Music Index A-E

REZ ABBASI – tuneful Indian-influenced electric guitar jazz
At the 2017 Raga Marathon
A Throw of Dice

SHERVIN ABBASI – cutting-edge Iranian composer

CONCETTA ABBATE – eclectic, smartly intense, catchy art-rock/chamber-pop violinist/singer
Falling in Time
At Spectrum 4/30/16
At Mayflower Bar 2/12/17
At Pete’s Candy Store 9/1/18
Mirror Touch

MOHAMED ABOZEKRY & KARKADE – epic, lush, mysterious Egyptian ensemble

RABIH ABOU-KHALIL – jaunty, cosmopolitan, cinematically eclectic Lebanese instrumentals

ABOVE THE MOON – edgy female-fronted twin-guitar powerpop/indie rock
Their debut ep
At Leftfield 5/20/16
At Marcus Garvey Park 9/22/19
Stay Awake

ABRAXAS – John Zorn’s wild, haunting surf music project with guitarists Aram Bajakian and Eyal Maoz

RAMZI ABUREDWAN – haunting, intense Middle Eastern classical compositions
Reflections of Palestine
Oyoun Al Kalam

THE ABYSSMALS – hypnotic, dark spacerock and psychedelic garage rock

THE ACADEMY BLUES PROJECT – eclectic psychedelic rock and soul
At Shrine 10/14/17
At Joe’s Pub 12/16/18
Let’s Brunch Vol. 1
The Neon Grotto

ACE BANDAGE – dynamic, wildly psychedelic, reggae-tinged jamband

MELANIE ACETO – powerful, athletic dancer and indie classical performer

ACID KING – legendary, cinematic doom metal/slowcore/heavy psychedelic band

JESSICA ACKERLEY – enigmatic, individualistic free jazz guitarist

ACRONYM – early music choir specializing in centuries-old rarities 

ACTION BEAT & G.W. SOK – an abrasive, intense collaboration between the British noiserock band and the Ex’s singer

CLAUDIA ACUNA – soulful, poignant Chilean-American jazz singer
Turning Pages
At Birdland 2/6/18
At Lincoln Center 2/9/23

ACUTE INFLECTIONS – fascinating reinventions of Bob Marley classics for bass and vocals

NICKI & PATRICK ADAMS – innovative jazz piano/trumpet duo

UMUT ADAN – wickedly catchy, slinky Turkish psychedelic rock

BRIAN SHANKAR ADLER – darkly cinematic jazz/indie classical drummer

LEILA ADU – darkly intense art-rock/soul/avant garde songwriter/bandleader

ADVENTURES IN BLUESLAND – guitarist Phil Gammage’s darkly eclectic, purist electric blues band

AFROLICIOUS -hypnotic, high-energy Afrobeat and vintage disco grooves

THE AIRPORT 77S – hilarious, tuneful retro powerpop band

AROOJ AFTAB – haunting, atmospheric Pakistani singer/composer
At Merkin Concert Hall 3/4/17
Siren Islands
Vulture Prince ‎

AGENT RIBBONS – lo-fi, theatrical noir garage and Americana rock

THE AGA TRIO – gorgeous, haunting Armenian, Turkish and Georgian music

KIRAN AHLUWALIA – catchy, artsy modern updates on ancient Persian and Punjabi ghazals
Aam Zameen
Sanata: Stillness
At Madison Square Park 7/22/15
At Drom 1/6/17

ROBIN AIGNER – devious, wickedly literate, historically-informed oldtimey songwriter and torch singer
Con Tender
At the Jalopy 2/19/15
At Barbes 8/8/15

AIGUA – innovative, electrifying Spanish folk tunes with melodeon and guitar

THE AIZURI QUARTET – first class all-female classical ensemble
Live in New York 10/7/19 (Von Binghen/Caroline Shaw/Haydn)
At Carnegie Hall 12/4/19 (Komitas/Haydn/Paul Wiancko)
The Bells Bow Down

AJDA THE TURKISH QUEEN – the haunting noir multi-instrumentalist leader of Black Fortress of Opium

AK – intense, imaginatively orchestrated, female-fronted piano-based art-rock and chamber pop

AKSHARA – catchy, upbeat, tuneful reinterpretations of ancient Indian carnatic themes

FATIMA AL QADIRI – intense, minialist electroacoustic film composer

ALASH – otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing and folk songs
At Drom 1/7/17

ALASTOR – bludgeoning, riff-driven heavy psychedelia and metal

THE ALCHEMY SOUND PROJECT –  colorful, high-voltage allstar postbop jazz composer collective

SUSAN ALCORN – paradigm-shifting jazz/avant-garde/classical pedal steel player and composer
At the James Cohan Gallery 9/18/19
At Winter Jazzfest 2020

MELISSA ALDANA – up-and-coming tenor saxophonist/bandleader/composer
Back Home
12 Stories

SARAH ALDEN – intense, eclectic ex-Luminescent Orchestrii violinist/songwriter
Fists of Violets
At Barbes 11/19/15

GABRIEL ALEGRIA – brilliant Afro-Peruvian trumpeter and protest jazz composer

ERIC ALEXANDER – thoughtful yet edgy tenor saxophonist

MONTY ALEXANDER – iconic Jamaican jazz pianist
At the Charlie Parker Festival 8/25/18
At Trinity Church 12/4/22

THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET – eclectic classical and latin ensemble

ALGIERS – a darkly political mashup of oldtime gospel, ominously swirling cinematics and postpunk
Their first album
The Underside of Power
At Rough Trade 2/22/20
Cleveland 20/20

RAHIM ALHAJ – haunting, dynamic Iraqi oud virtuoso/composer

ABDESLAM ALIKKANE – purist, renowned Moroccan gnawa virtuoso

ALL SOULS – dark 80s-inspired art-rock and new wave 

ALL THEM WITCHES – purposeful heavy blues and psychedelic metal band

THE ALLAH-LAS – gorgeous, darkly jangly, period-perfect retro 60s psychedelic pop and surf rock
Their first album
Worship the Sun
Calico Review
At Baby’s All Right 9/16/16

JD ALLEN – stormy tenor saxophonist who’s arguably this era’s most tersely intense jazz composer
At Winter Jazzfest 1/10/15
Radio Flyer
Love Stone
Toys/Die Dreaming
Queen City

JIM ALLEN – brilliantly lyrical Americana songwriter and leader of new wavers Lazy Lions

AMY ALLISON – sharply literate, endearingly fun country/jazz singer and composer
At the Treehouse at 2A 9/7/14
At Dixon Place 6/11/16
Pop Tunes & the Setting Sun

AMY ALLISON & DAVID SCOTT – haunting Americana and Britfolk-rock

DOT ALLISON – haunting, lyrical chamber pop and and art-rock

ALLTAR ‎- dark, terse doom metal, gothic and postrock sounds

ALMALE – innovative Catalan songwriter and viola da gamba player

FABIAN ALMAZAN– epic, lustrous, latin-tinged third-stream jazz pianist
At Shapeshifter Lab 7/14/18
The Alcanza Suite
This Land Abounds With Life
At the Jazz Standard 8/28/19

ELIDA ALMEIDA – fearless, socially aware Cape Verdean songstress

ALOUD – wickedly catchy, jangly powerpop/retro rock band from Boston

ALPHABET CITY MUSIC WORKSHOPS – intensive, useful, hands-on knowledge
Basic Theory 1 and Introduction to Chart Writing
Basic Theory 2

HAMID AL-SAADI – dramatic, soulful Iraqi crooner
At Lincoln Center 3/28/19
At Roulette 11/24/19
At the Ragas Live Festival 2022

ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES – catchy, kinetic Middle Eastern-tinged Nubian and Saharan music
Silt album
At Flushing Town Hall 4/23/16
At Central Park 8/20/17
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art 3/24/18

THE ALWAN ENSEMBLE – NYC’s all-star Middle Eastern classical ensemble

JOHN AMADON – dark, lyrical purist powerpop songwriting

AMADOU & MARIAM – the popular, hard-rocking psychedelic Malian duo and their band
At Central Park Summerstage 8/4/12
At Prospect Park 7/21/17
At Brooklyn Steel 6/6/18

THE BRENT AMAKER DEATHSQUAD – funny Nashville gothic and gutter blues songs

BRENT AMAKER & THE RODEO – the baritone Nashville gothic crooner’s regular band

ZOH AMBA – purposeful, tuneful, bluesy tenor saxophonist

ERIC AMBEL – iconic Americana/psychedelic rock guitarist
Closing night at Lakeside Lounge
Lakeside album
At Bowery Electric 4/19/16
At Hill Country Brooklyn 6/25/16
Roscoe Live Vo. 1 Roscoe Sampler
You Asked For It

ROXANA AMED – subtle, poetic Argentine-influenced jazz and art-songs

AMERANOUCHE – high-voltage Romany guitar jazz, Middle Eastern and Celtic sounds

AMERICAN AMBULANCE – popular, catchy, politically fearless New York Americana rockers

THE AMERICAN BRASS QUARTET – acclaimed classical ensemble


THE AMERICAN MODERN ENSEMBLE – cinematic composer Robert Paterson’s ambitious, shapeshifting chamber orchestra

THE AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STRING QUARTET – imaginative programming of new works
In concert 9/14/20 (Montgomery/Price/Still)
In concert 9/21/20 (Rota/Barber/Walker)

YUVAL AMIHAI – summery soul, funk and jazz instrumentals

AMNIOTIC FLUID – eclectic, often haunting Balkan jazz

AMOUR OBSCUR – noir cabaret/gypsy punk

AMPERSAN – dreamy, cinematic Mexican psychedelic folk band

THE AMPHIBIOUS MAN – creepy surf and film-inspired psychedelic reverb rock

THE AMPHION STRING QUARTET – eclectic up-and-coming chamber ensemble

THE ANALOG PLAYERS SOCIETY – allstar jazz group playing psychedelic downtempo grooves

SHILPA ANANTH – brilliant psychedelic soul and Indian-influenced art-rock

ANBESSA ORCHESTRA – fiery, psychedelic Ethiopian and reggae grooves
Their debut album
At Barbes 5/28/16
Live at New City Brewery 11/22/19 album

ANCIENT OCEAN – guitarist JR Bohannon’s deep-space ambient project

ANCIENT SETTLERS – ornate, immersive Spanish metal band

AND THE WIREMEN – haunting southwestern gothic rock

FRANCESCA ANDEREGG – eclectic virtuoso classical and avant garde violinist

ANDERS & KENDALL – pensive, tuneful indie/Americana pop from the leaders of Varnaline and Mascott

THE ANDERSON COUNCIL – catchy, hard-hitting retro psychedelia and powerpop

IAN ANDERSON – the guy who more or less is Jethro Tull, still going strong

LAUREN ANDERSON – fiery blues, soul and gospel belter

LAURIE ANDERSON – you know who she is, right?
At Lincoln Center 8/10/11
At Brooklyn Academy of Music 9/24/14
At the Town Hall 2/23/17
All the Things I Lost in the Flood
At the Town Hall 2/15/18

REV. VINCE ANDERSON – brilliant keyboardist, funk jamband leader and New York legend
In concert May 2013
In concert May-July 2017
At Union Pool 7/19/21

THE ANDRETTI – ornate, cinematic, dark Bowie-esque art-rock

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS – pensive, tuneful retro Americana rock
Honest Life
May Your Kindness Remain
Old Flowers

GLEN DAVID ANDREWS – gritty, impassioned New Orleans gospel/soul/funk singer/trombonist

LEIF OVE ANDSNES – individualistic virtuoso classical pianist

ANIMATION – the late, great sax player Bob Belden’s haunting, politically aware noir jazz group
Transparent Heart
Their final show: at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center 4/13/15 

ALHOUSSEINI ANIVOLLA – hypnotic desert blues from the Etran Finatawa singer

ANDPLAY – Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson’s edgy 21st century violin/viola duo
In concert 10/4/19

ANGELA’S RING – a hilarious jazz opera about European  Union corruption

THE ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 COMPILATION – an allstar electric blues lineup

ANNA & ELIZABETH – rustic, haunting, authentically 1800s style Appalachian folk harmonies
Self-titled album
Sun to Sun
At the San Damiano Mission 10/17/17

ANNIE GIRL & THE FLIGHT – catchy psychedelic new wave band from San Francisco

ANONYMOUS 4 – acclaimed all-female choral quartet

ANTIBALAS – the legendary, psychedelic first of the second wave Afrobeat bands
At the World Financial Center 10/23/12
At Prospect Park 7/12/18

ANTIMONY – melodic, hypnotic black metal band

ANTONIS ANTONIOU – multi-instrumentalist psychedelic Cypriot mastermind

HOMEBOY STEVE ANTONAKOS – wry, funny, guitarishly expert acoustic Americana rock
At Zirzamin 12/23/12
Rock N Roll Sun
Bodega Rock

ANWAR SADAT – catchy, aggressive postpunk from Louisville

PETER APFELBAUM – eclectic multi-instrumentalist/African/latin jazz composer

THE APOLLO CHAMBER PLAYERS – cutting-edge new music string ensemble

APPARITIONS – gritty, dystopic, industrially-tinged soundscapes

ARABIC BEAT – a fun playlist of  mostly North African hits from 2012 and thereabouts

LORETO ARAMENDI – brilliantly imaginative Spanish concert organist

ARBOREA – ethereal, crepuscular gothic Americana and tersely bucolic acoustic soundscapes

ARC ENSEMBLE – haunting works by obscure 20th century Jewish composers
Chamber Works of Walter Kaufman
Chamber Music of Dmitri Klebanov

ARC IRIS – icy, techy female-fronted art-rock, chamber pop and trip-hop

THE ARCANE INSIGNIA – all-acoustic band playing lush, epic symphonic rock

GAIL ARCHER – eclectic concert organist and organ music historian
A Russian Journey
In Concert in New York, 9/19/20 – Ukrainan composers
At St. Patrick’s Cathedral 1/19/23 – rare Russian/Ukrainian program

THE ARCHIVES – classic 70s style roots reggae from Washington, DC

THE ARDITTI QUARTET – enterprising British indie classical string quartet

ARDOURS – atmospheric, slowly shifting metal and art-rock

ARGENTO ENSEMBLE – innovative 21st century music chamber music

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY – intense, lush, politically-fueled, cutting-edge big band jazz
Brooklyn Babylon
At the Bell House 5/10/15
Real Enemies
At National Sawdust 10/2/16
At the Miller Theatre 2/3/18
Live at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts album
At the Jazz Standard 8/29/18

JOEY ARIAS – deviously hilarious drag performer and poignant jazz singer

ARIFA – haunting, moody Turkish classical-folk ensemble

THE ARMOIRES – brilliant, jangly, fearless polymath harmony rock/powerpop band

ARMS OF TRIPOLI – vigorous, cinematic, psychedelically tuneful postrock instrumentals

LOUIS ARMSTRONG – a.k.a. Satchmo

BRENT ARNOLD – innovative, purposeful, kinetic cello loopmusic

SARAH AROESTE – fascinating, soaring Ladino and Balkan songwriter

ARRANGED MARRIAGE NP – lingering, enveloping, psychedelic Indian themes

ART BRUT – the satirical zeros British postpunk band

ARTIKAL SOUND SYSTEM – eclectic, amusing female-fronted roots reggae band

SAHAN ARZRUNI – Armenian classical pianist and Alan Hovhaness collaborator

EHUD ASHERIE – classic piano jazz

ASHJESUS – spot-on early 80s-style noisy new wave rock

NIV ASHKENAZI – classical violinist resurrecting rare works by 20th century Jewish composers

CIGDEM ASLAN – haunting underground rembetiko anthems from the Turkish-British chanteuse

MULATU ASTATKE – the godfather of Ethiopian jazz

THE ASTOR2020 COMPILATION – new tango bands celebrate a legend

NICOLE ATKINS – jangly noir Americana and lurid chamber pop
Til Dawn
Slow Phaser
At Madison Square Park 6/18/14
Goodnight Rhonda Lee

ATLANTAEUM FLOOD – art-rock legend Marty Willson-Piper’s cinematic instrumental project

ATLAS MAIOR – wild Greek/Balkan/Middle Eastern acoustic jamband

ATRIUM MUSICAE MADRID – pioneering Spanish-Andalucian music revivalists

THE ATTACCA QUARTET – diverse, virtuoso classical and indie classical string quartet
At Radio City 9/18/16 (Adams/Wiancko/Ippolit0)
At National Sawdust 12/13/16 (Caroline Shaw)
All-Mieczyslaw Weinberg Program 4/3/18
At Lincoln Center 11/14/19 (with Caroline Shaw)’
Orange album (with Caroline Shaw)
Real Life

MICHAEL ATTIAS – thoughtful jazz sax and piano improviser and composer

ZEM AUDU – terse, purposeful tenor sax player/jazz  bandleader and Skatalites member

GREGG AUGUST – powerfully socially relevant jazz composer and eclectic bassist

AUKTYON – the famous psychedelic Russian art-rock band

AURELIO – fiery, psychedelic Garifuna guitar grooves
At the World Financial Center 5/9/15
At Lincoln Center 1/19/17

THE AVA TRIO – slinky, often haunting Balkan and Middle Eastern jazz

AVALON JAZZ BAND – fun, charming Romany-flavored swing jazz
Je Suis Swing
At Symphony Space 10/18/18

AVENIDA B – original Lower East Side NYC-style salsa dura band

AVERS – catchy, anthemic newschool psychedelic rock and powerpop

THE AVES – hard-hitting retro new wave and 80s Britpop sounds from Adelaide, Australia

OMER AVITAL – brilliant bassist, oudist and Middle Eastern jazz composer

THE AWAKENING ORCHESTRA – mighty big band jazz ensemble with classical and art-rock influences
Volume 1: This Is Not the Answer
At Shapeshifter Lab 7/14/16

ROY AYERS – the iconic psychedelic soul/funk/jazz vibraphonist

AYNUR – haunting reinventions of ancient Kurdish ballads and laments

WAJDE AYUB – charismatic, intense Syrian crooner and bandleader

EMANUEL AX – one of the great classical pianists of the last half-century

KINAN AZMEH – one of the world’s greatest Middle Eastern clarinetists
With Erdem  Melvacioglu 4/9/16
Kinan Azmeh’s City Band at National Sawdust 4/17/16
With Ljova at Barbes 11/15/16
Songs for Days to Come
With Brooklyn Rider in Mahattan 5/6/19

THE AZNAVOORIAN DUO – poignant, gorgeous Armenian classical piano and cello group

AZURE RAY – popular lo-fi indie Americana duo
Their first album

THE B-SIDE BAND – paradigm-shifting, lush, sweeping big band jazz

BABY SODA – one of New York’s hottest oldtimey swing bands

SONYA BACH – insightful, emotionally attuned classical pianist

BACHATA HEIGHTZ – newschool bachata romantica

BACK IN BLACK REDUX – crazed new versions of AC/DC songs

BAD BUKA – exhilarating, theatrical Balkan punk rock

BAD PILGRIM – catchy punk-pop with a ska edge and great production values

DMITRI BAEVSKY = lyrical, technically dazzling alto saxophonist

TED BAFALOUKOS – producer of the iconic reggae film Rockers 

SELDA BAGCAN – legendary Turkish psychedelic folk chanteuse/bandleader

ELIZA BAGG – powerful, eclectic indie classical singer

BAIANASYSTEM – hypnotic Brazilian downtempo and dub grooves with eerie lead guitar

THE HERBERT BAIL ORCHESTRA – creepy, phantasmagorical, psychedelic circus rock

JOHN BAILEY – tuneful, politically aware jazz trumpeter and composer

ARAM BAJAKIAN – Lou Reed’s last great lead guitarist writes haunting, intense instrumentals
There Were Flowers Also in Hell
At the Stone 5/23/15
The Book of Transfigurations

BENJAMIN BAKER & DANIEL LEBHARDT – dynamic violin/piano classical duo

CLARA BAKER – brooding, smartly lyrical, purposeful Americana songwriter

ELIZABETH A. BAKER – haunting, macabre, cinematic piano and keyboard music

THE BAKERSFIELD BREAKERS – brilliantly twangy oldschool country and surf rock instrumentals

BAKLAVA EXPRESS – innovative oud-and-guitar-driven Middle Eastern band

BALAKLAVA BLUES – fiery violin-driven Ukrainian folk-punk band

BALKAN ARTS 701 – wild, obscure Bulgarian folk music originally recorded in 1967

THE BALKAN ARTS SERIES – rare, wild, feral field recordings from the late 60s, recently reissued

BALKAN BEAT BOX – wryly energetic Eastern European dancehall sounds

THE BALKAN CLARINET SUMMIT – several of Europe’s top clarinetists collaborate on edgy new sounds

BALOTHIZER – sizzling Greek speedmetal/psychedelic rock band

LUCIAN BAN – darkly cinematic Transylvanian jazz pianist

BAND OF SKULLS – a psychedelic mashup of boogie blues, metal and urban corporate pop

BAND OF OUTSIDERS – legendary NYC psychedelic punk band
Sound Beach Quartet ep
At Local 269 6/5/12
Sound Beach Time

LA BANDA CHUSKA – cinematic, darkly shapeshifting psychedelic cumbia band

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS – New York’s premier Sinaloa-style Mexican brass banda
At Lincoln Center 7/27/14
Their debut album

BANDA MAGDA – lushly orchestrated Mediterranean psychedelic pop
Amour, T’es La

THE BANG ON A CAN MARATHON – an annual NYC institution for celebrating avant garde sounds

THE BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS – the avant garde institution’s sizzling house art-rock band
Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer at the World Financial Center 10/14/14
With Gong Linna at the Lincoln Center Festival 7/14/17

ROSE THOMAS BANNISTER – mesmerizing psychedelic rock bandleader
At Wonders of Nature 3/10/18
At Union Pool 9/29/19

BARAKKA – haunting, sweepingly anthemic Turkish art-rock

BARBEZ – haunting, intense mostly instrumental art-rock with vibraphone, strings, winds and guitar
Bella Ciao
At BC Studio 1/16/16

DANIEL BARBIERO – rapturous solo bass compositions and improvisations

DANIEL BARBIERO & CHRISTIANO BOCCI – rapturous two-bass atmospherics

SAM BARDFELD – intense, eclectic, Monk-influenced jazz violinist

BARD’S FLYING VESSEL – catchy, swirly, imaginative psychedelic band

BARE WIRE SON – haunting, immersive, cinematic World War I-inspired themes

BARETO – deliciously slinky psychedelic cumbia band

ANTHONY BARFIELD – eclectic 21st century classical composer

EMILY BARKER – brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless Australian songwriter

INNA BARMASH – haunting klezmer songs and lullabies from the luminous, intense Romashka frontwoman
Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs
At Joe’s Pub 11/26/13

MANDY BARNETT – the one and only

SOUREN BARONIAN – legendary Armenian/Middle Eastern multi-reedman, still at the peak of his power
At Barbes 6/12/14
At Golden Fest 2017
Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival
Ocean Algae
At Barbes 9/7/18
At Golden Fest 2019

KENNY BARRON – one of this era’s greatest purist jazz pianists
The Art of the Piano Duo (with Mulgrew Miller)
The Kenny Barron-Dave Holland-Johnathan Blake Trio

BARRY – catchy upbeat roots rock with some Irish flavor

JAYE BARTELL – enigmatic lo-fi noir psychedelia
In a Time of Trouble, a Wild Exultation

CARL BARTLETT JR. – ambitious, shapeshifting alto sax player and ambient composer
Serene New You

THE BASEBALL PROJECT – Steve Wynn’s brilliant, literate, ferociously tuneful baseball-themed supergroup

JOHNNIE BASSETT – soulful, purist electric blues from Detroit

BLICK BASSY – stark, psychedelic Cameroonian music and acoustic blues
At Lincoln Center 7/13/17

THE BASTARDS OF FINE ARTS – purist janglerock/powerpop band

TRINA BASU – one of the world’s great Indian classical violinists

BATALANYC – New York’s thunderous, seventy-piece all-female community Brazilian drum troupe

ASHLEY BATHGATE – NYC’S #1 avant garde and indie classical cellist
At the Poisson Rouge 11/9/16 (Ken Thomson works)

BATIDA – politically-fueled Portuguese and African hip-hop and EDM

JON BATISTE – energetic New Orleans pianist and jazz/soul/gospel/funk crooner

THE BATTLE OF SANTIAGO – fiery, guitar-fueled salsa-artrock

BATTLE TRANCE – hypnotic, atmospheric, virtuosic avant jazz tenor sax quartet

ALEX BATTLES – pioneer of the New York urban country sound

PARVATHY BAUL – charismatic Indian dancer and singer 

BAUM SAE – fascinating Korean pansori vocal/bass lute/drums improvisations

OLCAY BAYIR – haunting Turkish and Balkan singer and bandleader

THE BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA– veteran group, interrupted
Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No. 3/4
Anna Clyne – Mythologies
Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5
Dora Pejacevic Piano Concerto and Symphony
Michael Hersch – The Script of Storms

THE BC 35 compilation – dark rock icons recorded live at Martin Bisi’s legendary BC Studio in Brooklyn

JEFF BEAM – dark psychedelic pop from the Milkmans’ Union bassist

BEARBABES – artsy indie rock from Taiwan

BEARTHOVEN – eclectic, tuneful indie classical piano trio
Trios album
At Roulette 9/15/22

BEAST MAKE BOMB – smart catchy dreampop/postpunk rock from Brooklyn

BEAT CIRCUS – one of the first and creepiest of the circus rock bands of the 90s, recently reinvigorated

BEE & FLOWER – dark, intense, cinematic, noir art-rock anthems

OLIVER BEER – eclecdtic multimedia artist and sometime keyboardist

DAHVEED BEHROOZI – haunting, immersive, improvisatory jazz pianist

MAYA BEISER – accomplished classical/avant garde cellist reinventing metal and art-rock classics
At le Poisson Rouge 9/4/14

GELSEY BELL – dynamic avant garde singer, connoisseur of trees and cemeteries

CAITLIN MARIE BELL – purist, tasteful, thoughtful purveyor of 1800s folk and blues songs

JAN BELL – haunting, nuanced oldtime Appalachian and British folk sounds
Dream of the  Miner’s Child
At the Bell House 6/17/13

JOSHUA BELL – highly acclaimed classical violin virtuoso

OLGA BELL – hypnotic, ornate, chorally-driven Russian art-rock with indie classical flourishes

RAQUEL BELL – haunting, hypnotic avant garde punk and dark Americana rock chanteuse
At Zirzamin 3/10/13

BELLE MARE – hypnotic, brooding, reverb-drenched dreampop-flavored lo-fi rock

HASSAN BEN JAAFER – brilliant sintirist and leader of NYC’s Innov Gnawa

BENINGHOVE’S HANGMEN – noisy, intense, cinematic noir punk/surf/jazz
Their debut album
At Spike Hill 3/25/12
At Zirzamin 8/5/12
At Zirzamin 2/18/13
Rattlesnake Chopper
At Brooklyn Bowl 12/16/15
Zohove album (funny Led Zep covers)
Pineappples & Ashtrays
At Manhattan Inn 3/5/16

LAKECIA BENJAMIN – eclectic oldschool funk and soul songs and instrumental jams
At the Charlie Parker Festival 2019

MOONLIGHT BENJAMIN – fiery, Patti Smith-esque Kreyol psychedelic rock

THE DANIEL BENNETT GROUP – funny, acerbic alto saxophonist
Sinking Houseboat Confusion
We Are the Orchestra
New York Nerve

RICHARD BENNETT – imaginative pianist who reinvents Indian ragas for solo piano and ensemble

BENT KNEE – shapeshifting, trickily kinetic, dynamic female-fronted art-rock


Z BERG – epically orchestral, brooding art-rock chanteuse

THE BERGAMOT QUARTET – innovative, imaginative 21st century string quartet

MELODY ALLEGRA BERGER – eclectic, animated, purist bluegrass/Americana fiddler

JOANNA BERKEBILE – badass Kansas City jazz singer and bandleader

THE BERLIN MALLET GROUP – playful marimba and vibraphone sextet

SASHA BERLINER – vivid, thoughtful vibraphonist

BERN & THE BRIGHTS – catchy, unpredictable, female-fronted reggae and Celtic-tinged rock band

WILL BERNARD – eclectic, darkly intense jazz guitarist
Out and About
Freelance Subversives
Ancient Grains

ALEXANDER BERNE – intense, psychedelic ambient/atmospheric instrumentals

AUDREY BERNSTEIN – infectiously charismatic, erudite, insightful jazz singer/bandleader

SARAH BERNSTEIN – intense, playful microtonal jazz violinist, composer and singer
Still Free
Crazy Lights Shining
With the Veer Quartet at the 6th St. Garden 9/8/19
Veer Quartet album

CAMILLE BERTAULT – edgy, lyrically sardonic French jazz singer

LEA BERTUCCI – atmospheric sound sculptures

BERWANGER – wickedly catchy, classic 70s style power pop
Strange Stains
Exorcism Rock

BESSARABIA – whirlwind flamenco and Middle Eastern sounds

THE BEST OF AC/DC REDUX – metal, punk and psychedelic reinventions

THE BEST OF BLACK SABBATH REDUX – new metal bands play Sabbath classics

BESVARJELSEN – ornate, melodic, female-fronted Swedish metal band

EL REY VALLENATO BETO JAMAICA – star Colombian vallenato accordionist and bandleader

BEWARE THE DANGERS OF A GHOST SCORPION – high-voltage horror surf instrumentals
Five After Midnight
Live at the Worthen 7/18/17

YASIIN BEY – the great hip-hop lyricist and songwriter formerly known as Mos Def

RAFIQ BHATIA – terse, vivid ambient jazz guitarist
Standards Vol. 1
At Bryant Park 8/19/22

MITALI BHAWMIK – renowned Indian carnatic singer and improviser

LISA BIELAWA – powerfully relevant composers/singer conductor

BIG DOG LITTLE DOG – violinist Jessie Montgomery and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim’s edgy, dark indie classical project

THE BIG E – A SALUTE TO STEEL GUITARIST BUDDY EMMONS – an allstar country steel summit

BIG EYES – ferociously catchy female-fronted powerpop band

THE BIG GALUT(E) – dynamic original klezmer ensemble

BIG HEART MACHINE – kinetic, cinematic big band jazz
Their debut album
At the Jazz Gallery 8/16/18
At Winter Jazzfest 2019

BIG LAZY – the world’s most murderously haunting noir instrumental rock band
At Barbes 4/12/13
At the Gutter 5/3/13
At Barbes, Halloween 2013
Don’t Cross Myrtle
At the Manderley Bar 11/13/14
At Barbes January-July 2015
At Barbes 1/1/16
At Barbes 2/5/16 with Julia Patinella
At Barbes 3/4/16
At Drom 6/9/17
At Barbes 8/4/17
At Barbes 11/3/17
At Drom 11/10/17
At Barbes 6/28/19
Dear Trouble
At the American Can Co. 11/8-9/19

BIG PLASTIC FINGER – intense, abrasive, psychedelically swirling noiserock/free jazz

BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS – you know them, right? Americana/rockabillly luminaries

THE BIG TAKEOVER – catchy female-fronted band playing reggae, ska, rocksteady and soca mixed with upbeat rock

THE BIL AFRAH PROJECT – Ziad Rahbani’s classic 1975 Lebanese album, live in concert

MARIEL BILDSTEIN – purist latin jazz and postbop trombonist

BING & RUTH – a hypnotic blend of ambient, indie classical and pastoral jazz

BIO RITMO – intense classic 70s-style psychedelic salsa

THE BIPEDS – noir Americana songwriter Curtis Eller’s macabre psychedelic band

ANDREW BIRD – the well-loved, literate Americana/oldtime violinist/songwriter

GABRIEL BIRNBAUM – haunting visual art-inspired guitar soundscapes

JUNE BISANTZ – cool, swinging, historically-inspired jazz singer

MARTIN BISI – legendary Sonic Youth producer and dark psychedelic rock songwriter
At the Delancey 1/13/13
Ex Nihilo
Sound & Chaos: The Story of BC Studio documentary film
At Aviv 1/14/16
At BC Studio 11/13/16
At Spectrum 11/17/16
BC 35 compilation album

BLACK CAPSULE – epic, cynical psychedelic rock and latiin-tinged soul jams

THE BLACK FLAMINGOS – reverb-drenched surf rock originals and rare 60s classics

BLACK FORTRESS OF OPIUM – haunting, intense, darkly lush psychedelic art-rock

THE BLACK LESBIAN FISHERMEN – macabre psychedelic dirges

THE BLACK LILLIES – tight, smart, tuneful Americana/country jamband
At Madison Square Park 10/5/13
Hard to Please
At City Winery 2/28/18

BLACK MASALA – intense, catchy dancefloor mashups of Romany, Indian and Afrobeat grooves
I Love You Madly
Trains and Moonlight Destinies

BLACK MOTH – macabre, atmospheric female-fronted metal band

BLACK OX ORKESTAR – the psychedelic klezmer spinoff of Godspeed You Black Emperor

BLACK RIVER DELTA – politically aware, bluesy Swedish rock band

BLACK SEA HOTEL – haunting, cutting-edge new choral arrangements of Bulgarian folk tunes
Live in Brooklyn 6/17/12
At Zirzamin 3/3/13
The Forest Is Shaking and Swaying
At Joe’s Pub 9/3/14
At National Sawdust 10/6/15
At St. Ann’s Warehouse 10/17/15

BLACK STRING – towering, haunting, epic Korean psychedelic postrock band
At Flushing Town Hall 1/26/18
At Lincoln Center 1/18/19

BLACK WATER – artsy, ornate art-rock, psychedelia and new wave pop

BLACKBERRY SMOKE – the populist redneck rock Grateful Dead
At Terminal 5 11/14/17
At Irving Plaza 9/8/18

PHILIP BLACKBURN – darkly mesmerizing ambient soundscapes

THE BLACKFEET BRAVES – catchy, dark surf-tinged retro psychedelic rock

THE BLACKFIRES – searing, intense, 1980s British style two-guitar metal band

BLACKOUT – doom metal with unexpected dynamics and psychedelic edges

BLACKOUT TRANSMISSION – deliciously jangly spacerock band

BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT – dark all-female goth/psychedelic/new wave band
Veils of Winter

RUBEN BLADES – maybe the greatest salsa pioneer of all time

THE BLAIR STRING QUARTET – a haunting  madness-inspired suite

DAN BLAKE – powerful, eclectic saxophonist and protest jazz composer

THE JOHNATHAN BLAKE TRIO – fiery jazz with bassist Linda Oh and tenor saxophonist Chris Potter
At the Jazz Gallery 1/22/19

RAN BLAKE – the greatest, most haunting noir jazz  pianist of all time
The Newest Sound You Never Heard (with Jeanne Lee)
Town & Country (with Dominique Eade)
Eclipse Orange (with Claire Ritter)
When Soft Rains Fall (with Christine Correa)
Gray Moon (with Frank Carlberg)

CARSIE BLANTON – torchy, seductive New Orleans oldtime swing jazz chanteuse
Not Old, Not New
At Mercury Lounge 2/21/17

CARLA BLEY – icon of classically-influenced jazz piano and improvisation

LENA BLOCH – purposeful, poignant Middle Eastern-inspired saxophonist

ALPHA BLONDY – politically aware roots reggae legend from the Ivory Coast

BLISS BLOOD & AL STREET – haunting, torchy, lyrically rich acoustic noir duo
At Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club 8/27/14

JANE IRA BLOOM – whirlwind soprano saxophonist composer/improviser
Live in NYC July 2018
Some Kind of Tomorrow
Tues Days

KATH BLOOM – influential psychedelic dark folk songwriter

REG BLOOR – relentlessly intense noiserock/horror metal guitarist

AARON BLOUNT – haunting, atmospheric gothic folk and blues

THE BLUE DAHLIA – wildly eclectic reggae/dance/chamber pop band

BLUE LICK – provocative spoken word and synth duo

BLUE MOODS – postbop jazz supergroup plays Mingus

BLUE OYSTER CULT – they don’t fear the reaper
Agents of Fortune Live 2016
45th Anniversary – Live in London
Live at Rock of Ages Festival, July 30th 2016

BOBTOWN – haunting, intense, acoustic Nashville gothic and creepy oldtime songwriting
Trouble I Wrought
A History of Ghosts
At the Brooklyn Americana Festival 9/23/17
At the American Folk Art Museum 6/29/18
At Rockwood Music Hall 6/19/19
Chasing the Sun

BO NINGEN – intense Japanese band that veers between screaming noiserock and vintage dreampop

THE BODEANS – legendary, recently regrouped heartland Americana rockers

JEANNE MARIE BOES – intense, poignant, multistylistic art-rock pianist/singer

BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD – Heena Patel’s lavish multimedia Indian music show

ALICE BOMAN – creepy, Julee Cruise-ish Lynchian lo-fi noir pop

BOMBAY RICKEY – psychedelic Bollywood themes, cumbias, boleros and chamber pop
At Barbes 8/11/12
At Barbes July-August 2016
Electric Bhairavi

THE BOMBAY ROYALE – surfy, twangy, lush vintage Bollywood-style themes
You Me Bullets Love
At Globalfest 2014

BOMBINO – high-energy Algerian rock with desert blues influences
Live in Brooklyn 7/25/13

MELISA BONETTI – versatile, expressive classical soprano

BONGZILLA – stoner metal/heavy psychedelic legends

EDWIN BONILLA – superstar latin percussionist and salsa dura bandleader

BOOK OF HARMONY – serpentine, oceanic female-fronted art-rock band

BOOK OF J – surreal, haunting mashups of oldtime gospel, blues and Jewish sounds
Their first album
At Barbes 7/13/19

BORBELY MIHALY POLYGON – haunting Hungarian cimbalom instrumentals

LEILA BORDREUIL – intense improvisational avant garde cellist/composer

SAMANTHA BOSHNACK – tuneful, imaginative trumpeter, composer and big band leader
Live in Santa Monica album
At Winter Jazzfest 2020

THE BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTA PROJECT – cutting edge new orchestral works
Eric Nathan – The Space of a Door
Eric Nathan – Missing Words


BOTANICA – towering, intense, noir, gypsy-tinged literate art-rock

ANDREW BOUDREAU – vivid, broodingly picturesque jazz pianist

YACINE BOULARES – haunting, terse Tunisian reedman/composer

THE BOURBON EXPRESS – singer/harpist Katie Brennan’s witty, clever,  classic 1960s-style honkytonk band
One Big Losin’ Streak
Cry About It Later
At Hank’s 4/21/18
At Cowgirl Seahorse 7/5/21

VIRGIL BOUTELLIS-TAFT – thoughtful, lyrical classical violinist

THE BRAIN CLOUD – popular New York western swing band

NANCY BRAITHWAITE – world-class clarinetist and discoverer of composer Edith Hemenway

JAIMIE BRANCH – fearless, psychedelic, adventurous improvisational trumpeter/bandleader
Fly or Die
Fly or Die II:  Bird Dogs of Paradise

THE BRANDENBURG STATE ORCHESTRA – adventurous German symphonic ensemble

BRANDI & THE ALEXANDERS – smart, catchy retro soul band
How Do You Like It

LIZ BRASHER – darkly individualistic oldschool soul and garage rock

BRASS BOX – moodily atmospheric, Lynchian new wave rock

THE BRASS QUEENS – high-energy hip hop-influenced all-female brass band

BRASSLANDS – the Meerkat Media Collective’s Balkan brass music documentary

BRAZDA – haunting, slinky, female-fronted Bulgarian, Macedonian and gypsy band

MARIA BREA – evocative, diverse classical soprano

BREAK OF REALITY – cello-driven, cinematic postrock, mathrock and prog rock instrumentals

BREANNA BARBARA – haunting, stark, angst-fueled psychedelic blues
Mirage Dreams
At Pier 97 7/16/16

BRIARS OF NORTH AMERICA – sounds like acoustic Radiohead

A BRIEF VIEW OF THE HUDSON – catchy, dark, sardonic Americana rock and gospel sounds

BRIGA – eclectic, edgy original Balkan fiddle instrumentals and creepy folk-rock
Contes: Turbo Folk Stories
At Drom 1/6/17
Femme album

THE BRIGHT SMOKE – haunting, intense, blues-infused atmospheric female-fronted rock
Virginia Et. Al.
At Mercury Lounge 4/17/15
Terrible Towns
At Mercury Lounge 7/25/15
At Mercury Lounge 12/19/15
Gross National Happiness

THE BRIGHTON BEAT – psychedelic Afrobeat, reggae and dub – tons of great free downloads
Their first album
Off We Go

THE BRIXTON RIOT – ferociously literate, insightful two-guitar powerpop and janglerock

ALAN BROADBENT – purist jazz pianist and orchestral composer/arranger

LUCAS BRODE – eclectic guitarist with an innovative tapping style
I Lick the Kerosene of Progress
Vague Sense of Virtue‎

BRODKA – popular, goth-tinged, phantasmagorical Polish chanteuse

ABRAHAM BRODY – eclectic, fearless Lithuanian folk reinventor and indie classical violinist

THE BROKEN REED SAXOPHONE QUARTET – irreverent, erudite, comedic ensemble

PEDRO BROMFMAN – evocative film music composer

RACHEL BROOKE – menacing, raw, torchy, original oldschool blues and Nashville gothic songs

THE BROOKLYN BLOWHARDS – Albert Ayler jazz mashed up with sea chanteys

BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS – well-liked psychedelic dance band

THE BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC – NYC’s most adventurous classical orchestra

THE BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE – who are reinventing classical Indian music
At Lincoln Center 10/20/16
Terry Riley’s In C
At Lincoln Center 2/9/18

THE BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS – representing the borough’s best up-and-coming choral talent
At National Sawdust 10/6/15
At St. Ann’s Warehouse 10/17/15
At Symphony Space 2/16/18

BROOKLYN RIDER – NYC’s most eclectic, globally focused string quartet
The Brooklyn Rider Almanac
With Kinan Azmeh in Manhattan 5/6/19
Healing Modes

THE BROOKLYN WHAT – NYC’s best rock band, no doubt. Ferocious, politically aware and funny.
Hot Wine
At Public Assembly 1/19/13
M inor Problem

BROTHERHOOD OF THE JUG BAND BLUES – self-explanatory and lots of fun

THE BROTHERS COMATOSE – cutting-edge acoustic Americana-bluegrass-rock

THE BROTHERS GOLDMAN – laid-back oldschool soul and funk grooves

SAM BROVERMAN – the Tom Lehrer of cabaret

THE BROWN ACID COMPILATIONS – proto-metal and psychedelic obscurities
The Fifth Trip compilation
The Sixth Trip compilation
The Tenth Trip compilation
The Eleventh Trip compilation
The 12th Trip compilation
The 13th Trip compilation
The 14th Trip compilation

THE BROWN RICE FAMILY – catchy, psychedelic reggae and ska with latin influences

BROWN SABBATH – Texas band Brownout’s clever, psychedelic reinvention of Black Sabbath classics
Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath
At Brooklyn Bowl 9/5/14

CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN RACKETTES – intense, torchy retro soul from Australia
At Webster Hall 11/15/12 – their NYC debut
At the Mercury Lounge 3/26/13

DAVE BRUBECK – he took five
Time OutTakes
Live Vienna 1967

THE BRUCKNER ORCHESTRA LINZ – majestic symphony orchestra

BRUME – haunting, slow female-fronted art-rock and doom metal

THE BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA – lush, sweeping, cinematic original big band jazz

BRYAN & THE AARDVARKS – lush, lustrous, cinematic jazz

LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES – purist, tuneful, smart oldschool country and Americana from Australia

DAN BRYK – corrosive, funny, literate indie pop

THE BUCK AND A QUARTER QUARTET – irreverent, erudite 20s swing string band

RICHARD BUCKNER – the intense, highly regarded indie/Americana tunesmith

BUDAPEST BAR – explosive, eclectic, authentically cosmopolitan Hungarian gypsy music

THE BUDOS BAND – dark, psychedelic Ethiopiques and Afrobeat-inspired instrumentals
V album
Long in the Tooth

BEBE BUELL – the powerpop songstress and new wave era muse

BUGS IN THE DARK – melodic noise-rock

SVJETLANA BUKVICH – dynamic, eclectic new classical and art-rock composer/keyboardist

BASIA BULAT – smart, Americana-inspired folk-pop and anthemic rock

BULLA EN EL BARRIO – mesmerizing Afro-Colombian trance-dance ensemble
At Drom 6/9/17 
With Emilsen Pacheco at Lincoln Center 8/24/17

THE BUMPER JACKSONS – high-energy oldtimey swing and Americana

KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI – fearlessly individualistic classical pianist

PAUL BURCH – eclectic Nashville honktonk/gothic/folk/cajun singer and bandleader

ANDREE BURELLI – melodic ambient keyboardist/composer

MEAGHAN BURKE – darkly theatrical art-rock cellist/songwriter

LISA BURNS – purist, tuneful janglerock/psychedelic pop/Americana/soul songwriter and singer

CEDRIC BURNSIDE – individualistic, percussive Mississippi hill country blues guitarist

BURNT SUGAR – Greg Tate’s versatile, improvisational funk orchestra
At Bryant Park 9/17/11
At Lincoln Center 1/11/19

CARTER BURWELL – eclectic film composer and Coen Brothers collaborator

THE BUSH TETRAS – legendary CBGB-era no wave funk punk band, still going strong

BUTCHERS BLIND – savagely lyrical, politically aware alt-country and indie rock

THE BUTCHER KNIVES – intense Romany-flavored latin rock, metal cumbia and skaragga

BUTLER, BERNSTEIN & THE HOT 9 – trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s hot New Orleans jazz band

BUTTER ON THE LATCH – Josephine Decker’s brilliant, disturbing Balkan music-themed horror film

BUTTER THE CHILDREN – catchy female-fronted dreampop/shoegaze/retro new wave rock

KAITLIN BUTTS – vivid, fierce hard country songwriter

BUXTER HOOTN – psychedelic Americana rock/hip-hop/Nashville gothic

THE BYZAN-TONES – dark, scorching, psychedelic Greek rembetiko-flavored surf rock

CAAMANO & AMEIXEIRAS – exhilarating, imaginative Spanish and Balkan folk and dance tunes

THE CABANA KIDS – poignant, harmony-driven retro janglerock and psychedelic pop

THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS – haunting, harmony-driven oldschool C&W and Nashville gothic songs
At Lincoln Center 8/6/16
At Lincoln Center 3/28/17

(LAS) CAFETERAS – catchy, upbeat, fearlessly relevant Mexican folk-punk band

URI CAINE – witty, erudite jazz pianist equally adept at klezmer and classical sounds

THE CALAMITY JANES – eclectic harmony-driven bluegrass and oldtime string band sounds

THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS – popular blue-eyed soul band

CAROLINA CALVACHE – eclectic jazz, classical and art-song pianist and composer

NATU CAMARA – fearlessly political, multistylistic Guinean rock songwriter and guitarist

SUMMER CAMARG0 – lyrical, translucent jazz trumpeter and bandleader

CAMERATA ZURICH – sweeping, innovative string orchestra

CAMILA FUCHS – icy, dub-inspired psychedelic keyboard pop

JAY CAMPBELL – cutting edge classical and avant garde cellist

JIM CAMPILONGO – brilliant, eclectic jazz/surf/noir soundtrack guitarist
Heaven Is Creepy
Live at Rockwood Music Hall album

CAN – legendary German art-rock and psychcdelic band

CAITLIN CANTY – smart, terse, purist dark Americana/folk noir songwriter

MARIA CANGIANO – eclectic Argentinian and tropical singer/bandleader
Heart of a Woman/Corazon de Mujer

CANTATA PROFANA – exciting young ensemble playing both early and modernist chamber/vocal works

CANTORI NEW YORK – cutting-edge new-music choir

LAURA CANTRELL – the greatest voice in alt-country and Americana rock
No Way There From Here
At Union Hall 5/5/15
At Union Hall 5/26/15

CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO – explosive Italian gypsy and trance music
At Globalfest 2012
Pizzicata Indiavolata

PAUL CAPSIS – talented, cleverly amusing drag entertainer and eclectic pop/rock vocalist

THE CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND – pianist Orrin Evans’ mighty, tuneful oldschool large jazz ensemble
Mother’s Touch
The Intangible Between

THE CAR BOMB PARADE – fearless, funny, entertaining punk and hardcore band

CC CARANA – Lynchian retro Nashville pop and noir soul songwriting

LAURA CARBONE – psychedelic, Lynchian noir art-rock singer and guitarist

CARBONWORKS – eclectic pan-Asian-inspired art-rock

MARILYN CARINO – creepily psychedelic trip-hop/neo-soul

PAULA CARINO (no relation) – edgy, brilliantly lyrical janglerock

FRANK CARLBERG – one of this era’s great, noir-inspired jazz pianists
Charity & Love
Reflections 1952

HAYES CARLL – popular newschool outlaw country songwriter taking a turn into folk noir

ENZO CARNIEL’S HOUSE OF ECHO – atmospheric, Lynchian French quartet

VIENNA CARROLL – powerful, historically informed oldtime blues and gospel
Harlem Field Recordings
Mary Had a Baby

CARROUSEL  – lush, moody chamber pop and art-rock

BRIAN CARPENTER & THE CONFESSIONS – slinky noir rock band
At Drom 11/10/17
Folkadelphia Sessions ep

ANNE CARRERE – vivid, theatrical French singer and Piaf reinterpreter

DANIEL CARTER – veteran downtown NYC free jazz multi-instrumentalist
Live on the Lower East Side 10/5/19
Welcome Adventure, Vol. 1
Open Question Vol. 1
Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel
The Uproar in Bursts of Sound and Silence
Welcome Adventure Vol. 2

RON CARTER – the iconic jazz bassist, bandleader and composer

LILIAN CARUANA – insightful photos of the 1980s NYC punk rock scene

THE CARVELS NYC – classic CBGB-era style punk and powerpop
Everything With You Is a Travesty
Life Is Not a Waiting Room

MARC CARY – one of this era’s greatest jazz pianists, inspired by Erik Satie and Indian classical music

NEKO CASE – you know who she is

FONCHO CASTELLAR – high-energy Colombian cumbia and vallenato

ROSANNE CASH – you know who she is too. Or you ought to. She’s Johnny’s kid.
The River & the Thread
At Lincoln Center 8/9/14

THE CASKET GIRLS – creepy mashups of video game themes, dark dub, new wave and a little hip-hop
The Night Machines
At the Mercury 6/12/16

EDMAR CASTANEDA – fiery, dynamic Colombian jazz harpist

FONCHO CASTELLAR – high-voltage Colombian cumbia, vallenato and merengue accordionist

CASTLE BLACK – darkly catchy, noisy female-fronted postpunk/punk/indie power trio
At Basement Bar 7/8/16
Losing Forever
Trapped Under All You Know
At the Well 8/25/17
The Gods That Adored You
Dead in a Dream
At Culture Lab 8/13/21
Get Up Dancer

CASTLE RAT – lurid female-fronted metal band

SARA CASWELL – innovative, dynamic jazz violinist

THE CAT EMPIRE – high-energy ska/latin/hip-hop tinged rock/pop anthems from this Australian band
Steal the Light
Live in NYC 6/30/13

THE CATALYST QUARTET – allstar ensemble specializing in rare works by black composers
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor chamber works
Florence Price world premieres
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson/William Grant Still/George Walker

CATTIVO – brooding, minimalist rock phantasmagoria and classical themes

CAUGHT ON TAPE – Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore’s intense postrock instrumental project with drummer John Moloney

CAVERNOUS GATE – epic, melodic, haunting death metal

ERKIN CAVUS AND REEMTKO DIRKS – haunting Turkish-inspired guitar duo

THE CCCC GROSSMAN ENSEMBLE – cutting-edge new classical group

CAMILA CELIN – rapturous Indian sarod and guitar instrumentalist

THE CELLAR & POINT – eclectic jazz-inflected, sometimes cinematic postrock and indie classical sounds

CENTURY EGG – upbeat, smartly lyrical, amusingly scruffy garage-inflected rock

CERTAIN GENERAL – legendary LES postpunk band, still going strong

SEUNGMIN CHA – mesmerizing avant garde Korean flute virtuoso

LAYALE CHAKER – haunting, kinetic Lebanese violinist and composer

THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER – a rotating cast of some of the world’s greatest classical musicians
At Lincoln Center 2/26/19 (Beethoven/Strauss/Dvoraik
Odyssey album

KASEY CHAMBERS – the Australian Lucinda Williams

CHAMOMILE & WHISKEY – lush, jangly newgrass with rock, country blues and Irish tinges
Wandering Boots
Red Clay Heart

CHANGING MODES – richly lyrical, artsy, noir, female-fronted keyboard-driven new wave-flavored rock
In Flight
At Spike Hill 1/19/13
The Paradox of Traveling Light
At Bowery Electric 7/19/14
Goodbye Theodora
At Webster Hall 4/26/17
What September Brings
Wax World

CHANGUI MAJADERO – feral, slinky Cuban proto-salsa dance music

CHANGUI: THE SOUND OF GUANTANAMO – an amazing collection of rustic Cuban dance music

CHARAN-PO-RANTAN – intense, theatrical Japanese noir cabaret accordion band

CHARANGA AMERICA – legendary 1970s Bronx salsa band

BRIAN CHARETTE – distinctive, individualistic, paradigm-shifting jazz organist
Square One
At the Delancey 3/19/15
Good Tipper
Alphabet City
At Smalls 12/6/16
At Rue B 9/20/18
Beyond Borderline
Like the Sun

RAY CHARLES – uh-huh ‎


CHARMING DISASTER – creepy guy/girl noir cabaret, murder ballads and psychedelic chamber pop
At Zirzamin 4/7/13
Love Crime & Other Trouble
At Pete’s Candy Store 9/30/15
Cautionary Tales
Spells & Rituals

CHARMING HOSTESS – surrealistic klezmer-influenced circus rock band

(LES) CHAUDS LAPINS – charming new chamber pop/jazz versions of witty French songs from the 30s and 40s

CHEAP TRICK – they want you to want them

MAURICE CHEDID – virtuoso Lebanese-American oud player and singer

THE CHELSEA SYMPHONY – eclectic, dynamic New York orchestra
Tim Kiah premiere; Moussorgsky’s Pictures At an Exhibition
Danny Gray and Michael Boyman premieres; Dvorak’s New World
Michael Boyman; Alan Hovhaness; John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean
Aaron Dai; Nielsen; Sibelius
Tim Kiah premiere; Fernande Decruck; Ravel
Courntey Bryan; Dvorak; Shostakovich

ANNIE CHEN – soulful jazz singer and ambitiously tuneful, eclectic composer/bandleader
Soundcloud tracks
At Cornelia St. Cafe 7/5/17 
Secret Treetop

PENG-CHIAN CHEN – innovative electroacoustic pianist

CHERES FOLK ORCHESTRA – darkly bristling cimbalom-driven folk tunes

ANOUAR KADDOUR CHERIF – brilliant Algerian mandola player

AVIVA CHERNICK – innovative mashups of haunting Ladino songs and Americana

ED CHERRY – purposeful, purist jazz guitar vet leading an organ trio

ARI CHERSKY – haunting, cinematic jazz guitar soundscapes

CHERVEN TRAKTOR – intense, rustic, danceable Bulgarian fiddle music
At the American Folk Art Museum 3/7/14
At Golden Fest 2017
At Golden Fest 2018

THE CHIARA STRING QUARTET – exciting young ensemble as adept at new music as they are the classical canon
At Bargemusic 9/16/14 (Bartok)
Bartok By Heart
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art 5/12/18

CHICAGO FARMER – smart, wry, lyrically-driven original acoustic country, blues and folk
Backenforth, IL
Flyover Country

CHICAGO STONE LIGHTNING BAND – intense, original hard-hitting acid blues

CHICAGO/THE BLUES/TODAY VOL. 1 – a sizzling anthology from the 1960s

CHICANO BATMAN – summery, organ-driven oldschool psychedelic latin soul
Cycles of Existential Rhyme
Freedom Is Free

CHICHA LIBRE chicha (trippy Peruvian surf music)
At Barbes 10/3/11
Cuatro Tigres
At Barbes 8/18 and 9/15/14

At Barbes 6/24/19

OANA CATALINA CHITU – Romanian noir cabaret chanteuse and her killer band

CHOBAN ELEKTRIK – traditional Balkan melodies done as psychedelic organ music
Their debut album
At Barbes 4/28/16
At Barbes 7/12/16

DEEPAL CHODHARI – hypnotic, spellbinding Indian santoor player
At the Rubin Museum of Art 10/22/17
At the Rubin Museum of Art 3/29/18

THE MAUREEN CHOI QUARTET – fiery flamenco and latin string sounds
Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip)

THE CHOIR OF CLARE C OLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE – talented college ensemble

THE CHOIR OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA – one of NYC’s most ambitious choral ensembles

THE CHOIR OF TRINITY WALL STREET – popular downtown NYC ensembler
Handel’s Messiah

CHOP & QUENCH – the pit band from the musical, Fela, play classic Afrobeat by the guy who invented it

STEPHANIE CHOU – intense, individualistic Chinese-flavored jazz and art-rock
At Lincoln Center 3/8/18
At Joe’s Pub 3/29/19

RAJRUPA CHOWDHURY – dynamic, thoughtful Indian sarodist

CHRISTY & EMILY – hypnotic, sometimes menacing guitar-and-keyboard psychedelia

CHEETAH CHROME – the iconic ex-Rocket from the Tombs and Dead Boys lead guitarist

EUGENE CHRYSLER – charismatic, eclectic retro rock and rockabilly bassist

CHRYSTAL FUR – ambient, meditative, catchy electronic soundscapes

CHUNO – latin jazz chanteuse Sofia Tosello’s hypnotic trance-folk project

KAROLINA CICHA – intense Polish art-rock and folk-rock singer/multi-instrumentalist

CINEMA HEARTS – darkly slashing, noir-tinged powerpop

ANANSY CISSE – imaginative, psychedelic Malian guitarist/bandleader

TY CITERMAN – Gutbucket’s  edgy, klezmer-influenced guitarist/bandleader
Bop Kabbalah album
When You Speak of Times to Come
Yiddish Song Cycle Live

THE CITY & HORSES – cleverly lyrical, funny Elvis Costello-style new wave and blue-eyed soul

CLARE & THE REASONS – swirling, hypnotic, psychedelic chamber pop and art-rock

THE CLAREMONT TRIO – eclectic classical ad 21st century chamber music eonsemble


THE CLAUDETTES – gonzo barrelhouse piano and blue-eyed soul

THE CLAUDIA QUINTET  – drummer John Hollenbeck’s cinematic smallscale ensemble

CLAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH FRANK CARLBERG – phantasmagorical, creepy noir big band jazz

THE CLEAR PLASTIC MASKS – tuneful, witty, intense two-guitar psychedelic punk soul band

GERALD CLEAVER’S VIOLET HOUR – expansive postbop jazz sextet

THE CLEVELAND STEAMERS – dark rock veterans keep up a cynical punk-ers sound

CLEVER GIRLS – lo-fi dreampop-infused female-fronted band

TODD CLOUSER – dark, snarling guitar rock with indie, goth and glam influences

COCEK BRASS BAND – eclectic original Balkan tunes from John Brown’s Body trumpeter Sam Dechenne
Here Comes Shlomo
At Shrine 8/12/14
Round Two
At Golden Fest 2017

DAVID ALLAN COE – you know who he is, right, darlin’? Darlin’?

THE COFFIN DAGGERS – the iconic horror surf band

ALICE COHEN – purist, catchy multi-instrumentalist tunesmith and singer

ANAT COHEN – the brilliant clarinetist/big band leader/composer

AVISHAI COHEN – haunting, brooding Middle Eastern jazz and classical music

LEONARD COHEN – he was your man

COLD DICE – ferocious, anthemic metal and punk  power trio

THE CECILIA COLEMAN BIG BAND – propulsive brass-fueled anthems

CHARLES COLEMAN – intense, cinematic orchestral composer/conductor

GEORGE COLEMAN – ageless, purist postbop tenor sax player

ANDREW COLLBERG – Tucson-based Beatlesque songwriter

ISAIAH COLLIER – witheringly intense, purposeful saxophonist
The Unapologetic Negro

ROMAIN COLLIN – darkly cinematic, jazz-tinged pianist/composer

HANNAH COLLINS – adventurous classical cello virtuoso

PAUL COLLINS – the godfather of powerpop

THE COLORIST ORCHESTRA – they reinvent artists’ albums as lush, imaginative art-rock

ALICE COLTRANE – the iconic spiritual jazz harpist, pianist and organist

JOHN COLTRANE – the godfather of postbop jazz – more or less, right?
Both Directions at Once
Blue World

THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA – with an amazing string section!

COMBO CHIMBITA – feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia and tropicalia band
At Barbes 4/26/18
At Prospect Park 7/12/18
At Lincoln Center 11/26/18

COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTION – eclectic surf rock instrumentals and obscure tv themes

THE COMO MAMAS – intense, ecstatic, raw oldtime-style Mississippi gospel music
Get an Understanding
At Lincoln Center 8/12/13

LE CONCERT DES NATIONS – Jordi Savall’s extraordinary small orchestra and Beethoven reinterpreters

CONCERTO ITALIANO – meticulous, lustrous early music choir

ULTAN CONLON – soaring retro 60s Nashville gothic pop and blue-eyed soul

MAJEL CONNERY  – eclectic indie classical singer and composer

NIALL CONNOLLY – catchy, anthemic, politially relevant Irsh rocj
At Scratcher Bar 10/6/19

DYLAN CONNOR – smart, politically aware lyrical janglerock/pop

MARA CONNOR – pensive, noir-tinged janglerock/Americana singer

GREG CONNORS – acerbically lyrical janglerock singer/guitarist

A CONSPIRACY OF BEARDS – haunting 30-piece all male choir singing Leonard Cohen songs

CONSPIRACY OF VENUS – their similarly innovative all-female sister choral group

CONSTANTINOPLE ENSEMBLE – haunting, rarely played 16th and 17th century Persian music

CONSUMATA SONIDERO – propulsive psychedelic cumbias, trippy dub, and a ska/punk edge

MIRIAN CONTI – eclectic Argentine-American classical pianist

ALEXANDRA CONUNOVA – insightful classical vioiln virtuoso

THE COOL GHOULS – catchy, jangly, reverb-infused 60s-style psychedelic and garage rock

COPAL – dark hypnotic worldbeat string band grooves

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – powerhouse blues/soul/rock singer/bandleader

COPPINS – wryly lyrical, politically aware soul-rock, blues and bagpipe funk from Toronto

RONY CORCOS – terse, smart, poignant art-rock/blues/powerpop guitarist/songwriter

ANI CORDERO – smart, politically aware pan-latin janglerock singer/multi-instrumentalist
Recordar: Latin American Songs of Love and Protest
Querido Mundo
At Lincoln Center 10/12/17
At Lincoln Center 1/31/19

COREYAH – spellbinding, shapeshifting, psychedelic Korean art-folk band
At Flushing Town Hall 11/11/16
Clap & Applause 

THE CORN POTATO STRING BAND – high-voltage oldtime Appalachian folk songs, dance tunes and blues

KENNETH CORNEILLE – skilled classical concert organist 

THE CORNER LAUGHERS – deliciously jangly psychedelic pop band

JANE ANTONIA CORNISH – terse, purposeful, often haunting film and classical composer and violinist

LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS – psychedelic Americana roots music

COSMIC MONSTER – film composer Christopher Marti’s ominous, epic, psychedelic spacerock project

ROXY COSS – brilliant, tuneful, politically fearless tenor saxophonist/bandleader
Restless Idealism
The Future Is Female

CARLO COSTA – the world’s most mysterious, cinematic drummer/composer

DAN COSTA – elegant, brilliantly melodic Brazilian jazz pianist

CAROLINE COTTER – tasteful, elegant New England front porch folk and swing jazz-inspired songwriting

COUNTERINDUCTION – violist Jessica Meyer’s edgy 21st century chamber ensemble

THE COUNTERSHOCK COMPILATION – a wild metal and heavy psych playlist to benefit a UK venue

CHRISTINA COURTIN – thoughtful, evocative chamber pop and atmospheric sounds

SYLVIE COURVOISIER – elegant, edgy third-stream jazz pianist
At Roulette 4/19/16
Time Gone Out (with Mark Feldman)
Free Hoops

COUSIN FOM ANOTHER PLANET – keyboardist Aaron Whitby’s psychedelic funk unit

COWBOYS & FRENCHMEN – irreverent, tuneful, high-voltage jazz quintet

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK – Marc Blitzstein’s corrosively cynical, 1937 pro-union musical

TOMMY CRANE – psychedelic stoner krautrock instrumentals

JOHN-HENRY CRAWFORD – expressive, eclectic classical cellist

LOS CREMA PARAISO – upbeat, psychedelic, cinematic tropical rock, cumbia and bossa nova
De Pelicula
At Drom 1/18/16

CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER – diverse, energetic newgrass and acoustic Americana rock
Their first album
Tell the Story Right

JONATHON CROMPTON – pensive, drifting baroque-tinged, improvisational jazz

CRONE – haunting, intense, gothic-tinged art-rock anthems

CROOKED HORSE – intense, smart, catchy Nashville gothic and dark Americana

THE CROSSING – cutting-edge 24-piece new music chamber choir
At the Park Avenue Armory 9/19/18 (Kile Smith/Suzanne Giraud/David Lang)
Words Adorned

CHRISTINA CROWDER – entertaining, brilliant klezmer accordionist

CRUEL CHILDREN – edgy, haphazardly tuneful female-fronted clang-punk duo

GLENN CRYTZER’S SAVOY 7 – clever original 40s style big band swing

CSC FUNK BAND – eclectic Afrobeat-inspired stoner funk jams

TOM CSATARI – dark, tuneful, cinematic jazz from Brooklyn’s most distinctive guitarist
Melted Candy
Twin Peaks Soundtrack Songs at Barbes 10/29/17
Uncivilized Play Twin Peaks
At Pioneer Works 8/23/18
Placebo Trilogy
Uncivilized Plays Chico

CUPID’S NEMESIS – catchy retro 60s psychedelic pop and powerpop trio

ZACCAI & LUQUES CURTIS – smart, historically informed, high-voltage protest jazz

STEW CUTLER – eclectic blues, soul and jazz guitarist

CUUSHE – psychedelic trip-hop and downtempo grooves

THE DACAPO CHAMBER PLAYERS – eclectic contemporary classical ensemble

MARTA PEREIRA DA COSTA – edgy, incisive fado guitarist and bandleader

DADA PARADOX – brilliantly lyrical, darkly funny psychedelic new wave rock

DAG TENERE – Tuareg Saharan duskcore rock supergroup

KAREN DAHLSTROM – original noir folk songs set in historic Idaho
Gem State
Live in NYC 6/27/14
No Man’s Land

DAISY GLAZE – catchy, original Lynchian southwestern gothic rock

DAKH DAUGHTERS – the Ukrainian Dresden Dolls or Rasputina

DAKHABRAKHA – explosive, theatrical, humorous Ukrainian punk-folk band
At City University of NY 9/19/13
At Globalfest 2014

THE DAN BAND – actor Dan Finnerty’s vicious, sarcastic, satirical top 40 cover band
At Stage 48 8/15/13
The Wedding Album

DANCING CRANE ENSEMBLE  – dynamic instrumental and choral Georgian folksongs

THE DANISH STRING QUARTET – arguably the best in the world

VASCO DANTAS – brilliant, insightful classical pianist and champion of rare repertoire

DAR GNAWA OF TANGER – world-renowned North African trance folk ensemble

DARK BEASTS – Brooklyn’s most talented, relevant children’s band
At the Gatehouse 3/27/18
At the Gatehouse 7/16/18

DARK CITY – intense, hard-hitting monster surf and art-rock instrumentals

THE DARK ELEMENT – grand gugnol Nordic pop-metal

THE DARK SKY HUSTLERS – cinematic, funky loopmusic instrumentals

MATT DARRIAU – the Klezmatics’ brilliant clarinetist and Balkan music innovator
At Barbes 2016-2018

THE DASTAN ENSEMBLE – haunting, exhilarating state-of-the-art new and antique Iranian music

ROGER DAVIDSON – original klezmer instrumentals

DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS – torchy, terse oldschool soul, swing and New Orleans grooves

CAROLINE DAVIS – brilliantly symphonic, lyrical jazz composer and saxophonist

DON DAVIS – legendary Hollywood film score composer

JESSE DAVIS – purist, lyrical alto saxophonist

THE LJUBA DAVIS LADINO ENSEMBLE – haunting, gypsyish Spanish-Jewish acoustic music

THORNETTA DAVIS – Detroit’s eclectic, soulful “Queen of the Blues”

THULANI DAVIS – the erudite poet, music journalist, nonfiction and fiction author

DENNIS DAVISON – lyrically brilliant janglerock, psychedelic and powerpop songwriter

STEVE DAWSON & FUNERAL BONSAI WEDDING – elegant, sweeping, string-driven chamber pop

DAXMA – goth-tinged rainy-day postrock

DBCR – ferocious, smart, socially aware noiserock/punk band

EDUARDO DE CARVALHO – eclectic Brazilian tango/tropicalia accordionist

PIERRE DE GAILLANDE – brilliant, nuanced English versions of Georges Brassens classics

THE DEAD COMPOSERS CLUB – Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia’s jazz reinventions of classical works

THE DEAD KENNEDYS – the greatest American band ever

DEAD LEAF ECHO – period-perfect 4AD-style dreampop/shoegaze/goth rock

THE DEADLY GENTLEMEN – catchy Wilco-esque Americana pop with acoustic instrumentation

DEADWAKE – volcanic, cinematic art-rock/metal band

MICHAEL DEASE – tuneful, ambitiously eclectic jazz trombonist

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS – searing, intense garage-psychedelic band

THE DEATH WHEELERS – dark, metalish horror surf and biker instrumentals
I Tread on Your Grave
Divine Filth

DEATHCHANT – hard-charging heavy psychedelia and riff-metal

DEATHPROD – dark, minimalist, cinematic avant-industrial band
Treetop Drive and Morals and Dogma albums
Occulting Disk\

HOPE DEBATES & NORTH 40 – poignant, lyrical, funny country singer

DEBAUCHE – wild, intense klezmer-fueled “Russian mafia band” from New Orleans

DEBO BAND – fiery brass and string-driven original Ethiopian dancefloor jams
At Globalfest 2012
Ere Gobez
At Lincoln Center 11/3/16

THAD DEBROCK – eclectic virtuoso rock guitarist

THE DEBUTANTE HOUR – charming, quirky, irreverent harmony-driven literate chamber pop

DECORA – hard-hitting conscious hip-hop with an excellent live psychedelic band

THE DEFEAT THE MANDATES CONCERT – making history in Los Angeles, 4/10/22

PIERRE DE GAILLANDE’S BAD REPUTATION – smart English chamber pop translations of Georges Brassens classies

CLEOPATRA DEGHER – catchy, anthemic, smartly lyrical original folk-rock guitarist and songwriter

BEN DE LA COUR – eerily lyrical Nashville gothic crooner and his excellent band
Midnight in Havana
Shadow Land

THE DEL SOL STRING QUARTET – darkly imaginative new classical ensemble

BENOIT DELBECQ – eerie, otherworldly classical and jazz-inflected prepared piano works

DELEON – psychedelic Middle Eastern, flamenco and reggae-flavored Sephardic rock

DELGRES – hypnotic, hard-hitting Guadeloupian/New Orleans blues band
At Lincoln Center 7/5/18
Mo Jodi
4:00 AM

DELLA MAE – charming, frequently dark all-female acoustic Americana group

THE DEL-LORDS – recently reunited 80s Americana rock legends

THE DELTA SAINTS – high-energy, New Orleans-flavored guitar jamband

DEMOLITION STRING BAND – explosive country and bluegrass
Live in NYC 2001: Mercury Lounge, C-Note, Sidewalk Shows
Gracious Days

NICK DEMOPOULOS’ SMOMID – twinkling, psychedelic electronic soundscapes

KARINA DENIKE – haunting, eclectic, cinematic dark rock/noir soul organist/bandleader

OLIVIA DE PRATO – first violinist for the adventurous Mivos Quartet
At 1 Rivington St. 3/13/18

JON DEROSA – haunting, intense, literate art-rock/chamber-pop crooner
A Wolf in Preacher’s Clothes
At Bowery Electric 12/18/12
Black Halo

DERVISI – haunting, psychedelic Middle Eastern-flavored Greek rembetiko jams

DES ROAR – menacing, Lynchian punk rock, monster surf and postpunk songs

VINAY DESAI – kinetic, hypnotic Indian santoorist

DALTON DESCHAIN & THE TRAVELING SHOW – lyrical powerpop and circus rock

DESDEMONA – edgy 21st century string ensemble
Music For a Small Shelter
At Roulette 9/15/22

DESERT FLOWER – intense, female-fronted, twin guitar-driven heavy psychedelic band
At Paperbox 11/8/15
Their debut ep
At Sidewalk 4/15/16

DESERT FOXX – darkly cinematic, explosive postrock

LILY DESMOND – poignant, allusively lyrical, atmospheric songs

DAVID DETWEILER – purposeful, lyrical tenor saxophonist
New York Stories
The Astoria Suite

ALONZO DEMETRIUS – fearlessly populist jazz trumpeter and composer

DEBRA DEVI – fiery female-fronted power trio/jamband
At Bowery Electric 7/18/12
A Zillion Stars Overhead

DORIAN DEVINS – coolly enigmatic jazz chanteuse, clever lyricist and bandleader
The Procrastinator
Imaginary Release 

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE – amusing, politially spot-on grasscore and oldtime Americana
Do Wrong Right
I’m a Stranger Here

DEVOTCHKA – the popular, circusy stadium rock band

NINA DIAZ – intense noir 80s-style new wave and cabaret-inflected rock

MELANIE DIBIASIO – haunting soul and jazz-influenced minimalist Belgian songwriter/bandleader

WHIT DICKEY – terse, purist jazz drummer and bandleader

DICTAPHONE – haunting, cinematic, dub-influenced noir instrumentals

ZOSHA DI CASTRI – intense, smartly relevant, adventurous 21st century composer and pianist

JOYCE DI DONATO – acclaimed classical mezzo-soprano

AARON DIEHL – lyrical jazz pianist
At Trinity Church 11/10/11
At Bryant Park 9/8/22

DIMESTORE DANCE BAND – noir gypsy jazz, southwestern gothic and Twin Peaks style instrumentals

CHRIS DINGMAN – brilliant, atmospheric jazz vibraphonist and composer
The Subliminal and the Sublime
Journey Vol. 2

SIMONE DINNERSTEIN – vastly eclectic classical pianist and Bach specialist
A Character of Quiet: Glass and Schubert
Richard Danielpour: An American Mosaic

THE DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND – one of the world’s greatest retro 60s soul bands

THE DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW – eclectic New Orleans gypsy/soul/jazz brass band

THE DIRTY URCHINS – new songs, torchy oldtime swing sound

DISASTERPEACE – eclectic, tunefmlly minimalistic film and classical composer

(LOS) DISOLADOS – fiery, chromatically-charged Boston punk en Espanol band

MARIANNE DISSARD – haunting, sweepingly orchestrated, majestic art-rock and southwestern gothic songs
The Cat. Not Me
Cologne Vier Takes
Cibola Gold
Not Me

DISTURBIOS – slinky, haunting surf, soul and vintage rock sounds

THE DITHER GUITAR QUARTET – hard-hitting avant garde ensemble

THE DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA – allstar all-female jazz big band

DIVAHN – exhilarating Iranian, Jewish and Arabic mostly-female acoustic jamband

AKUA DIXON – one of the world’s great jazz cellists

DOA – the classic Canadian punk rock band, still relevant and having fun

DOBRANOTCH – wild original Russian klezmer band

SASHA DOBSON – nuanced, purist jazz singer and Norah Jones collaborator

DOCTOR NATIVO – politically-fueled Guatemalan psychedelic cumbia and reggae
At Lincoln Center 9/13/18

THE DOCTOR SWILLINGS BAND – sarcastic 80s and punk-influenced rock

THE DOG SOCIETY – Brooklyn’s answer to Oasis

THE DOGGY CATS – fun, upbeat original 20s-style hot jazz

DOLLSHOT – gorgeously creepy, enigmatic art-song and new wave

THE DOLOMITES – darkly catchy, carnivalesque Balkan-Japanese and cumbia rock
The Japan Years Vol. 1

DOLUNAY – haunting, eclectic folk songs from the Balkan Turkish diaspora
At the American Folk Art Museum 10/4/13
Our House
At the American Folk Art Museum 11/4/16
At Trans-Pecos 11/15/17
At Barbes 3/12/20

CHANO DOMINGUEZ – majestic, intense flamenco jazz pianist

DAVID DOMINIQUE – clever, playful jazz composer and flugabonist

DOMKRAFT – hard-hitting, dreampop-influenced metal band

ARMEN DONELIAN – haunting, intense Armenian-flavored jazz and classical theme
Fresh Start

THE DOOMSDAY REJECTS – sludgy, tuneful heavy psychedelic band

DOOMSTRESS – elegantly ferocious female-fronted doom metal band

THE DOPOLARIANS – sweeping, epic improvisational jazz sextet

FLORENCE DORE – brilliantly lyrical Americana/janglerock songwriter

DOROTA – noisy noir punk surf jazz from Hungary
Their debut album
Solar the Monk

DOS SANTOS ANTI-BEAT ORQUESTA – wild, dub-influenced psychedelic cumbia

DOT DASH – catchy REM and powerpop-influenced rock trio

DAVE DOUGLAS – the esteemed, tuneful Americana-inspired jazz trumpeter/bandleader
At the New School 6/30/17
At Jazz at Lincoln Center 2/24/18

ABIGAIL DOWD – smartly lyrical southern gothic songwriter
Not What I Seem
Beautiful Day

HILARY DOWNES – intense, sharply literate art-rock tunesmith

LARA DOWNES – amazingly eclectic, socially aware classical and jazz pianist
Holes in the Sky
Phenomenal Women

THE DOWNHILL STRUGGLERS – high-energy, authentically rustic antique blues and country

GORD DOWNIE & THE SADIES – dark, resonant, jangly southwestern gothic rock
Gord Downie, the Sadies & the Conquering Sun album
At Bowery Ballroom 5/2/14

THE DOWNTOWN VOICES – the choir of New York’s Trinity Church
At Trinity Church 11/13/22 (David Lang/Jessie Montgomery)
At St. Paul’s Chapel 2/26/23 (Caroline Shaw)

THE DOWNWARD DOGS – edgy, high-energy southwestern gothic rock

LILA DOWNS – the wildly popular, powerfully lyrical, politically relevant Mexican folk-rock/cumbia songwriter
At Prospect Park 6/29/17

THE DRACU-LAS – catchy surf-influenced psychedelic pop and powerpop

THE DRAGON QUARTET – eclectic, virtuosic classical string quartet

DAWN DRAKE & ZAPOTE – psychedelic Afrobeat, tropicalia and hard funk

LINDA DRAPER – wickedly smart, catchy, lyrical acoustic tunesmith
Live in New York 5/23/13
At Rockwood Music Hall 6/1/15
At the American Folk Art Museum 10/23/15
Modern Day Decay
Patience and Lipstick

THE DREAM EATERS – opiated Julee Cruise-style cinematic new wave 

THE DREAM SYNDICATE – Steve Wynn’s legendary, mega-influential 80s paisley underground/noiserock band
Live on KEXP 2015
How Did I Find Myself Here
At the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival 2018
These Times
The Universe Inside
Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions 

LARA DRISCOLL – purposeful, intense, smart jazz pianist

THE DRIVERX SOUNDTRACK -Lili Haydn and Marvin Etzioni’s eclectic film score

DRIVING WHILE BLACK – Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel’s haunting, visionary chamber opera

DROP PARTY – wildly multistylistic brass band, ska, roots reggae and psych-rock jams

DRUM & LACE – film composer Sofia Hultquist’s bracing, verdant new classical music project

DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND – twisted, psychedelic Thai-inspired jamband
White Man’s Disease
Live ep

DUB COLOSSUS – an original blend of trippy dub reggae and haunting Ethiopian sounds

THE DUB PISTOLS – eclectic, trippy modern dub and reggae

JIM DUFFY – psychedelic, cinematic keyboard pop instrumentals

RYAN DUGRE – pensive, catchy pastoral guitar jazz

THE DUHKS – the popular Canadian newgrass/Americana/folk-rock band

DUKE OF VANDALS – catchy, cynical punk band

SHAYNA DULBERGER – imaginative free jazz bassist

DUO SABIL – haunting, oud-driven Middle Eastern themes

DUO TANDEM – imaginatively eclectic duo guitar mashups of Middle Eastern, Romany and baroque sounds

DURBIN‎ – hilariously over-the-top metal band

THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL – the hilarious ten-piece Spinal Tap of oldtimey music
Carry Me Home
With a Lampshade On

DUSTLIGHTS – catchy, trippy, cinematic downtempo/trip-hop instrumentals

KILLER KILLY DWYER – hilarious, fearless, transgressive comedy rock songwriter/bandleader/performance artist

EARLY MOODS – hauntingly dynamic heavy psychedelic and doom metal

EARNEST GALLOWS – tight, purposeful, anthemic metal trio

EARTH WIND & FIRE – you know who they are

THE EAST COAST CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – lush, epic string ensemble
At Central Park 8/3/21 (Mozart/Benn/Golijov)
At Central Park 8/2/22 (Hailstork/Josquin/Schubert)

THE EAST-WEST TRIO – haunting Armenian music for organ, duduk and voice

EASY COMPANY – catchy, guitar-driven anthemic rock

HEATHER EATMAN – catchy, anthemic, acerbically lyrical acoustic songwriter

YELENA ECKEMOFF – haunting, expansive, icy neoromantic/indie classical/jazz piano works
A Touch of Radiance
Adventures of the Wildflower

EDEN LANE – haunting Tickled Pinks torch singer Stephanie Layton’s Lynchian jazz group

EDGE OF PARADISE – dystopic, catchy new wave-influenced metal band

EELS – darkly allusive cult favorite indie rock band from the 90s

THE EFG TRIO – trumpeter Frank London, guitarist Eyal Maoz and keyboardist Guy Barash’s ominous industrial jazz project

RICHARD EGARR – the Academy of Ancient Music’s fearless leader and harpsichordist

EIDETIC SEEING – unpredictable, darkly intense psychedelic power trio

EIGHT BELLS – moody postrock dirges and hammering black metal

THE 8-BIT BIG BAND – hilarious, imaginative big band jazz versions of video game themes

THE EIGHT CYLINDER BIGBAND – funky B3 organ-driven large jazz ensemble

LUDOVICO EINAUDI – moody, Lynchian indie classical and electroacoustic instrumentals
In a Time Lapse
At the Town Hall 5/18/13

EL GUSTO – the legendary, recently reunited Algerian chaabi orchestra

YOUSSRA EL HAWARY – cynical Arabic political anthems and noir psychedelia

HAMID EL KASRI – powerful, charismatic Moroccan sintirist and gnawa master

EL PERRO – Radio Moscow guitarist Parker Griggs’ slightly funkier psychedelic project

EL PUEBLO – eclectic psychedelic dub reggae jams

NADAH EL SHALY – adventurous, jazz-influenced Egyptian oud improviser

ELENA AND BOO – Americana rockers’ Demolition String Band’s brain trust

ELECTRIC CITIZEN – slashing female-fronted heavy psychedelic band

ELECTRIC EYE – swirling, atmospheric, hard-hitting mostly instrumental psychedelia and postrock

ELECTRIC KULINTANG – drummer Susie Ibarra’s rippling Philippine bell orchestra


THE ELECTRIC MESS – scorching, guitar-driven original psychedelic garage punk
House on Fire
The Beast Is You

ELECTRIC YOUTH – haunting Lynchian film noir soundtracks

ELEFANTKILLER – searing, politically fearless punk rock

ELEPHANT TREE – sludgy fuzztone doom metal

KATIE ELEVITCH – feral, intense, hauntingly psychedelic soul-influenced rock

THE ELGIN MARBLES – the successors to brilliant psychedelic band Love Camp 7

MIRIAM ELHAJLI – intriguing, lyrical jazz/Middle Eastern songwriter and guitarist

ELIKEH – hypnotic, funky, politically aware Afrobeat band

ELIZA & THE ORGANIX – edgy psychedelic rock, punk-funk and dance music
Present Future Dreams
Present Future Dreams II

ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT – smart, bitingly lyrical chamber pop
At Rock Shop 10/22/11
Like It Never Happened

JULIO ELIZALDE – eclectic classical piano virtuoso

ELJURI – fiery female-fronted politically relevant latin rock power tiro
La Lucha
At Drom 9/20/17

ELK CITY – catchy female-fronted dreampop/psychedelic band

ELLA ATLAS – haunting, cinematic, Lynchian new wave rock

CARRIE ELKIN – pensive, down-to-earth Americana-folk songwriter

MELISSA ELLEDGE – brilliant, darkly playful accordionist
In the subway 9/25/14
At the 2017 Bryant Park Accordion Festival

ELLEN SIBERIAN TIGER – uneasily eclectic, shapeshifting art-rock/chamber-pop/Americana band

CURTIS ELLER – intense, darkly lyrical, historically informed folk noir songwriter
How to Make It in Hollywood
Baudelaire in a Box
A Poison Melody

MOPPA ELLIOTT – the world’s funniest jazz composer and bassist

BETSE ELLIS – original Americana songwriting and interpretations of classic Ozark fiddle music

JOHN ELLIS – ubiquitously first-class saxophonist and noir jazz composer

AMIR ELSAFFAR – intense Middle Eastern jazz composer/multi-instrumentalist
At Lincoln Center 4/16/15
At Fridman Gallery 1/9/17
Not Two
At Liberty Plaza 6/16/17
At Lincoln Center 9/8/17
At NYU Skirball Center 2/10/18
With the Lutoslawski Quartet at Lincoln Center 9/26/19
The Other Shore=
At the Ragas Live Festival 2022

ELUVIUM – lush, hypnotic, atmospheric loop-driven art-rock instrumentals

JOE ELY – iconic Texas Americana songwriter and Flatlanders co-founder

ELYSIAN FIELDS – haunting, darkly lyrical, fearlessly political art-rock band

EMBER – catchy, terse original sax/bass/drums jazz trio

EMEFE – catchy psychedelic funk and Afrobeat grooves

EMPIRE BEATS – slinky, dynamic, female-fronted oldschool soul band

EMPIRE DE MU – ferocious, operatic female-fronted death metal

EMPYREAN ATLAS – lush, enveloping, pointillistic postrock

EMPYRIUM – haunting German folk noir, art-rock and metal

THE ENDANGERED QUARTET – veteran NYC noir jazz talent expand their dark sound

CLARA ENGEL – haunting gothic Americana songwriter from Toronto

ENONA – artfully shifting ambient music
The Challenge Is in the Moment

ENSEMBLE BASIANI – otherworldly choral themes from the Republic of Georgia

ENSEMBLE CORRESPONDANCES – French early music chamber and vocal group

ENSEMBLE ET AL – catchy, hypnotic four-piece downtempo/trip-hop/indie classical percussion ensemble
At the Indonesian Consulate 6/21/14
The Slow Reveal

ENSEMBLE FANAA – haunting, slinky jazz compositions inspired by Moroccan gnawa themes
At Barbes 7/26/16
Their debut album
At Rye Bar 9/7/16

ENSEMBLE KLANG – innovative brass/guitar/percussion chamber music group

ENSEMBLE L’AURA SOAVE – Italian early music group

ENSEMBLE MIK NAWOOJ – orchestral versions of hip-hop classics
At the Apollo Music Cafe 3/4/17
Death Become Life

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN – one of New York’s most intrepid indie classical groups
At the Cell Theatre 6/27/18 (Klaus Huber) 
At Scandinavia House 6/30/19: (Quintero/Chun/Barratt-doe/Loridan)

ENSEMBLE NEON – eclectic, spirited, protean Norwegian indie classical chamber group

ENSEMBLE PAMPLEMOUSSE – adventurous 21st century composers’ collective

ENSEMBLE PI – enterprising, socially conscious indie classical chamber group

ENSEMBLE RESONANZ – 21st century chamber music
(Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister and Fuel)

ENSEMBLE SHASHMAQAM – haunting Bukharan Jewish, Tajik and Uzbek folk songs, dirges and wedding dances

ALICIA ENSTROM – eclectic violin-driven loopmusic and chamber pop

NOMI EPSTEIN – hauntingly minimalistic pianist/21st century composer

LA EQUIDISTANCIA – uneasy ambient soundscapes

MEHMET ERDEM – intense, powerful Turkish rock crooner/bandleader

AHMET ERDOGDULAR – intense, powerful Turkish classical and folk singer/bandleader

CHRIS ERIKSON – gorgeously jangly Americana rock and oldschool country songs

THE ERINYES ‎- four-woman European heavy metal supergroup

MELISSA ERRICO – purposeful film noir-inspired jazz singer and actress

ILHAN ERSAHIN – eclectic jazz/trip-hop/Middle Eastern saxophonist/composer

ESCAPE BY OSTRICH – trippy psychedelic no wave jamband

WAYNE ESCOFFERY – edgy, lyrical postbop tenor sax player

MAHAN ESFAHANI – fearlessly imaginative 21st century classical harpsichordist

ESQUELA – catchy, anthemic paisley underground and Americana rock
At Bowery Electric 4/13/16
A Sign From God

QAIS ESSAR – haunting, slinky Aghani rubab music


ET TU BRUCE – catchy, anthemic retro 90s British janglerock and powerpop

ETHEL – one of the world’s most adventurous, eclectic. cinematic string quartets
At the Miller Theatre 2/5/15 (Missy Mazzoli)
At the Jewish Museum 2/2i8/19 (Julia Wolfe)

ETRAN FINATAWA – the popular desert blues band from Niger

JULIETA EUGENIO – dynamic, evocative tenor saxophonist

EULA – innovative guitarist Alyse Lamb’s hard-hitting, wickedly catchy postpunk/postrock band
At Glasslands 9/30/14
Wool Sucking album

THE EVA QUARTET – renowned all-female Bulgarian vocal ensemble

FALKNER EVANS – melodic, evocative jazz pianist

ORRIN EVANS – smart, hard-hitting, eclectic postbop jazz pianist/composer
Knowing Is Half the Battle
At Bryant Park 9/8/22

EYDIS EVENSEN – brooding, cinematic, minor-key Icelandic piano themes

EVEREST – atmospheric, trippy, anthemic psychedelic rock

EVIL DRIVE – ornate, diverse metal band

LARA EWEN – darkly intense acoustic Americana, folk noir, country and soul songs
Ghosts & Gasoline
The Wishing Stone Songs
At Hell Phone 5/1/16
At Scratcher Bar 10/6/19

THE EXPERIENTIAL ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR – socially aware new classical ensemble

EXPLODED VIEW – loopy, hypnotic late 70s style postrock and no wave

EXTRA CLASSIC – modern roots reggae and dub

CAROLINA EYCK – atmospheric singer/theremin player