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

by delarue

Daily updates. Since May is when most of the free outdoor concert series are announced, if there’s one month you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often, this is it. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

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

Thursdays through 5/26, 9ish soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda at Hell Phone, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick. L to Morgan Ave., $10 or $15 incl. a download of her new ep.

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. 5/19 at 7 and 5/22 at 4, continuing the conversation with and about Mozart with input from Schumann, Albeniz and Brahms. Waiting in the wings: Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky (!), Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in May, 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 Mayl, 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 May, 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 May 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 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 May 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 in May at 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band at Barbes

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

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

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

Sundays in May, 4 PM Triple Paste – new quintet with Eric Pakula on alto sax, Matt Darriau on clarinet and tenor, Katie Down on flute, vocals and ukulele, Matt Applebaum on guitar and Ray Parker on bass – play swing tunes from the 20’s and 30’s as well as some originals and new interpretations of Lenny Tristano works at Barbes

Sundays in May, 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.

Sundays in May, 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.

5/1, half past noon, edgy jazz chanteuse Ramona Renea and her combo play a thematic, politically relevant Nina Simone tribute show at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec. They’re also here on 5/8.

5/1, 2 PM composer Skip La Plante plays his epic new suite for thousands of chimes at Flushing Town Hall, free

5/1, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beethoven Sonata No.6, Op.10 No.2; Sonata No.26, Op.81a; Sonata No.12, Op.26 and Sonata No.30, Op.109 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

5/1, 7 PM otherworldly, intensely lyrical post-PJ Harvey vocal powerhouse Jessi Robertson, similarly spellbimding folk noir songwriter Lara Ewen and edgy powerpop trio Rony’s Insomnia at Hell Phone in Bushwick

5/1, 7 PM art-rockers the Universal Thump present the second installment of their Seder-Songwriter Project: funny and poignant new songs on Passover themes by artists including Serena Jost, Pete Galub, Anna Copa Cabanna, Chicha Libre’s Josh Camp and others at Joe’s Pub, $15

5/1, 8 PM Chinese Music Ensemble NY plays sweeping, lush orchestral themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/2, 7 PM the Blind Suns play surfy female-fronted dreampop at Shrine

5/2, 7 PM brief sets by magician pan-Asian singer Jen Shyu + Jade Tongue, the Del Sol Quartet, and Organ Monk at National Sawdust, free

5/2, 8 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Cake Shop, $10

5/2, 8:30 PM fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger leads her trio at Bar Lunatico

5/2, 9 PM Iintense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 5/9 at 9:30 they’re at Club Bonafide, free

5/2, 9 PM cutting-edge postbop jazz vibraphonist Behn Gillece and his combo at the Fat Cata

5/2, 9ish intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix recs

5/3-7, 7:30/9:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $30 ($35 on the weekend)

5/3, 8 PM Klazztet (fiery klezmer/Eastern European jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz acoustic) playing classic Balkan and Middle Eastern themes at t Jebon, 15 St. Marks Place, downstairs

5/3, 8 PM a steampunk/circus rock/darkwave quadruplebill: Nathaniel Johnstone, circus rock band Not Waving But Drowning, Jeff Mach‘s rock opera and synthy swoopers Psyche Corporation at Drom, $10

5/3, 8 PM tuneful pianist Kris Davis leads a quartet including Mary Halvorson on guitar at the Stone, $20. At 10 (separate $20 adm) Halvorson leads hers.

5/3, 8 PM Mike Alfreds directs Jane Afnrield in The Tin Ring, a dramatization of Zdenka Fantlová’s harrowing Holocaust memoir, Q&A to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/3-8, 8/10:30 PM jazz bass legend Ron Carter celebrates his 79th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. 5/3-4 with his nonet; 5-5-6 leading a quartet and the rest of the week he leads a trio

5/3, 8:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico

5/3, 9:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

5/3, 10:30 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his combo at Smalls 

5/4, 6 PM magical Nepali madal zither player Raj Kapoor with Amrit Biswokarma on flute and sarangi at the Rubn Museum of Art, free w/museum adm 

5/4, 6:30 PM intriguing,up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee – formerly of adventurous all-female jazz/art-rock band the Cave Women – at the Bar Next Door with Jordan Morton on bass and Nathan Ellman-Bell on srums, She’s also there on 5/10

5/4, 7 PM a screening of Murry Sidlin’s documentary Defiant Requiem, exploring the subversive performance of Verdi’s Requiem byconductor Rafael Schächter and his prisoner choir in the Terezín Concentration Camp, Q&A with the director to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/4, 7 PM guitarist Cameron Mizell – whose take on Bill Frisell-style pastoral jazz tends toward the atmospheric and cinematic – leads his organ trio at Shrine

5/4-5, 7/9 PM disarmingly direct, individualistic, warmly compelling rising star jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her quintet with Steve Wilson on alto sax at Smoke. Tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman leads hers afterward around midnight

5/4, 7:30 PM rising star jazzwomen: lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – leds her band ($15) followed at 9:30 by fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger and her quartet at Club Bonafide, $10

5/4, 8 PM Barbes comes to the ‘Shweck: psychedelic cumbia night with Yotoco, Los Aliens and El Combo Chimbita at the Silent Barn, $8

5/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/4, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Sidewalk. They’re also at Otto’s on 5/15 at 8

5/4, 8 PM Frederic Rzewski plays The Road, Part VII: Final Preparations (1999-2001) at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud Ursula Oppens plays more Rzewski piano works on 4/6, same time, same deal. On 5/7 at 8 and 5/8 at 4 at 8 the compose leads an all-star quintet playing new works for piano four hands and chamber group

5/4, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, often haunting jazz guitarist Todd Neufeld leads his quintet with Rema Hasumi, voice; Thomas Morgan, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Billy Mintz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 

5/4 Jenny Lewis’ new band Nice as Fuck (NAF) with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas at Webster Hall

5/5,1 PM the Borromeo String Quartet play Alberto Ginastera – String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (1958, Rev. 1968); Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at Trinity Church, free 

5/5, 7 PM the New York premiere of Murry Sidlin’s new multimedia concert-drama Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composers, showcasing music by fifteen composers imprisoned in Terezín in WWII, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/5, 7:30 PM the Enso String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat major (“Harp”) and Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/5, 7;30 PM drummer Ullysses Owens Jr. leads a tribute to Mulgrew Miller; at 10:30 tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quintet afterward at Smalls 

5/5, 7:30/9 PM cutting-edge organ jazz grooves with the Akiko Tsuruga Trio at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $15

5/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes. 5/12, 7:30 PM she’s at Pangea

5/5, 8 PM intense multi-instrumentalist and art-rock/folk noir bandleader Spottiwoode & His Enemies at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/4, 8 PM magical, delicate, otherworldly Korean traditional muaic: YoungJae Kim plays haegeum, the Korean fiddle accompanied by SunHo Kim on daegeum (bamboo flute) at the Korea Society, 950 Third Ave., 8th Fl, $20

5/5, 8 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman do their haunting duo thing at the Stone, $20

5/5, 8 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean sings selections from her forthcoming Hildegard Von Bingen opera In the Green at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

5/5, 8 PM guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila with mbira virtuoso Chartwell Dutiro at Shrine. 5/11, 7 PM they’re at Barbes

5/5-9, 8 PM a soundpainting (improvisational musical conducting, similar to Butch Morris’ Conduction) festival at the Firehouse Space, too many interesting players/acts to list, full list is here.

5/5, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

5/5, 8 PM New York premieres of string orchestra works by Mexican composers Carlos Chavez, Leandro Espinosa, Max Lifchitz and Salvador Torre at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, (between Bway & Columbus), free

5/5, 9 PM the Whiskey Spitters‘ wizard of the strings Ernie Vega on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle,at the Jalopy Tavern

5/5, 10 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at at Skinny Dennis

5/5, 10 PM Brain Cloud’s tapdancing western swing frontwoman Tamar Korn & Kornukopia at St. Mazie’s 

5/6, 7 PM darkly intense parlor pop songwriter Peg Simone, haunting folk noir singer and bandleader Jessie Kilguss  and the Debutante Hour’s charmingly lyrical, quirky Susan Hwang at Basement Bar in Bushwick 

5/6, 7 PM an evening of Haitian vodou and rara music with the Asòtò band featuring Haitian Vodou singer Sirene Dantor, and KONGO Haitian Roots Music directed by Oneza Lafontant. at the New School’s Johnson / Kaplan Auditorium, 66 W 12th St, free

5/6, 7:30 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

5/6, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band , at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

5/6, 7:30 PM the Kim-Larsen-Park Trio featuring: Ann Kim, violin Ben Larsen, cello Jeong-Hwa Park, piano playing Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12 Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 Schumann Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80 at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba, also streaming live at http://www.BKCM.ORG/LIVE

5/6, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow followed at 10 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/6, 8 PM sassy, lyrically edgy female-fronted original oldtimey swing band the Fascinators at Sidewalk

5/6, 8 PM toy piano icon Phyllis Chen programs a theme night perusing “unusual spaces.” including two world premieres: Caccia by Jo Kondo, and a new original work, ceaturing Chen and the JACK Quartet. The JACK Quartet also perform John Luther Adams’ The Wind in High Places, plus bassoonist Rebekah Heller performing Nathan Davis’ On speaking a hundred names, and scientist/musician/instrument-builder Daniel Jodocy presenting his musical suitcases, at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St in Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St, free

5/6, 8 PM John Medeski takes a turn on organ with Uri Caine on piano at the Stone, $20. At 10 ($20 separate adm) Medeski leads a trio with Dave Fiuczynski (guitar) Calvin Weston (drums)

5/6. 8 PM Mexican folk-rock jamband the Villalobos Bros. at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/6, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/6, 8:30 PM expertoy jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioineer Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $15

5/6, 8:30 PM the fun oldtime  East River String Band at the American Folk Art Museum

5/6, 8:30 PM vibraphone-piano improvs with Anthony Smith and Jim Ridl at I-Beam, $15. Smith is there the following night 5/7 leading a guitar/sax/drums quartet

5/6, 9 PM soul-rockers No Ice – charismatic bandleader Jamie Frey’s successor band to the someday-legendary Brooklyn What – followed eventually at 11 by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at Shea Stadium, $10 all ages

5/6, 9 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free. 5/28 they’re at the Brooklyn branch at 8 PM

5/6, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful trio wih Matt Brewer, bass; Justin Faulkner, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

5/6, 10 PM purist reverbtoned original instrumental rockers Strange but Surf followed eventually at midnight by deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Otto’s

5/6, 10:30 PM B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat.

5/6, 11 PM the self-explanatory Balkan Express play Romany sounds at Drom, $10

5/6, 11 PM ominous postrock tableaux with banjo, slide guitar and sax from Hostile Beauty at Pete’s

5/6, midnight guitarist/singer Kiki Sabater’s careeningly psychedelic, Hole-like power trio Slow Suck at Muchmore’s, free

5/7, 11 AM the haunting, magical, all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/7, 2 PM Brooklyn’s original Balkan horn band, Hungry March Band play a Kentucky Derby show at the Bell House, $8 adv tix rec

5/7, 2 PM a free rooftop show by cult favorite 50s cool jazz pianist Bertha Hope & Jazzberry Jam plus melodic jazz bassist Mimi Jones leading her group at the Graham Triangle. 138 St. & 3rd. Ave.

5/7, 3 PM organist Noriko Kumada plays works by Bach, Messiaen, and William Albright at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

5/7, 3 PM oldschool 60s psychedelic funk band Merrymakers Orchestrina at Paperbox, free

5/7, 3 and 7 PM Parthenia, “New York’s premiere viol consort,” perform Semper Dowland, the complete Lachrimae collection of 1604 by John Dowland at the Vélez Blanco Patio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/7, 3 PM mixed-period ensemble the Colonials play their new arrangement of Schubert’s Trout Variations with six new contemporary segments by Brad Balliett, Lembit Beecher, Jonathan Dawe, Paul Epstein, Molly Joyce, and Gity Razaz interwoven into the fourth movement of his Piano Quintet in A Major at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/7, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 6 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band and at 10 by epic, sweeping, adventurous Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

5/7, 5 PM a rare US performance by underground Belgian hip-hop artists L’Enfant Pavé and his Bongo Thugs bandmate Kaer Mig One and the Bronx’s own Circa ’95 at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/7, starting at 5 PM, “In response to the recent resurgence of anti-feminist backlashes around the world, most notoriously the neo-masculine movement of rape culture, Legacy Fatale invites both women and men to join in their protest-like march garnering banners from Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick to Grace Exhibition space, followed by a 6:30 performance of the dance suite The Lasso of Truth “representing an awakening from oppression to liberation with an original score by experimental composer Pierrot Carrilero at Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Floor (btwn. Ellery St. & Park Ave.)entrance left of liquor store – ring top buzzer, J/M to Flushing Ave

5/7, 7 PM Rock Against Oligarchy: a Bernie Sanders fundraiser with Bay Kee, Miracle Sweepstakes, Stuydeye at Cake Shop, $10

5/7, 8 PM the aggressively swirly psychedelic/noiserock/dreampop Aquadora, punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black playing the single release show for their ferocious new one at 10 and the similarly excellent, anthemic, grittily 80s-tinged Dark Moon Apache at 11 at Matchless

5/7, 8 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ haunting, atmospheric, cinematic art-rock band Elysian Fields  play the album release show for their new one at the Owl in Ditnas Park, $15

5/7, 8 PM drummer/multi-instrumentalist ssongwriter Alice Bierhorst will be presenting the fullness of her orchestral pop album “The Beacon” at Branded Saloon

5/7, 8 PM joined by guest artists oboist Nancy Ranger, violinist Dan Auerbach and harpsichordists Rebecca Pechefsky and Elaine Funaro play a program of Baroque and modern music for flute, oboe, violin, pcello, and harpsichord. Works include G.F. Telemann’s Quartet in D minor, J.G. Janitsch’s Sonata de Camera in C major, Elliott Carter’s Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and harpsichord, and Graham Lynch’s French Concerto. at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/7, 8 PM, repeating 5/8, 4 PM L.Gray, Michael J. Schumacher, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Nisi Jacobs perform their harrowing newsreel-style multimedia piece Abigail Hobbs which “explores subjugation and its remedy, from Salem Village to the Port Haven Psychiatric Facility, through live multichannel sound improvisation, projection, historical reenactment, and more. In a space between the meta-­ceremonial and a YouTube truther pastiche exists a conjectural Abigail Hobbs, a Monarch/Epsilon anti-heroine avatar, “at the Sunview Luncheonette, 221 Nassau Ave., Greenpoint, $5

5/7, 8:30 PM Americana purist Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show at the big room at the Rockwood, $15, followed eventually (no cover) at 11 by sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery

5/7, 8:30 PM exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at the Lively

5/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with surfed-out tv th from Commercial Interruption, similarly cinematic sounds from the TarantinosNYC, ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones and then surf-loungers Plato Zorba around midnight.

5/7, 9 PM eclectic noir soul/psychedelic/parlor pop songwriter Karina Denike and glampunk band Phantom Fifth at Union Hall, $12

5/7, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura (violin), Michael Sachs (sax/bass clarinet), Chris Ziemba (piano), Matt Aronoff (bass), and Jeremy Noller (drums) – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/7. 10 PM first-class, eclectic ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Skinny Dennis

5/7. 10 PM torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at St. Mazie’s

5/7, 10 PM lots of deviously witty interplay: Uri Caine (piano) Jon Irabagon (sax) at the Stone, $20

5/8, 4 PM he intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

5/8, 4 PM PUBLIQuartet play new works tba for string quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

5/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

5/8, 6 PM acoustic guitarist/French chanson devotee Susanne Layton followed at 8:30 by edgy Chicago chamber jazz trio Twin Talk at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 

5/8, 7 PM oldtimey swing with a Lynchian noir edge from inscrutable jazz chanteuse Heather Holloway and the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall 

5/8, 7 PM twelve-piece contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant play art songs by Matt Marks at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/8, 7 PM the New York Jazzharmonic trio bolstered by drums and bassoon ! at Bar Thalia next door to Symphony Space, free

5/8, 7:30 PM violinist Martin Stoner and pianist Cullan Bryant play works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

5/8, 8 PM a fascinating new chamber suite by composer Denise Mei Yan Hoffman based on crowdsourced first-thing-in-the-morning thoughts at the Glass Box Theatre 55 W 13th St, Arnold Hall at Mannes College of Music

5/8, 8 PM dark twin cello improvisations: Erik Friedlander and Michael Nicolas at the Stone, $20

5/8, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz Band with special guests Val Killen and Anna-Lise Pasch Santella at the Jalopy, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM an allstar band with the gospel-singing trio Como Mamas, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Valerie June, Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and blues vocalist Ruthie Foster play a Sister Rosetta Tharpe tribute at the World Financial Center, free

5/8, 9 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Skinny Dennis. They’re also here on 5/22

5/9, 7 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar

5/9, 7 PM the New York New Music Ensemble plays North American premieres by composers from south of the border: Juan Manuel Quinteros, Javier Alvarez, Diego Tedesco, Pablo Galaz and Miguel Chuaqui at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, $20

5/9 at 7 PM avant garde cult favorites the SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik, with Roscoe Mitchell on woodwinds plays world premieres by Mitchell, Lucie Vítková, and Kotik plus works by George Lewis, Cage, and Stockhausen at Bohemian Hall, 321 E 73rd St.

5/9, 8 PM the extraordinary pianist Haskell Small – specialist in rapt, haunting, quiet music – plays a program including the the New York premiere of John Tavener’s St. Malachy’s – The Actor’s Chapel, 239 W 49th St. His 5/10 concert at the Crypt at the Church of the Intercession. 550 W 155th is sold out.

5/9, 8 PM Kent Tritle leads the Oratorio Society of NY and soloists in the NY premiere of Merrryma’s Jonah and  Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Difficult Times) at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail.

5/9. 8:30 PM colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klezmer Klez Messengers, w/Michael Winograd & Patrick Farrell at the Jalopy, $15

5/9, 9 PM chamber Americana duo the Moon & You and Southern gothic troubadour Ole Fateful at Union Hall, $8

5/10, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar.

5/10, 7 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen play the album release concert for their new one with music of Bartók, Schnittke, Stucky, and Carter at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/10, 7:30 PM amazing, endearing, period-perfect Korean doo-wop swing vocal harmony trio the Barberettes at American Beauty (the old Downtime space), 251 W 30th St., $20

5/10-15, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads a series of duos at the Jazz Standard, $25. Choice pick: final night with alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry

5/10, 7:30 PM bouncy, rustic, retro proto-salsa dance band Los Hacheros featuring Maite Hontelé at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/10, 8 PM bewitchingly intense Nashville gothic/folk noir/jazz/janglerock songwriter Erica Smith, and purist, golden-roiced Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner at Hifi Bar

5/10, 8/9:30 PM glass bells and vocals! How’s that for ethereal and fun and esoteric? Katie Down, glass, winds; Miguel Frasconi, glass, electronics; Terry Dame  home ins (??).; Gelsey Bell, voice at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/10, 8 PM the Strawbs play their lush, ornate 1975 cult favorite art-rock/psychedelic Britfolk album Hero & Heroine in its entirety at B.B King’s, $25 adv tix rec

5/10, 8 PM ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble – perform works by: Ashley Fure / Chaya Czernowin / Luigi Nono; the Mivos Quartet tackle the Helmut Lachenmann, String Quartet No. 3 “GRIDO” (2001) and the Scott Wollschleger, String Quartet No. 2 at Roulette, $20

5/10, 8 PM twin-piano group Ensemble Zofo play two-piano works by Terry Riley plus materilal by Katherine Balch and Dylan Mattingly along with work by David Lang and Urmas Sisask at the Kitchen, $15

5/10, 8 PM Carolyn Leonhart with Helen Sung on piano – who’s awfully good with singers – at Mezzrow, $20. Sung is back with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt at 9:30 on 5/13-14, same deal

5/10, 8 PM the New York Choral Society present Handel’s biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt under the baton of Music Director David Hayes at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.$30 seats avail

5/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM progressive jazz alto sax icon Steve Coleman & Five Elements at the Vanguard, $25

5/10, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band play the album releae show for their new one at the Jalopy, $10

5/10, 9 PM smartly tuneful, pensive newgrass/Americana songsmith Kelley McRae at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/10, 9:30 PM fearless eco-crusader Reverend Billy & the mighty gospel choir Fiery Eagles of Justice play the album release show for their explosive, relevant new one at Joe’s Pub, $12

5/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/10, 11 PM playful, individualistic avant jazz singer Lauren Lee and her Space Jazz Trio at Muchmore’s, $5

5/10 and subsequent dates Diamanda Galas at that church in Harlem is sold out

5/11, 1 PM the Cecilia Coleman Big Band on the plaza at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

5/11, 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating at Hifi Bar

5/11, 8 PM terse, purist cool-voiced Americana singer Vienna D’Amato Hall followed at 9 by kick-ass tuneful powerpop/GBV-influenced bandleader James Barry at the Way Station

5/11, 8 PM Yarn/Wire’s composer portrait of Michael Gordon at the Miller Theatrr is sold out

5/11, 10 PM a rare small-club appearance by soulful virtuoso postbop composer/trumpeter Ingrid Jensen with a quintet at 55 Bar

5/11, midnight, perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at s at the Bell House, $15

5/12, 1 PM irrepressible, charismatic organist Chelsea Chen plays works by Ginastera, Maurice Duruflé, and Nicolas De Grigny at Trinity Church, free

5/12, 7 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy followed by state-of-the-art jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman‘s Mischief & Mayhem ft. Nels Cline, Jim Black, and Todd Sickafoose at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/12, 7:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine, Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and dark post-Velvets songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anne Husick in the round at Sidewalk

5/12, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet finish their Haydn Quartet cycle with Quartets Opus 1, No. 1; Opus 42; Opus 103; and Opus 76, No. 5 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St off Central Park, $20/students and seniors free

5/12, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

5/12, 8 PM bizarre segue, great twinbill: plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

5/12, 8 PM ferocious, brilliantly lyrical punk/powerpop band Wormburner – probably the closest thing to the Jam the US has ever produced – at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

5/12, 8  PM magically slinky vintage 50s-60s Egyptian film music band Zikrayat at Meridian 23, 161 W 23rd St., free

5/12, 8 PM gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Thumbscrew trio with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara play the album release show for their new one Convallaria at Roulette

5/12, 9 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at the Jalopy Tavern, free

5/12, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

5/12, 9:30 PM fiery, elegant flamenco jazz chanteuse Eva Cortes with a solid band: Jon Cowher: piano; Ricky Rodriguez: bass’ Francisco Mela: drums at Club Bonafide, $15

5/12, 9:30 PM George Crumb’s Black Angels : 13 Images From the Dark Land for electric string quartet performed by Ensemble LPR; scintillating soprano Daisy Press performs Favus Distillans from a song cycle based upon Hildegard von Bingen’s Chants to Saint Ursula; plus the the world premiere of Ricardo Romaneiro’s Nocturnal Suite, a multi-movement ethereal nocturne cycle with words and vocals by Hannah Sumner, performed by Ensemble LPR and special guest Sandbox Percussion, harpist Jacqui Kerrod, Ramin & Justin Abrams , and narrator Tom Schubert at House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson, Bushwick, J to Jefferson St., $20

5/12, 9:30 PM the Sides – bassists Danton Boller and Jeremy Wilms and ace drummer Shawn Baltazor. followed by jazz pianist/vibraphonist Brittany Anjou at the Owl

5/12, 10:30 PM hypnotically epic newschool psychedelic band Frogbelly & Symphony at Rock Shop, $10

5/12, 10:30 PM noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Nick Hempton and his combo at Smalls

5/12, 11 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at the Way Station

5/13, 6 PM intense Middle Eastern classical/jazz trumpeter Amir Elsaffar leads a small group at the   at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museuma adm. 5/28, 8 PM he’s with his Indian/Middle Eastern cross-pollination Rajas Project w/ Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Anjna Swaminathan (violin) Miles Okazaki (guitar), Maria Grand (tenor saxophone) at Alwan for the Arts, $20

5/13, 6 PM powerful soul belter Sarah Wise (of explosive gospel-rock ensemble Lizzie & the Sinners) at Caffe Vivaldi. She’s also here on the 20th.

5/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

5/13, 7 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

5/13, 7 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Leftfield

5/13, 7 PM Norwegiain string orchestra 1B1 join with pianist Simone Dinnerstein for an all-Bach program at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/13-14 and also 5/20-21, 7 PM chanteuse Barb Jungr leads a quartet with jazz pianist Lawrence Hobgood playing “Songs of Hope for Troubled Times” by Dylan, Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Bacharach/David and others at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/13-15, 7/9 PM tuneful, terse vibraphonist Warren Wolf leads his quartet at Smoke

5/13, 7:30 PM in reverse order: brilliant, lyrical trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp, similarly lyrical trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes and his trio, and powerhouse, globally-inspired chanteuse Michele Zayla at Club Bonafide, $20

5/13-14, 7:30/9:30 PM the cutting-edge, atmospheric, cinematic Alan Ferber Nonet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

5/13, 8 PM Middle Eastern avant jazz guitarist/singer Yousif Yaseen followed by hauntingly rustic all-female Serbian choral group Rosa at Muchmore’s, $10

5/13, 8 PM  elegantly melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier leads her trio at the Owl

5/13, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed at 10 by Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

5/13, 8 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –x at the Way Station

5/13, 8 PM the Semiosis Quartet premieres Justin Barish’s new quartet “first snow: butterfly/butterflied…,” and also plays Shawn Jeager’s “Thy Wondering Eyes,” Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 2, and Psalom by Arvo Pärt at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/13, 8:30/10:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with guitarist André Matos; Chris Cheek – saxophones; Chris Morrisey – bass at Cornelia St. Cafe.

5/13, 9 PM hauntingly torchy pianist/chanteuse Jennifer Scott plays the album release show for her new one Le Temps de L’Amour at Freddy’s

5/13, 10 PM perennially vital, haunting film score mavens Morricone Youth and surf rock band Maui Hurricane at Union Hall, $10

5/13, 10 PM darkly sardonic Southwestern gothic baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s auspicious new Nashville gothic project the Serpentones at Bar Chord

5/13, 10 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at the big room at the Rockwood

5/13-14 10:30 PM whirlwind alto sax player Mike DiRubbo leads his quintet at Smalls

5/13, 10:30 PM ormer Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

5/13, 11 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play Turkish classics at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/14, 10:30 AM to 5 PM guitarists and stringed instrumentalists play throughout the grounds of the Cloisters, free w’museum adm. The entire day’s lineup is here. Highlights: oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen at the Langon Chapel at half past noon, followed by classical guitarist Alberta Khoury; at 2:30 PM at the Early Gothic Hall, spellbindingly eclectic avant garde pipa player Min Xiao-Fen performs.

5/14, 3 PM Norwegian string orchestra 1B1 play works by Kaija Saariaho plus Arvo Part’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/14, 5 PM vibraphonist Stefon Harris with the United States Air Force’s “premier jazz ensemble,” the Airmen of Note followed by dirty Jerz hip-hop icons Naughty by Nature at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/14, 6 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her killer band followed at 8 by Svetlana & the Eastern Blokhedz playing their artsy take on kitschy Soviet pop from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

5/14 hypnotic, psychedelic pan-Asian ambient noise group FEN (Far East Network): Ryu Hankil (S. Korea), Yan Jun (China), and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore) play two sets at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St. (1/2 Aves): a standing-room show on the first floor at 7, then a seated set in the auditorium, $18 per set or $32 for the whole night

5/14, 7 PM Ba Ban Chinese Music Society with pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi play otherworldly medieval classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/14, 7 PM Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

5/14, 7:30 PM incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place

5/14, 8 PM intense, ferociously lyrical, politically fearless noir blues bandleader and showman LJ Murphy at Sidewalk followed at 9 by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir

5/14, 8 PM fiery klezmer/Balkan/Middle Eastern jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Shrine

5/14, 8 PM NYC’s very own Javanese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Kusuma Laras at Symphony Space

5/14, 8 PM Anna Sato and Shingo Maeyama perform the rare, hauningtly delicate folk music of Amami Island, Japan at Roulette, $25

5/14, 8 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen leads her band at the Owl

5/14, 8 PM the Icebergs – lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy with Tom Abbs on cello; David Rogers-Berry on drums at the Parkside

5/14-15, 8 PM Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber plays ambient soundscapes plus works by Jenna Nichols and Piotr Nowotnik to accompany a dance perforomance at CK Arts Center, 29 Jay St., Dumbo, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/14, 8 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin’s 16 TONS – John Carlson – trumpet Kenny Warren – trumpet Matt Holman – trumpet Andy Biskin – clarinet & bass clarinet Rob Garcia – drums Daniel Kelly’s Rakonto: Voices from South Memphis Chanda Rule – voice Frederick Johnson – voice Daniel Kelly – piano Brad Jones – bass Gene Lake – drums, at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $10

5/14, 8 PM the premiere of Frances White’s Between Here and There, John Glover’s Life Cycles, a work for flute, viola, and electronics accompanied by video projections by Rob Dietz, which respond to a cycle of large-scale paintings by Mark Mastroianni, performed by members of Ensemble Meme: Barry Crawford, flutes; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; and Molly Morkoski, piano. at the DiMenna Center, $15

5/14, 9 PM savagely lyrical, wryly erudite art-rock/new wavers Changing Modes – sort of akin to a female-fronted Elvis Costello & the Attractions – at Fifth Estate Bar in Park Slope, $5; 5/15 at 5 (five) PM they’re at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall for ten bucks more

5/14, 9/10:30 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/14, 9:30 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at at the Lively

5/14, 10 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis

5/14, 10ish swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing all the time would be one of NYC’s best bands – at Sunnyvale, $10

5/14, 10:30 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/14, 11 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

5/14, 11:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by popular Pakistani quintet Saami Brothers Qawwali at Drom, $20

5/14 psychedelic band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Baby’s All Right and Bowery Ballroom (both venues have them on their calendar on this date, go figure), are sold out

5/15,1:30 PM a killer klezmer/jamband triplebill; Isle of Klezbos , Maida Feingold, Boston’s Ezekiel’s Wheels at the Bronx KlezFest, 3301 Bainbridge Ave, (208/210), D to Norwood/205th, $10. IoK are also at Muchmore’s on 5/17 at 9 for $5

5/15, 3 PM the Canticum Novum Singers and members of New York Virtuoso Singers perform Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, $25 tix avail

5/15, 4 PM the avant garde world’s go-to cellist, Ashley Bathgate plays the album release show for her new collection of Kate Moore compositions, Stories for Ocean Shells plus works by Douglas Cuomo, Jascha Naverson and a new series of reflections inspired by the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach at the Cell Theatre, $25

5/15, 4 PM gospel group Jubilation Choir with iconic soul singer Cissy Houston followed at 5:30 by popular 90s salsa romantica chanteuse La India at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/15, 5 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Downtown Voices and indie classical ensemble Novus NY join forces with cellist Matt Haimovitz for a performance of Ginastera’s Cello Concerto #1 and Beethoven’s Missa Trinity Church

5/15, 6 PM smart, soaring original front-porch folk songbird Jo Williamson at the small room at the Rockwood

5/15, 7 PM ntense, individualistic, torchsong/art-rock piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes atat LIC Bar

5/15, 7:30 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at Sidewalk

5/15, 8 PM spellbinding, dynamic jazz chanteuse Stephanie Layton – of the Tickled Pinks – at Caffe Vivaldi. she’s also here on the 29th at 8.

5/15, 9 PM percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $8

5/15, 9 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on saxophone leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

5/15, 9ish timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom at Troost

5/15, 10:30 PM esteemed Mingus Orchestra alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky leads his quartet at Smalls 

5/16, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, cellist Michael Nicolas with keyboardist Annie Gosfield play works by Gosfield, John Zorn, Mario Davidovsky, David Fulmer and Jaime E. Oliver at the Miller Theatre, free

5/16, 7 PM wickedly catchy Pakistani/klezmer jamband Sandaraa debut their new project The Pomegranate of Sistan folloowed at 9:30 PM by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

5/16, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa tackles the complete Ligeti piano etudes at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail.

5/16-17, 7:30 PM irrepressible newschool outlaw country songwriter Hayes Carll at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/16, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache followed by explosively funky, bass drum-driven Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

5/16, 8 PM ageless no wave guitar maven Glenn Branca’s 9-piece guitar orchestra play his explosive 8th and 10th Guitar Symphonies at Masonic Hall, 71 W 23rd St., $25

5/16, 8:30 PM endearingly retro charmer Jay Leonhart on bass and vocals with pianist Tomoko Ohno at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/16, 9 PM jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

5/16, 10 PM the trippy, funky, female-fronted Madam West and the the NYChillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at the Knitting Factory, $10

5/17, 1 PM the Momenta String Quartet with Vicky Chow, piano play sonatas by Beethoven and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free

5/17, 7 PM LA punk legend and X bassist John Doe at Rough Trade, free

5/17, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, smart,lyrical tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his quartet at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/17. 7:30 PM ageless retro cabaret chanteuse Phoebe Legere followed by Texas blues road warriors the Fabulous Thunderbirds at B.B. Kings, $27.50 adv tix avail

5/17, 8 PM hilarious, guitarishly brilliant oldschool honkytonk/cowpunk band Trailer Radio play the album release show for their new one Country Girls Ain’t Cheap at Brother Jimmys BBQ at Union Square.

5/17-22, 8/10 PM no wave electronic percussion pioneer Ikue Mori plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guets, $20. Choice pick: the 5/18 early set with brilliant pianist Satoko Fujii and multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg

5/17, 8:30 PM the Satoko Fujii Orchestra – probably the best largescale improvising ensemble of the last 20 years – at I-Beam, $15

5/17, 9 PM Walter Thompson takes a turn out front soundpainting the noise rock/free jazz band Mob Job; the 12-piece Dalius Naujo Band employs Conduction (Butch Morris’s gesture-based composition language) at Nublu, $10

5/17, 9:30 PM Jiaju Shen, pipa; Feifei Yang, erhtu; Li Zong, comp., piano play cutting-edge improvisations on otherworldly ancient Chinese themes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/17, 10 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/18, 7 PM intense violist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s gothic-tinged art-rock duo Rabbit Rabbit at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/18, 7:30 PM the Dirty Rollers – a spinoff of NYC Americana rock legends American Ambulance – at Hifi Bar with special guest Erica Smith on vocals

5/18, 7:30/9:30 PM charming Boswell Sisters-influenced swing trio Duchess (Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou. sort of a less purist counterpart to the Tickled Pinks) at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/18, 8 PM arguably NYC’s most eclectic and dynamic singer Karla Rose – equally adept at new wave, noir cinematics, oldschool soul, Lynchian torch song and neo-Velvets janglerock – plays a rare, intimate solo acoustic show at Berlin

5/18, 8 PM awesome new Middle Eastern-tinged surf rockers Hearing Things – Matt Bauder -saxophones, guitars; JP Schlegelmilch -organ/piano and Vinnie Sperrazza – drums. – at Barbes

5/18, 8 PM ewschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band followed by followed by perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat jamband Antibalas at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

5/18, 8 and 9:30 PM saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a lyrical quartet including drummer Rudy Royston and pianist Luis Perdomo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/18, 9 PM high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  and dark garage chicks LA Witch at Shea Stadium, $12

5/18, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood,

5/18 Marissa Nadler at Union Pool is sold out. Good for her!

5/19, 1 PM Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 play Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen plus works by Knut Nystedt and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free 

5/19, 7 PM popular West Virginia retro/newgrass Americana songwriter Dori Freeman at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/19, 7:30 lush, enveloping spectal music: up-and-coming indie classical ensemble Face the Music play an all-Tristan Murail program with a performance by New Chamber Ballet at the French Institute, 55 E 59th St., $25/$15 stud/srs

5/19, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic pianist Kathleen Supove playspremieres Dylan Mattingly’s Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field”.at the DiMenna Center, $15. It’s not known if the composer is related to the Yankees’ MVP

5/19, 8 PM ageless first-wave British punk band the Angelic Upstarts at the first-floor room at Webster Hall, $20 adv tix rec

5/19, 8 PM whirlwind indie classsical marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura and pianist Barbara Podgurski play works by Bach, Lane Harder, Philip Lasser and others at the Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave, (Greenway/Burns) Forest Hills, E/F to 75th Ave., , $20, reception to follow

5/19, 8 PM violinist Tom Chiu’s Ensemble Metrix do their tongue-in-cheek cut-and-paste improvisations on cheesy pop themes at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/19-27, 8 PM Mike Iveson‘s The Tear Drinkers – “a suite of sci-fi songs for six performers. It follows four humans who have been abducted by the United States government and brought to an underground holding tank in New Mexico, so that the government can determine which of them is actually an alien from another planet masquerading as an earthling. Downtown performer Mike Iveson leads a team of exceptional artists, including pioneering video artist Charles Atlas, in a look at the private heartaches and private bathroom rituals of humans and aliens alike. Including performances by April Armstrong, Anthony R. Brown, Don Castro, Gavin Price, Courtney Williams, Akyiaa Wilson, and Mike Iveson” at the Kitchen, $20

5/19, 9 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Bar Chord

5/19, 9 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Silvana

5/19, 9 PM psychedelic swamp blues guitarist Daryl Hance (ex JJ Grey and Mofro) – sort of the missing link between Brian Jonestown Masscre & the Black Keys – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/19, 9:30 PM avant garde vocal summit: Katie Geissinger, Theo Bleckmann and Meredith Monk at National Sawdust, $30

5/19 Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at Bowery Electric 

5/20, 7 PM ornate art-rock/metal bandleader Sharon Knight at Caffe Vivaldi

5/20, 7:30 PM explosively percussive Ukrainian art-rock/folk-punk band DakhaBrahka at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, $30. on 5/21, same time they’re premiering their live core to a screening of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s legendary 1930 Ukrainian silent film Earth

5/20, 7:30 PM amazing thirty-woman choir (and Bowie cover specialists) Conspiracy of Venus at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/20, 7:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

5/20, 8 PM intense, brilliant guitarist Rony Corcos’ post-PJ Harvey power trio Rony’s Insomnia at the Lively

5/20, 8 PM melancholy acoustic Americana cover song specialists the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – a Spanking Charlene side project – at Sidewalk

5/20, 8 PM Ensemble 365 plays new chamber works by composes of Asian heritage: Bun-Ching Lam, Ravi Shankar, Bright Sheng, Toru Takemitsu and Ming-Hsiu Yen at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

5/20, 8 PM up-and-coming indie classical chamber group the RAM Players perform new works by David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Guy Barash, Ronnie Reshef and David Schober at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20

5/20, 8:30 PM edgy improvisaitonal conversations between Susana Santos Silva – trumpet; Kris Davis – piano; and Mat Maneri – viola at I-Beam, $15

5/21, 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

5/21, 5 PM songwriter Miwa Gemini – who’s just as adept at creepy southwestern gothic as she is at moody continental waltzes and paisley underground psychedelia – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 5 PM seven young Argentinean pianists – Tamara Benitez, Jonathan Guelfand, Agustin Muriago, Leandro Jauregui, Marcelo Lian, Fernando Palomeque and Leonardo Soria play the complete solo piano music of Alberto Ginastera at the DiMenna Center, $5

5/21, 5 PM indie classical chamber group Exceptet play new works by Brian Petuch, Fay Wang, ­Brooks Fredrickson, Eric Shanfield, Brendon Randall-Myers and Alex Weiser at the Secret Theatre in Queens, $20

5/21, 7 PM Ifti Chowdhury & the Royal Bengali Tea House play their surreallistically kinetic Bangladeshi-Spanish musical fusion followed by the Feringhees performing cinematic Banghra rock and Indian folk-rock at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/21, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine – whose forthcoming third album is reputedly amazing – at Terra Blues.

5/21, 8 PM briliantly lyrical, aphoristic Americana songwriter Jim Allen & the Ramblin’ Kind – the Americana guy Elvis Costello always wanted to be – followed by 90s-style Wilco-ish alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hank’s, note, $6 cover

5/21, 8 PM a steampunk triplebill with Romany guitar-fueled duo Frenchy and the Punk, the Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys at the Delancey, $10

5/21, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown makes his Brooklyn debut at the Hall at MP, $25 adv tix rec

5/21, 8 PM the Ulysses String Quartet play Bartok’s intense, haunting String Quartet No. 4; plus a percussion ensemble performs new works for strings, piano, brass, and percussion by Jordan McLean, Amir Ziv, and Jacob Robinette at Immersive Gallery, 132 Bedofrd Ave at N 9th, Williamsburg, $15

5/21, 8 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at the big room at the Rockwood

5/21, 8 PM hypnotic, psychedelic Moroccan trance grooves with Innov Gnawa at at the Owl

5/21, 8 PM Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner) play a Phil Ochs tribute at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

5/21, 8 PM unique art-rock/chamber jazz singer/bandleader Karen Mantler at Barbes

5/21, 8 PM pianist Andrea Lodge and soprano Sara Paar perform works by Charles Ives at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/21, 8 PM viola luminary Ljova performs in a concert staged by Composers Concordance, featuring new music by Kinan Azmeh, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant, Daniel Palkowski, Milica Paranosic, Daniel Schnyder, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Dorian Wallace, and Randy Woolf at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 W 65th St (between Amsterdam & West End Aves.). $12

5/21-22, starting at 8:15 and continuing at 20-minute intervals, Authority Figure: “a social psychology experiment that uses choreography, sound and installation to elicit emotional response from the audience. Monica Mirabile and Sarah Kinlaw have brought together 6 choreographers, 7 installation artists, original sound compositions by various musicians as well as a cast of 150+ performers to create a performance that motivates the audience to consider relationships to authority, obedience and each other. We are asking ourselves and the audience to be conscious of relationships to police brutality, big data, and surveillance as it mingles with the complexity of our psychology in regard to power dynamics. During each two-­hour show, groups of 20 are directed into the space every 20 minutes. Each individual will face different durational and emotional challenges corresponding to the entry time and driven by intentional choreography. The performance begins with ticket sales. In order to secure admission at all, the audience must first take the “Personality of Endurance Quiz” to determine which entry bracket will be most appropriate for their experience, “.at the Knockdown Center, $25

5/21, 9 PM in reverse order: hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem (the Jewish Gogol Bordello), amazing thirty-woman choir Conspiracy of Venus, delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch & Brain Cloud frontwoman Tamar Korn at the Jalopy, $10. Conspiracy of Venus are also at Highline Ballroom on 5/22 at noon for $12 in advance

5/21, 9 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano = at the Market Hotel, $14

5/21, 9:15 pm Thunda Vida play roots reggae at Shrine

5/21, 9:30ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata

5/21, 10 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/22, 1 PM Iktus Percussion play new works by Philip Schuessler, Mikel Kuehn, Erin Rogers and Hiroya Miura at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20. There’s also a 5 PM program featuring the Switch Ensemble playing electroacoustic pieces by Chris Chandler, Lisa Streich, Clay Mettens, Santiago Diez-Fischer, Anthony Vine and Alexander Schubert, same price

5/22, 2 PM Leon Botstein and the Orchestra Now play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; $30 tix avail, incl. museum admission, they suggest showing up early and viewing the Turners on display to get you psyched for the performance

5/22, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with trumpet soloist Eric Ridenour play works by Mozart, Hindemith, Tschaikovsky and Gershwin at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

5/22, 3 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony play Mozart’s Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K. 313 with flutist Petra Rivero, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with cellist Inbal Segev and Mendelssohn’s Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” at All Saints Church, 60th St. west of First Ave, $20 sugg don

5/22, 3ish erudite latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill plays a free outdoor show with his trio at 52 Park I across from 681 Kelly the Bronx, 4/5 to Grand Concourse

5/22, 4 PM Martha Guth, soprano; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Michael Brofman, Erika Switzer, piano perform a “ Great Canadian songbook” program TBA at the Old Stone House in Park Slope $25

5/22, 7 PM intuitive, magically dynamic pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a folk-inspired program of works by Grieg, Liszt, Komitas and Stravinsky at the DiMenna Center, $35/$20 stud/srs

5/22, 7 PM guitarist Max Hatt and chanteuse Edda Glass play their moody pastoral jazz at Club Bonafide

5/22, 8 PM a Bernie Sanders benefit with noisy pastiche-rock crew Turnip King, psychedelic delta/ gutter blues guitar band Crushed Out, pensive pastoral bedroom popsters Soft Fangs, the post Sonic-Youth World of Darkness and Infinity Girl – who veer between noise, mathrock and cinematics – at the Silent Barn, $10

5/22, 8 PM iconic, satirical “surrealistic swing” band the Microscopic Septet at the Owl, $15

5/22, 8:30/10 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/22, 9:30 PM a rare duo performance by eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette and & purist guitarist Peter Bernstein at Mezzrow, $20

5/22, 10 PM wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano -blues band” the Claudettes at Barbes

5/23, 7 PM jangly, wickedly tuneful, bittersweetly lyrical British band the Seven Twenty -the missing link between the Left Banke and Blur – at Arlene’s. 5/25, 8:30 PM they’re at Freddy’s

5/23, 8 PM catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family followed by at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

5/23, 8 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken with chamber ensemble Sound Icon revisit Gerard Grisey’s rarely performed horizontal music classic Vox Temporum plus works by Grisey-inspired composes Richard Carrick, Nina C. Young, Christopher Trapani, Marcos Balter, Victoria Cheah, Brian Erickson, and Edmund Campion at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.

5/23, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Marc Mellits, Valerie Coleman, Joan Bower, George Tsontakis, Tania Leon and Steven Albert at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stu/srs

5/23, 8:30 PM 70s Britrock/art-rock maven Edward Rogers,plays the album release show for his new one at Hifi Bar

5/24, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/24, 7 PM Jennifer Koh premieres 30 new short works for solo violin by a vast list of composers at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec. The program repeats on 5/3

5/24, 7 PM fim. bristling heartland newgrass with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys followed by edgy Americana rock songweriter Ana Egge at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/24, 8 PM Sonos Chamber Orchestra play nature-themed works by Sibelius, Paul Moravec, Alexander Brott, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Alice Ping-Yee Ho, Fredrik Sixten and Jessie Montgomery, at Merkin Concert Hall, $30/$20 stud/sts

5/24-29, 8/10 PM drummer/improvisational large ensemble leader Adam Rudolph plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guests, $20. Choice pick: opening night at 8, leading a quartet with Wadada Leo Smith

5/24, 8 PM powerhouse, soulful singer Rembert Block and her band at Krupa Grocery, 231 Prospect Park W at Windsor Pl, F/G to 15th St. 

5/24, 9 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost

5/24, 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar

5/24, 10:30 PM l saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

5/25, 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

5/25, 7 PM lyrical paisley underground psychedelic band Psychic Lines followed by the brilliantly edgy, catchy, Elvis Costello-esque Dada Paradox (a Larch spinoff) playing the album release show for their amazing new one Mobile Flight at Bowery Electric, $10 

5/25, 7:30 PM Mimi Stern’s Downtown Players perform an all-Erwin Schulhoff program including the Hot Sonata for Saxophone and Piano, dance solos from his piano music, including tango, blues, ragtime, and waltzes and the String Quartet #1 at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15/$10 stud/srs

5/25, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En perform works by Austrian composers Christof Ressi, Belma Beslic-Gal, Alexander Kaiser, as well as American composers Kurt Rohde, Gilbert Galindo, and Hiroya the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St. just off 5th, free but res req 

5/25, 7:30 PM in reverse order: a Belgian pastoral jazz festival with Jozef Dumoulin & the Red Hill Orchestra  and the pensive Carate Urio Orchestra septet led by Joachim Badenhorst at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

5/25, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

5/25, 8 PM the Icebergs – lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy with Tom Abbs on cello; David Rogers-Berry on drums – with the awesomely fun, quirky female-fronted Romany/Balkan/new wave band Trouble with Kittens & “Yiddish revolutionary rock” band Koyt Far Dayn (the filth of your suspicion) at the Cobra Club in Bushwick, $5

5/25, 9 PM all-female country cover band Your Ex-Girlfriends  – who aren’t just a novelty act – and wryly lyrical urban country pioneer Alex Battles at Union Pool, $10

5/25, 9:30 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus –at the  Bitter End

5/25, 9:30 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/25, 10 PM catchy minimalist bassist and new wave songwriter Palehound at Baby’s All Right, $14

5/26, 7 PM Aussie hokum blues songwriter/revivalist CW Stoneking – who schools a lot of the Americans mining the genre – at Rough Trade, $15. 5/27, 7;30 PM he’s at the Mercury, $15

5/26, 7:30 PM, repeating on 5/27 at 2, and 5/28 at 2 and 8 the NY Phil plays Holst’s The Planets at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/26, 7:30 PM polymath percussionist/alto saxophonist Terry Dame and one of her many fun, erudite projects followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing psychedelic, surfy grooves at Barbes

5/26, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quartet ($10), followed by hot oldtimey swing band Svetlana & the Delancey Five ($15) at Club Bonafide

5/26, 7:30 PM original 30s style swing band Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven – who play deliriously fun oldtime swing tunes that sounds like originals from eighty years ago even though they’re all originals –at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/26, 8 PM hard-hitting, deep groove-driven original Romany/Balkan jamband Tipsy Oxcart at the Lively

5/26, 8 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg – clarinet Nels Cline – guitar Tom Rainey – drums at the Owl

5/26, 8 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne plays the album release show for her new one at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

5/26, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble play a thunderous program of music by contemporary percussionist composers including Andy Akiho, Robert Beaser, Warren Benson, David T. Little, Robert Paterson and Marta Ptaszynska at Merkin Concert Hall, free

5/26-28, 8 PM Joan of Arc premiere their new multimedia piece Testimonium, combining recitation, movement, and music, composed in response to Testimony: The United States 1885 – 1915, the unfinished masterwork by the American Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff based on transcripts of courtroom testimony, at the Knockdown Center, $20

5/26, 8:30 PM guitar powerhouse Debra Devi – of fiery psychedelic power trio Devi, in a rare stripped-down acoustic show – at Strong Place, 270 Court St. (Butler/Douglass), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

5/26, 8:30 PM Greek gangsta girl klezmer – the Jewish Women of Rebetika featuring singer Carol Freeman, Adam Moss at the Jalopy, $15

5/26, 8:30 PM fiery blues belter Lizzie Edwards’ intense psychedelic/boogie band Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End

5/26, 9 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls and darkly psychedelic guitarist/bandleader/indie icon Martin Bisi at Shea Stadium, $12

5/26, 10 PM 90s surf/trashrock favorites Southern Culture on the Skids at the Bell House, $17 adv tix rec

5/27, 6 PM awesome outdoor cumbai fun: surrealistically slinky, wickedly fun psychedelic cumbia band Consumata and the more synthy, newschool R-Tronika at the People’s Garden (on the corner of Greene Ave and Broadway, Bushwick, J to Gates Ave., free, all ages, plus keg beer available, all you can drink for $10

5/27-28, kettle corn and drinks at 7 PM, show shortly thereafter, irrepressible chamber/vocal ensemble Cantata Profana perform works of Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti, Unsuk Chin, and a world premiere by Alex Weiser at the DiMenna Center, $20

5/27, 8 PM captivatingly noisy, punk-informed, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Gold Sounds in Bushwick

5/27, 8 PM Noree Performing Arts put on their third annual Ga-Mu festival of cutting-edge new Korean dance and a darkly cinematic new Kento Iwasaki piano trio at the little theatre at the YMCA, 10 W 64th St., $20/$15 stud/srs

5/27, 8 PM some of New York’s most illustrious improviser/composers gather for a set of short solos: Moppa Elliott (double bass), Dan Blake (soprano/tenor saxophone), Sandra Sprecher (piano), Dan Peck (tuba), Brandon Seabrook (guitar/banjo), Tom Blancarte (double bass), Alejandro Florez (guitar/electronics), Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Jessica Pavone (viola), Charlie Evans (baritone saxophone) at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/27, 9 PM killer, purist, bluesy Crazy Horse-like guitar jamband Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

5/27, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band at the big room at the Rockwood

5/27, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

5/27, 10 PM psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality at Barbes

5/27, 10 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo & the Monicats at Sunny’s

5/28, 7:15 PM darkly anthemic Russian/Romany stadium rockers Newborn play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

5/28, 7:30 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at the Jalopy, $10

5/28, 7:30/9 PM purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

5/28, 8 PM edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at at Radegast Hall

5/28, 8 PM Indian jazz group Rajas – Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam; Miles Okazaki, guitar; Stephan Crump, bass; Amir ElSaffar, trumpet, santur; Anjna Swaminathan, violin; Maria Grand, tenor saxophoneat Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/28. 9 PM surf punks Band of Others at Freddy’s

5/28. 10 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at at Barbes

5/28, 11:30ish haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation –at Club Bonafide, $15

5/29, 5 PM chamber ensemble House of Time play music of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann. at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

5/29, 6 PM a rare West Village show by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at 55 Bar, free

5/29, 9 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

5/29, 10  PM jauntily fun oldtimey “steamboat soul” crew Roosevelt Dime with eight-piece brass section the Bruce Harris Orchestra at National Sawdust, $25, get an advance ticket and get a free download of the band’s complete discography

5/29 time TBA some of the world’s finest big band jazz composers: Asuka Kakitani, Migiwa Miyajima, Meg Okura, and Noriko Ueda (who coincidentally all happen to be women of Japanese heritage) assemble a mighty seventeen-piece ensemble comprising top NYC jazz talent to play their compositions at Shapeshifter Lab

5/30, get there early (like 4 PM) the NY Philharmonic play Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free

5/30, 8 PM  creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon. This is the final show before going on summer hiatus. This lineup features freak folk, a gentle indie rock boy, comedy types and killer trumpeter Jesse Selengut with Deborah Hardt.

5/30, 10 PM edgy Japanese post punk girl band the Hard Nips at the Gutter

5/31, 8 PM tartly nutritious (ok, you asked for it) Ensemble Pamplemousse play Andrew Greenwald’s new composition for dueling pairs of cellos and keys, and Jessie Marino’s US premiere of Discreet Observations For Your Family’s Peace of Mind— the concert also features works by Mauro Lanza and Mauricio Pauly’s at Roulette, $2o

5/31, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful, frequently poignant, soulful jazz guitarist Russell Malone starts a weeklong stand at the Vanguard

5/31, 9 PM the mighty Afro-Caribbean No Small Money Brass Band open for Akoya Afrobeat‘s album release show at Baby’s All Right, $15

5/31, 10 PM dark Teutonic art-rockers the Grey Man at the Way Station

5/31, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

5/31, 11 PM dueling fiddles: dazzlingly acerbic, eclectic Americana/klezmer violinist Lily Henley with Duncan Wickel at Pete’s

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 Bat for Lashes at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in downtown Brookliyn is sold out

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 

6/2, 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 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

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

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

6/4 tersely Lynchian songwriter Holly Miranda at Arlene’s

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, 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, 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

6/7-12, 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

6/8, 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

6/9-11, 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 

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

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

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

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

6/12, 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, 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

6/13, 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

6/14, 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

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

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

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, 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 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

6/17, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet play four US premieres by a program of works by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

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, 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 the annual Porchstomp acoustic Americana festival on Governors Island

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

6/19 Punk Island on Governors Island

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

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

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

6/24, 7:30/9:30 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

6/25, 3ish jauntily female-fronted cosmopolitan swing the Hot Sardines followed by Butler, Bernstein & the  Hot 9 doing their N’Awlins thing at Central Park Summerstage

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

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 Band, the 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, 7:15 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

6/28-7/3 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

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

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

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

7/9, 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

7/12, 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

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

7/22, 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

7/29, 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 Center7

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

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

8/13, 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


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