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Month: September, 2016

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for October and November 2016

Daily updates – 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. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in October, 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 October, 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 October, 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 October, 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.

Wednesdays in October at 10ish darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C

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

Fridays in September, 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 October at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

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

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

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

Sundays in October, 7 PM spine-tingling 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 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.

10/1, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – followed at 8 by the all-star Barbes Baglama Orchestra playing Turkish and Greek classics and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

10/1, 6 PM Bern & the Brights – who started out as a stark chamber pop band before moving t catchy ska and reggae-influenced grooves – Desir Decir and powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – play a benefit for Syrian refugees on the roof at Porta, 135 Newark Ave., Jersey City, sugg don, all proceeds to refugee relief

10/1, 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

10/1, 7:30 PM David Broome & Leah Asher present an evening of compositions and improvisations for violin and keyboards with special guests Meaghan Burke (cello) and Jennifer Torrence (percussion) at the Firehouse Space, $10

10/1-2, 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

10/1, 8 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego playing his bday show followed by snarling southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs‘ frontman Joe Yoga at Sidewalk

10/1, 8 PM Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band and the similarly fiery, hard-grooving Tipsy Oxcart at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed in the same vein at 11:30 (separate $15 adv tix adm) by Inspector Gadje & spectacular clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski

10/1, 8 PM nimitable, distantly ominous Japanese psychedelic folk/art-rock band Kikagaku Moyo at at Berlin, $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 lyrical, soaring alt-country multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 ($10 separate adv tix adm) by the fiery, dramatic, art-rock sounds of Xenia Rubinos

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

10/1 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons, at 10 the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf, at 11 cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC and El Muchacho, whoever he is, a little past midnight.

10/1, 9 PM torchy, intense, literate, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell followed by the mighty, historically-inspired, brilliantly lyrical folk orchestra M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

10/1, 9 PM oldtimey country blues singer Little Helen Rose followed eventually at 11 by chamber pop band Stills – the missing link between the Handsome Family and, say, Elliott Smith – at Union Hall, $10

10/1, 9 PM the So So Glos open for ageless first-wave British punk-popsters the Vibrators at Bowery Electric, $18

10/1, 9 PM irrepressibly brilliant, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek plays the dvd release for his new one with Todd Reynolds (violin), Kamala Sankaram (soprano), and Phillip Bush (piano) at Spectrum, $15

10/1, 9ish witchy tarantella jams with Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari dii Piazza at Mehanata

10/1, 10 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

10/1, 10 PM torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at St. Mazie’s

10/1, 10:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Hank’s, note $7 cover

10/2, 1:30 PM the Hai Tien Chorus joins forces with the Taipei Harmonic Chorus for a rare, titanic performance of Taiwanese music for choir at Flushing Town Hall, $10

10/2, 6 PM pianist Angelica Sanchez with Omar Tamez, Guillermo Gregorio and Maria Grand at Downtown Music Gallery

10/2, 7 PM Jack Petruzzelli and Cameron Greider reinvent Ravel and Bartok via electric guitar arrangements, mixed with originals and improvisation followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/2, 7:30 PM Czech art-rock cult favorites Please the Trees at Bowery Electric, $10. The following night, 10/3 they’re at Union Hall at 8 for two bucks more.

10/2, 7 PM 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, $30

10/2, 8 PM anthemic goth-tinged stadium rockers Heaven’s Gate at Alphaville, $8

10/2, 9ish Balkan singer Sarah Small’s hauntingly mesmerizing avant-folk trio Hydra and brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery reprise their transcendent, psychedelic collaboration at Joe’s Pub this past summer with a show at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C. $10 adv tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box ofc.

10/2, 11 PM intricate, intense, diverse jazz/soundtrack/Americana violinist/composer Skye Steele and the More Light band with Karlie Bruce on vox at the small room at the Rockwood. They’re back here on 10/23 at 11 followed at midnight by magically luminescent pastoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks

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, 8:30 PM enigmatic, psychedelically, distantly Lynchian soul bandleader Ivy Meissner at Pete’s

10/4 pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/4, 7:30 PM 60s jug band legends Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur, still going strong, at Joe’s Pub, $30. Followed at 9:30 by eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali and her group ($15 separate adm)

10/4, 7:30 PM the MSM Philharmonia play Haydn, Symphony No.85 in B-flat Major, Hob.I:85 (“La Reine”); Stravinsky, symphony of Wind Instruments (1947 version); Beethoven, Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92 at Niedorf Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/4-9, 8/10 PM klezmer clarinet powerhouse David Krakauer plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, 8 PM: Krakauer with a string section

10/4, 8 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall

10/4-9, 8:30/10 PM pastoral noir jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell  leads a tiro with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail. 12/11-16 he’s back with Petra Haden singing plus Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

10/4, 9:30 PM soaring, hypnotic, riveting Middle Eastern/Balkan jazz singer Christine Karam with a fantastic band:  Ismail Lumanovski, clarinet;  Alon Yavnai, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink 

10/5, 7 PM sizzling violin-driven tarantella/Romany string band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

10/5, 7:30 PM IMJS Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives stages a celebration of the the work of pioneering Japanese koto virtuoso Michio Miyagi plus works by Tadao Sawai and Dai Fujikura at Merkin Concert Hall, free, early arrival advised

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

10/5, 9 PM kinetic Americana songwriter Kaia Kater, blues duo Miss Jubilee & Ethan Leinwandriveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds –& special guests at the Jalopy, free. 10/6, 8ish Patinella is at the Owl; 10/10 at 9:30 she’s at the third room at the Rockwood for $10; 10/26 at 10:30 she’s at Manhattan Inn, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

10/5, 10 PM chamber Americana chanteuse Sara Watkins takes a break from her fam with her own band at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

10/6, 1 PM NYC’s only black bluegrass band – who also happen to be one of NYC’s best bluegrass and oldtime Americana crews – the Ebony Hillbillies at Trinity Church, free

10/6, 7 PM enterprising indie classical chamber group American Contemporary Music Ensemble play play “Nordic noir” compositions by music by Danish composers Frans Bak, Ejnar Kanding, & MBD73 (aka Carsten Bo Eriksen) at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/6, 7 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble celebrates the work of 18th century renaissance man/African-American composer Chevalier de St.-Georges plus works by Haydn and Gossec at the Greene Space, free but rsvp req

10/6, 7 PM scampering, kinetic Middle Eastern jazz with Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext featuring ex Miles Davis alto sax great Dave Liebman at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/6, 7:30 PM darkly intense Balkan/klezmer trumpeter Ben Holmes leads his band at the Jalopy, $15

10/6, 7:30 PM massive North African/Middle Eastern folk orchestra Ifrika at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/6-9 four-string legend Rufus Reid leads a quartet with Yosvany Terry on alto sax, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/6, 8 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

10/6, 8 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band  at Bowery Electric, $10

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 PM gritty LA gutter blues duo 7horse – the guys responsible for the hit A Friend with Weed – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

10/6, 8/9:30 PM state-of-the-art tuneful postbop tenor saxophonist John Ellis with similarly lyrical pianist Gerald Clayton at Mezzrow, $20

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, 8:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ at the Bar Next Door

10/6, 9 PM hauntingly atmospheric female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

10/6. 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders followed at 10 by wry  southwestern gothic and oldschool C&W bandleader Jack Grace at Bar Chord

10/6, 9 PM perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester plays live soundtracks to silent film TBA at Spectrum, $15. 10/26, 8 PM he leads a quartet at Barbes

10/6, 9 PM  hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

10/6, 9:30  PM thoughtful alto saxophonist Caroline Davis with an excellent band: Julian Shore, piano;  Tamir Shmerling, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/6, 11 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk noir art-rock band Kotorino at Union  Hall, $10

10/7, 7 PM violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Silvana

10/7, 7 PM early music ensemble New Vintage Baroque with composer collective Oracle Hysterical play a Grimm’s Fairy Tale-inspired program TBA at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix avail

10/7, 7 PK Kris Wettstein aka A Microscope improvising nebulously minimalist interludes on mystical themes a at Spectrum, $15

10/7, 7 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society explore late German Romanticism with a program TBA at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepoint St., downtown Brooklyn, $25

10/7, 7:30 PM Locobeach (the new psychedelic cumbia/southwestern gothic collaboration between Chicha Libre and Los Crema Paraiso) folllowed by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the Owl

10/7, 7:30 PM jazz piano titan Marc Cary does his funky Fender Rhodes thing at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

10/7, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

10/7, 8 PM a rare NYC appearances by SoCal Russian surf/ska punk band the Red Elvises at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

10/7, 8 PM comedy-rock guy Jonathan Coulton – sort of a less edgy Walter Ego – at the Bell House, $30

10/7, 8 PM South Indian classical violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan plays a meditative concert at Roulette, $30

10/7-8, 8 PM repeating 10/8 at 3 PM Martin Halpern‘s witty new vintage baseball-themed opera What the Babe Said at Davenport Theater Complex, 354 W 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves), $22

10/7, 9 PM eclectic, female-fronted border rock/psychedelic cumbia/funk/rock en Espanol band La Santa Cecilia at SOB’s, $20

10/7, 9 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass and catchy, eclectic Underground Horns at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 10/22 at 3.

10/7, 9 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

10/7, 10:30 PM mighty ten-piece horn-driven Austin oldschool soul band the Nightowls at Union Hall, $8

10/7, 9:30 PM indie/postrock/chamber pop band Joan of Arc  at the Knitting Factory, $15 gen adm

10/7, 10 PM the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at Barbes

10/7, 10 PM ferociously catchy. fearlessly populiat ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at the Delancey, $10

10/7, 10 PM cinematic guitarist Pat Irwin (ex-Raybeats, B52s) leads his power trio w/ Sasha Dobson on drums and Daria Grace on bass at Sunny’s

10/7, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

10/7, midnightish charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting latin soul band, Fulaso at Nublu

10/8, 7:30 PM great Turkish saxophonist Hüsnü Şenlendirici at Drom with his band, $30 adv tix rec

10/8. 7:30 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 at the Owl

10/8, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

10/8, 8 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their hard-charging, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at 9, at Sidewalk

10/8, 8 PM  energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed at 10 by Yotoco playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes. Yotoco are also here on 10/17 at 9:30 ish

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  

10/8, 8 PM the Vocalis Chamber Choir perform music of Ola Gjello including his choral and piano works featuring Tenebrae and Voces8. The program also includes a cappella works by Gerald Finzi, Arvo Part, Frank Ticheli, Caroline Mallonee, Rene Clausen and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/8, 8:30 PM edgy, lyrical guitarist Tony Moreno plays the album release for his new one with Marc Mommaas, Ron Horton, Jean-Michel Pilc and Ugonna Okegwo at 55 Bar, $20 incl. copy of their new double cd

10/8, 9 PM smart, lyrically vivid psychedelic chamber pop/art-rock singer Jennifer Hall followed by darkly ornate, goth-tinged art-rockers Overlord playing the album release how for their new one at Union Hall, $10

10/8, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

10/8, 9 PM noir soul crooner/bandleader Nick Waterhouse at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix rec

10/8. 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed by guitarist Richard Lloyd of Television at Bowery Electric,

10/8, 10 PM edgy, intense Romany/circus rock/noir cabaret band Yula and the Extended Family at the big room at the Rockwood

10/8. 10 PM the darkly dramatic, bandoneon-fueled Ariel Iud Tango Quartet at Caffe Vivaldi

10/8, 11 PM hilarious one-man band Tattoo Money with his twisted hip-hop tales of NYC nightlife, sizzling bluesy guitar and psychedelic, funky keys, at the Way Station 

10/8, midnight psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Wonderland feat. Husnu Senlendirici at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C.

10/9, 11AM ish exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at West End Collegiate Church, 245 W 77th St @West End Ave, free, brunch food available. 10/29 they’re at the Ghouls & Gourds Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, time tba

10/9, 3 PM a rare pyrotechnic duo performance by John Zorn on alto sax with drummer sage Milford Graves at the Vanguard, $30

10/9, 8:30/10 PM noir-inclined bassist Michael Blanco plays the album release show for his reputedly excellent new one with John Ellis, tenor sax;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Clarence Penn, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink 

10/9, 8:30 PM String Noise, cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist Christopher Tignor and fascinating, kinetic electroacoustic sound sculptures with Sontag Shogun – who do very cool things with water sounds, among other textures – at Trans-Pecos, $10 adv tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box office

10/9, 9ish Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda – the Joe Strummer of psychedelic funk – at Berlin, $8

10/9, 9 PM jangly Steve Wynn-esque paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at the Treehouse at 2A

10/10, 5:30 PM the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble play works by emerging composers Emily Cooley, Nick DiBerardino, and Rene Orth rat the Miller Theatre, free

10/10, 7 PM a rare NYC return appearance by hauntingly lyrical noir rock/Nashville gothic songwriter Ben de la Cour at the small room at the Rockwood

10/10-16, 8/10 PM multi-keyboardist Brian Marsella plays with a variety of ensemble at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: both Friday sets on 10/14, the album release shows with his ten-piece big band Imaginarium

10/10, 8:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost at the third room at the Rockwood, $10.

10/10, 8:45ish dynamic, subtle ex-Mariachi Flor de Toloache singer Maya Lazaro – now working a simmering oldschool soul sound – at Berlin, $10

10/10, 9:30 PM exhilarating sarod duo Amaan & Ayaan Ali Bangash with classical violin star Elmira Darvarova at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/11, 7 PM the brand-new Brooklyn Raga Jazz Massive at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp

10/11, 7 PM tuneful pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell leads his group at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

10/11, 7 PM speaking of tuneful, darkly purposeful guitarists: Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 10/18.

10/11, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

10/11, 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar

10/11, time TBA Japanese mouth organ virtuoso Ko Ishikawa leads a traditional ensemble playing mystical material and improvisations plus a new suite by Mamoru Fujieda at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St (1/2 Aves), $20 adv tix rec

10/12, 6;:30 PM massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment and Marseilles punk brass hellraisers Le Pompier Pony Club at ETG Book Cafe at 208 Bay St, Staten Island, free. Then they somehow teleport themselves to Drom for a show starting at 9 that same night with klezmer trumpet legend Frank London and his band, $10 adv tix rec

10/12, 7 PM adventurous improvisational violinist Sana Nagano leads her Quartet at Freddy’s’

10/12, 7 PM eclectically edgy, smartly populist female-fronted rock en Espanol band Eljuri – like a louder Hurray for the Riff Raff – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec,cover includes copy of their new cd

10/12, 7:30 PM Tredici Baci play original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks at the Owl

10/12. 9 PM sultry, upbeat oldtimey swing with Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on Halloween

10/12, 9ish fearlessly political, hilarious faux-French garage/psychedelic rockers Les Sans Culottes at Sunnyvale, $tba

10/12, 10:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Smalls

10/12, 11 PM psychedelic, atmospheric postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at St. Vitus, $10

10/12, 11:30 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/12. midinight amazingly multistylistic Maya Sharpe & her band play elegantly artsy, sometimes haunting trippy Romany-infused soul sounds at the small room at the Rockwood

10/13, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, free

10/13, 7 PM probably in reverse order: Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, Marseilles punk brass hellraisers Le Pompier Pony Club , the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band , the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass and catchy, eclectic Underground Horns and Merasi: Master Musicians of Rajasthan at WFMU Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St (Greene/Washington), Jersey City, $10, Path train to Exchange Place

10/13, 7 PM Jalopy quality, Wburg location: first-class electric country blues guitarist Rashad Brown, his acoustic counterparts Gato Paloma (Jerie Choi of the Hoodoo Honeydrippers and Ernesto Gomez of the Brotherhood of the Jugband Blues) and Noah Harley (of the Horse-Eyed Men) at Cloud City, 85 N 1st St,, Williamsburg, $10, all proceeds to benefit “the last bucket of hours in the Jalopy Records 7″ Subscription Series campaign to fund a project that promises a shiny new, 100% analog-produced vinyl (or digital) album sent every 4 weeks from some of our favorite American folk, blues & country artists, as well as other limited edition rewards.” 

10/13, 7:30 PM a bigtime jazzfest at Bric Arts, in reverse order: the David Murray Infinity Quartet, Ben Allison & Think Free, Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore, Jason Marshall, Inyang Bassey w/ special guest Binky Griptite, the Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Kenyatta Beasley, Bria Skonberg perform staggered sets spanning the BRIC House Ballroom, the Stoop overlooking the Gallery, and a jazz club inside the Artist Studio. 2 free tix avail. w/rsvp

10/13, 7:30 PM avant garde violinist Sarah Neufeld with special guest bass sax whirlwind Colin Stetson at the World Financial Center atrium, free

10/13, 7:30 PM string-rich chamber group Glass Farm Ensemble plays new works by Yvonne Troxler and Paula Matthusen at Symphony Space, $20

10/13, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by  accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes

10/13, 8/9:30 PM phantasmagorical pianist Frank Carlberg plays the album release show for his new one No Money In Art with Christine Correa, voice;  Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Kim Cass, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink 

10/13, 8 PM avant garde accordionist/loopmusic specialist Andrea Parkins at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

10/13-15 and repeating 10/14-15 and 10/20-22 at 8 PM, Dan Kilian’s wry, relevant new musical Waste Fraud & Abuse – featuring a killer pit band including Dervisi’s psychedelic George Sempepos on guitar – at the 13th Street Repertory, 50 W 13th St., $18

10/13, 9 PM intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth at Otto’s

10/13, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

10/13, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Troost. 10/15 at 9 he’s at Hank’s for $8 and on 10/28 at 10 he’s at Sunny’s.

10/13, 10 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

10/13. 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quartet at Smalls

10/13, 11 PM New Orleans’ eclectic, funky stoner brass band the Dirty Bourbon River Show at the Mercury, $10

10/14, 7 PM in reverse order at Shrine: massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment ,Paprikata Samba, Marseilles punk brass hellraisers Le Pompier Pony Club  and,intense, psychedelic, horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly 

10/14. 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

10/14, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble plays Missy Mazzoli, Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (2014) and Schoenberg, Kammersinfonie, Op. 9 at Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St, 4th floor, free

10/14, 7:30 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at  Flushing Town Hall free but rsvp reqd

10/14, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble with singers Alice Teyssier, Nina Dante, & Jeff Gavett perform world premieres by Natacha Diels, Taylor Brook and Lewis Nielsen at the Columbia Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th St., free

10/14, 7:30 PM the MSM Symphony Orchestra play Coppola, Fa Fa Do (world premiere); Rodrigo, Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios; Barber, Andromache’s Farewell, Op.39; Stravinsky, Symphony in Three Movements at Niedorf Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/14, 7:30 PM Watching Me/Watching You, “an ongoing collaboration between Joshua Kent, Matthew Nicholas and Courtney Mackedanz, crafted in the shadow of accessible pornography and mediated digital flesh. Employing devised and quotational choreography, audiences watch three bodies move within a sparse environment, speaking texts written by strangers and performing dances acquired from television and the Internet,” explores the subtlety of oppression in everyday behavior at the Knockdown Center, $15/$10 stud. The performance repeats on 10/16.

10/14, 8 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir El Saffar‘s massive large ensemble Rivers of Sound at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $20

10/14, 8 PM innovative chamber vocal group Mirror Visions Ensemble features soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and pianist Grant Wenaus “traveling through the worlds of the mysterious and magical on a program with pieces by Holst, Sibelius, Schubert, Gershwin, Schumann and others about enchanted forests, whispering waters, and the creatures that inhabit them. The centerpiece of the program is by Gilda Lyons, a historical account of mythological beasts set to texts by Lawrence de Ferry, Hesiod, John Nieuhoff, and Claudius Aelianus,” at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20/$15 stud/srs. The program more or less repeats with changes in personnel plus student works on 10/31 at 7:30 PM at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, $10/$5 stud

10/14, 9 PM what’s left of legendary Austin cowpunks the Hickoids at Bowery Electric, $12

10/14-15, 9:30 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/15, 1 PM Novus NY featuring Mellissa Hughes, soprano perform Johannes Brahms – Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16; Esa-Pekka Salonen – Five Images After Sappho (1999) at Trinity Church, free

10/15, 7 PM all-female honkytonk band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood

10/15, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 10/29

10/15, 7:30 PM violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner play works by Debussy, Kurtag, Beethoven, Saariaho and Faure at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

10/15, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band at Barbes

10/15, 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara followed eventually at 10 by wryly catchy lo-fi soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

10/15, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts leads his sextet with Dana Lyn, violin; Mike McGinnis; reeds; Brian Drye, trombone; Jacob Sacks, piano; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Greenwich House Music School, $15

10/15, 8:15 PM lush, sweeping Korean big band jazz with the Jihye Lee Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/15, 9 PM bad segues, good night: newgrass instrumental pioneer Breadfoot followed at 10 by sardonically funny songstress Emily Einhorn and then at 11 by haunting, intense, lyrically-driven folk noir band Jagged Leaves at Sidewalk

10/15, 9 PM  searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata, $10

10/15, 9 PM 80s powerpop legends Teenage Fanclub at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

10/15, 10 PM popular tropical psychedelic crew Locos Por Juana at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec

10/15, 10 PM period-perfect early 70s-style stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus, $12

10/15, 10 PM psychedelic, genuinely Hendrixian guitar shredette Viva DiConcini and her band at the Way Station 

10/15, 10ish haunting, lyrically potent Nashville gothic/folk noir songwriter Emily Jane White at Sunnyvale, $tba

10/15, 11 PM Irish folk-punks the Narrowbacks at the Mercury, $20 adv tix rec 

10/16, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 with virtuoso violinist Rachel Podger play virtuoso concertos of the Italian Baroque by Veracini, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Valentini at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

10/16, 4 PM the Argus Quartet play Bartók’s Fourth String Quartet; Christopher Theofanidis’s Visions and Miracles and Robert Honstein’s Arctic, at Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

10/16, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at St. Francis Xavier church, 46 W 16th St, free

10/16, 6 PM mesmerizing, playful microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein leads her Frikativ Quartet with Scott Tixier, violin, Leonor Falcon, viola, Tomeka Reid, cello. at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink  

10/16, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

10/16, 6 PM the up-and-coming New York based Shiloh Quartet: Sophia Stoyanovich (violin I) Alice Ivy-Pemberton (violin II) Alaina Rea (viola) Clara Abel (cello) play the world premiere of Patrick Stoyanovich’s String Quartet “Shiloh Church.” plus his duo for violin and cello, plus readings, at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, free

10/16, 7 PM maestro Dong-Hyun Kim leads the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra through Beethoven’s towering Violin Concerto with soloist Kae Nakano, pitted against Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the world premiere of “Victory!” by Paul Joseph at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, just ten minutes on foot or by bus from the Flushing Ave. 7 train station. $20 sugg don,

10/16, 7 PM  Gypsy Jazz Caravan put their own eclectic spin on Django guitar jazz at Radegast Hall

10/16, 8 PM tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights  and 80s powerpop favorites Teenage Fanclub at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25

10/16, 8 PM darkly fiery, rivetingly shapeshifting guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger with cellist Hank Roberts, and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) at Barbes 

10/16, 8 PM the acerbic, smartly improvisational Frikativ Quartet: Sarah Bernstein – violin/composition; Scott Tixier – violin/composition; Leonor Falcon – viola; Malcolm Parson – cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

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

10/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

10/16, midnight darkly Romany-inflected Russian stadium rockers Newborn at Bowery Electric, $8

10/17, 7:30/9:30 PM simmeringly intense, wickedly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom plays the album release show for her feral, richly evocative new trio album at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/17, 7:30 PM banjoist Abigail Washburn and Chinese guzheng player Wu Fei mash up Asian and Appalachian traditional sounds at Symphony Space, $25

10/18 tuneful, pan-latin-influenced pianist Emilio Solla leads his lush, dramatic tango jazz quintet Bien Sur, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

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. Lacy is also at Smalls on 10/25 at 10:30

10/18, 7 PM darkly, southwestern gothic-tinged trio Mischief Night (a Grasping Straws side project) followed at 9 by Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show playing their creepy circus punk and arena rock at Sidewalk. Deschain is also here on 10/27 at 11.

10/18, 7 PM Parisian chanteuse Gay Marshall does her fascinatingly individualistic, lyrically revealing, devilishly hilarious and sometimes crushingly intense reinventions of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics and rarities with an excellent pianist at Pangea, $20. The program repeats on 10/25, 11/2 and 11/9

10/18-26, 8/10 PM drummer Brian Chase leads an intriguing series of improvisational ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 10/21 at 10, a two-drum outfit with Susie Ibarra and Sonic Youth’ s Lee Ranaldo, get there early

10/18, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls at Smalls

10/19, 6 PM brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at the small room at the Rockwood

10/19, 6 PM Orakel – the electro-coustic project of kora/oud player Kane Mathis  and tabla player Roshni Samlal at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

10/19, 7 PM psychedelic surf/darkwave/dub band La Femme at Warsaw, $18

10/19, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Aaron Irwin leads his trio followed by the auspicious duo of saxophonist Jon Irabagon and Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/19 the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet play their tuneful, serpentine jazz explorations of folk themes, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/19, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge, atmospheric, cinematic Alan Ferber Nonet at Smalls

10/19, 8 PM vivid, subtly lyrical Americana fiddler and songwriter Amanda Shires at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

10/19, 9 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at Union Pool, $10

10/19, 10 PM smartly lyrical kitchen-sink rocker Mimi Oz’s new band Rooster at the Way Station 

10/20, 7 PM night one of a weekend celebration of string-driven improvisational groups at Shapeshifter Lab opening with Unanimity Music Collective (Stelios Mihas, gtr; Daniel Carter, winds; Vasko Dukovski, clarinets; Jeff Harshbarger, bass; George Spanos, drums); 8 PM Pauline Kim Harris of String Noise; 9 PM RighteousGIRLS(Gina Izzo, flute and electronics; Erika Dohi, piano); 10 PM Seven Suns (Earl Maneein, violin/viola; Amanda Lo, violin; Fung Chern Hwei, violin/viola; Jennifer DeVore, violoncello), $20 adv tix rec, or $35 two-night pass available at the club front desk

10/20, 7 PM pianist Clipper Erickson plays works by African-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) along with American music for the piano by David Finko, Laurie Altman, Richard Brodhead, Samuel Barber, at Symphony Space, $15

10/20, 7:30 PM the sprawling, cutting-edge, psychedelic, aptly named Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

10/20, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Eloise Kim plays a program TBA at Greenwich House Music School, free

10/20, 7:30 PM witty klezmer jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro’s “Midnight Minyan” at the Jalopy, $15

10/20, 8 PM a composer portrait of John Zorn with performances by the Jack Quartet, Talea Ensemble, American Brass Quintet and others at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail, grab em fast

10/20, 8/9:30 PM the Claudia Quintet – whose latest album is as mesmerizingly good as you would expect from the group that reinvented pastoral jazz – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/20, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo and his Tango Quartet at Barbes

10/20, 8ish elegantly melodic, brilliantly improvisational pianist Sylvie Courvoisier leads her Trio with Kenny Wollesen & Drew Gress at the Owl

10/20, 8:30 PM boogie blues guitarslinger Paul Anthony followed by smartly lyrical acoustic chamber-pop songwriter Heather Eatman at Strong Place, at Strong Place, 270 Court St., at Butler, Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St., free

10/20, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

10/20, 10:30 PM darkly cinematic saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet at Smalls

10/20, 11 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Muchmore’s

10/21, 7 PM night two of a weekend celebration of string-driven improvisational groups at Shapeshifter Lab beginning with Cruche Trio (Shoko Nagai, piano; Gregor Huebner, violin; Jonathan Goldberger, guitar); 8 PM Warp Trio (Mikael Darmanie, piano; Ju Young Lee, violoncello; Josh Henderson, violin) 9 PM Mark Feldman (violin) and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano); 10 PM the  Sirius Quartet (Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, violoncello) $20 adv tix rec, or $35 two-night pass available at the club front desk

10/21, 7 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch plays solo at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

10/21, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band  at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

10/21, 7:30 PM playful tenor sax improviser Ingrid Laubrock‘s Anti-House with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Kris Davis – piano; Tom Rainey – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

10/21, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Third Sound – Sooyun Kim, flute; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Karen Kim, violin; Michael Nicholas, cello; and Orion Weiss, piano – play a program tba in the chapel at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave/51st, $25

10/21, 8 PM Diana Wayburn’s Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble play lushly kinetic, cinematic chamber-rock/global dance instrumentals at Branded Saloon

10/21, 8 PM soaring chamber-pop/art-rock singer/pianist Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

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

10/21, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists.

10/21, 9 PM expertly jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioneer Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $20

10/22, 7 PM psychedelic pianist/keyboardist Jim Duffy joins Karl Berger’s lushly hypnotic, intricately fascinating Improvisational Orchestra at El Taller, 215 E. 99th St. 

10/21, 10 PM wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith Linda Draper followed by followed by catchy, amazingly eclectic Canadian gothic/folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

10/21, 10 PM darkly bristling, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at Barbes. This band is AMAZING. They played two of this year’s best shows here.

10/21, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at Muchmore’s

10/22, 1 PM  the Jeremy Kittel Band mash up bluegrass, newgrass and Celic sounds at Trinity Church, free

10/22, 2 PM ten hours of John Zorn Bagatelles played by a cast including but not limited to John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, Matt Mitchell, Ikue Mori, Jim Black, Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Jamie Saft, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley, Brian Marsella, Marty Ehrlich, Jon Irabagon, Harris Eisenstadt, Matt Hollenberg and many many more! at National Sawdust, $15

10/22, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Erwin Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello, Gilad Hochman’s Slightly Disturbed, and Brahm’s Clarinet Trio. at Baruch College Auditorium, 55 Lexington Ave (at 24th St); $35/$10 stud

10/22, 8 PM the world’s most interesting string quintet, Sybarite5 play play new works by Clarice Assad, Brandon Ridenour and Steven Snowden at the Poisson Rouge, $25

10/22. 8 PM arguably the most individualistic, compelling pianist in jazz right now, Vijay Iyer leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix going fast

10/22, 8 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play deFalla’s “Master Peter’s Puppet Show,” instead of traditional puppets, the performance will be accompanied by live drawings by visual artist Kevork Mourad at Bric Arts, $21

10/22, 9 PM catchy paisley underground-tinged jangle band the Unknown Nobodies followed by female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk – playing the release show for their new single at Matchless, $10

10/22, 9 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by Sato & Johnny (not the surf music legends) and then funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at 11:30 at Hank’s, be aware of $7 cover

10/22, 9 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson followed eventually at 11 by PJ Harvey-esque power trio Rony’s Insomnia a at Pine Box Rock Shop

10/22, 10 PM high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing with the 4th St. Nite Owls followed by  hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes at Freddy’s

10/22, 10 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences – earn the dubious distinction of being the best band to ever play the Bitter End

10/22, 10 PM posttonal, polyrhythmic, lyrically intriguing violinist/bandleader Sarah Bernstein leads her Quartet at the Firehouse Space, $10

10/22, 11 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences – at the Bitter End

10/22, midnight the long-awaited reunion of one of NYC’s best bands of the late zeros/early teens, the ferocious punk/soul/art-rock Brooklyn What headline at the Mercury, $10

10/23, 4 PM clarinetist Alex Fiterstein and pianist Michael Brown perform clarinet sonatas by Leonard Bernstein and Mieczysław Weinberg; Bohuslav Martinů’s Sonatina for Clarinet, and Mason Bates at Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

10/23-24 the Shannon Wright/Shellac twinbill at the Bell House is sold out

10/23, 3 PM a rare US appearance by acclaimed 11-piece ensemble the Siberian Virtuosos playing an eclectic program, Bach and Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian at the auditorium at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, 2001 Oriental Blvd, closest train is the Q to Brighton Beach, $32 seats avail.

10/23, 7 PM fiery nuevo tango pianist Polly Ferman and her lush, sweeping band GlamourTango at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/23, 7 PM Benjamin Sutin’s Big String Band play hip-hop string jazz at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/23, 7 PM torchy oldtimey swing with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at ‘Radegast Hall

10/23, 7 PM perennially interesting indie classical chamber group the MIVOS Quartet play a program TBA at Spectrum, $15

10/23, 8 PM  Laura Cantrell – charismatic, hilarious bandleader and this era’s greatest Americana singer – at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/23, 8 PM eclectic, haunting film composer Johan Johannsson with indie classical chamber stars American Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill), 2/3 to Bergen St., , $27.50 adv tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box office

10/23, 8 PM Trio Quidnuncs with smart, riveting composer/alto saxophonist Sarah Manning; Andrew Drury – percussion; Briggan Krauss – sax/guitar at the Firehouse Space, $10

10/23 haunting, spellbinding Romany and Balkan song reinventor Eva Salina with accordionist Peter Stan at the Jalopy

10/24, 7 PM a golden age Ethiopiques twinbill with legendary 1960s pianist Girma Beyene backed by the high-voltage Feedel Band at CUNY’s Elebash Hall

10/25, 7 PM reliably acerbic jazz cellist cellist Hank Roberts with Anna Weber and Tomas Fujiwara followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

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.

10/25, 8 PM dynamic, fearlessly populist soul belter Stephanie Rooker at the Way Station

10/25-30, 8/10 PM edgy guitarist Ava Mendoza plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of ensembles, $20. Choice pick: 10/27 at 10, duo improvisations with violist Jessica Pavone

10/25-29, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical pianist Enrico Pieranunzi’s New Spring Quartet with Seamus Blake (tenor sax) Scott Colley (bass) Clarence Penn (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

10/25, 9:30 PM lyrical, subtle jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy sings her captivating, midtempo originals with her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink  

10/25, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

10/25, 11ish fiery retro rock/60s soul/noir rockabilly band Blaire Alise and the Bombshells at Shea Stadium, $tba

10/25 high-voltage, sardonic, purist Las Vegas rockanilly band the Royal Hounds at Skinny Dennis. 10/26 they’re at the Parkside

10/26, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet playing a jaunty tribute to legendary jazz party animal Anita O’Day at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink

10/26, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen‘s unpredictable improvisational trio Floating Points with bassist Gregg August and drummer Chris Wabich at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/26, 7:30 PM smart, tuneful drummer/composer Jordan Young leads his B3 organ trio at Smalls

10/26, 8 PM synthy loopmusic with Faten Kanaan, guitar soundscaper Grey McMurray and then drummer/bandleader Tim Kuhl and his enveloping 1982 art-rock project at Union Pool, $8

10/26, 9ish intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist Jennifer O’Connor at Hifi Bar

10/27, 7 PM individualistic, smart, theatrical art-rock/avant bassist Lisa Marie Dowling presents two ostensibly fantastic groups: Sleeved Hearts Band and Proxy at Spectrum, $15

10/27, 7 PM violinist Michelle Ross leads an eclectic ensemble playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a string trio arrangement plus Ravel’s Piano Trio at Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11th St., Long Island City, $10, G to 21st/Van Alst

10/27, 7:30 PM pianist Lisa Yui offers insight into “scary music” and plays a program of same at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/27, 7:30 PM one of the world’s great noir jazz pianists, Frank Kimbrough leads a trio at Smalls

10/27, 7:30 PM Cuatro Sukiyaki Minimal – who play hypnotically circling, pensive themes with thumb piano, traditional Japanese instruments and percussion – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

10/27, 7:30 PM, repeating 10/29 at 8 and 11/1 at 7:30 PM, the the NY Philharmonic with soloist Frank Huang play Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Bartok’s Dance Suite and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

10/27, 7:30 PM torchy jazz/blues guitarist/singer Carissa Matsushima at Strong Place, 270 Court St., at Butler, Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St., free

10/27, 7:30 PM legendary Indian carnatic singer Bombay Jayashri and her ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

10/27, 8 PM otherworldly, harmonically wild, hypnotically powerful all-male Republic of Georgia choral group Ensemble Basiani at the Town Hall, $37 adv tix available at the box ofc 

10/27, 8 PM wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano blues band the Claudettes followed at 10 by trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at Barbes

10/27-29, 8 PM Dave Ruder‘s new opera “depicting the special session of congress in 2001 in which the Congressional Black Caucus attempted to halt the certification of Florida’s votes for the contested presidential election due to disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of Floridians,” at Jack, $18

10/27, 8 PM indie classical pianist Vicky Chow premieres new solo piano works by Christopher Cerrone, Fjola Evans, David Brynjar Franzson, and Bang on a Can peeps David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/27, 8 PM catchy janglerockers the Bellegards – a singer short of excellence right now – at Muchmore’s

10/27, 8 PM Boss Hogg – Christina and Jon pulling their legendary 90s project back together – at Union Pool, $15

10/27, 9ish darkly lyrical tenor saxophonist/composer Peter Apfelbaum‘s brand-new septet feat. Natalie Cressman, Will Bernard and Kyle Sanna at the Owl

10/27, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Desmond’s

10/28, 6:40 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at the American Folk Art Museum

10/28, 7 PM pianist Meral Guneyman plays works by Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Virgil Thompson, Strayhorn and Gershwin at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/28. 7:30 PM Naughty by Nature and Cypress Hill at Terminal 5, expensive, $35 gen adm but it’s a rare chance to see two classic golden age hip-hop acts on the same bill

10/28, 7:30/9:30 PM cellist Okkyung Lee leads an auspicious chamber jazz quartet with Maeve Gilchrist – harp; Jacob Sacks – piano; Eivind Opsvik – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $22

10/28, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – followed at 10 by charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso at Barbes

10/28, 8 PM haunting, lyrical Nordic noir rock with Mark Steiner and His Problems at Pete’s

10/28, 8/9:30 PM tenor sax improv titan George Garzone leads a quartet with   Leo Genovese, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink. A guy who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence along with Sonny Rollins.

10/28, 8 PM Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra plays a fascinating program of rarely performed works by female composers female composers Ethel Smyth, Doreen Carwithen, and Dobrinka Tabakova at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $20/$12 stud .

10/28, 8 PM legenday SoCal first-wave punks the Dickies play their 1977 debut The Incredible Shrinking Dickies at Bowery Electric, $20. The following night, 10/29 at 10 they play their 1979 classic Dawn of the Dickies album, same price

10/28, 9 PM uneasy dreampop/postpunk band Dark Moon Apachecatchy paisley underground-tinged jangle band the Unknown Nobodies and ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Ave. , M to Central Ave

10/28, 9 PM  fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Alphaville, $10

10/28, 9 PM garage rockers the Lord Calverts, the Black Cats NYC playing the album release show for their new one, and then at 11 Red Gretchen and their slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves at Sidewalk

10/28-29, 10:30 PM powerhouse trumpeter Tim Armacost leads his quartet at Smalls

10/29, 1 PM trumpeter Pam Fleming’s surreal, cinematic, carnivalesque eight-piece jazz ensemble the Dead Zombie Band at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls and Gourds Festival, $12, kids under 12 free. 10/31, 6ish they’re outdoors at the street fair at Waverly Ave., between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave. in Ft. Greene

10/29, 1 PM catchy indie classical/chamber-rock ensenble Founders at Trinity Church, free

10/29, 7 PM ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party play their arrangement of Ellington’s Far East Suite (actually more of a Middle Eastern-flavored album) plus their own original funeral music at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec/

10/29, 7 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries followed by populist newgrass rockers Kingsley Flood at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec 

10/29, 7:30 PM the London Symphony Orchestra play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Yuja Wang as soloist plus Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail, get em now

10/29, 8 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many play a rare acoustic show at Sidewalk

10/29, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvania jazz followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

10/29, d00rs at 8, show at 9, dark cinematic rock legends Morricone Youth headline the annual Rubulad Halloween party, guessing at around 11 PM. As usual, the event promises to be a Burning Man style extravaganza featuring sets by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, haphazard gutter blues/garage rockers the YeahTones and Afrobeat funk dancefloor faves Emefe, plus “cabaret Scary-Go-Round, Jessica Delfino as Lucrezia Borgia, Kostume Karaoke Lounge by Alex Pearguson, and Dark Circus Extraordinaire by Abnorm Freakoeur.” Your best deal is to show up before 9 when cover is $15, otherwise it’s an extra ten bucks. Email for location and directions. Be aware that Morricone Youth’s Halloween night album release show at Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg is sold out.

10/29, 9 PM purist, harmonically rich “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters; followed by eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Pete’s

10/29, 9/10:30 PM lyrical pianist Jacob Sacks leads a killer quintet with Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/29, 11 PM chanteuse Megg Farrell channels the scattered corpse of Patsy Cline, then at midnight it’s Dru Cutler’s Talking Deads, playing the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, then at 1 AM the Zombie Beatles f.k.a. Mama Juke play “upbeat Beatles track you can imagine.” at Unit J, 338 Moffatt St, Bushwick, $30 includes a drink, L to Wilson Ave/J to Chauncey 

10/30, 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. 

10/30, 7 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrook  opens solo for the album release show by gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson and her lush, rapturously good octet at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/30, 7 PM star violist and cinematic composer Ljova and violinist Curtis Stewart play duets followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/30, 7:30 PM sizzling string-and-dulcimer-driven klezmer sounds with the Ternovka Ensemble – w/Zhenya Lopatnik, Pete Rushefsky, Jake Shulman-Ment, & Joanna Sternberg at the Jalopy, $15

10/30, 7:30/9 PM purist, cleverly lyrical jazz singer Sari Kessler with her combo at Minton’s, free, 2 item minimum

10/30, 8:30 PM the Berger Sisters‘ high-energy string band album release show followed by the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at the Jalopy, $10, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

10/30, 9 PM popular Americana highway rockers Mandolin Orange at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

10/30, 9 PM noir-tinged crooner and expertly bluesy lead guitarist Phil Gammage leads his four-piece band at the Treehouse at 2A

10/30, 10 PM a captivatingly intimate, darkly tuneful duo show with pianist Shai Maestro and guitarist/singer Camila Meza at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/30-31, 10:30 PM pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at Smalls

10/31, 7 PM circus rock legends World Inferno at Warsaw, $25 tix avail at the Knitting Factory box ofc

10/31, 7 PM “Patriarch Seabury Tredwell has died. His coffin sits in the front parlor surrounded by lilies and flickering candles; black crepe covers the mirrors. Join us for dramatic readings from the darkest of 19th century Gothic literature and true ghost stories of the unsettling and un-explainable as reported by museum visitors,” at the very reputedly haunted Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E 4th St, $25

10/31, 7:30 PM the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo play their two-handed version of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre plus works by Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Gluck, Piazzolla and Radiohead at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

10/31, 8ish incomparably haunting, enigmatic, lyrically intriguing noir cinematic songstress Karla Rose & the Thorns opens for tongue-in-cheek, legendary LA first-wave punks the Dickies at Berlin, $10

10/31, 8:30 PM baritone saxophonist Claire Daly plays selections from her trio’s CD, “Scary Bari” with fellow bari powerhouse Dave Sewelson and bassist Dave Hofstra at Bar Lunatico

10/31, 10 PM the ultimate NYC Halloween jazz group, the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood

10/31, 11 PM ageless, cheery, jangly lo-fi Japanese girlband Shonen Knife at the Knitting Factory, $13

10/31, midnight perennially popular carnivalesque keys-and-personality duo Quintron & Miss Pussycat at Baby’s All Right, $15

11/1, 7 PM the Pedrito Martinez Group play their hard-charging, psychedelic latin jazz for a benefit for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem at the Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (125/126), $25

11/1, 7:30 PM at NJPAC in Newark, a Ralph Ellison-inspired superstar jazz bill with Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell,Talib Kweli, Angélique Kidjo, Patti Austin, and Joe Morton with Andy Farber & His Orchestra, $25 seats avail

11/1, 7:30 PM legendary Indian percussionist V. Selvaganesh on hybrid drums and khanjira leads an explosively hypnotic multi-drum troupe at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/1, 8:15 PM drummr Dan Pugach’s mighty eighteen-piece Big Band with the soaring Nicole Zuraitis on vocals at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/1, 9 PM psychedelic, artsy doom metal band Electric Citizen at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $15

11/3, 7:30 PM wild newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band at Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/2, 7:30 PM, 10 PM Indian classical quartet Nrityagram Music Ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail. 11/3, 10 PM they’re at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center

11/4, 6 PM the Diana Wayburn Trio featuring the astonishingly eclectic composer on cello along with Edith Lettner on sax and Spencer Hale on banjo premiering new works at the Parkside

11/4, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge Spectrum Symphony of NY play concertos for organ and orchestra by Poulenc and Hungarian composer Balint Karosi (world premiere) with organ soloist János Pálúr at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sugg don $25/$15 stud/srs

1/4-5, 8 PM the world premiere of Goddess frontwoman Fran Pado’s supremely creepy, surrealist musical Halloween drama Grinny – Stephen King as Tris McCall might have wrritten it – at Simple Syrup, 819 Nostrand Ave., Crown Heights, 2 to President St., free

11/4, 9 PM a good latin rock triplebill, in reverse order: NYC’s Hurray For the Riff Raff, Making Movies, Mexican folk-punks Las Cafeteras at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

11/4 gleefully grisly punk lyricism, purist powerpop songwriting: Berwanger at Cake Shop

11/4 wickedly tuneful, Zombie-esque psychedelic pop songbandleader Sam Kogon plays the album release show for his excellent new record Psychic Tears at Baby’s All Right

11/5, 7:30 PM a rare chance to hear some charanga legends on their home turf: Orquesta Broadway, under the direction of Eddy Zervigon, Charanga ‘76 with Andrea Brachfeld, and Típica Novel, led by Mauricio Smith, Jr., and special guest artists including legendary Cuban violinist Félix ‘Pupi’ Legaretta, and flutists Karen Joseph and Connie Grossman at Hostos Center, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St ,$25

11/5, 11 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene play fiery belter frontwoman Charlene McPherson’s bday show at the Parkside

11/6, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (selections from Suites 1 & 2) and the Lieutenant Kijé Suite plus the legendary, harrowing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Imri Talgam at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/6, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave (53/54), free

11/6, 5 PM microtonal Indian raga vocal powerhouse T.M. Krishna and ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/6 8 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays a global warming-themed program with music of Debussy, Liszt, Llgeti, Milica Paranosic, Victoria Jordanova and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec 

11/8, 10 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who rampage between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk followed by punk trio the Unknown Nobodies at Shrine

11/10, 6ish International Contemporary Ensemble’s newest member, Josh Modney, assembles a typically adventurous program of works by Aperghis, Deils, Johnson, Greenwald (world premiere), DuFay, and Spahlinger at Abrons Arts Center, free. The program repeats with Katherine Young’s new piece for tuba and Wurlitzer, yummy!

11/10, 7:30 PM classic cinematics and new Middle Eastern classical: the Israeli Chamber Project  play works by Bernard Herrmann, Karl Goldmark and Shulamit Ran at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/10, 9 PM fiery Canadian gothic Americana rockers Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons open for legendary 80s paisley underground/Americana band the Long Ryders making their first NYC appearance in almost 30 years at Bowery Ballroom, this will sell out, $20 adv tix rec

11/11, 8 PM adventurous, eclectic Korean folk-rock band Coreyah blend traditional, latin and Balkan sounds with Korean classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

11/11, 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Nublu

11/12 Tredici Baci play the record release show for their debut of original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks at the Market Hotel

11/13, 9 PM careeningly bluesy post-Stooges psych/garage rockers Acid Dad followed eventually by dark psych/garage icons Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, $22 tix avail. at the Mercury Lounge

11/15 Margo Price at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

11/16, 7 PM intense, haunting noir chanteuse Gemma Ray at the Owl

11/16, 7 PM pianist Magdalena Baczewska plays works by Galuppi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Nino Rota, Chopin and Szymanowski at the Columbia Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th St., free

11/16, 7:30 PM violinist Soobeen Lee plays works by Saint-Saens, Bartok, Beethoven, Tartini and Jeong Kyu Park at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

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

11/20, 4 PM salsa afternoon with Los Ciegos Del Barrio at the Museum of the City of NY, free w/rsvp

11/27, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/9, 8 PM riveting Indian classical sitarist Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the river), $21

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.


A Rare Chance to Hear Japanese Psychedelic Band Kikagaku Moyo This Weekend

Japanese band Kikagaku Moyo distill some of the best psychedelic influences of the past half-century. Their songs are long, expansive and shift between eras and genres with a hypnotic elegance. Their latest album House in the Tall Grass is streaming at Spotify. They’re hitting New York this weekend for a couple of shows; tonight, Sept 30 they’ll be at Sunnyvale at 10:30 PM for $15. Tomorrow night, Oct 1 they’ll be at Berlin at 9ish for three bucks less.

The album’s opening cut, Green Sugar kicks off with a dramatic, savagely meticulous flurry of tremolo-picking, then hits a strutting groove, an echoey web of Tomo Katsurada and Daoud Popal’s guitars and Ryu Kurosawa’s sitar over bassist Kotsuguy’s catchy, upper-register bass hook, like a gentler Brian Jonestown Massacre. Spare, twinkling bells and chimes add to the surreallistic, nocturnal ambience until suddenly the guitars take the song down toward metal.

Drummer Go Kurosawa’s careful, precise rimshots propel the jangly Kogarashi, a mashup of electrified Indian folk and Malian duskcore. Spare icicle piano drips between the reverb-drenched acoustic guitar mesh of Old Snow, White Sun. The band builds a sparsely lingering, slow post-Velvets ultraviolet ambience in the one-chord instrumental jam Melted Crystal, then picks up the pace with Dune, a catchy, upbeat Japanese folk theme, resonant Pink Floyd grandeur over a jaunty surf-tinged groove.

Pastorally trippy echoes of the Church, Jenifer Jackson, Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles and late 60s Grateful Dead filter throughout the album’s most epic track, Silver Owl, up to a surprise doom-metal crescendo. The group follows that with the swirly spacerock interlude Fata Morgana.

The tricky rhythms and surfy guitar of Trad offer no hint that the band’s about to take its Japanese folk melody into majestic Pink Floyd territory, then rise to White Light/White Heat freakout. The album closes with the gentle, fingerpicked folk-rock Cardigan Song. If there’s any band out there who sound like they could pull off a double live album, it’s these guys.

The Explosive New Album by Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Explores the Menace and Monkeyshines of Conspiracy Theories

The term “conspiracy theory” was invented by the right wing as a facile way to dismiss investigative reporting, lumping it in with farcical myths about aliens and Zionists. As actor James Urbaniak narrates at the end of Real Enemies – the groundbreaking new album by innovative large jazz ensemble Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, streaming at Bandcamp – the right wing has actually been responsible for spreading many of those theories as disinformation in order to hide their own misdeeds. Argue and his eighteen-piece big band explore both the surreal and the sinister side of these theories – “You have to choose which ones to believe,” the Brooklyn composer/conductor told the audience at a Bell House concert last year. This album is a long-awaited follow-up to Argue’s shattering 2013 release Brooklyn Babylon, a chronicle of the perils of gentrification. The group are playing the release show on Oct 2 at 7 PM at National Sawdust; advance tix are $30 and are going fast. From there the band travel to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where they’ll be playing on Oct 7 at 7:30 PM; general admission is $25.

Although Brooklyn Babylon has the occasional moment of grim humor on its way to a despairing oceanside coda, this album is more overtly dark, but also funnier. Conversations between various groups of instruments abound. Most are crushingly cynical, bordering on ridiculous, in a Shostakovian vein. And once in awhile, Argue lifts the curtain on a murderously conspiratorial moment. A prime example is Dark Alliance, an expansively brassy mashup of early 80s P-Funk, salsa romantica and late-period Sun Ra. And the droll/menacing dichotomy that builds throughout Silent Weapon for Quiet Wars is just plain hilarious.

The album opens on a considerably more serious note with You Are Here, a flittingly apt Roger Waters-style scan of tv headline news followed by tongue-in-cheek, chattering muted trumpet. A single low, menacing piano note anchors a silly conversation as it builds momentum, then the music shifts toward tensely stalking atmospherics and back. The second track, The Enemy Within opens with a wry Taxi Driver theme quote, then slinks along with a Mulholland Drive noir pulse, through an uneasy alto sax solo and then a trick ending straight out of Bernard Herrmann.

With Sebastian Noelle’s lingering, desolately atonal guitar and Argue’s mighty, stormy chart, Trust No One brings to mind the aggressively shadowy post-9/11 tableaux of the late, great Bob Belden’s Animation. Best Friends Forever follows a deliciously shapeshifting trail, from balmy and lyrical over maddeningly syncopated broken chords that recall Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, to an explosively altered gallop with the orchestra going full tilt. Likewise, The Hidden Hand builds out of a blithe piano interlude to cumulo-nimbus bluster.

The Munsters do the macarena in Casus Belli, a scathing sendup of the Bush/Cheney regime’s warmongering in the days following 9/11. Crisis Control opens with a mealy-mouthed George W. Bush explaining away the decision to attack Afghanistan, and contains a very subtle, ominous guitar figure that looks back to Brooklyn Babylon: clearly, the forces behind the devastation of great cities operate in spheres beyond merely razing old working-class neighborhoods.

Caustically cynical instrumental chatter returns over a brooding canon for high woodwinds in Apocalypse Is a Process, seemingly another withering portrait of the disingenuous Bush cabinet. Never a Straight Answer segues from there with burbling, ominously echoing electric piano and Matt Clohesy’s wah bass, talking heads in outer space. The apocalyptic cacaphony of individual instruments at the end fades down into Who Do You Trust, a slow, enigmatically shifting reprise of the opening theme.

Throughout the album, there are spoken-word samples running the gamut from JFK – describing Soviet Communism, although he could just as easily be talking about the Silicon Valley surveillance-industrial complex – to Dick Cheney. As Urbaniak explains at the album’s end, the abundance of kooky speculation makes the job of figuring out who the real enemies are all the more arduous. As a soundtrack to the dystopic film that we’re all starring in, whether we like it or not, it’s hard to imagine anything more appropriate than this. And it’s a contender for best album of 2016.

Another Creepy Classic Album and a Couple of New York Shows from the Handsome Family

Andrew Bird says that Brett and Rennie Sparks of the Handsome Family are this era’s greatest songwriters. He ought to know: he did a whole album of Handsome Family covers. Whether or not you agree with Bird – another one of this era’s best tunesmiths and wordsmiths –  you can’t argue with the Handsome Family’s iconic status in folk noir circles. They’ve got a new album, Unseen – streaming at Spotify – and a couple of shows this weekend. On Friday, Sept 30 they’re at the Mercury at 8:30 PM for $17 in advance; the following night, Oct 1 they’re at the Knitting Factory for the same price, a half-hour later.

It’s interesting how the new album is a throwback to their earliest days, when they were more of a straight-up Americana band. However, this is a harder-rocking effort. The opening track, Gold takes the hallowed tradition of the outlaw ballad into the Oxycontin era: “Got a tattoo of a snake and a ski mask on my face, but I woke up in the ditch behind the Stop-and-Go,” Brett intones. “Lying the weeds with a bullet in my gut, watching dollar bills fly away in the dust.” The interweave of his own tremolo guitars, Alex McMahon’s baritone guitar and pedal steel is as luscious as the cruel irony of the narrative. It’s classic Handsome Family.

The Silver Light shambles along with an acoustic honkytonk feel, a crushingly cynical Vegas casino scenario. “Neon glowstick in your drink.” For fans of classic 60s and early 70s country, the backing vocals are priceless. The broodingly cello-infused Back in My Day offers a typical Rennie Sparks narrative:

We had maps that unfolded
You could drink from the river
We had gods made of clay
There were mile-high glaciers
No locks on the doors
The stars burned brighter
We never counted past four

And at that point it becomes more and more clear that the good old days, while a lot more temperate than these cruel final global warming years, weren’t all they might be cracked up to be.

The bittersweet passing tones of the pump organ solo in the carnivalesque waltz Tiny Tina might be the album’s most understatedly heartbreaking touch. Underneath the Falls brings a distantly ominous, majestic, jangly Byrds-style grandeur to that waltz tempo, another global warming-era requiem.

Rennie makes her first appearance on vocals on The Sea Rose, a catchy, jangly, twist on a classic siren song with a gorgeously spare acoustic guitar solo midway through. The album’s most epically allusive cut, The Red Door is a Lynchian doo-wop update on a Brothers Grimm theme. The stately swaying Gentlemen, with its quaint electric harpsichord and cello, offers a shout-out to William Crookes, who invented the vacuum tube in 1875 as an ostensible means to access the great beyond.

King of Dust, a desolate wreck-on-the-highway scenario, revisits the cruel irony of the album’s opening cut. On the surface, the final cut, Green Willow Valley is a comfortable pastoral nocturne, but if you listen closely, the subtext is crushing. If this is the last album the Handsome Family makes before global warming, or the plutonium leaking into the Pacific from Fukushima reactor number three, kills us all, it further cements their status as arguably this century’s best band. Look for this on the best albums list of 2016 here if we make it that far.

Mad Meg’s Killer Debut Album Mashes Up Elegant Art-Rock and Creepy Phantasmagoria

Being in New York is a mixed blessing a lot of the time these days. Musically speaking, it means that you miss out on all kinds of good stuff if you aren’t hooked into one expatriate scene or another . For example, Mad Meg have a devoted following in the Russian community, although they aren’t as well known outside that demimonde – and they ought to be. They’re sort of a mashup of all sorts of good, moodily carnivalesque acts – Gogol Bordello, Nick Cave and Botanica, just for starters. They’ve got a new album, the sardonically titled Puberty Tales – streaming at Bandcamp – and an album release show this Thursday, Sept 29 at 9:45 PM at Drom. Cover is $10.

The band played a tantalizing preview for this show with an expansive, theatrical set at the end of last week at Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art, THE go-to gallery for A-list Russian artists these days. Despite the fact that the band was playing practically all acoustic, they held a packed house rapt for practically an hour on an impromptu stage. Frontman Ilya Popenko swooped and circled out into the crowd: tall and wiry, decked out in a black suit, the Cave resemblance is unmistakable. But he’s the rare, distinctive artist who’s as adept at music as he is with visuals. His twisted Photoshopped tableaux – substituting his face for a series of twisted characters coiled up in corners, schmoozing sardonically around a holiday table or engaging in all sorts of sordid behavior – are as funny as his series based on the cult favorite Soviet cartoon Gena the Crocodile.

The album is as witheringly cynical as it is catchy. Over a frantic, horn-fueled circus rock pulse, Popenko explains that the Circling the Drain Dance is a global phenomenon. “Play whatever music that makes you less annoyed, say hello to people that you still don’t avoid.” It’s the prequel to Botanica’s Castration Tango.

With its flashy piano intro, Engineer is a mashup of Botanica art-rock and Tom Waits saloon blues, with a little Hunky Dory-era Bowie thrown in. Livable Lovable Life sets Jason Laney’s trippy, echoey Wurlitzer electric piano and a sarcastic horn chart to a furtive swing, the missing link between Dark Side-era Floyd and Botanica. Moscow Song disguises a classic Pretenders bassline – and coyly references another 80s new wave hit – underneath menacing lounge lizard piano.

Polish Girl switches between an organ-driven noir waltz and some neat counterpoint between growly baritone sax and accordion, the tale of a gold-digging girl “majoring in volleyball and all sorts of interesting games.” Scary People tales a scampering detour toward disco: “Sitting in the forest, drinking their PBR’s,” Popenko intones, trading rasps with James Hall’s trombone: “I’m not ever going out, never going out there.” Words of wisdom for anybody contemplating a train ride to Bushwick.

The piano-and-resonator-guitar textures throughout the surrealistic Sky Grows Taller are s psychedelic as they are plaintive. Sunday Nights takes an even more surreal turn toward psychedelic soul: “I’m just a little beat, not an alcoholic,” Popenko snarls. The Very Last Train is the sneaky killer cut here with its swirly organ solo and mix of noir swing, disco and Romany punk. And Torn follows a hypnotically nocturnal Jesus & Mary Chain sway. Blast this at your next party and you’re guaranteed to get at least one “Who is this?” or “Which Gogol Bordello album is this?”

Three of the World’s Great Jazz Voices Sing the Blues

One of the year’s funnest concerts was back at the end of July at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, where three of New York’s most distinctive jazz vocalists – Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade – sang a lascivious and occasionally heartwrenching mix of blues and early swing tunes. Daycamp kids, retirees, office workers on their lunchbreaks and others playing hooky from work (guess who) hung around and grinned in unison when Russell sang the story of what happened when Miss Liza Johnson’s ex finds out that she’s changed the lock on her front door. “He pushed it in and turned it round,” she paused, “And took it out,” she explained. “They just don’t write ’em like that anymore,” she grinned afterward.

Wade made her entrance with a pulsing take of Lil Johnson’s My Stove’s in Good Condition and its litany of Freudian metaphors, which got the crowd going just like it was 1929. Matt Munisteri, playing banjo, took a rustic, coyly otherworldly solo, dancing and then frenetically buzzing, pinning the needle in the red as he would do often despite the day’s early hour. Thomas did a similar tune, working its innuendos for all they were worth. And the split second Wade launched into “I hate to see that evening sun go down,”a siren echoed down Jay Street. Not much has changed in that way since 1929 either. That was the point of the show, that the blues is no less relevant or amusing now than it was almost a hundred years ago when most of the songs in the setwere written.

The band – Munisteri, Mark Shane on piano, Tal Ronen on bass, Mark McLean drums, Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, John Allred on trombone and Mark Lopeman on tenor and soprano sax – opened counterintuitively with a slow, moody blues number that sounded like the prototype for Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy, Munisteri’s beehive of a tremolo-picked banjo solo at the center. They went to the repertoire of Russell’s pianist dad Luis for an ebullient take of Going to Town, a jaunty early swing tune from 1930 with brief dixieland-flavored solos all around. The rest of the set mined the catalog of perennial favorites like Ethel Waters, Ida Cox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Alberta Hunter and Bessie Smith, with a bouncy take of bouncy take of Fats Waller’s Crazy ‘Bout My Baby to shake things up.

The show’s most riveting number was a hushed piano-and-vocal duo take of Ethel Waters’ Supper Time. Thomas took care to emphasize that it was the grim account of a woman explaining to her kids that their dad wasn’t coming home anymore since he’d been lynched. Shane’s piano matched Thomas’ understated anguish through austere gospel-flavored passages, occasionally reaching into the macabre. Then she picked up the pace just a little with a pensive take of the Bessie Smith classic I Ain’t Got Nobody, fueled by Shane’s striding lefthand and Kellso’s energetically shivery, melismatic lines.

Russell let her vibrato linger throughout maybe the night’s most innuendo-fueled number, Margaret Johnson’s Who’ll Chop Your Suey When I’m Gone (sample lyric: “Who’ll clam your chowder?”), the horns as exuberantly droll as the vocals. The three women didn’t do much in the way of harmonies until the end of the set, which would have been fun to see: Wade with her no-nonsense alto, Russell with her purist mezzo-soprano and Thomas’s alternately airy and fiery higher register. How does all this relate to what’s happening in New York right now, a couple of months after this apparently one-off collaboration was over? Russell has a new album out – which hasn’t made it over the transom here yet. Stay tuned!

A Rare, Can’t-Miss Reuinon of Phantasmagorical 80s Legends Kamikaze Ground Crew This Thursday at Roulette

This coming Thursday, Sept 29 at 8 PM there’s a rare reunion of legendary, carnivalesque 80s band Kamikaze Ground Crew at Roulette. Advance tix are $20 and worth it. Before World Inferno, or for that matter, Beat Circus were even conceived, there was this band. Kamikaze Ground Crew were just as phantasmagorical – because they were a real circus band. Fans of the dark and surreal would be crazy to miss this early kickoff to Halloween month.

Since the horn-driven supergroup – whose members over the years included saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, trumpeter Steven Bernstein and drummer Kenny Wollesen, among others – disbanded, co-founder Gina Leishman has pursued a similarly eclectic solo career, spanning from elegant, Britfolk-inflected chamber pop, to more theatrical material. The highlight of her most recent show at Barbes was a long, understatedly chilling, dystopic “bardic ballad,” as she put it, in the same vein as Dylan’s Lily, Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts, going on for more than ten verses. She played that one on piano, as she did on about half the set, switching to mandola on the rest of the songs, much of the material from a forthcoming album.

Austere strings from violinist Dana Lyn and cellist Hank Roberts lowlit a brooding, rainy-day art-song, Leishman’s calm, steady, nuanced vocals channeling wistful melancholy and saturnine angst. Multi-reedman Doug Wieselman (another Kamikaze alum) added sepulchral sax atmospherics, fluttering over Leishman’s piano as a rather coy, trickly rhythmic number built momentum, like a jazzier Robin Aigner (whose most recent couple of Barbes shows have also been pretty rapturous).

Then Leishman went into sunnier territory with a lush, balmy baroque-pop waltz, stately cello contrasting with soaring, spiraling clarinet. The lilting chamber-folk number after that blended catchy Sandy Denny purism with Chelsea Girl instrumentation, followed by a bossa-inflected tune. Leishman’s solo material is a lot quieter than Kamikaze Ground Crew typically was, so you can expect her and the rest of the crew to pick up the pace for what should be a killer night Thursday at Roulette.


Enigmatic, Psychedelic Postpunk from Supergroup Heroes of Toolik

Heroes of Toolik are as close to a supergroup as NYC has right now. Frontman/guitarist Arad Evans plays in avant garde legend Glenn Branca‘s ensemble. Bassist Ernie Brooks was in the Modern Lovers, and Billy Ficca held down the drum chair in Television. Violinist/singer Jennifer Coates rounds out the lineup with trombonists Peter Zummo (ex-Lounge Lizards) and John Speck. Together, they offer potently tuneful reinforcement to the argument that cerebral music can be just as catchy.

Their sound blends riff-driven postpunk, psychedelia and minimalism, with the occasional jazzy flourish. They’re playing a rare stripped-down duo show at around 9 at Troost in Greenpoint on Sept 28. Then they’re back in Greenpoint on Oct 12 at St. Vitus at around 11, playing the album release show for their new one, Like Night.  Cover is $10. The album hasn’t hit Spotify yet, but there are some tracks up at the band’s soundcloud page.

The opening track, Perfect builds quickly out of a pensively jangly guitar hook with a looming brass chart: “Pay your respects to the great unraveled…between the flash and lightning’s echo, that moment waiting is where you live,” Evans intones. Coates’ violin joins the intricate weave between the horns as the song winds out.

It’s good to hear her assertive, crystalline voice front and center on several of these tracks, beginning with Miles, which builds into an ominous march with alternating, minimalist clang and squall. Coates’ disembodied vocals add to the sepulchral ambience, the long psychedelic outro echoing the Branca symphonies that Evans is used to playing.

The surreal, distantly mambo-tinged Something Like Night sways along, terse trombone contrasting with spiky koto and a circular, pulsing guitar hook. The epic instrumental Warm follows the same pattern, guitar and violin exchanging loopy phrases, gradually building momentum as the drums and trombone add polyrhythms – it’s the closest thing to jazz here.

The briskly strolling Blind Man builds a vividly nocturnal tableau – it sounds like the kind of obscure, jangly 80s indie bands that influenced Sonic Youth, bluesy violin and spare trombone adding melody and texture. Say Virginia bounces along with a wry rondo of individual instrumental voices, a gruff trombone solo taking the tune out. The enigmatic, allusively phantasmagorical waltz Again sets Coates’ crystalline vocals over an increasingly ornate backdrop.

The band keeps the distant menace going through the noirish stroll Crazy Doll, a slowly unwinding, allusive northern New England mystery tale. Coates sings the album’s closing cut, You Will Not Follow, a creepily inscrutable nursery rhyme-inflected number that suddenly hits a growling, unhinged guitar-fueled sway, shades of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. It’s an aptly ambitious way to wind up this strange and compelling mix of songs.

The Irrepressibly Fun Bombay Rickey Return to Barbes This Saturday Night

Bombay Rickey are one of the funnest and most individualistic bands in New York. They mash up surf rock, psychedelic cumbias and Bollywood into a constantly shapeshifting, danceable sound. They’re playing this Saturday night, Sept 24 at 8 PM at Barbes. Then they’re at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music the following night, Sept 25 at 7.

They played a couple of Barbes shows over the past couple of months At the first one, frontwoman/accordionist Kamala Sankaram was battling a cold, although she still hit every note in her four-and-a-half octave range, useful since she and the band did a whole bunch of Yma Sumac covers. It was a dress rehearsal, more or less, for an upcoming London show, and since Barbes doesn’t have a dressing room, she word several outfits on top of another. One by one, they came off, but by the time she was down to the final shiny dress – you know how hot it gets onstage at Barbes in the summer – she was drenched.

At the second show, last month, she’d won the battle and was back to her usual exuberant, charismatic self. The group opened with a brisk, ominously bouncing surf tune, Sankaram hitting an arioso high note and squeezing every ounce of drama out of it, saxophonist Jeff Hudgins adding a moody, modally-charged solo that disintegrated into hardbop. Sankaram scatted takadimi drum language as the song shifted shape behind her, hit another operatic surf interlude with a Drew Fleming guitar solo that could have charmed a snake, Hudgins taking it further up and outside over Gil Smuskowitz’s blippy bassline.

A coy mambo gave Sankaram a rare chance to show off her low register – as it turns out, she’s just as strong there as she is way up in the stratosphere. She might just well be the best singer in all of New York in any style of music (unsurprisingly, she also sings opera and jazz). Then the band took a turn into spaghetti western territory,Fleming spiraling while drummer Sam Merrick supplied a boomy drive on his toms in unexpected 6/8 time

Sankaram chose her spots for goosebump-inducing vocalese on the next number, a wickedly catchy blend of Bollywood dramatics and surfy bounce. They followed with a slinky, ominously Ethiopian-flavored tune over a clave groove, sax prowling uneasily over the guitar’s reverb-drenched resonance. Then they took a long, even more unexpected detour into vintage JB’s style funk.

Sankaram then broke out her sitar for what sounded like a 60s Vegas psychedelic pop number on Vicodin, until a purposeful, stately sax solo that echoed Coltrane’s Giant Steps. After a similar one from Fleming, the band took a long climb upward. They brought some funk to a version of Dum Maro Dum, the famous Bollywood weedhead anthem, and finally broke out the chicha for an undulating Yma Sumac hit, Fleming’s spiky solo skirting skronk and postbop. Then they went back to surfy Bollywood. Couples were dancing; so can you, this Saturday night at Barbes.

Rachael Kilgour’s Soaring Lyrical Brilliance Holds a Lincoln Center Crowd Rapt

“This is satire,” Rachael Kilgour grinned as she launched into He’ll Save Me, the spot-on, searingly funny centerpiece of her most recent ep, Whistleblower’s Manifesto: Songs for a New Revolution, at her headline debut earlier this month at Lincoln Center .She explained that there have been instances where booking agents heard snippets of her music and passed on her, thinking that she was a Christian songwriter. Testament to the power of that satire.

“Mothers on welfare? Healthcare? Don’t you think I know better than to hand out rewards to sinners?” she sang as laughter broke out everywhere. And the punchline,“I know I’ll get my way, when it comes to Judgment Day,” was as subtly sinister as Kilgour possibly could have made it. Considering that she was following a brief performance by a generic folkie from Philadelphia whose own brand of corporate Prosperity Christianity that song lampoons, it made even more of an impact. It’s hard to think of a more deliciously subversive moment on any midtown Manhattan stage in 2016.

.While there are echoes of both Tift Merritt and Loretta Lynn in Kilgour’s resonant, nuanced mezzo-soprano, the closest comparison is Roy Orbison: Kilgour soars upward into the same kind of otherworldly, angst-ridden melismas. And she has the material to match that transcendent voice. The ache and anguish as she hit the chorus of Round and Round – which she sang a-cappella at the end, to drive it home – held the crowd rapt. Likewise, I Pray, a tender wish song for a lost soul, gave Kilgour a platform to swoop up into her most Orbisonesque chorus. Later she went back to simmeringly savage mode for a number that was ostensibly about forgiveness but turned out to be more of a kiss-off anthem. And In America, another satirical one where she finally dropped the smiley-faced Republican ingenue act for reality, drew the night’s most applause.

The two most heartwrenching numbers were dedicated to her stepdaughter. Kilgour herself teared up during the first one, and by the time she was done, there probably wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Kilgour explained that she’d gone through a divorce a couple of years ago, “And that sucked!” She related how her earlier material has a populist, global focus, and that writing herself through the pain was a new experience, one that she’s still getting used to. Kilgour wants to break down the barriers between performer and audience, which harks back to a hallowed folk music tradition, where pretty much everybody in the village was in the band. Ultimately, that leads to the kind of community-building Kilgour has focused on thus far in her relatively young career.

In context, the gallows humor of the catchy, swaying Will You Marry Me took on new and unintentionally ironic resonance. The rest of the set mixed low-key, simmering ballads with the kind of anthemic acoustic rock Kilgour does so well, many of the numbers drawn from her brand-new album Rabbit in the Road.

These free Lincoln Center Atrium shows, as the space’s program director, Jordana Phokompe explained beforehand, are designed to offer something for everyone. And she’s right – they do. Tonight’s performance at 7:30 PM features ecstatically fun Colombian-American psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem. Considering how well their previous Lincoln Center performances have drawn, you should get to the space on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd early if you’re going.