New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for August and September 2016
New September/October calendar coming 9/1, and many daily updates after that since clubs are dragging their asses to update their calendars over the Labor Day weekend:. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Upcoming: Mozart and Beethoven, 8/11 at 7 PM and 8/21 (new date!) at 4.Waiting in the wings: Brahms, Tchaikovsky (!), Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
8/22-28 the amazing Drive East Festival of Indian instrumental and vocal music and dance at LaMama. Too many great artists to list: the full lineup is here. Choice pick: the 8/24, 8:30 PM album release show by the Navatman Music Collective, one of the world’s only Carnatic choirs. Tix are in the $15 neighborhood and discounts abound.
Mondays in August, 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 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
Four Mondays in August: 8/1, 8/8, 8/22 and 8/29, 10 PM Dingonek Street Band play Afrobeat and Ethiopiques grooves at Pine Box Rock Shop.
Also Mondays in August, 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 August, 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 August clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.
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 July, 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
Saturdays in August 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.
Every Saturday in August, 6 PM cinematic jazz trombonist/composer Curtis Hasselbring debuts “new music and concepts combining surf, garage rock, latin music and electronics at Barbes. Each week features the trio of Curtis (trombone, guitar and vocals), Simon Jermyn (bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums and percussion) as well as guests (Brian Drye on trombone and keys the 13th and 20th, others TBA). For the first time ever, Curtis will also delve into singing”
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 September starting on 9/18, 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 August, 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 Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.
8/1, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat
8/1, 9 PM this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock,Edward Rogers and his killer band at Rough Trade, $15
8/1, 10 PM bassist Lisa Dowling’s enigmatic, theatrical, Kate Bush-influenced solo loopmusic project Kills to Kisses at Cake Shop, $8
8/1, 10 PM explosive instrumental art-rock/postrock band You Bred Raptors at at Sunnyvale
8/1, 10:30 PM lyrical, lyrically-driven rising star jazz pianist Helen Sung and her group at Smalls
8/2-7, 8/10 PM exhilarating, intense, noisy, witty, gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson plays a weeklong stand at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick: too many to mention. 8/7 at 8 she’s doing a duo with pedal steel icon Susan Alcorn, and on 8/6 she’s playing two sets with her octet
8/2, 7 PM dark post-Velvets songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anne Husick at Sidewalk
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
8/2-7, 8:30/10:30 PM luminous, picturesque pianist/composer Geri Allen leads her quinet with Ravi Coltrane (tenor) Wallace Roney Jr. (trumpet), Kenny Davis (bass) Victor Lewis (drums) at the Vanguard, $30
8/2, 9 PM sizzling newschool oldtimey swing and Americana guitarist Seth Kessel and band at Radegast Hall
8/2, 9 PM conscious roots reggae dancehall songbird Jah9 at SOB’s, $20
8/2, 10 PM catchy Americana rockers Greg Cornell & the Cornell Brothers play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood
8/3, 6:30 PM the world premiere of hauntingly atmospheric Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir‘s For It Will Never Return with tenor Peter Tantsits and harpist Megan Conley on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free
8/3, 6:30 PM explosive Bahian bandleader/percussionist Dende and his groupon the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library, free
8/3, 7 PM haunting original folk noir fiddler/composer/improviser Tamalyn Miller (from art-rockers Goddess) performs solo at an intriguing group art show opening at Camera Club of New York, 126 Baxter St (between Canal and Hester)
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
8/3, 8 PM slinky, funky female-fronted Middle Eastern jamband Sekanjabin at Shrine
8/3, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes, $10
8/3, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint
8/3, 9 PM real oldschool Max’s style glampunks the New York Junk at Bowery Electric, $8
8/3, 9ish enigmatic, synthy, propulsive new wave act Decorum at Aviv
8/4, half past noon towering, intense, epic big band jazz composer Miho Hazama and her Ensemble outdoors at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free
8/4, 5 PM Junior Marvin’s version of the Wailers (there are two versions of what’s left of Bob Marley’s old backing band on the tour circuit these days) outdoors at Theatre Square in Newark, free
8/4, boarding at 7 PM, departing at 8 PM, a killer second-wave garage rock twinbill with the Headless Horsemen and the Fleshtones aboard the Jewel, sailing from the pier behind the heliport at 23rd St. and the East River, $20 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.
8/4, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts’ edgy jazz sextet followed at 10 by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Barbes
8/4, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free
8/4, 8 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan sings a rare duo show backed by pianist Bruce Barth at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/4, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall
8/4, 10 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – followed at 11 by fearlessly fun guy/girl-fronted C&W/Americana punk band theWorking Mothers at Pete’s
8/4, 10:30 PM uneasy, anthemic, cinematic/shoegaze noiserockers Avers play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 adv ti xrec
8/4. 10:30 PM purist, tuneful, postbop tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and his group at Smalls
8/4, 11 PM Anguilla roots reggae band British Dependency at Shrine
8/5, 5:30 PM a rare Upper West appearance by ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the American Folk Art Museum
8/5, 7:30 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/5, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20
8/5, 7:30 PM Anguilla roots reggae band British Dependency at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/5, 8 PM pastoral guitar instrumentalist JR Bohanon, guitarist David First’s noisy, shambling Bloodloops duo project and the cinematic, sprawlingly psychedelic Rhyton at Trans-Pecos, $8 PM
8/5, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk
8/5, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at at the small room at the Rockwood. Down the block explosive Neil Y/Crazy Horse-ish sounds and slinky desert rock with guitarist Marco with Love play the big room at 11.
8/5, 9ish wild, ornately original Balkan trumpet music with Cocek Brass Band at Radegast Hall
8/5, 9 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/5, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes
8/5, 10 PM reverb-drenched dark garage-psych band Heaters playing the album release show for their excellent new one at Baby’s All Right, $10
8/5, 10 PM brooding, ornate folk noir with Wavestate at the Way Station
8/5, 10:30 PM B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat.
8/5, 11 PM edgy, eclectic, tuneful, smartly lyrical punk-jazz-inspired rock songwriter Mimi Oz at Pete’s. 8/10, 8:40 PM (not 8:30) she’s at stuffy Sidewalk
8/5, 11:30 PM hilarious 70s/80s metal spoofers Mighty High at Hanks, $10
8/6, the Latino punk fest continues at around 4 PM at Don Pedro’s. In reverse order: Final (Colombia),Sem Hastro (Brasil/Dc), Desafio (Chicago), Manoz Zuzias (Arizona), Los Jacks (Ohio) and our own Demecia Alkoholika opening the afternoon. There’s another bill starting at midnight with (in reverse order) NYC’s The Brass, Dissagio (Minneapolis), Loa Dusters and Electro Insides
8/6, 4 PM ish Philly soul legend William Bell headlines at around 7, preceded by legendary Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners and then UK blue-eyed soul act the James Hunter Six at Pier 97 in Hudson River Park; enter at 59th St. on the river.
8/6, 6 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats a at Lucille’s, $10 adv tix rec
8/6, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with the surf/spaghetti western Band of Others, then Russian legends the Vivisectors – who do surf versions of old Soviet gulag songs – then cinematic surf rockers the TarantinosNYC and finally the monstrously creepy, awesome Inframen sometime after midnight.
8/6, 9 PM menacing Australian southwestern gothic croooner Henry Wagons at Hill Country
8/6, 9 PM enigmatic, psychedelically, distantly Lynchian soul bandleader Ivy Meissner plays the album release show for her new one at Littlefield, $10
8/6, 9 PM tunheful, eclectic baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket with Or Bareket, bass; Felix Lecaros, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink Followed at 10:30 PM (separate admission, same deal) by a rare solo show by darkly lyrical jazz pianist Shai Maestro
8/6, 10 PM legendary Hoboken psych-pop band the Special Pillow at Union Hall, $8
8/7, 5 PM plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
8/7, 5 PM lyrical jazz pianist/singer/composer Deanna Witkowski leads her quartet at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free
8/7, 6 PM enigmatic cool jazz singer/composer Dorian Devins leads her trio at Boccone, 506 9th Ave, (at 38th St), free
8/7, 7 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the Mercury, $10
8/7, 7 PM an ironic twinbill: young oldschool C&W band the Cactus Blossoms and Dwight Yoakam, one of the first of the New Nashville guys, who’s now into bluegrass, at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/7, 8 PM Silencio plays classic David Lynch soundtrack pieces plus original noir instrumentals at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
8/7, 8 PM brilliant Americana/jazz/cinematic violinist Skye Steele, eclectic, globally inspired songwriter Jean Rohe and dynamic, nuanced Sicilian/flamenco chanteuse Julia Patinella with her band. at the Owl
8/7, 8 PM vivid gothic Americana songstress Lara Ewen at Hell Phone in Bushwick
8/7, 8 PM recently regrouped, legendary Pittsburgh punk-funk band Stick Against Stone Orchestra in a very rare intimate show at the small room at the Rockwood.
8/7, 8:30 PM darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Manhattan Inn, free
8/8, 8 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at the small room at the Rockwood.
8/8, 8:30/10:30 PM haunting, intense, cinematic classical/jazz/art-rock pianist Salome Scheidegger at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/9, 7 PM trumpet luminary Nadje Noordhuis (with vibes/percussionist James Shipp) followed by chamber jazz virtuosi 9 Horses (Joe Brent, mandolin; Sara Caswell, violin; Emily Hope Price, cello; Ike Sturm, bass) “ in an evening of collaboration and experimentation” at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
8/9, 7 PM guitarist Yoshie Fruchter’s intense, cinematic Middle Eastern jamband Sandcatchers at Barbes
8/9, 7 PM tuneful, cinematic jazz trombonist John Yaos’ Quintet at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
8/9-14, 8/10 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu plays her epic suite Song of Silver Geese at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick: Movements 1 and 2 with a large ensemble including a string quartet on the final night, both sets.
8/9-14,8:30/10:30 PM John Zorn bagatagelles played by a series of first-rate Stone regulars at the Vanguard, $30
8/9, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls
8/9, 9 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto’s Tropical String Band at Troost
8/9, 9:30 PM pandeiro jazz with the Tulio Araujo Quartet with Helio Alves piano), Cesar Garabini (7 string guitar) and Edward Perez (bass)at Club Bonafide
8/10, 1 PM the brass-fueled David White Jazz Orchestra outdoors at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free
8/10, 6 PM one of this era’s most original, spellbinding oud players, Mavrothi Kontanis, with brilliant drumme Dan Kurfirst at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
8/10, 7/9:30 PM the sprawling, cutting-edge, psychedelic, aptly named Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $15
8/10, 7:15 PM enigmatic, intense, lyrically brilliant noir rock siren Karla Rose & the Thorns play their hauntingly cinematic two-guitar anthems and misterioso ballads at Webster Hall, $20
8/10, 8 PM eclectic original Middle Eastern and North African style oudist Brandon Terzic leads his group at Barbes
8/10, 8 PM purposeful Malian desert rock jamband guitarist Mamadou Kelly and the Ali Farka Toure Allstars at Union Pool, $20
8/10, 8ish outsider jazz, outside, free: DarkMatterHalo with ageless trumpet sage Wadada Leo Smith followed by Nublu Orchestra improvising a Butch Morris tribute at East River Park
8/10, 8 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play new songs inspired by Sean Patrick’s Nikola Tesla bio at Hifi Bar
8/10, 9 PM composer Don Baragiano’s Hejira Middle Eastern project at Shrine
8/10, 9 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at at Ethyl’s, (1629 2nd Ave between 84th & 85th Sts), free
8/11, 7 PM catchy, soul-infused female-fronted existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette at Shrine
8/11, 7 PM sarod-percussion duo Camila Celin & Roshni Samlal open for hypnotic, atmospheric, genre-shifting Indian/newgrass string ensemble Karavika playing the album release show for their fun, innovative new one at Joe’s Pub
8/11-14, 7:30/9:30 PM irrepressible jazz drummer and Marsalis sideman Jeff Tain Watts leads his quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30
8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads her quintet at the Jazz Gallery, $15
8/11, 8ish darkly ecstatic, danceable Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves with Alsarah & the Nubatones at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
8/11, 8 PM catchy, individualistic rockers Elk City – who mash up paisley underground psychedelia and dreampop – at Hifi Bar
8/11, 8 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
8/11, 8 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at C’Mon Everybody, $10
8/11, 8:15 PM Bombrasstico – who mash up dancehall reggae and marching band brasss – and the the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8
8/11, 9 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers play a rare acoustic set followed by smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp at Pete’s
8/11, 9 PM edgy folk noir/punkgrass band Sour Bridges at Hill Country
8/11, 10 PM Yotoco, the “bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias” at Bar Chord
8/11, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quartet at Smals
8/12, 7:30/9:30 PM meticulous, intense guitarist Liberty Ellman leads his excellent sextet with Steve Lehman – saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet; Stephan Crump – bass; Jose Davila – tuba, Damion Reid – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22
8/12, 8 PM fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Union Pool, $8. 8/20, 8 PM they’re at Matchless followed by the Graveyard Kids, the smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined accordion-driven Toot Sweet and the Rocksteady Explosion
8/12, 8 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the carousel at Battery Park
8/12, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave range – followed at 10 by rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes
8/12, 8 PM jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su and her group play kinetic, towering originals inspired by a ancient Chinese sun god myth at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs
8/12, 8 PM the Ghost Wolves bring back fond memories of the Cramps and similar ghoulabilly acts at Don Pedro’s
8/12, 8:15 PM Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda – the Joe Strummer of psychedelic funk – at Sidewalk
8/12-13, 8:30/10:30 guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/12, 9 PM sizzling, deviously fun newgrass band Tacoma Narrows – who have been known to cover Ozzy Osbourne – at the big room at the Rockwood
8/12, 9 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost
8/12. 10 PM power trio Grinning Dog – who alternate between trippy math-metal and dub reggae – at Pine Box Rock Shop
8/13, 3 PM organist/harpsichordist Nancy Kito performs an irreverent, enlightening multimedia under-the-hood demonstration of how her respective axes work, concluding with a visit to see the guts of a nearby church organ, concert/performance starts at 3 at Q.E.D. Astoria 27-16 23rd Av, Astoria, N to Ditmars Blvd, $10
8/13, 4 PM the Jimmy Heath Big Band celebrates his 90th birthday with special guests Antonio Hart (tenor saxophone) and Jeb Patton (pianist); plus vocalist Alyson Williams on the Great Hill in Central Park; enter at 106th and CPW, 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
8/13, 5 PM Palehound – who blend eerie, lyrical new wave with hypnotic motorik vintage Wire-style postpunk – at Trans-Pecos, $6.66
8/13, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads herquartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/13, 7:30 PM incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock iconAmy Allison at Dixon Place
8/13, 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
8/13, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri’s tersely haunting Transylvanian jazz project at Barbes
8/13, 8 PM intense, psychedelic, horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at SOB’s
8/13, 10:30 PM shambling gutter blues band Harry Chronic Jr. at Leftfield
8/13, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata, $10
8/13, 9 PM Americana rock guitar legend and former Lakeside Lounge honcho Eric Ambel – of the Del-Lords and formerly with Steve Earle – at Hill Country Brooklyn
8/13, 9 PM Texas swing icons the Hot Club of Cowtown at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix rec
8/14, 3 PM the American Contemporary Music Ensemble play Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk’s only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005, plus a Caleb Burhans world premiere at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,| Long Island City, free w/museum adm
8/14, 7 PM tuneful. subtle, pastorally-tinged drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza leads his Apocryphal project with Loren Stillman alto saxophone; Brandon Seabrook guitar; Eivind Opsvik bass followed at 9 by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
8/14, 9;30 PM haunting, intense, lyrically-driven folk noir band Jagged Leaves at Sidewalk
8/15, 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
8/15, 7 PM Dennis Lichtman’s purist, oldschool western swing band Brain Cloud followed by 9:30 PM by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes
8/15, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.
8/15, 8:30/10:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads a solid quartet with with John Ellis, tenor sax; Aaron Goldberg, piano; Clarence Penn, drums; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/15, 10 PM popular, relentless noisepunks Lightning Bug at the Silent Barn, $8
8/16, 7 PM legendary, politically fearless, fiery Ivory Coast roots reggae legend Alpha Blondy at Marcus Garvey Park
8/16, 7 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
8/16, 7:30 PM haunting, eclectic, otherworldly, historically rich instrumentals from the Yiddish Art Trio – Patrick Farrell- accordion, Benjy Fox-Rosen- bass/vocals, Michael Winograd- clarinet –. at Pangea, $20
8/16, 7:30 PM bass goddess/singer Felice Rosser’s roots regge/dubsoul/groove band Faith at Tompkins Square Park
8/16-21, 8/10 PM intense, roaring avant-jazz/bluesmetal guitarist Joe Morris plays a weeklong stand at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick: the last night, both sets with his quartet including Mat Maneri (viola) Chris Lightcap (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)
8/16, 8 PM long-running Israeli reggae-rock jamband Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix req
8/17, 1 PM cleverly eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘ Sextette at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex,
8/17, 2 PM bizarre segues, good show: Indian string band innovation with Karavika‘s Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy, haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell and electroacoustic soundscaper Nick James Scavo at Trans-Pecos, $10
8/17, 8 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eatstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the small room at the Rockwood
8/17, 8 PM atmospheric Indian folk-inspired psychedelia with Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme – at Barbes
8/17, 8:15 PM the Olson Pingrey Quartet – Kathy Olson- baritone saxophone Randy Pingrey- trombone Kendall Eddy- bass Austin McMahon- drums -evoking Bob Brookmeyer dueling with Gerry Mulligan, wow – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
8/17, 9 PM fiery Americana rock guitarist/bandleader Michelle Malone – like Lucinda Williams at her hardest-rocking – at the Bitter End, $12
8/18, 7 PM the Brooklyn Underground Jazz Festival with the David Cook Quintet, fearlessly relevant, politically-inspired drummer/composer Rob Garcia and his trio with guitarist Steve Cardenas and bassist Matt Pavolka, and chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leading her sextet and voices (Aubrey Johnson, Katie Seiler, Tomas Cruz) at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
8/18, 7 PM playful, darkly eclectic toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen at Madison Square Park
8/18, 7:30 PM eclectic virtuoso oudist Mehmet Polat leads his Middle Eastern trio at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
8/18, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by tersely tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari’s hauntingly cinematic, lushly sweeping Uncivilized large ensemble at Barbes
8/18, 8 PM perennially vital, powerful 80s new wave belter Martha Davis & the Motels at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec
8/18, 10 PM perennially edgy, psychedelic cult favorite avant garde harpist/composer Zeena Parkins at Trans-Pecos, $10
8/18, 11 PM uneasy, brooding Newspeak pianist/singer Alexander Dubuvoy leads his jazz trio at Club Bonafide. 8/19, 6 PM they’re at Shrine and at Cornelia St. Cafe, also at 6 on 8/29.
8/18 swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing fulltime would be one of NYC’s best bands –at Aviv
8/19, 6:30ish up-and-coming paisley underground band Moji Abiola – who add soulful vocals to the psychedelic mix – at the American Folk Art Museum
8/19, 7 PM lush, stately, jazz-inflected Uruguayan sounds with the Florencia Gonzalez Candombe Project at Shrine
8/19, 8 PM enigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bowery Electric
8/19, 8:30 PM in reverse order at Union Hall: guy/girl powerpopsters Tatters & Rags, brilliantly creepy, cinematic circus rockers Northern Arms, and jangly Steve Wynn-esque paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass, $10
8/19, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – with Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jimmy MacBride, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/19, 9ish wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at Shea Stadium, $12. 8/20, 8 PM they’re at Cake Shop
8/19 9 PM this era’s Hasil Adkins, one-man psycho blues showman Mark Sultan at Union Pool, $12
8/19, 10 PM darkly bristling, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at Barbes
8/19, 9:30 PM hypnotic cello-and-marimba duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi
8/19, 10 PM crooner Sean Kershaw‘s creepy ghoulabilly Serpentones at the Parkside
8/19, 10:30 PM catchy, anthemic New Orleans blues guitar jamband the Delta Saints at the Mercury $10 adv tix rec
8/19, 11:20 (not 11:30) PM intense, charismatic folk noir chanteuse Lorraine Leckie in a rare solo show, doing her dark cabaret multi-instrumentalist thing, followed at midnight by darkly lo-fi guitar/drums duo Mischief Night (a Grasping Straws side project) at Sidewalk
8/20, 2 PM an afternoonlong performance of Punjabi folk songs and music from Peshawar, performers include multi-instrumentalist Aziz Peerzada and his tabla prodigy son Saboor Peerzada, impresarios/singer Sahib Gul fun Punjabi rock band Rhythm Tolee and percussion duo Eric Alabaster with Akbar Chaurdy at the BAC Folk Arts Tent at the Pakistani Independence Day street fair at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue H in Midwood, free .
8/20, 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
8/20, 8 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus –at the Delancey, $10
8/20, 8:30 PM powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – at Porta, 135 Newark Ave., Jersey City, free, about a block from the Grove St. Path station
8/20, 9/10:30 PM elegance and surreal humor: melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier with Mark Feldman, violin; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/20, 9 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station
8/21, 11:30 AM–ish slinky, haunting, jaunty mostly-female klezmer/latin jamband Isle of Klezbos at brunch at City Winery, $10, no minimums, kids under 12 free
8/21, half past noon vocal-and-guitar duo Yael & Gabriel lead their combo playing Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec
8/21, 6 PM a rare NYC appearance by Parisienne chanteuse Kristiana Roemer leading her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/21. 8 PM Ronald Reggae – who have a funky, newschool hip hop-tinged style, and you gotta love that name – at Otto’s
8/21, 9 PM unselfconsciously haunting, richly lyrical great plains folk noir/art-rock chanteuse Ember Schrag – whose Shakesperean adventures in dark psychedelic rock have been pretty amazing lately – at Troost
8/21, 10 PM ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at Union Pool, $8
8/22-28 the amazing Drive East Festival of Indian instrumental and vocal music and dance at LaMama. Too many great artists to list: the full lineup is here. Choice pick: the 8/24, 8:30 PM album release show by the Navatman Music Collective, one of the world’s only Carnatic choirs. Tix are in the $15 neighborhood and discounts abound.
8/22, 7 PM fiery, eclectically cinematic lapsteel player/composer Raphel McGregor at Barbes followed at around 9:30 by the debut of an intriguing collaboration between members of psychedelic cumbia and soundtrack bands Chicha Libre and Los Crema Paraiso
8/22, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Marcus Strickland leads his quartet with pianist David Bryant, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer E.J. Strickland at Dizzy’s Club, $30
8/22, 8 PM the self-explanatory, spiky, Djangoesque, psychedelic Gypsy Jazz Caravan at at Radegast Hall
8/22, 8:30 PM pianist Melody Fader – as good with a tune as her name implies – with violinist Keiko Tokumaga. “Melody will play solo piano music of Bach and Chopin, including Chopin’s Ballades numbers 3 and 4. Then, Keiko joins Melody for the lush Sonata in A Major for violin and piano,” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/23, 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
8/23, 8 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion.jam out classic Middle Eastesrn themes followed at 9:30 by by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
8/23-26, 8/10:30 PM iconic, tuneful Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander plays a Milt Jackson/Ray Brown tribute; on 8/27 and 8/28 he leads his irrepressible reggae-jazz combo the Harlem-Kingston Express at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
8/23-28, 8/10 PM iconic noise/jazz guitarist Nels Cline plays a weeklong stand at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick 8/23 at 10, his Blue Turf quartet with Jim Campilongo (electric guitars) Jerome Harris (bass, lap steel) Jim Black (drums). He’s also doing a duo jam with Marc Ribot on 8/24 at 8, holy smokes!
8/23, 11:30 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at at the Mercury, $10
8/25, half past noon rising star latin jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez leads his trio at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free
8/25, 7 PM it took fifteen years, but the kind of ska and reggae you’d see at a place like the Cooler has finally come full circle, back to the meatpacking district. In reverse order at Highline Ballroom: the Ladrones, InCircles, the Threads & the Rudie Crew, $10 adv tix rec
8/25, 8 PM the Astor Piazzolla Quintet play classics from the Argentine icon’s catalog followed at 10 by wild, feral, intricate psychedelic metal versions of classic underground 1920s and 1930s Greek hash smoking music from Greek Judas at Barbes
8/25, 9 PM hardworking, ageless Jamaican roots reggae singer Gary “Nesta” Pine – former frontman of the City Heat Band – at Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St., free.
8/26. 5 PM a free outdoor classical extravaganza opened by cellist Inbal Segev playing solo works by J.S. Bach & Gity Razaz followed by performances by harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Kristin Lee, percussionist John Hadfield, the Patrick Zimmerli Quintet, the Kenari Quartet, and the Dan Tepfer Trio and String Quartet at Bryant Park, free
8/26, 5:30 PM elegant, ethereal art-rock/chamber pop violinist Concetta Abbate solo at the American Folk Art Museum
8/26, 6 PM edgy, eclectic, tuneful jazz composer/singer Rebecca Sullivan with Leonor Falcón, violin; Juanma Trujillo, guitar; Andrew Schiller, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
8/26, 7 PM “ the slasher musical you’ve been waiting for: South By South Death. When her jaded New York friends head south to attend the infamous Didgeridoo Arts Festival, Sarah reluctantly tags along to see her ex open for pop superstar Ciley Myrus. But when a psycho in a Ciley mask starts killing off her squad and posting murder selfies, Sarah must survive a debaucherous landscape of sex, drugs, and EDM to unmask the “Selfie Killer.” By turns campy slasher-comedy, meticulous murder mystery, and vicious pop culture satire, South By South Death.is an epic rock musical about #ambition, #envy and #Instagram.at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec
8/26, boarding at 7 PM, departing at 8 from Pier 36 – 299 South St legendary third-wave ska/soul/reggae/blues band the Slackers aboard the Liberty Belle, $30 adv tix rec avail. at the office next to the 23rd St. heliport at the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.
8/26, 7 PM Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly act the Bones of J.R. Jones at the piers at 125th St and the Hudson free
8/26, 8 PM menacing rock triplebill of the year: darkly psychedelic guitarist/bandleader/indie icon Martin Bisi and assorted luminaries from his circle, followed by the creepy, noisy, Crampsy Musk and then careening dark garage/psychedelic underground supergroup Woman playing their first show in five years – and maybe their last – at Union Pool, $10
8/26, 8 PM bassist Simon Hanes and his 14 piece ensemble Tredici Baci play cinematic themes inspired by classic 70s Italian film at Barbes
8/26, 8 PM sweepingly cinematic, intense art-rock violinist/bandleader Christina Courtin at the big room at the Rockwood.
/26, 9 PM Plates of Cake, who mash up 70s stadium bombast, early Pixies snarl and bite and a late 80s/early 90s retro glam vibe –e followed eventually around 10 by jangly, wickedly catchy Laurel Canyon style psych-pop band Bronze Float – like the bastard child of Sam Kogon and the Allah-Las – at the Knockdown Center, $8 /
8/26, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine
8/26, midnight Rockaway Bitch (feat. powerpop goddess Patti Rothberg as Joey Ramone) at Otto’s. If there’s any rock chick alive who can pull this off – other than Tammy Faye Starlite, maybe – it’s Patti
8/26, midnight LES stoner folk legends David Peel & the Lower East Side – who still can’t always remember the word to The Pope Smokes Dope – at Sidewalk
8/27, 5:30 PM ish timeless North African-inspired jazz piano paradigm-shifter Randy Weston at Marcus Garvey Park
8/27, 7:30 PM lyrically brilliant, fearless, soaring janglerock songwriter Linda Draper followed by plaintive, soulful Irish janglerock songwriter Ultan Conlon – sort of the missing link between Orbison and Morrissey – at Hifi Bar. 8/28, 8 PM he’s at 12th Street Bar & Grill in Park Slope, 8/29 he’s at Little Water Radio at South St. Seaport at 1 PM
8/27, 7:30 PM adventurous jazz guitarist Peter Knoll – whose distinctively warped electric style has Indian and Asian tinges – leads his trio at Club Bonafide
8/27, 8 PM haunting, intense art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Lacy Rose at the Owl
8/27, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band at Barbes
8/27 8 PM brilliant instrumental twang/surf band the Bakersfield Breakers at Hill Country Brooklyn
8/27, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine
8/27, 7:30 PM NYC’s answer to Spinal Tap: hair metal spoofers Satanicide at the Mercury, $10
8/27, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trioat Smalls
8/28, 2 PM master latin percussionist Joaquin Pozo and band at the Harlem Meer Festival in Central Park, entrance: 110th between 5th & Lenox Ave.
8/28, 3 PM sharp, you want to learn to sing like Black Sea Hotel? Ukraine’s Rozhanytsia lead a workshop in haunting, microtonal folk singing from their native land at 440 Studios, Room 3G, 440 Lafayette St. (btwn Astor Pl. & East 4th St.). Space limited, rsvp req, $15$10 stud/srs
8/28, 3 PM in reverse order: this year’s Charlie Parker Festival at Tompkins Square Park features, in reverse order, the piano trio of DeJohnette – Holland – Moran, vet postbop piano bandleader Allan Harris, edgy newschool saxophonist Donny McCaslinand eclectically funky, lyrical chanteuse/saxophonist Grace Kelly
8/28, 7 PM David Rothenberg, Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Jay Nicholas join forces to play the album release show for their lush, atmospheric new collaboration, Cool Spring – interpolating sounds of nature amid the gentle, trippy pulse – at Spectrum, $15
8/28, 7 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall
8/28, 9:30 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her septet at Shapeshifter Lab, $12
8/29, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays preludes by Chopin and Debussy at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
8/29, 8 PM distinctive yet expert Japanese klezmer band Jinta La Mvta at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place northwest of Battery Park, $18
8/30, half past noon Epylion – accordionist Ismail Butera and multi percussionist Natalia Perlaza – play ancient Albanian music along with their rendition of The Music of Creation, a piece based on the world’s earliest known notated composition from Ugarit in Syria circa 1700 BC at Plaza 33, outdoors 33rd St. between 7th & 8th Ave, free
8/30, 6 PM deviously funny early R&R/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. on the roof of the Cambria Hotel, 123 W 28th St (between Sixth and Seventh Aves.), free
8/30-31, 7 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec. Night 1: String Quartets, Nos. 1,3 and 5; even numbers on 8/31. They slay with this material and they know it by heart.
8/30, 7 PM eclectic, erudite rising star violinist Concetta Abbate leads a string quartet playing works by Boccherini, Haydn and more in McGoldrick Park in Greenpoint, free
8/30, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
8/30, 11 PM lyrical, soaring alt-country multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at Union Pool, $10
8/31, 7:30 PM vivid. lyrical composer/trumpeter Tim Hagans leads his quintet at Smalls
8/31, 8 PM the Brooklyn Blowhards – a wild brass band who make sea chanteys out out of Albert Alyer jazz, and vice versa – at Barbes
8/31, 8:30/10 PM oldschool 70s jazz loft improvisation with Barry Altschul, drums; Joe Fonda, bass; and the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on tenor sax at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink
9/1, 8 PM less incongruous a twinbill than it might seem on face value: dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Barbes.
9/1, 9ishfiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End
9/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk
9/2, 10 PM rambunctious, catchy Irish folk-punk band the Led Farmers at Arlene’s, $10
9/7, 9 PM cutting edge pastoral violin jazz and cinematic sounds with Skye Steele and band at the small room at the Rockwood
9/7 sizzling, hypnotically kinetic Middle Eastern/Northern African jazz trio Ensemble Fanaa at Rye Bar, 247 S 1st St in Williamsburg
9/8, 8 PM Sam Morrow – who puts a bluesier, Waitsier spin on lyrically-driven Wallflowers highway rock – at the small room at the Rockwood
9/8, 9 PM highly regarded highway rock and alt-country road warriors the Felice Bros.at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm
9/8 catchy, harmony-driven, historically-inspired original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at Pete’s
9/9, 8 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the carousel in Battery Park, free
9/9, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Leftfield. 9/24, 1:30 PM they’re at Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coaltion (BWAC) Gallery, 499 Van Brunt St, Red Hook, free
9/9, 9 PM expansive Thai-flavored psychedelic jams with Khruangbin at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec
9/9, 9 PM ageless indie powerpop icons the Figgs – NYC’s counterpart to Guided by Voices – open for long-running Boston garage rock band the Real Kids (who are probably real granddads by now) at the Bell House, $15
9/10, 3 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo at Madison Square Park
9/10, 5 PM pianist Frederic Chiu plays a classical smackdown – J.S. Bach vs. Philip Glass – at the DiMenna Center, $5
9/10, 9 PM psychedelically atmospheric folk noir cult favorite Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15
9/11, 3 PM the Argus Quartet play works by Martin Bresnick at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,| Long Island City, F to 21st/Queensbridge, free w/museum adm
9/11, 8 PM in reverse order at the Bell House: a reunion show by popular early zeros powerpop/arenarock band the Anniversary, singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson and dub reggae band Extra Classic at the Bell House. Note that the same lineup sold out Bowery Ballroom.
9/11 the oud-driven Mehmet Polat Trio play their cutting-edge Middle Eastern themes at Club Bonafide
9/13, 7 PM irrepressibly eclectic cellist Maya Beiser plays the album release show for her new electroacoustic release Tranceclassical at the Poisson Rouge, $tba
9/12, 8 PM the enigmatic, charismatic Dorothy Parker of dusky noir cinematic rock, Karla Rose & the Thorns followed by Paul Collins – the ageless “king of powerpop,” who slayed here last year on this same twinbill – at Berlin, $10
9/13, intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet playing the album release for her new one 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
9/13, 8 PM fiery, slinky, female-fronted horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Amsterdam Ave south of 92nd St.,, $10
9/13, 8:30 PM the Amernet String Quartet play short pictorially-inspired works by Steve Horowitz, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Adam Reifsteck, Rolando Gori, Christopher Kaufman and Shie Rozow plus Frederic Kaufman’s String Quartet No. 6. at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave., $20
9/13, 9:30 PM pensive, intense, darkly eclectic chanteuse Nikolett Pankovits leads her latin and Romany-tinged band at Joe’s Pub
9/14, 7:30 PM organist Paul Jacobs plays works by Liszt, Brahms and the incendiary, vengeful Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm at Julliard’s Paul Hall, 155 West 65th St
9/14 Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Charenee Wade leads her reinterpretive Gil Scott-Heron Project, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
9/14, 11 PM eclectic, tuneful newgrass trio the Vine Brothers at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/15 they’re at Thai Rock , 375 Beach 92nd St. Rockaway Beach at 7 PM
9/15, 8 PM the JACK Quartet and New Thread Quartet present Vivarium, a program of new and recent works partially drawn from Elliott Sharp’s new album, Tranzience at Roulette
9/16 jangly, catchy retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right
9/17, 7:30 PM the all-female Rhythm Method String Quartet play new works by emerging composers Theophilus Chandler, Stanislav Fridman and Jared Miller at Standard Toykraft, 722 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, L to Graham Ave, $12
9/18, 4 PM lush choral group Kinnara Ensemble sing Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah and Britten’s Flower Songs at Christ Church United Methodist, 524 Park Ave (60/61), $25
9/18, 7:30 PM distinctive, utterly unique mandolin-driven Hungarian folk-punk band Sondorgo at Drom, $15
9/18, 8:15 PM lyrical, aphoristic, tuneful, Waits-ish songwriter Chris Michael plays the album release show for his new one Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando Scream Love and Peace into the Darkness at Scratcher Bar on E 5th St. east of Bowery
9/20, 7:30 PM enigmatically intense punk classical ensemble thingNY play the album release show for their characteristically wild new one minis/Trajectories plus covers by composer/toy pianist Jerome Kitzke, Latin synth-star Helado Negro, theatrical-electro-percussion duo Radical 2, at Here, west side of 6th Ave (Spring/Prince), $9 includes download of the album!
9/20, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Nadejda Vlaeva plays New York premieres by Vladimir Drozdoff and Serge Borkiewicz plus works by Schubert and Liszt at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail.
9/21, 7 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Memorial, Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom and the Iraq War-themed Requiem for the Innocent by Katherine Hoover at Trinity Church, free
9/22-25 one of the most tuneful, consistently interesting guitarists in jazz, Russell Malone leads his quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30
9/22, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play works by Yun, Brahms and Rachmaninoff at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail
9/23, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet premiere Robert Sirota’s second string quartet, the Americana travelogue-flavored American Pilgrimage at Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall, 120 Claremont Ave in upper Manhattan, free
9/23, 8 PM intense, hypnotic jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina at Scholes St. Studio, 375 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg
9/23, 9ish slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s quartet the Grasping Straws – sort of like Grace Slick fronting Patti Smith’s band – at Gold Sounds
9/24, 11:30 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $10
9/25, 8 PM trumpeter Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra draw on rapper A.R.B.R.A.F. and trombonist Art Baron for a Duke Ellington-inspired performance at Roulette, $20 adv tix req
9/27, 8 PM Metropolis Ensemble celebrate their 20th anniversary with Itinerant performers (violinist Sean Lee with roving Paganini Caprices; soprano Ariadne Greif with selections from Cage’s Song Books) interspersed between overlapping live-music installations and large-scale group performances featuring music by Anna Clyne, Timo Andres, Vivian Fung, Paula Matthusen, Andrew Norman, and Ricardo Romaneiro, a new open-score work for Pocket Operator + Instruments by Ryan Francis, and a Happy Birthday “pop-song” composed by Du Yun for orchestra with audience participation; featured performers include cellis Emily Wells, violinist Kristin Lee, cellist Ashley Bathgate, bassoonist/composer Brad Balliett, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and pianist Conor Hanick, at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St., $20
9/28, 9ish postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik acoustic at Troost
9/29-10/2 Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain with Wilson on alto sax plus Orrin Evans on piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30
9/29, 8 PM a rare reunion of Gina Leishman‘s legendary, pioneering 90s circus rock/noir cinematic orchestra the Kamikaze Ground Crew at Roulette, $20 adv rix req
9/30, 8 PM haunting, intense art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Lacy Rose at Scholes St. Studio, 375 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg
9/30, 8 PM clarinet virtuoso Thomas Piercy leads a series of eleven chamber performers in a concert of rare Japanese works by Masatora Goya, Bin LI, Hidemi Mikai, Chatori Shimizu and Kazutomo Yamamoto at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
9/30, midnight haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at the Bell House, $12
10/1, 8 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure (son of Ali) at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec
10/1, 8 PM wildly eclectic dub/reggae/tropical/psychedelic funk band Delsonido at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec
10/1, 8:30 PM the husband-wife duo of violin maestro R. Kumaresh and veena (lute) virtuoso Jayanthi Kumaresh play classical Indian music at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec
10/2 this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their brand-new conspiracy theory-themed album Real Enemies – contender for best of 2016 – in its entirety at National Sawdust
10/3, 7 PM the eclectic, ambitious Ryan Carraher Group – who range from starlit microtonalisms to funkier guitar-fueled tangents to blustery postbop – at Shapeshifter Lab
10/3, 8 PM Czech art-rock cult favorites Please the Trees at Union Hall, $12
10/6, 8 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play “royal and devotional music from the Stuart and Tudor Courts” at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25 tix avail
10/6, 8:30 PM legendary, unstoppable dark glamrock bandleader Ian Hunter – probably the closest thing to Bowie we have left – at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec
10/6, 11 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk noir art-rock band Kotorino at Union Hall, $10
10/7, 8 PM South Indian classical violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan plays a meditative concert at Roulette, $30
10/8, 8 PM the Glenn Branca Ensemble, conducted by the composer, play The Light (for David), written for David Bowie, plus a revised version of Branca’s assaultive 1981 guitar piece The Third Ascension at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec
10/12 postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at St. Vitus
10/14, 8 PM innovative chamber vocal group Mirror Visions Ensemble perform Tom Cipullo’s new Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle plus new works by Margaret Barrett, John Glover, Aaron Grad and Daniel Temkin, featuring sopranos Vira Slywotzky and Justine Aronson, tenor Scott Murphree, and baritones Mischa Bouvier and Jesse Blumberg, with pianists Alan Darling and Margaret Kampmeier at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20/$15 stud/srs. The program reprises 10/31 at 7:30 PM at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, $10/$5 stud
10/16, 8 PM tunefulness balanced by the harder side of bop: trumpeter Josh Evans’ Quintet plus the Oliver Lake Big Band at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
10/17, 8 PM two especially interesting trios: purist but insatiably adventurous trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy with a rhythm section of Kevin Ray and Andrew Drury followed by alto saxophonist Oliver Lake with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
10/21, 8:30 PM fiery, virtuoso tar and setar lute player and composer Sahba Motallebi with pecussionist Naghmeh Farahmand play exhilarating Persian classics and originals at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec
10/25, 8 PM soaring, intense, dark retro 60s/goth/soul bandleader Nicole Atkins at the Poisson Rouge, $14 adv tix rec. Anybody with the balls to cover the Church’s Under the Milk Way and do it well is worth seeing.
11/19, 8 PM Andalusian ensemble La Banda Morisca perform “an intoxicating blend of traditional flamenco with Arab-Andalusian melodies and rock” at Roulette, $25
12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio – Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30