $15

6/17, 9 PM Balkan/Latin/New Orleans brass grooves with the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

6/17 ,9 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

6/17, 9 PM fiery electric hard country with American Aquarium at the Knitting Factory, $15

6/17, 9ish surf, twang and soundtrack instrumentals with the Vibro-Jets – a spinoff of the legendary Sea Devils – at Troost

6/17, 9ish British bedroom pop icon and Everything But the Girl co-founder Ben Watt with Bernard Butler on lead guitar at the Mercury, $20

6/17, 9 PM smartly assembled, pensive original Americana rock with Megan Reilly and band at Union Hall, $10

6/17, 9 PM urban oldtime country sounds: Minetta Creek Bluegrass at Caffe Vivaldi. They’re also here on 6/23

6/17, 10 PM ghoulabilly and Nashville gothic with Lara Hope & the Arktones, crooner Sean Keshaw‘s similarly creepy Serpentones and then Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his Quartet at Otto’s

6/17, 11 PM a very rare NYC appearance by charismatic songwriter, actress, and puppeteer Svetlana Ben’s legendary ten-piece phantasmagorical Belarussian noir cabaret group  Serebryanaya Svad’ba (Silver Wedding) at Drom, $30 adv tix req

6/18, 2 PM a free show by the Sun Ra Arkestra at Union Pool, outdoors, what are you hanging around the house for when you could be there?

6/18, 5 PM in reverse order: Baltimore rapper Abdu Ali, noisy improvisers Das Audit, Cayman, Gooddroid B2B, Quest?onmarc at Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St. Long Island City, 7 train to Court Sq., free

6/18, 7 PM soulful, bluesy, Dylanesque Slackers frontman Vic Ruggiero followed by punk-era powerpop legend/raconteur Wreckless Eric at Grand Victory, $12

6/18, 7:30 PM acerbic postpunk guitar icon Kristin Hersh and the Violent Femmes – who probably never expected to get played over the PA at every baseball stadium on the planet – at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

6/18, 7:30/9 PM purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

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

6/18, 8 PM powerful Colombian pan-latin belter Lucia Pulido and her band followed at 10 by awesome Tucson psychedelic cumbia/salsa/southwestern gothic band Vox Urbana at Barbes

6/18, 8 PM cinematic Middle Eastern rock jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

6/18, 8 PM eclectic, individualistic accordionist Ali Dineen and irrepressibly witty front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at the Owl

6/18, 8:30 PM Samuel Ekkehardt Dunscombe leads a group performing Pierluigi Billone’s 80 minute bass clarinet duet 1+1=1 at Spectrum, $15

6/18, 9 PM popular Americana songstress Margaret Glaspy does her rock thing at Baby’s All Right, $15

6/18, 8:30 PM Rex & the Rockabilly Kings play Elvis classics at Iridium, $25

6/18, 9 PM well-liked LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at Sidewalk

6/18, 9:30 PM rare Yemeni songs with Abdulrahman AlAkhfash, oud and vocal; Yousif Yassen, guitar and vocals at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

6/18, 10 PM the Roots Revelators play trippy dub reggae at Silvana

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

6/19, 3 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s roots regge/dubsoul/groove band Faith play a rare acoustic show at De Colores Community Garden, 313 E 8th St. btwn B and C. 6/21, 7 PM they’re at Green Oasis Community Garden, 368 E 8th btwn C and D

6/19, 4 PM trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at Union Pool, outdoors, free

6/19, 6 PM a chamber ensemble from rising star indie classical group Face the Music plays works by a very diverse mix of female composers:Maria Schneider, Wu Man, Tamar Muskal, Whitney George and Nina C. Young, plus new works by four teen composers – Isabella D’Angelo, Isabel Janovsky, Sofia Belimova and Michelle David. at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

6/19, 6 PM hauntingly lyrical, eclectic southwestern gothic/Americana/guttar blues/Celtic songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

6/19, 7 PM poignant, individualistic, bittersweetly brilliant Americana songwriter Amy Allison with a bunch of lesser supporting cast at the East Village Folk Festival at Theatre 80 St. Marks on St. Marks Place, $10.50 tix avail

6/19, 7 PM guitarist Tom Csatari – whose new big band album is rapturously good and tuneful – leads his Uncivilized chamber jazz project at Barbes followed at 9:30 or so by paradigm-shifting Romany guitarist Stephane Wrembel

6/19, 7:30 PM first-class Americana-ish songwriters in the round: paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass’ Barbara Endes and Clifford Westfall; sizzling lead guitarist Chris Erikson, who should be vastly better known than he is; pensively lyrical, catchy Tandy bandleader Mike Ferrio at 12th St. Bar & Grill, 1123 8th Ave at 12th St. in Park Slope, F to 7th Ave.

6/19, 8 PM Frank London and Deep Singh’s Sharabi mash up hypnotic Indian and Balkan/klezmer sounds at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

6/19, 8 PM enigmatcally catchy 90s, acerbic, female-fronted 90s favorites Rainer Maria – who got lumped in with emo even though they weren’t emo at all – at Union Pool, $15. They’re also here on 6/26

6/19, 8 PM darkly Romany-inflected Russian-American stadium rock band Newborn play the cd relese show  for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $11 adv tix rec

6/19, 9ish tuneful original delta blues and acoustic Americana from Jon LaDeau at Moto

6/19, 9:30 PM Hungarian klezmer rockers Nigun play electrified Bartok at Joe’s Pub

6/19 Punk Island on Governors Island

6/20, 9:30 PM theatrical chanteuse Eleanor Reissa & klezmer/Balkan trumpet icon Frank London with the Klezmer Brass Allstars  at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/21, 3:30 PM darkly kinetic, lyrical art-folk jamband the Sometime Boys followed eventually at 8:15 PM by fearlessly political, hilarious faux-French garage/psychedelic rockers Les Sans Culottes outdoors at Freddy’s

6/21, 5 PM in reverse order: southwestern gothic-inclined French guitarist to the stars Yael Naim, psychedelic funk dude General Elektriks and psychedelic surf/darkwave/dub band La Femme at Central Park Summerstage

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

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

6/21, 7 PM golden age hip-hop icons Public Enemy at Betsy Head Park, Dumont Ave. & Strauss St. ,Brownsville, 2/4 to Rockaway Ave

6/21, 7 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus  at Barbes

6/21, 7 PM fearless indie classical wind group the Imani Winds play a delicious mix or works by Valerie Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, Piazzolla, Anders Hillborg and Simon Shaheen at the Mannes College Auditorium, free

6/21, 7:30 PM purist, erudite Ellingtonian swing jazz with the Catherine Russell Septet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

6/21, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, a rare NYC appearance by Polish jazz crew the Obara International Quartet ,$25

6/21, 8 PM purposeful, eclectic pan-latin composer/accordionist Victor Prieto plays the album release show for his new one at Symphony Space, $20

6/21, 9 PM sizzling newschool oldtimey swing and Americana guitarist Seth Kessel and band at Skinny Dennis

6/21, 9 PM folk noir/acoustic Nashville gothic duo the Stray Birds at the Jalopy, $15

6/21, 10 PM hauntingly kinetic French/Russian Romany/klezmer/Balkan band Dobranotch at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

6/22, 6:30 PM fun oldtimey swing sounds with Gordon’s Grand Street Stompers on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

6/22, 7:30 PM Kelley Swindall – who’s sort of the Tift Merritt of southern gothic – opens for the original and best C&W parodist David Allan Coe at B.B. King’s, $30 adv tix rec. This deserves a toast. Raise your bottle of Pibb to that.

6/22, 8 PM at the Way Station: irrepressible lit-rock songwriter/impresario Elisa Flynn‘s latest soiree explores songs of escape: running, hiding, skipping town and leaving it all behind. Artists include: Flynn herself, Maharaja Sweets, Lys Guillorn, Dan Cullinan, creepy murder ballad duo Charming Disaster, Steve Espinola, and more.

6/22, 8 PM the Far East play rocksteady, roots reggae and classic dancehall at Union Hall, $6

6/22, 9 PM the self-explanatory, reliably bristling Gypsy Jazz Caravan at Radegast Hall

6/22, 10:30 PM “America’s filthiest country singer” Wheeler Walker Jr. – OMFG, he makes David Allen Coe look like a pussy – at the Mercury, $15

6/23, noon brilliant latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats “deliver highly danceable classics  by Tito Puente, Machito, and Chico O’Farrill” at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/23, 7:30 PM sizzling klezmer clarinet with the Dave Levitt Trio plus special guests at the Jalopy, $15 l

6/23, 7:30 PM the Chamber Orchestra of New York play Rameau’s Castor et Pollux Suite, the world premiere of Salvatore Di Vittorio’s La Villa d’Este a Tivoli (based on Liszt’s “Fountains at Villa d’Este”), Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances No. 3 and their arrangement of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (No. 41) at the Morgan Library, $35 adv tix rec

6/23, 7:30 PM fiery state-of-the-art postbox alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads his quartet at Smalls

6/23, 8 PM snarky horror surf/punk/soundtrack instro band Colfax Speed Queen at Silvana

6/23, 8 PM socially conscious psychedelic soul belter Stephanie Rooker followed at 9 by the enveloping, atmospheric Letters to Nepal at the Way Station

6/23, 8 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrook leads his fantastic new sextet with Marika Hughes on cello at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs

6/23, 9ish Parlor Walls – one of NYC’s most interesting bands, with skronky guitar, keening alto sax, burning organ and drums – at Shea Stadium, $8

6/24, refreshments at 6, concert at 6:30 early keyboard specialist, Dongdok Shin plays the house 1800-era fortepiano alongside period violinist Leah Gale Nelson playing works by Muzio Clementi, Luigi Boccherini and Johann Shobert at the King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, J/E to Parsons/Archer, $25 adv tix rec

6/24, 7 PM haunting, Linda Thompson-esque Britfolk/chamber pop singer Mary Fahl at the Rubin Museum, $25 adv tix rec

6/24, 7:30 PM day one of the Jalopy International Music Festival kicks off with the Mencius Chinese Youth Orchestra, then at 8:30 PM the Jalopy Chorus singing choral music from around the world and then at 9:30 hypnotic Malian kora virtuoso Yacouba Sissoko, $20. Also At 10 there’s a free performance by Ezgin playing Turkish music with Jenny Luna, Murat Keyder and Eylem Basaldi at the Jalopy Tavern next door

6/24, 7:30/9:30 PM subtle, compelling, eclectically torchy speakeasy jazz combo Svetlana & the Delancey Five with special guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at Lucille’s, $20 adv tix rec

6/24-26 smart, tuneful original postbox with the Clayton Bros. Quintet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

6/24. 8 PM carnival-esque Brazilian grooves with Regional de NY followed at 10 by cinematic, wildly psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes

6/24, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine

6/24, 11 PM psychedelic funk band Imunuri say goodbye to NYC – the latest casualty in the ongoing brain drain – at the big room at the Rockwood

6/24, midnight stomping fuzztone garage rockers the Mystery Lights play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10. Then they have to get up early for a free 2 PM show at Rough Trade the next afternoon, 6/25.

6/25, 1/3 PM cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (formerly of the Kronos Quartet) & percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum at Nolan Park on Governors Island playing music of Andy Akiho, Paola Prestini, David T. Little and JG Thirlwell. 

6/25, 3ish hot-swing trumpeter Bria Skonberg and the NY Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Joe Saylor and Dalton Ridenhour, jauntily female-fronted cosmopolitan swing the Hot Sardines followed by Butler, Bernstein & the  Hot 9 doing their N’Awlins thing at Central Park Summerstage

6/25, 4 PM sharp the Lutoslawski Quartet play a contemporary program TBA at the Lethe Lounge, 618 W113th St #3F/2R,, $25/$11 stud/srs rsvp req 

6/25, 5 PM in reverse order: explosive postrock/spacerock guitarist Hubble and the Tobias Wilner/Djibril Toure/Federico Ughi/Daniel Carter improv quartet at Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St. Long Island City, 7 train to Court Sq., free

6/25, 7 PM day two of the Jalopy International Music Festival features  Nathaniel Braddock (West African and Malian Music); 7:50pm – Bulla en el Barrio (Colombian Bullerengue); 8:40pm – Bomba with Jorge Vazquez (PR Bomba Plena); 9:30pm – Eva Salina & Peter Stan (Serbian accordion & singing); 10:20pm – Zikrayat (New Sounds from the Golden Age of Arabic Music and Dance) 11:10 pm – Julia Patinella & Special Guest (Flamenco & Latin American Song) $20. The final three acts in particular are worth the price and the shlep to Red Hook.

6/25, 7 PM electro-acoustic live music with audio performances by Jane LeCroy [vocals], Martin Philadelphy [guitar] (from Vienna, Austria) & Lou Rossi [baritone guitar & effects] at the Three Jewels 61 4th Ave. (near Astor Place), $10

6/25, 7:30/9 PM Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse (and Gil Scott-Heron reinterpreter) Charenee Wade and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

6/25, 7:30 PM playful, fun kitchen-sink percussion quartet the Soundmark Project at the Firehouse Space, $10

6/25, 8 PM Tredici Baci play original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks at Barbes/

6/25, 8 PM eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at the Mercury, $10

6/25, 9 PM a first-class female-fronted twin bill: Erika Simonian’s subtle, jangly indie band Little Silver and Raquel Bell’s eclectically kinetic art-rockers Mesiko at Rock Shop, $10

6/25, 10:30 PM a blazing oldtime swing triplebill, in reverse order: trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso & the Mahogany Hall Pleasure Society Band with tapdancing, charming chanteuse and vocalese specialist Tamar Korn, oldtime blues guitar genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton and Riley Mulherkar & Alphonso Horne’s Gotham Kings with Sasha Masakowski atDrom, $33 adv tix req

6/25, 11 PM Blaire Alise & the Bombshells play high-voltage original rockabilly, girlgroup sounds and noir-tinged retro rock at the small room at the Rockwood. Really, really good stuff.

6/26, 4 PM an awesome triplebill featuring pillowy oldtime swing singer Daria Grace: with ex-B52 guitarist Pat Irwin, then with a trio including trombone powerhouse J. Walter Hawkes & torchy singer Sasha Dobson,  then a full-band show with plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at LIC Bar

6/26, 4 PM Dahlia Dumont leads her Francophone reggae band on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

6/26, 4 PM sharp a rare program of Slavic improvisation with members of the Piotr Damasiewicz Quintet with Maciej Obara and Dominik Wania at the Lethe Lounge, 618 W113th St #3F/2R,, $25/$11 stud/srs rsvp req 

6/26, 6 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Coat the taco emporium at 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach. 6/30 they’re at Otto’s at 8

6/26, 8 PM cutting-edge Balkan jazz with the Lutosławski Quartet with colorful klazmer jazz pianist Uri Caine at National Sawdust, $25

6/26, 8ish intriguing third-stream improvisation with Hearts and Minds feat. Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Paul Giallorenzo (keys), and Chad Taylor (drums) followed by Slavic Soul Party trumpeter Kenny Warren‘s Quartet with JP Schlegelmilch (keys), Noah Garabedian (bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums) at Rye Bar, 247 S 1st St in Williamsburg

6/26, 8 PM wryly funky original dancefloor groove band the Black Tie Brass and psychedelic hard funk band MK Groove Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

6/26, 9 PM the show with intense Middle Eastern-tinged soundtrack/postrock instrumentalists Sunwatchers and similarly atmospheric low-key indie rocker Bill Callahan aka Smog at Baby’s All Right is sold out. But the 6/27 and 6/28 shows aren’t, $25

6/26, 10:30 PM explosive instrumental art-rock/postrock band You Bred Raptors at the Mercury, $10

6/27, 7  PM soprano saxophonist Emile Parisien – who blends the trad with pretty far-out Steve Coleman-ish postbop – leading his quartet at Club Bonafide, $10

6/27-7/3, 8/10:30 PM subtle postbop sax par excellence- the Joshua Redman 4tet w/ Aaron Goldberg, Larry Grenadier, Greg Hutchinson at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

6/28, 4ish roots reggae and punk afternoon at the People’s Garden (on the corner of Greene Ave and Broadway, Bushwick, J to Gates Ave., free, with Top Shotta Bandthe Far East, roots/rocksteady crew Crazy Baldhead and hardcore punks Radio Daze, all ages, free, food trucks, and all-you-can-drink keg beer for $10

6/28, 7 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and purist, guitarishly excellent oldschool soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Mercury, $10. Be aware that if you want to save ten bucks, Miss Tess is at Skinny Dennis for free the previous night, 6/27 at 9.

6/28, 7 PM a free screening of the Nina Simone biopic at Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave in Bed-Stuy, G to Bedford/Nostrand

6/28, 7:15 PM cutting edge Hungarian jazz crew the Balázs Elemér Group, with the Rolling Stones’ Tim Ries on alto sax at Drom

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

6/28, 7:30 PM hot double-bill at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs. Lyrical piano powrhouse Jesse Stacken with his Quartet and the subtler but no less tuneful guitar-fueled André Matos Trio

6/28. 7:30 PM Cuba’s Septeto Santiaguero make their US debut at the dance party at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

6/28-7/2 veteran B3 organ groove man Dr Lonnie Smith leads a trio and then later in the week, his larger ensemble, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/28, 8 PM the Eco-Music Big Band play jazz compositions by Fred Ho, Cal Massey and multigenre composer/arranger Romulus Franceschini at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/28. 8 PM disarmingly direct, lustrous jazz singer Marianne Solivan in a rare duo performance with pianist George Collingan at Mezzrow, $20

6/28-7/3, 8:30/10:30 PM the Rudy Royston 303: Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet) Jaleel Shaw (alto sax) Sam Harris (piano) Nir Felder (guitar) Mimi Jones, Yasushi Nakamura (bass) and the high-octane, erudite Rudy Royston (drums) leading the sizzling ensemble in their debut at the Vanguard, $25

6/28, 10 PM Binky Griptite – the guitarist and emcee for new oldschool soul icons Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings – and his band at Freddy’s

6/29, 6 PM fearless indie classical wind group the Imani Winds play works by Guy Mintus, Christopher Kaminski, Marnen Laibow-Koser, Jonathan Newmark, John Albert Harris, Andre Codeco, Erik Maloy, and Aaron Price at the Mannes College Auditorium, free

6/29, 7 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls  followed by  Miwa Gemini – who’s just as adept at creepy southwestern gothic as she is at moody continental waltzes and paisley underground psychedelia – at Shrine

6/29, 7 PM torchy soul-jazz chanteuse Leila Adu – who reminds of a young Sade – plays the album release show her new one at National Sawdust, $15 adv tix rec

6/29, 7:30 PM cult favorite noir jazz/Americana songwriter Eleni Mandell at Joe’s Pub, $15

6/29, 7:30 PM Afrobeat jams with Zongo Junction at the corner of Willoughby and Pearl Sts. in downtown Brooklyn, free

6/29, 7:30 PM Fleur Seule play cosmopolitan Euro-swing at the dance party at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

6/29, 7:30 PM the Aleph Guitar Quartet performs the U.S. premiere of Bernhard Lang’s “The Cold Trip Part I” with spectacular soprano Daisy Press, plus an American premiere by Alberto Hortigüela and music by Georg Friedrich Haas at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St. just off 5th, free but res req.

6/29, 8 PM witchy tarantella jams with Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari dii Piazza at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $25

6/29, 8 PM individualistic, tropical and classical-inspired jazz pianist/composer Tracy Yang at Caffe Vivaldi 

6/29, 8 PM the Darshini/Max ZT/Uri Sharlin trio jams out African and Indian gooves with Priya Darshini(vocal), Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Uri Sharlin (accordion) at Barbes

6/29, 9 PM haunting soundtrack/indie classical composer Stefan Weselowski plays material from his brooding forthcoming album Rite of the End at the Poisson Rouge, $15 

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

6/29, 9 PM fearlessly fun guy/girl-fronted C&W/Americana punk band the Working Mothers at 11th St. Bar

6/29, 10 PM wildly theatrical, phantasmagorical noir cabaret band Orphan Jane at LIC Bar

6/30, half past noon the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St.

6/30. 7 PM fiery klezmer fiddler and brilliant composer Alicia Svigals and band on the roof of the Manhattan JCC on Amsterdam Ave, $15

6/30, 7 PM Iva Bittova and Abraham Brody play their introspective Slavic loopmusic at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/30, 7:30 PM intense, charismatic Tunisian art-rock songwriter – and Arab Spring heroine – Emel Mathlouthi at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

6/30, 7:30 PM biting minor keys and fiery klezmer jams with Josh Waletzky, Patrick Farrell, Michael Winograd & Jordan Mortonat the Jalopy, $15

6/30. 7:30 PM drummer Evan Sherman’s big 17-piece swing band at the dance party at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

6/30, 8 PM cinematic sonic explorers Metal Mountains – Helen Rush and PG Six – followed by spiky west African folk jammers 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, $10

6/30, 8 PM reliably amusing, vaudevillian, tongue-in-cheek all-female uke rock trio the Ukuladies  followed at 10 by big buzz band Tsibele – Yiddish for onion – updatng klezmer classics with Zoë Aqua : violin, Eva Boodman : trumpet, vocals, Hannah Temple : accordion, Eléonore Weill : wooden flutes, vocals at Barbes

6/30, 9 PM ferocious female-fronted art-rock/stoner metal band Ruby the Hatchet and heavy psych guys Black Mountain at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

6/30, 9 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

6/30. 10:30 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at Rock Shop, $10

6/30, 10:30 PM Dingonek Street Band play Afrobeat and Ethiopiques grooves at Pine Box Rock Shop

7/1, 7 PM powerful soul belter Sarah Wise (of explosive gospel-rock ensemble Lizzie & the Sinners) at Caffe Vivaldi

7/1, 7 PM tuneful, intriguing third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at the small room at the Rockwood

7/1, 7:30 PM Charanga America play their final show under the leadership of original members at the dance party at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/1, 8 PM lyrical, ambitious, insightful pianist (and former Dresden Doll) Tania Stavreva plays her own music plus a fantastic program including works by Gershwin, Dobrinka Tabakova, Ginasteria, Mompou, Ravel, Mason Bates and others at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

7/1, 8 PM one of the most sizzling surf/twang instrumental bands on the east coast, the Bakersfield Breakers at Hill Country Brooklyn

7/1, 8 PM sassy, lyrically edgy female-fronted original oldtimey swing bandthe Fascinators at Sidewalk

7/1, 8 PM-ish awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions open for the similar and more oldschool accordionist/keyboardist Hailu Mergia at Pioneer Works in Red  Hook

7/2, 4 PM clarinet virtuoso Thomas Piercy leads a quintet playing rarely heard new and recent chamber works by Japanese composers Chatori Shimizu,Kyoko Hirai,Tadao Sawai, Rokuzaemon Kineya and David Su at Bargemusic, free

7/2, 7 PM jazz vibraphone powerhouse Warrren Wolf & the Wolfpack at Joe’s Pub, $18 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 ($22 separate adm) by hilarious top 40 parodists the Dan Band

7/2, 8 PM bassist Little Lesley & the Bloodshots play their wild original rockabilly at Hill Country Brooklyn, free

7/2, 9 PM edgy bassist/songwriter Georgia Weber’s Sleeved Hearts punk jazz project followed at 10 by the blazing African-flavored No Small Money Brass Band at the Way Station

7/2, 9 PM tuneful, darkly enigmatic indie rock guitar icon Chris Brokaw in the back room at Hifi Bar, note $10 cover

7/2, 11ish intense stoner metal band the Space Merchants followed by the Dead Milkmen’s Joe Jack Talcum at the Cobra Club

7/3, 8 PM legendary, intense 80s/90s bedroom pop/folk noir cult heroine Barbara Manning at Union Hall, $8

7/7, 7:30 PM  intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/7, 10 PM perrennially popular, edgy first-wave circus punks World Inferno at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm

7/9, 7 PM latin rockers Buscabulla followed byintense, politically aware songwriter Alynda Segarra a.k.a. Hurray for the Riff Raff at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/9, 8:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost and Emily Rogers – sort of like the Dirty Three with good, darkly Americana-inflected vocals –  at Union Hall, $10

7/10, 7 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her band at Club Bonafide, $10

7/12, 7 PM violinist Francesca Anderegg leads a chamber ensemble playing the album release show for her new one Wild Cities, with works by Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Ryan Francis, Clint Needham and Reinaldo Moya at National Sawdust

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

7/13 newschool roots reggae band the Movement aboard the Jewel, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from the pier behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River, $25 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc

7/14, 8 PM sophisticated, quirky, intense French accordionist/chanteuse Jessica Fichot followed by a screening of the film The Triplets of Belleville with live score by guitaristcomposer Benoit Charest at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/15, 7:30 PM hypnotically funky Ethiopian harp jams with Krar Collective followed by fearlessly political French-Algerian rai rock legend Rachid Taha – sort of the Joe Strummer of the French-Arabic world – at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/15-16, 8 PM the first US appearance by explosive Balkan horn group the Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Orchestra since 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail, hurry up while they last

7/16, 8 PM ex-Crooked Still frontwoman and soaring Americana bandleader Aoife O’Donovan at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/19, 7:30 PM popular, amazingly eclectic indie classical orchestra the Knights play works by Bartók, Busoni, Dvořák, Boccherini, Shawn Conley and Taraf De Haïdouks at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

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

7/21, 7:30 PM up-and-coming jazzz harpist Brandee Younger and her band at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/21, 7:30 PM the Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., and his jazz drummer kid Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, and guests Ladysmith Black Mambazo mashing up southern gospel and African sounds at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/21, 10 PM hauntingly atmospheric art-rock siren Marissa Nadler – who’s sort of become a one-woman Pink Floyd – at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm

7/22, 7 PM oldschool soul/R&B legend Barbara Lynn on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/22, 7:30 PM Niger’s psychedelic desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino with his band at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/22, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with Louis Langrée, conductor and violin soloist Simone Porter play an all-Mozart program:Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216 and the famous Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 (“Jupiter”) at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/23, 7:30 PM New Orleans hard funk bandleader Jon Batiste & Stay Human at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/23, 11 PM appropriately named three-guitar flamenco-rock instrumental powerhouse Incendio at Club Bonafide

7/24, 7:30 PM haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists Miramar – whose Sylvia Rexach covers are to die for – followed by salsa dura pioneers Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/27, 7 PM theatrical parlor pop crooner/songwriter Dane Terry on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, noon, an oldschool/newschool jazz vocal summit, focused on the blues:  Catherine Russell, Charenee Wade, and Brianna Thomas at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/29, 7 PM surrealistically slinky, wickedly fun psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at Summer on the Hudson in Harlem

7/29, 7:30 PM alto sax luminary Yosvany Terry leads his quintet followed by edgy African/Middle Eastern singer/bandleaderAngelique Kidjo with percussion ace Pedrito Martinez playing a Celia Cruz tribute at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/29, 7 PM oldschool 60s style blue-eyed soul crooner Eli “Paperboy” Reed on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/29, 8:30 PM perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat dancefloor jamband Antibalas at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29 the Mekaal Hasan Band play fiery Indian/Pakistani psychedelic art-rock at Joe’s Pub

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

7/30, 8:30 PM 90s stoner hip-hop/trip-hop faves Digable Planets at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/30, 10 PM psychedelic latin soul with Chicano Batman at Bowery Ballroom, $12 gen adm

7/30, midnight the epic, ornate, pyrotechnic Serbian-style Raya Brass Band and slinky, funky female-fronted Middle Eastertn jamband Sekanjabin at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

7/31, 9:30 PM Jenny Lewis’ new punk/pop trio Nice As Fuck at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

8/1, 9 PM this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock, Edward Rogers and his killer band at Rough Trade, $15

8/2, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays works by Lutoslawski, Turine, Monteverdi, Jalbert and Dvorak at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/3, 7 PM the explosive, richly angst-fueled Manhattan Camerata Tango-Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires followed by Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/5, 7:30 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 7:30 PM a cool indie classical/postminimalist/postrock twinbill with Tigue Percussion followed by Paola Prestini‘s deep-space Hubble Cantata at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

8/12, 7:30 PM wry, blues-tinged stadium rock favorites Dr. Dog team up with adventurous young orchestra the Knights at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

8/12, 8 PM jazz vibraphoniste Yuhan Su and her group play kinetic, towering originals inspired by a ancient Chinese sun god myth at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs

8/13, 5 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival singers and members of the public (i.e. you) perform David Lang’s populist new choral work The Public Domain on the plaza at Lincoln Center, your participation is encouraged

Another Hauntingly Lyrical, Richly Jangly Masterpiece from Son of Skooshny

From 1978 until the band more or less dissolved somewhere around the late 90s – yet released a final single just this year – guitarist/songwriter Mark Breyer fronted Skooshny. The jangly powerpop trio still enjoys a cult following. Sort of the missing link between the Church, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, they played a single live show: an Arthur Lee benefit. As cred goes, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Since the group disbanded (but hey, we can always hope), Breyer has soldiered on as Son of Skooshny. And his songwriting, always packed with clever puns, multiple levels of meaning and an incessant angst, has never been better. With arrangements and spectacular multi-instrumentation from producer Steve Refling, Son of Skooshny’s catchy, anthemic latest album, the sardonically titled Confection, is streaming at Bandcamp.

Breyer claims to be technologically inept but he has a handle on marketing, releasing most of the album as singles over the past few months. Several of these have been featured on this page as they appeared, There’s Cloud Cover, “a wistful, dreamily uneasy transcontinental flight scenario. Just a Test is even better, a backbeat stomp that’s one of the funniest songs Breyer’s ever written…and then it gets dark. Refling turns in some of his finest work as a one-man version of the Church.”

No Ho “paints a gently devastating portrait of existential angst and understated despair, a couple doomed from the start traipsing their way through a vivid LA milieu. And the title could be as savage for the girl as the narrator’s prospects are bleak.”

Half of the World is Breyer at his sardonic, metaphorically-loaded best, opening this lushly swaying 70s folk-pop gem through the eyes of a guy trying to focus as the snow swirls around his eyes: Then,

Even this drunkard who chants between sips
And tries to keep the Lord’s name on his lips
Will surely move on and progress
When the mannequin changes its dress
It can see more than half of the world

As good as these tracks are, they pale next to The Subtle Eye. It’s one of best songs to come over the transom here in the past few years, never mind months, one of those 4 AM repeat-button numbers (in context: Matthew Grimm’s suicide narrative West Allis; Marianne Dissard’s drained and depleted Am Letzen; Karla Rose’s grimly defiant Time Well Spent).

Refling’s trebly accordion sheen belies a sadness that will rip your heart out. This is about dead people appearing in dreams – and it’s a wish song. Long-gone parents make fleetingly ominous appearances; a beloved canine comes to the rescue. That Breyer doesn’t completely rule out a happy ending is almost crueler than if he’d just wrapped it up on a depressing note: be careful what you wish for since you might not get it. It capsulizes his worldview, resolutely dreaming his way through every stop sign. Watch for this on the best albums of 2016 page if we get that far.

Singles for the Weekend

Memorial Day weekend in New York – damn, it’s good to be alive. If only the trains weren’t such a mess, it would be fun to actually go out and enjoy this city since all the yuppie puppies have gone back to mommy and daddy in Minnesota. Last night at Barbes, there actually was a good crowd who’d come out to see Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality run through a tantalizing handful of otherworldy undulating Ethiopiques numbers, trumpeter Omar Little channeling Miles Davis with his moody resonance.

Meanwhile, the singles continue to pile up here. Here are some of the best of the bunch for your listening pleasure. Click on the artist name for their webpage; click on the song title for streaming audio.

Elisa PeimerGood Song
“I haven’t been this happy in a long long time – and I’ll never write a good song again.” The last verse is pricelessly funny. Bad relationships: the gift that keeps on giving! (via elisapeimer.com). She’s at First Acoustics Coffeehouse in downtown Brooklyn on 6/12 at 6 (six)  PM.

Brad Cole Hey Susanne
Noir bossa with disquietingly weird screechy electro tinges (youtube)

WoodheadPassage of Time
A darkly jagged, rhythmically tricky update on rainy-day late 70s King Crimson art-rock, with a killer chorus (soundcloud)

Paul De JongGolden Gate 
An echoey, gently ominous Clint Mansell-style soundtrack pastiche from the Books guitarist (via youtube). He’s at National Sawdust on 6/30

Fiona BricePostcards of…
A gently crescendoing, horizontal-ish, grey-sky cinematic mood piece for strings. Hang with it as it slowly rises and you won’t be disappointed (soundcloud)

Exploded ViewOrlando
Hypnotically echoing, icy post-Siouxsie postpunk from this politically fearless British crew (soundcloud)

Texas Art-Rock Jamband and Neil Young Collaborators Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Williamsburg Tonight

If the idea of blowing off work or school today to wait for hours in the suddenly scorching sun for this evening’s free MOMA Summergarden event – where the new Neil Young album is being premiered over the PA at 6 out behind the museum – doesn’t appeal to you, there’s a relatively inexpensive alternative tonight at Brooklyn Bowl where Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who back Young on the record, are playing their own stuff at around 9. Cover is a reasonable $15. That a band that packs stadiums coast to coast hasn’t sold out this comparatively smaller venue testifies to something really troubling as far as live music in New York is concerned.

The group’s latest album Something Real is streaming at Spotify. The opening track, Surprise, is exactly that, kicking off with a wry Pink Floyd quote and then hitting a bluesy metal sway over an altered version of the hook from Sabbath’s Paranoid .Then they make a doublespeed Blue Oyster Cult boogie of sorts out of it. The title track is a straight-up boogie: “I got tired of trying to please everybody…you’re just a name in a picture frame,” the bandleader rails, then bassist Corey McCormick, percussionist Tato Melgar and drummer Anthony LoGerfo take it down for a searing, blues-infused solo. These guys don’t coast on their bloodlines: Lukas and Micah Nelson play like they really listened to their dad…at his loudest.

Set Me Down on a Cloud has a pretty straight-up, growling Neil-style country-rock sway. Don’t Want to Fly has a similar groove, a dark stoner blues gem that David Gilmour would probably love to have written. Ugly Color is an unlikely successful, epic mashup of Santana slink, Another Brick in the Wall art-pop and BoDeans highway rock. Speaking of the BoDeans, the ballad Georgia is a tensely low-key ringer for something from that band circa 1995.

This brother outfit goes back to boogie blues with the strutting I’ll Make Love to You Any Ol’ Time. Then they blast through Everything Is Fake in a swirling hailstorm of tremolo-picking. The album winds up with an amped-up cover of Scott McKenzie’s famous 1967 janglepop hit San Francisco, Neil Young cameo included. It’s sad how so few children of noteworthy rock musicians have lived up to their parents’ greatness – on the other hand, it’s heartwarming to see these guys join the ranks of Amy Allison (daughter of Mose), the Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan and Sean Lennon. And these guys rock a lot harder than all of them.

Heather Holloway & the Heebie Jeebies Draw You Into Their Gently Haunting World

Nobody in New York sings I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with more subtly resigned, haunting resonance than Heather Holloway. And she does it with a gentle, wistful smile. With her serene, almost ghostly presence in front of her eclectic, simmering swing combo the Heebie Jeebies, she doesn’t fit the stereotype of your typical torch singer. She’s like a messenger from a lost era of smoky hotel bars and black-and-white film sets, quietly intimating that you should join her in a return to a more pleasant time when after work meant cocktail hour rather than trudging to the night job just to pay a share of the rent. She and the band have a Wednesday night 7 PM residency at the lobby bar at the Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow St; they’re also at Radegast Hall, a regular haunt, on June 6 at around 8. If Lynchian sounds are your thing and you can handle the Ludlow Street strip – or, for that matter, if it breaks your heart to see how the area’s been devastated and turned into a playground for the entitled and pampered – her show might provide some solace.

She played at Radegast on a misty weeknight last month, the perfect ambience for her calmly bittersweet reinterpretations of a bunch of well-worn standards. Holloway’s delivery is disarmingly direct: she doesn’t use much vibrato, and then only at the end of a phrase, and there’s none of the over-the-top vampiness that so many other chanteuses work. Julie London comes to mind; so does Bliss Blood, although Holloway doesn’t have either singer’s sharp edges. What she does is more nebulous, and enveloping – and completely inscrutable. The band behind her provides the bite, particularly accordionist Albert Behar, whose terse spirals and fluttering lead lines added to the solitary Les Deux Magots atmosphere, matched by guitarist Adam Moezinia’s precise, distantly Django-influenced clusters and cadenzas. Meanwhile, bassist Joanna Sternberg showed off the same irrepressible sense of humor on bass that she does when she plays guitar and sings her front-porch folk songs, swooping up and down the scale and taking a couple of cheerily balletesque solos.

Maybe because the little front stage at the entrance to the big beerhall didn’t have room for everybody, Holloway placed herself out in front of them on the floor, almost motionless, with the poise of a wirewalker or a mime. Even the upbeat material – Sunny Side of the Street and Blues Skies, for example – had an opaque quality and a distant unease. By contrast, she found deep-sky longing in When You Wish Upon a Star. St. James Infirmary was somewhere in the middle, part bitter blues lament, part confident self-penned requiem. With an understated grace, Holloway has slipped into a niche just past the edge of the shadows before you hit girl-down-the-well Julee Cruise territory, and if you’re here in town you have plenty of chances to see her.

Palehound Brings Her Uneasily Lyrical Psychedelic Pop and New Wave to Los Sures

Would you go to the base of the Williamsburg Bridge for distantly brooding female-fronted psychedelic pop or catchy, tersely energetic new wave? If so, Palehound at Baby’s All Right tonight, May 25 at 10 is your thing. Cover is $14.

Guitarist/singer Palehound, a.k.a. Ellen Kempner, has a debut album wryly titled Dry Food streaming at Bandcamp – if you’re wondering what the joke is, just imagine you’re a dog. On one hand, for someone as young as Kempner to be riding such a wave of hype – at least from the PR machine behind her – is cause for suspicion. On the other hand, her songs are smart and relevant, she sings in an unaffectedly strong voice, and as a bonus there’s a lot of offhandedly savage, Babyshambles-ish guitar chord-chopping here.

The album’s opening track, Molly, is a time trip back to 1981, jagged flurries of guitar on the verse giving way to a catchy, jangly chorus over Jesse Weiss’ skitttish drums and a dancing eighth-note bassline from Dave Khoshtinat. On the surface, at least, it seems to be about a selfish girl rather than the drug.

Healthier Folk – a sarcastic dig at how the beauty product industry makes a fortune off feeding and encouraging womens’ insecurities – has a freak-folk sway, fueled by careening slide guitar over a bed of opaque acoustics and cymbals, up to a big dreampop peak. “Pushing back your tongue with my clenched-teeth home security system,” Kempner sings with a breathy unease in Easy, a creepy, shapeshifting post-party scenario.

Cinnamon sounds like a haphazard take on jaunty sunshower Cardigans lounge-pop, with hints of early Lush. The album’s eerily waltzing folk noir title track layers spare guitar and Kempner’s whisperingly cynical vocals over simmering organ. “You made beauty a monster to me, still kissing all the ugly things I see,” she half-whispers.

The spare, dusky Dixie is the folkiest number here. Cushioned Caging is the best and loudest, part clangy southwestern gothic bolero, part Sleater-Kinney. The album closes with the catchy See Konk, a sinisterly dispassionate account of loss and madness. Believe the hype: Palehound is every bit as worth hearing as she’s been made out to be.

Above the Moon Transcend an Awful Sound Mix to Play a Deliciously Catchy Friday Night Show

You would think that a sound guy would relish the opportunity to mix a set by twin-guitar rockers Above the Moon, considering how catchy, and interesting, and texturally delicious their songs are. And then there’s the matter of the lustre, and puwer, and nuance of frontwoman/guitarist Kate Griffin’s exquisite voice. What did the sound guy at Leftfied do last Friday night when somebody in the crowd asked for more vocals? Did he tweak a couple of inputs, maybe, lower the drums or the guitars a tad? Nope.

He took her vocals out of the mix. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, right? At least you’ll be able to hear her when the band plays an extremely rare acoustic set at 9:30 PM tomorrow night, May 25 at the Bitter End, where the Aquarian – sort of the across-the-Hudson counterpart to the Village Voice – has been staging nights of bands fron their home state. Cover is $10.

Last Friday, only in the quietest moments was that spun-crystal voice audible, and then only through the stage monitors. So for all intents and purposes, the band played an instrumental set. Although Griffin’s vocals are probably what everybody in the crowd came to hear, to the band’s credit, they held their own as an instrumental unit, testament to how memorable their tunesemithing is. The subtle upper-midrange distinctions between Griffin’s Telecaster – which she often ran through what sounded like an old analog chorus pedal for an expecially tasty, deep-space jangle – and lead guitarist James Harrison’s Strat, which he played using a wah for all sorts of subtle and dramatic oscillations – were front and center throughout the show. Bassist Shawn Murphy played bitingly tuneful, catchy lines high up the fretboard, Peter Hook style, often serving as a second lead guitar. Powerhouse drummer John Gramuglia built drama when he wasn’t swinging the midtempo stuff by the tail, or providing a punchy postpunk pulse.

Some of the material followed what would become a famiiar and very effective pattern, a tensely enigmatic verse into a big, clanging, triumphant payoff on the chorus. A couple of other numbers took that idea and flipped the script. On one hand, there were echoes of the jaggedly minimalistic insistence of 90s bands like Versus, and the occasional oblique swipe from Harrison back toward  vintage Sonic Youth or Shellac. On the other hand, there was always a hummable tune somewhere, whether in the big buildup to a chorus, or the melancholy twang of the midtempo number toward the end of the set that proved to be the night’s high point. On one hand, taking Griffin out of the mix was criminal, like hitting the mute during a Prince guitar solo. On the other, Above the Moon turned into a great instrumental band – for one show and one show only, let’s hope.

Karine Poghosyan Reinvents Late Romantic Piano Classics with Spot-On Humor and Sensational Chops

It’s hard to imagine a more colorful pianist in Manhattan than Karine Poghosyan, which comes as no surprise when you learn that she’s the daughter of the great Armenian-American painter Razmik Pogosyan. She’s got a larger-than-life stage persona, striking costumes, fearsome technique, and an irrepressible sense of humor. No other pianist seems to have as much fun onstage as she does: anyone who thinks that classical music is stuffy needs to see this fearless spirit in action. Last night at the DiMenna Center, she earned a couple of standing ovations for her signature, breathtaking pyrotechnics but also for her counterintutive insight and unselfconsciiously deep, meticulous, individualistic interpretation of a daunting program of works by Grieg, Liszt, Komitas Vardapet and Stravinsky.

She divided the program into two parts, essentially: reckless abandon, then spellbinding, rapidfire phantasmagoria. The attention to detail and revelatory, dynamic approach she brought to a trio of lyric pieces by Grieg – To Spring, Minuet: Vanished Days, and the famous Wedding Day at Troldhaugenand – gave each a cinematic sweep that puts to shame the kind of rote versions you might hear on WQXR. The first was as suspenseful as it was verdant: Poghosyan is unsurpassed at finding fleeting details and jokes that other players might gloss over, and then bringing them front and center, whether that might have been a defiant “take that!” swipe at the low keys, or a “yessss!” moment when a big crescendo reached exit velocity. And what a surprise the last of the three turned out to be. Where others find straight-up pageantry, Poghosyan channeled sarcasm and subtle parody. As the big processional took shape, Grieg might not have been throwing a stinkbomb at the assembly of Nordic gentry, but he was definitely putting something in the punch bowl.

Poghosyan did the exact opposite with the Liszt. Where other players would most likely find bombast, she looked for poignancy and then brought that out, with shapeshifting interpretations of three Hungarian Rhapsodies. After the intermission (and a new gown, and a ponytail to keep her hair in check as she swayed and flung her head back) she followed with her own innovative, harmonically rich arrangement of three bittersweet miniatures from the Komitas Vardapet book. Komitas, widely considered to be the father of modern Armenian music, was a sort of Middle Eastern amalgam of Allen Lomax and Bela Bartok, and his exhaustive archive – compiled under cruelly difficult circumstances – deserves to be vastly better known. Hypnotically stately motives gave way to what could have been the roots of Erik Satie as the balletesque pulse grew more prominent, glistening in its otherworldly unresolve.

Poghosyan wound up the bill with three movements from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka: how she managed to maintain such fluid, legato phrasing at such high volume, with such a pummeling attack, defies the imagination. But it wasn’t always so seamless. As clever and amusing as the first part of the bill was, she was all business, matching surgical precision to chainsaw ferocity through the anvil chorus of the Russian Dance, then the surrealism and schizophrenic contrasts in Chez Petrouchka – in Poghosyan’s hands, a loony puppet to rival anything Schoenberg ever envisioned. The closing theatrics of Le Semaine Grasse were riveting in every sense of the word, her dynamic shifts giving her extra headroom for raising the rafters with its gritty, ironic, harrowingly difficult closing cascades.

This performance was staged by Project 142, whose popularity as a house concert series on the Upper West Side outgrew its original West End Avenue digs. They’ve since found a new home at the DiMenna Center: their next concert there, on June 12 at 3 PM features solo and chamber music by female composers Jessie Montgomery, Margaret Bonds, Ethel Smyth, Florence Price and Rebecca Clark. Cover is $15.

Dada Paradox Pick Up Where the Wickedly Catchy, Lyrically Brilliant Larch Left Off

In recent years at least, it’s hard to imagine a more productive rock music couple than Ian and Liza Roure. As the brain trust of both the Larch and Liza & the WonderWheels, they made a mark as purveyors of hook-driven, lyrically sharp Elvis Costello-ish tunesmithing and acerbically catchy psychedelia, respectively. When both bands imploded, the Wheels morphed into Tracy Island – fronted by Liza, on guitar – and the Larch became Dada Paradox, fronted by Ian on a multitude of guitars, bass and percussion, with Liza on keys. Dada Paradox picks right up where the Larch left off with 2014’s In Transit without missing a beat. The new album, Mobile Flight – streaming at the band’s webpage – has some of the most memorable songwriting released this year, and the duo will bring it to the stage at the release show on May 25 at 8 PM at Bowery Electric. Low-key psychedelic crew Psychic Lines open the night at 7; cover is $10.

The anthemically crescendoing opening track, Find Ways to Matter traces an uneasily metaphorical space travel narrative over a tasty bed of judiciously multitracked guitar textures: the interweave between the acoustic, the electrics and the twelve-string is intricate and Byrdsy to the point where it’s hard to tell which is playing what. Light hand percussion rather than a full drumkit has the paradoxical effect of directing attention to Roure’s lattice of fretwork, adding a low-key bedroom pop charm.

The twelve-string also takes centerstage over twinkling electric piano on the first of a handful of miniatures here, the wistful, gently nocturnally-tinged Here Comes Another Day. From there the duo segue into the album’s catchiest and also most nonchalantly ominous track, the tropically-tinged Another Day in Paradise. It’s Squeeze’s Pulling Mussels without the one-note guitar solo, updated for the teens with a backdrop of global warming.

The resolute, propulsive Happy Families, another track from the late Larch days, looks back to vintage, offhandedly savage Armed Forces-era Costello with its sardonic portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Executive doing a number on each other while trying to keep up appearances. Spooky Action surrealistically explores an eerie sci-fi action-at-a-distance scenario over a stately Britfolk waltz, Ian’s recorder and Liza’s ghost-girl vocal harmonies ramping up the mysterioso ambience.

A gentle baroque keyboard interlude leads into the wryly sarcastic character study Inflexible Flyer, Ray Davies channeled through the prism of peak-era, mid-90s Blur. For those who don’t get the joke, the Flexible Flyer was a popular kids’ snow sled back in the 60s and 70s. There are a couple of folk-flavored tracks here –  The Far Side of the Fray has a deadpan savagery in the same vein as Roger Waters’ The Bravery of Being Out of Range, while The Apocalypse Cheering Committee is as cynically funny as you would expect from this crew.

There’s also Solar Birds, aloft on a keening slide guitar line with an early 70s pastoral Pink Floyd feel, and the album’s majestically jangly closing escape anthem, Sorrows of Stephen: “The sorrow suffocates, to draw a free breath seems like it’s worth the risk that you take,” Ian encourages. A good fifteen-plus years since the Larch started ripping it up in scruffy dives all over Brooklyn, it’s good to see the Roures arguably at the peak of their career as players and songwriters. Count this among the half-dozen best releases to come out of New York this year.